Brain Fitness News

All the latest news and findings from the brain fitness industry about brain training, brain workouts & the science of neuroplasticity.

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MMORPG and brain fitness


There have been a lot of studies trying to link games like chess, crossword puzzles and brainteasers to improved cognitive performance (or reduced cognitive decline) but as far as I know, this is the first one that looks at how these massive multiplayer online role playing games effect a user’s brain. And not surprisingly, they [...]

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games and tips for sharpening your mind


a lot of you may have made resolutions for the new year and I hope some of those resolutions included a little love for your brain. Always remember that it is yours to sculpt and you can change or improve things if you set a strong enough intention. You literally have the capability to train [...]

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exercise improves brain fitness


Of course, if you have been following this blog for the last few years you are probably well aware of the role that exercise has in keeping your mind sharp, but just in case here is a recent news piece on the subject, covering the results of a study out of Ireland which demonstrated improved [...]

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Bright Ideas for Brain Health – A brain fitness blog


This brain fitness blog has a collection of tips and games and activities to help you keep your mind sharp through cognitive exercise. Updated regularly, it provides several new tips and exercises each week. Topics include stress management, healthy diet, brain games and more. The blog is maintained by Gary Small, M.D., an expert in [...]

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some recent articles on brain training


hey everyone I realize I haven’t been around much to maintain the site and add new content, so I just wanted to stop in for a moment to let you know that I have not totally abandoned the site. I personally won’t have a lot of time for this going forward, but I hope to [...]

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the latest in brain fitness


From my perspective, brain fitness is popping up everywhere and the industry seems on the brink of a popularity explosion. However, at the same time I am constantly amazed at how few people in the general public have heard of this concept. While I see articles, studies and programming everywhere I look, others don’t seem [...]

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designing the perfect brain


Ok so there probably is no such thing as the perfect brain, or at least its definition would be very subjective. But that fact aside, it is interesting to think of the brain and personality as something that can be designed. In a way, we are incredibly aware of this; when seen through the lens [...]

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Recipe for a Sharp Mind


As a raw foods chef and a brain fitness aficionado, it makes perfect sense that I would come up with a “Recipe for Brain Fitness”. This “recipe” combines what I know about food, nutrition & cooking with what I know about cognitive health. The idea is to provide an outline for an “ideal” day in [...]

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Direct vs. Indirect Brain Training


Here is a great video describing the difference between direct and indirect brain training techniques. I had not heard of this distinction before, but it makes perfect sense. The idea is that there is a difference between exercising an application of a particular cognitive skill and actually working to master the whole skill and be [...]

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blogging on brain fitness


These days, it seems as everyone is touting brain fitness. While people may disagree on exactly the best way to do this, there is little doubt that keeping your mind engaged with the world around you has myriad benefits and will keep you thinking more clearly and effectively as you age. There are so many [...]

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Brain fitness program study reveals visual memory improvement in older adults


A soon-to-be-published study coming out of UCSF is claiming to reveal a direct link between brain training through a cognitive fitness program and improved mental functioning in day to day life. This particular study targeted working visual memory – something we are using on a constant basis in our everyday lives – and found that [...]

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Video of lecture on brain fitness and neuroplasticity


If you would like to learn some more about the latest science behind brain fitness and neuroplasticity, you should definitely have a look at this video. It captures a presentation by Alvaro Fernandez of SharpBrains delivering a lecture on the topic at the New York Public Library. It covers a wide range of topics on [...]

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Brain Games and Brain Health


The human brain is known to start slowing down by the age of 25. Fortunately, at any age, if you use it, you can reverse it. One of the most essential parts of brain fitness and rebuilding your brain is building up your “brain reserve” Brain reserve is the ability for the brain to recognize [...]

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Brain Fitness Pilot Project


New evidence towards the efficacy of brain fitness is now emerging from Australia where they just completed their Brain Fitness Pilot Program. Among their findings were: Participants found improvements in their memory and were able to follow conversations better. Brain has the ability to change in response to new learning. Exercising the brain reduces the [...]

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Brain Test Britain


Here’s something interesting happening over in England. Apparently some BBC TV show with the tagline “Get ready to put science to the test” is launching what it claims will be the largest investigation into the efficacy of brain training with brain games. So far they have 25,000 people signed up for this experiment which aims [...]

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A talk on adult neurogenesis and neuroplasticity


An award acceptance speech with a long discussion of neurogenesis and neuroplasticity. Have a look if you want to learn a little more in-depth science about this process that is shaping your mind. Good to have a background in biology if you want to get too much out of it.

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Play With Your Mind: Brain Training with Brain Games


There is a lot of talk these days about using brain games to train your mind. With each passing month, another study is released touting the efficacy of brain training and further emphasizing the importance of brain fitness. Along with this swelling body of research has come an ever-growing number of brain fitness programs hoping [...]

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want to save on health care? exercise your brain


The well-being of the mind can have a tremendous impact on the health of the body, so it is not surprising to see that the NIH recently found that people who engaged in brain exercise saved hundreds of dollars a year in heath-care costs. Yet another good reason to keep your brain fit. STUDY SHOWS [...]

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The Brain That Changes Itself


Check out this in-depth review of the book entitled “The Brain That Changes Itself“. It looks to be full of anecdotes about people who have overcome seemingly impossible odds thanks to the magic of neuroplasticity. I love reading books like this as they are not only fascinating but also empowering, reminding me of the incredible [...]

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Brain Fitness Interview with Dr. Shlomo Breznitz of CogniFit


The following is a discussion of brain fitness, brain training and neuroscience between Dr Shlomo Breznitz of CogniFit and Alex Colket of PlayWithYourMind Alex: In order to properly frame our conversation, can you start things off by taking a moment to explain neuroplasticity and briefly discuss the implications of this science for the emergent brain [...]

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Brain fitness decreases your chance of depression


A new finding has been released from the ongoing Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly (ACTIVE) study. Not surprisingly, participants who were engaged in some sort of brain training or cognitive exercise were 38% less likely to develop depression (according to the assessment of self-reports). This makes sense as brain exercise is just [...]

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Build a Better Brain: Brain Fitness Tips


Your mind is like a child, and you as its parent are in charge of its development and well-being. As with most parenting, some people do this well while others do it poorly. Because the brain is so powerful, it’s sometimes easy to step away from the wheel and cruise through life on auto-pilot, but [...]

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120 ways to boost your brain


I just came across an excellent post with an ever-growing list of ways to strengthen your mind. It’s very thorough and has some unusual but excellent suggestions. Where applicable, it even provides links to places on the web where you can apply the tip in question. Oh, and here is another similar list you may [...]

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Top Highlights from The State of the Brain Fitness Software Market 2009 Report


Top Highlights from The State of the Brain Fitness Software Market 2009 Report 1) Growth market: Consumers, seniors’ communities and insurance providers drove year on year sustained growth, from $225m in 2007 to $265m in 2008. Revenues may reach between $1 billion to $5 billion by 2015, depending on how important problems (Public Awareness, Navigating [...]

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the role of video games in education and learning


For those of you who are interested in learning more about how online games can help strengthen your mind, here are a couple articles you might be interested in reading: Video Games in Increasing Brain Power: a summary of the various mental faculties targeted by video games Or, if you want something a little more [...]

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Game for Health Conference


The Brain Fitness industry is growing rapidly and gaining a lot of momentum, so it is no surprise to hear that there is now a conference on the subject. The Game for Health Conference will run June 11-12 and will feature a variety of different presentations on the various aspects of the industry, from the [...]

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brain fitness programs – is science really so important?


I was just reading this article entitled Brain Fitness Industry Growth Driven by Science which discusses the role of scientific studies in validating the efficacy of a brain fitness program. One researcher is quoted as saying “Consumers should look for products with published studies showing the product worked, and should be wary of general claims [...]

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Brain Fitness Tips


Obviously, I strongly believe that brain games can be an invaluable tool in your quest for a healthier, stronger brain. However, exercising your mental functions with games is only part of the picture; there are a number of other valuable activities you should engage in that will help keep your mind sharp and fit. Below [...]

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The NeuroActive Bike


While this seems a little odd, I must say that I like the idea. Exercising increases blood flow to the brain and increases mental functioning, so why not exercise your brain while exercising your body? Check out this post on the neuroactive bike

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meditation and neuroplasticity


if you are truly interested in changing the way your mind works, there are few more effective tools than meditation. several different research studies have shown that this ancient practice can physically transform the structure of your brain and by extension your mental thought patterns. Effective meditation can unlearn bad habits while laying down the [...]

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physical fitness equals mental fitness


this is hardly news of course, we’ve known for years that physical exercise improves mental functioning and slows down deterioration of the mind… but I would be remiss in promoting brain fitness but did not occasionally remind people this very important fact. Exercise regularly. Eat well. Be social. Explore hobbies. These are the most important [...]

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A different perspective on brain fitness


Of course, not everyone believes in the merits of brain exercise, and there are a fair share of studies that have concluded that such programs have no measurable effect on mental fitness. The author of this article/study suggests that leading an active life can be just as effective, and seniors need not worry about enrolling [...]

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The Online Brain Games Blog


Looking for another source of information about the latest in brain games and mental fitness? Gary D has made a blog just for that purpose, appropriately titled Online Brain Games Blog. From Gary, on why he started the blog: With so many people looking for ways to improve their brain function, the internet has exploded [...]

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Brain Fitness Market is Growing Fast


Research and Markets: The Size Of The US Brain Fitness Market Was $225m In 2007 – More Than Double What It Was In 2005 According To 2008 Report 1) 2007 was a seminal year for the US Brain Fitness software market, which reached $225 million in revenues – up from an estimated $100 million in [...]

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Brain Power: Use it or Lose it


Look’s like people are catching on to the idea more and more that it’s important to keep your mind fit. Many Web sites offer cognitive training exercises — some for free and others for a small fee. According to the senior vice president of lifestyle products, AARP’s gaming area is the most-visited part of aarp.org. [...]

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Exercising the mind can help the brain battle age


Results of another study on Brain Fitness & Mental Workouts Doctors say it’s not just repeating activities over and over again, like crossword puzzles. It’s doing something new, it’s doing something that really challenges that seems to make the difference.

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Mental Fitness Tips


Here is an article from Pakistan’s Mensa chapter on how to keep the brain fit, called “How to Improve Your Memory & Exercise Your Brain?” Here’s tip #2 2. Keep your brain active. The brain is not a muscle, but regularly “exercising” the brain actually does keep it growing and spurs the development of new [...]

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new brain training games on the market


Here is a review on a new brain fitness game for the G1 (google’s mobile device). The application is called Brain Genius. Brain Genius bills itself as a way to “train your brain,” and it does require a bit of a commitment. It tracks performance PEER1 Managed Hosting – free firewall and SAN Backup for [...]

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corporate brain training


Not surprisingly, brain games are poised to enter the corporate world. More and more businesses are realizing the value of providing brain training exercises to their employees to increase productivity and boost morale (fun & effective, what a great combination). From an article I just read: “Have you caught the brain training bug yet? It’s [...]

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a new brain game for Nintendo DS


More brain games making their way into the main gaming market: http://news.filefront.com/majesco-gives-gamers-mega-brain-boost/

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cognitive fitness and mind gym


Here’s an article from Boing-Boing about the emerging trend. More interesting even than the article are the comments left by users – it’s interesting to read everyone’s take on the issue, from people who are very enthusiastic to those who are incredulous about the idea of brain fitness… http://www.boingboing.net/2007/10/15/mind-gyms-for-cognit.html

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brain games can improve spatial ability


A recent study released suggests that playing the right sort of mind games can have a noticeable impact on spatial ability – in as few as 10 hours of play. Even better, this improvement lasted for at least 5 months after the initial game session. Apparently, this improvement was particularly striking when it comes to [...]

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Some mental insurance…


I came across this article from some news station about an insurance company that now recommends brain exercise for all its policy holders, and offers a program they can use. I realize that mental fitness is a rapidly growing “industry”, and as such it is popping up all over the place, but I had not [...]

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More Games in Education


Re: my last post on games as educational tools, here is a story about a Canadian doctor who is starting local educational programs centered around games. His latest one is called “Wordigy” (sounds like one of my games, right?). This guy seems to agree with the sentiment that games are good for your mind – [...]

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Games: The future of education?


This article presents findings from a recent panel discussion of educators in the Chicago area. The basic gist is that games have the capacity to play a large role in the future of education…

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a different kind of brain exercise


Brain games are a great way to get some mental exercise, but they have their limitations. If you are looking for a more interactive way to improve your mental abilities, this article recommends theater. Sounds like another fun way to sharpen your mind!

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brain games boost memory


Memory games made the front page of Yahoo today under a section on Tips to Improve Memory. A related article presented the latest round of evidence suggesting that memory games can help maintain and improve your memory

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Alzheimers Epidemic


A new study indicates that the number of people living with alzhemiers has gone up 10% in just the last 5 years. read about the Alzheimer’s Epidemic Although there is no definitive evidence that keeping your mind active can stave off Alzheimer’s, it is widely-accepted that playing games and keeping your mind exercised and challenged [...]

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a little neuroscience for your brain


If you are interested in learning a little more about your brain, and how it works, there are a number of good blogs out there covering the exciting field of neuroscience. Granted, many of these prove difficult to understand without a strong science background, but some of them are well-suited for the casual, non-neuroscientist crowd. [...]

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Brain-training


Here is a recent article from Scientific American about a comparison study between regular video games and specific brain exercises. In the study, there were two different groups, one who played regular games (in this case, Tetris) and another that played games designed as part of a brain-training program. Although both groups showed improvement during [...]

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Video Games Improve Vision


A new study from the University of Rochester suggests that playing video games can help visual percpetion. From ScienceDaily.com: “Researchers at the University of Rochester have shown that people who played action video games for a few hours a day over the course of a month improved by about 20 percent in their ability to [...]

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playing games boosts your brain


From About.com, “Top 10 Ways to Improve your Mental Fitness” “1) Play Games Games are a wonderful way to tease and challenge your brain. Suduko, crosswords and electronic games can all improve your brain’s speed and memory. These games rely on logic, word skills, math and more. These games are also fun. You’ll get benefit [...]