Monday, February 8, 2016
“Under what conditions does brain training work?”
That‘s the title of an interesting presentation from the 2015 SharpBrains Virtual Summit. I desperately want brain training to work. After misadventures with my brain tumor and subsequent post-operations incidents, I need to improve my cognition.
After reading the U.S. Federal Trade Commission press release which announced that “Lumosity to Pay $2 Million to Settle FTC Deceptive Advertising Charges for Its “Brain Training” Program” - https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/press-releases/2016/01/lumosity-pay-2-million-settle-ftc-deceptive-advertising-charges - I began to wonder if this online brain-training business was worth anything at all.
That’s why I appreciated reading this presentation deck from the SharpBrains 2015 Virtual Summit which discusses that very topic. Here’s a link to those slides posted on LinkedIn: http://www.slideshare.net/AlvaroF/under-what-conditions-does-brain-training-work
A word of caution: these are the “slides” without the audio narrative that explains the slides. As a result, the information is incomplete. You can, of course, purchase access from SharpBrains for the full contents.
Given that caveat, I wanted to make sure that brain tumor victims and caregivers and friends and family have some access to an independent third-party point of view.
The presenters in this include Alvaro Fernandez, CEO & Co-Founder of SharpBrains; Bruce E. Wexler, Professor Psychiatry, Yale University; Roy Hamilton, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania.
Having written all that, I believe that the SharpBrains website is a good, unbiased site for information about brain health and all the latest brain improvement gadgetry that’s flooding the market - http://sharpbrains.com/