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  1. wonderful post, very informative. I wonder why the opposite specialists of this sector don’t realize this.
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  2. I know of the Lumosity online brain training and have used it for a couple of years, but in a very spotty way. It is discouraging to keep getting the same results on certain *games*. There are two that are particularly discouraging for me….indicating particular brain deficits.
    One is simple math which speeds up as you go and the other is picking out the visuals of squares on a grid… I never get past recalling the placement of 7 squares correctly. When I repeat the exercise, it gets worse because something in me feels stupid and hopeless.
    There is another of their games of tracking the movement of Koi fish which is irritatingly slowed down without a separate mouse attachment.
    Their word games do not test for comprehension of meaning, but for recall of words with similar roots and typing speed (which is a bottleneck if you hunt and peck).

  3. I had post-concussion syndrome since 2010 and began to train on ATTENGO in September 2012(AttenGo training programs are based on proprietary technology developed at the Advanced Cognitive Enhancement (ACE) clinic in Toronto, Canada, and have been successfully used by individuals of all backgrounds and age groups. Your talk encouraged me to continu my training, eventhought it is more expensive that Luminosity or other brain gyms that has nothing to little evidences to them.
    But initially was supposed to train with COGMED, which has better evidences-based studies to back it up, with proof of keeping improvements, even after stopping the training up to 6 months to 3 years…But I don’t recall the references: See Peer-reviewed research shows Cogmed is an effective intervention- They have on their web site a table that include Cogmed training studies that have been published in peer-reviewed, scientific journals, including several randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials and evaluations by research with no affiliation to Cogmed. They also provide a free webinar about Cogmed research hosted by clinical psychologists Dr. Charles Shinaver and Dr. Peter Entiwistle.
    The only problem is to be followed by a trained professional in my area and this is private, so expensive (1300$ for 5 professional reviewed training sessions, plus a year computer-based follow-up sessions).

  4. Wait–There are too many parameters in the study. The article here makes it appear that the study concludes that computer-based brain-training tasks produce better results. However, the study doesn’t prove this at all because the two groups were given different tasks to do. The difference in tasks could have affected the results, rather than the difference in delivery systems. (Based on my reading, I’d be willing to bet that the focused attention and memory training were key, but it would require a well-designed study to prove.)

  5. Inspiring!
    I just pulled “Posit Science Brain Training Software” off the shelf and dusted it off to begin again. Many thanks to your guest, Dr Doidge, for “The Brain That Changes Itself,” [pp. 88-90].

  6. To increase my brain, I do complex physical and mental exercises. While doing the physical, I alternate different mental exercises so that it takes careful thought. When it becomes easy, the I change it.

    • Marifran —
      I am curious and interested to know what the physical and mental are that you do. I am noticing a slowness in myself, perhaps this is what is meant by cognitive decline?
      I have heard about Brain Gym but don’t know too much about it. Any info you would like to share would be greatly appreciated.
      Thank you.

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  7. I am 63 and have been using Lumosity for about for about three months. My scores on the Brain Performance Index has improved dramatically. I am not sure if that is just from practicing the games or real cognitive and memory improvement. I have noticed some short term memory improvement. Does any one know how the effectiveness of Lumosity?

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  8. I am 73 years of age, and have been doing MindSparke training for the past 4 years. I do not work according to the suggested routine of the compilers, but use the Practice Mode in order that I can progress at my own rate. I have introduced many people of my own age to this program – they have difficulty performing at the n-2 level, whilst I am operating at the n-5 level.
    I try to do on a daily basis as well as the word game on that site.
    Do Sudoko 3x per week. Play bridge. Do research on my topics of interest
    I run groups for 10 participants at a time when I teach them about neuroplasticity and brain health, whilst introducing them to practical and theoretical skills to improve their cognitive reserve!

    • Hi,
      I am interested in finding out resources that are available on the computer and routines that help teach/retrain the brain. My friend had a brain injury (bleed) and is able to function mostly but is having trouble with tasking. They live in rural Sask. and don’t have easy access to on-going therapy.
      Your recommendations would be appreciated.

  9. I would also like to know if these effects LASTED, and if so, for how long, after the exercise was completed. It certainly seems possible that an “exercise effect” might quickly fade. This would have important implications for treatment planning.

  10. “And you can read about this study in Volume 50 of Neuropsychologia” – I would appreciate
    information as to the article number. Many thanks, jude mccormick

    • I too would like a more specific reference. Seems “Volume 50” covers the entirety of 2012. An issue number, title of the article, names of the “researchers from Aix-Marseille University in France”, or a link to the original material would be nice.