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July 25, 2008


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Aha! PBS as a brain trainer -- I love it.

Thanks, Leslie.

If you haven't already seen it, you might be interested in Susanne Jaeggi and Martin Buschkuehl's study on Improving Fluid Intelligence by Training Working Memory (PNAS, April 2008) which recorded increases in mental agility (fluid intelligence) of more than 40% with less than 20 days of focused brain training. This is the first study to be able to demonstrate a training effect on general intelligence.

I've been using the training myself, and can say that the results are far from subtle --- I can now tackle the Saturday crossword in the Times when before I would usually get stumped by Thursday's, and I've even noticed that my piano playing has improved. Unexpected but logical outcomes of improved cognitive ability.

PS. I'm able to go through the training because I was so impressed by the study that I contacted the research team and developed a commercial training tool based on their technique.


"...and doing something every day that's out of your comfort zone is a perfect "weight-lifting" exercise for brain cells."

This reminds me of how my mom would tell us to brush our teeth with our left hand sometimes (we are right-handed) to give our brains a "work-out."

Joyce Roe Flaugher

Aloha kakou,

Aging research suggests that learning a NEW skill increases the number of synapses in our brains. Good news for those folks who have always wanted to learn to play music or sing or anything that they don't already know.

I teach introduction and beginning ukulele to students from 6-90+ in Texas. We are sending out a joyful noise into the universe AND improving our mental health too.

My car radio is either tuned to Public Radio or I am listening to Hawaiian nahenahe music on CDs.

Malama pono,

Dr Hana Yin

Brain fitness will be the big wave of this century- our brain is not set stone. You cannot teach old dogs new tricks are no longer true.

Our brain is very trainable if you you put enough attention & energy into learning.

Train your brain for a happier life today !

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