Friday, January 25, 2008

Brain fitness merger info - preventing car crashes

Check out Posit Science press release regarding its acquisition of Visual Awareness, Inc., the company that developed the UFOV assessment and cognitive speed of processing programs.

The brain fitness movement is here and growing.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Friday, January 11, 2008

"Tools of the mind" executive function training

A very interesting post at the Developing Intelligence blog re: research reports that the "Tools of the Mind" cognitive intervention can produce significant gains in executive function in children.

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Brain injury - perseveration

An example of brain injury related perseveration....not really a laughing matter. Check out the Brain Injury blog for up-to-date information related to BI. It is an excellent blog

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Impulsivity and time perception

An interesting "in press" article (Trends in Cognitive Sciences; Willmann & Paulus) that links the pacemaker accumulator model (PAM) of mental time-keeping and impulsivity and decision making.

The bottom line is that individuals that focus more attentional resources on time ("watching the clock") and/or who may be in increased arousal states (due to emotional distress), experience time differently. Such individuals overestimate time durations, and thus have a harder time waiting for rewards or delaying gratification needs. According to the author's modification of the predominant PAM model (see addition of "mood states" oval in figure above), the pacemaker of impulsive individuals may run at a higher clock speed, due to increased arousal or attention.

Interesting hypothesis and expansion of the PAM.

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Tech tidbit - 2007 and software (MIT Tech Review)

Interesting post from the MIT Tech Review regarding their perception of significant developments in software during the past year (2007)

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