My Fox21 Interview: Another Brain Training Success Story
Check out my interview on Fox21’s Living Local. An amazing brain training success story: Jim suffered a severe traumatic brain injury in a biking accident. Eight years later, he found LearningRx brain training. Along with Dr. Amy Moore, he shares his story this morning on Fox21’s Living Local. Link to story: Empower your brain with LearningRx
I recently gave a talk at the 2019 LearningRx Annual Convention to a wonderful group of brain trainers and LearningRx center owners from around the country. My message? Based on my research, I have learned a few important lessons about the conditions under which brain training is most effective. First, brain training has to be complex. Next, brain training must be intense. And third, brain training needs to be delivered by a human…not by a computer. Want to see my talk to learn more?
A friend of mine struggled with childhood trauma for many years until one day her therapist said, “You need to get over it.” What? As a psychologist, my first reaction was to tell her to find a new therapist. You can’t dismiss a client’s trauma like that. What happened to validating her feelings? But she said something very profound that changed my mind in an instant. She said,
“I didn’t know you could do that. Just get over it. It had never crossed my mind that it was an option. Once he gave me permission to do it, I could. I’d had years of therapy and it was time. So, I got over it.”
Wow! What a game changer! The answer to stress management? Maybe. Will it be that simple for everyone? Maybe not. But it’s intriguing and hopeful. That’s a start.
I wrote the article below on the impact of stress on the brain last year for Modern Brain Journal. For those of you who need a scientific reason or two to convince you to get over all things stressful, read on…
The Contribution of Cognitive Training to
Improved College Entrance Exam Performance
Research has shown us again and again that cognitive skills correlate with standardized math and language arts test scores, and that IQ scores are significant predictors of performance on college entrance exams. Thus, it is not only plausible but probable that strengthening the individual cognitive skills that comprise the composite IQ score can contribute to increased performance on standardized tests. Cognitive skill deficits—especially deficits in working memory, processing speed, and executive functions—are common among struggling students. Because cognitive skills are significant predictors of academic performance, interventions that remediate cognitive deficits are critical to maximizing a student’s academic success. continue reading…
As you can see, “attention” was right in the middle. So, what does that mean for clinicians? We are targeting the wrong problem with our mainstream ADHD treatments. We need to choose interventions that address the greatest deficits. (And perhaps reconsider the name of the disorder in the first place. Is it really a deficit in attention??) Check out cognitive training for ADHD and the research supporting it. More to come…
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This site is home to cognitive & educational psychologist Amy Lawson Moore, PhD (with an occasional contribution by clinical neuroscientist Christina Ledbetter, PhD). I share my research on brain training and assessment, other brain health research, and my thoughts and opinions on all things neuroscience, psychology, and education.