Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Working memory training (n-back task) improves fluid intelligence (Gf) 3-4 IQ points

Interesting meta-analysis suggestingthat working memory training, via the n-back task, over a relatively short period of time, can improve fluid intelligence/reasoning (Gf). Conservative estimate of 3-4 Gf IQ points improvement. Click on images to enlarge.









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Sunday, August 31, 2014

The sound of music: Two new music and cognitive functioning articles

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The brain's "stop and go" mechanisms: The basal ganglia weighs in

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Sharing Multisensory Integration during Short-term Music Reading Training Enhances Both Uni- and Multisensory Cortical Processing via BrowZine

Multisensory Integration during Short-term Music Reading Training Enhances Both Uni- and Multisensory Cortical Processing
Paraskevopoulos, Evangelos; Kuchenbuch, Anja; Herholz, Sibylle C.; Pantev, Christo
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Vol. 26 Issue 10 – 2014: 2224 - 2238

10.1162/jocn_a_00620

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Neuroethical issues in pharmacological cognitive enhancement
Mohamed, Ahmed Dahir
Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, Vol. 5 Issue 5 – 2014: 533 - 549

10.1002/wcs.1306

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Monday, August 25, 2014

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The relationship between working memory and intelligence in children: Is the scoring procedure important?
Giofrè, David; Mammarella, Irene C.
Intelligence, Vol. 46 – 2014: 300 - 310

10.1016/j.intell.2014.08.001

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Article: Targeted brain training may help you multitask better - more on attentional control


Targeted brain training may help you multitask better
http://www.psypost.org/2014/08/targeted-brain-training-may-help-multitask-better-27502

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Consistent with the research in this article, have proposed that the training of attentional control (aka, controlled attention) may hold "one" (of multiple) keys to why some brain training programs may be effective.

You can find a MindHub Pub white paper where I lay out this information here.  


Also, other AC related posts at the Brain Clock blog can be found at the following two links.   Sorry for the two links with overlap.  I need to do some blog maintenance.




FYI. The MindHub web portal has been updated

I finally got around to updating the MindHub web portal. There is new information under most major categories. Enjoy.

http://themindhub.com/

Article: The Real Neuroscience of Creativity - with comments and FYI

I agree with Scott Barry Kaufman on the importance of the default brain network.  However, at times one needs to learn how to shut down the default network "on demand" and invoke the executive control network.  I have written a white paper on this topic, in the context of trying to explain how Interactive Metronome appears to help people train their abilities to "quiet the buzzy mind", which is available at the following link.  It also covers the three brain networks discussed by Scott in his article at the Huffington Post.  Enjoy.


More information can be found at the MindHub (www.themindhub.com)







Article: The Amazing Benefits of Daydreaming on the Mind - with comment


I also have a deep interest in the default brain network and have made a number of FYI and written posts to the Brain Clock blog about this important brain network  http://www.brainclock.net/search/label/default%20brain%20network

Just think of:  mind wandering; TUTs (task unrelated thoughts); and REST (rapid episodic thinking)

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Article: The secrets of the ‘little brain’ – what do we really know about the cerebellum?


The secrets of the 'little brain' – what do we really know about the cerebellum?
http://blogs.biomedcentral.com/bmcblog/2014/08/20/the-secrets-of-the-little-brain-what-do-we-really-know-about-the-cerebellum/

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

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Neonatal neuropsychology: Emerging relations of neonatal sensory–motor responses to white matter integrity
Weinstein, Maya; Marom, Ronella; Berger, Irit; Ben Bashat, Dafna; Gross-Tsur, Varda; Ben-Sira, Liat; Artzi, Moran; Uliel, Shimrit; Leitner, Yael; Geva, Ronny
Neuropsychologia, Vol. 62 – 2014: 209 - 219

10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2014.07.028

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Article: Structural and functional connectivity of the human brain in autism spectrum disorders and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: A rich club-organization study.


Structural and functional connectivity of the human brain in autism spectrum disorders and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: A rich club-organization study.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25116862?dopt=Abstract

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Article: Size and Synchronization of Auditory Cortex Promotes Musical, Literacy, and Attentional Skills in Children.


Size and Synchronization of Auditory Cortex Promotes Musical, Literacy, and Attentional Skills in Children.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25122894?dopt=Abstract

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Article: New findings out on brain networks in children at risk for mental disorders

Recall the cell phone commercial with the message "its the network!"  The explosion of research on the efficiency of brain networks (see another report below) just keeps comming.  Follow the following link for posts related to brain network efficiency at the Brain Clock blog.   http://www.brainclock.net/search/label/brain%20networks

New findings out on brain networks in children at risk for mental disorders
http://www.psypost.org/2014/06/new-findings-out-on-brain-networks-in-children-at-risk-for-mental-disorders-25559

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Check out “The MindHub” on Flipboard

An FYI note regarding one of the free content curation sources provided by Dr. Kevin McGrew and the MindHub (www.themindhub.com).  If you have the free Flipboard app and are interesting in psychology, cognition, intelligence, neuroscience, etc., then give this free e-magazine of curated stories a try. 

Flip through The MindHub by Kevin McGrew http://flip.it/FMBVq





Thursday, August 07, 2014

PEBS Neuroethics Roundup (JHU) [feedly]


PEBS Neuroethics Roundup (JHU)
// Neuroethics & Law Blog

Last Edition's Most Popular Article(s): This Blood Test Can Predict Suicide Risk, Scientists Say, TIME In The Popular Press: New Computer Chip Is Designed to Work Like the Brain, NYTimes Enhancement and Social Possibility, The Neuroethics Blog Scientists Say Child's...
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

ADHD as a brain network disorder: More evidence




It is becoming clear that ADHD is likely related to dysfunctional interactions between certain brain networks (click here for prior ADHD posts). The following two studies add to this growing literature on the importance of brain network connectivity.

This research is also consistent with my previously posted white-paper on brain networks, temporal processing (brain clock) and cognitive efficiency processing with a strong influence of white matter integrity (paper is written around explaining the efficacy of the IM intervention but can also be viewed as a three level explanation of how brain networks influence working memory, attentional control, and executive functioning).

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