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12 Weeks of Brain Training Enhances Brain Health in Adults

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Brain training can improve performance by physically changing the brain. A recent study observed such changes in adults: only 12 weeks of brain training increased blood flow and enhanced functional and physical communication across brain regions. These changes were related to improved abstract thinking. Continue reading

Brain Training to Fight Chemo Fog

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Did you know that up to 75% of cancer survivors report mental fogginess? There is even a term for it: “chemo brain”.  Brain training may be one way to regain sharpness. In a recent study, a group of breast cancer survivors saw their cognitive flexibility, word finding and processing speed improve after training their brain 4 times a week for 12 weeks. Continue reading

10h of Brain Training Keep You Sharp for A Year

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Computerized brain training is more powerful than crossword puzzles to optimize brain functions. A new study showed that 10h of playing a game that trains one’s thinking speed successfully improved players’ performance in many tasks, while crossword puzzles had no effect. Continue reading

The Brain Can Be Trained to Hear Better

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Not being able to hear a person’s voice or follow conversations in a noisy environment  is a common problem as we age. One may think that the only solution is to invest in hearing aids. But a new study shows that by using a brain training program hearing can in fact be trained and improved. Continue reading

Brain Training Helps Seniors Embrace New Ideas and Challenges

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Intellectually engaging activities such as reading, crossword puzzles and the like are good for the brain. They both help maintain brain functions and contribute to building brain reserve, making the brain more resistant to pathology. A recent study shows that stimulating activities combined with cognitive training may also enhance openness in older adults, the ability to embrace new ideas and challenges.  Continue reading

Can the Brain be Trained to Better Multitask?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

As you probably have noticed, it is never easy to do several things at the same time. The best explanation is that human attentional ability is limited. So doing two tasks or more at the same time necessarily lower the amount of attention one can devote to each individual tasks. This leads to slow processing and errors. Since as we age it becomes increasingly difficult to focus attention on a task, it also becomes more difficult to multitask. Brain training has been shown to improve many abilities: Does it work for multitasking too? Continue reading

Memory Training Changes the Brain

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Individuals diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) show early signs of memory loss and are at high risk of developing dementia. As discussed in a previous post, they can greatly benefit from regular brain exercises. A recent study shows that the memory improvement caused by brain training can be directly observed in the brain. Continue reading

Does Brain Training Work?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Cognitive training has attracted a lot of interest in the past few years. Scientific evidence that training the brain does help boost cognitive functions are slowly being collected. A recent study reviews research looking at whether cognitive training can help adults at risk of dementia. Continue reading

Why Crosswords Puzzles are not Enough for a Sharper Mind

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

We often wish we could remember better, pay more attention, be more understanding, be less stressed, etc. In other words we all wish we could function better. Is this possible? Experts tell us that to function better we must take care of our physical brain and try to develop and exercise it. Continue reading

Know Your Brain to Train It Well

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

If you are interested in improving your brain fitness and performance the first step is to understand how the brain works. It is important to understand that different parts of the brain support different functions. This matters because when trying to train your brain, you will have to either perform a range of activities to train your whole brain or select a few specific activities to train only some functions (or brain areas). Here is some basics information to get you started. Continue reading