Walking has a positive influence on working memory in children

Here’s the abstract:1 We investigated how 9-year-olds and young adults performed a working memory task under different difficulty conditions while walking on a treadmill. Stride-length and stride-time variability tended to decrease with cognitive load in young adults, whereas children showed an increase in walking variability when…

Gamers score better on prediction tasks

Neuropsychologists of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum 1 compared video gamers and non-gamers in probabilistic learning competition. During the test, the video gamers performed significantly better and showed an increased brain activity in the brain areas that are relevant for learning. The research team studied 17 volunteers who…

Decoding primate visual cortex

Thanks to a recent work of two biologists Le Chang and Doris Y. Tsao we now know better how the primate neural network identifies human faces. They accomplished that by identifying the dimensions used by the primate brain to decode faces using MRI and sensitive probes. Their work…

What really is ADHD?

      Some of you might be familiar with the theory of Hunter vs Farmer as it makes a lot of sense. It also correlates well with the ideas of Dr Russell Barkley who defined it as “Nearsightedness in time” (see video below) Therefore the current trend…

Memory formation mechanism v2.0

A team of US and Japanese scientists1 have shown that memories form simultaneously in the hippocampus (short-term memory storage) as well as the cortex (long-term memory storage). This is very surprising, because since 1950s the mechanism was thought to be a cascade – first short-term memory then transfer…

Cognitive Training + Drug Therapy = Increased Learning

The study Recently there has been a small study1 (n=17) in which 2 groups of young adults underwent a cognitive training using three-dimensional multiple object tracking (3D-MOT) task (soon to be implemented by Train of Thought). One group received placebo and the second a cholinergic transmission enhancer…

Dual N-Back what can it do for me?

Dual N-Back is perhaps the most famous of all cognitive games. This is why we developed it first – below you’ll find links for different platforms. Online version “Results might indicate an improvement in central executive processing that could facilitate both WM and dual-task coordination.”1 1. Heinzel S,…

Dementia and Alzheimers – not all is lost.

Introduction Dementia and Alzheimers disease belong to the most challenging problems of modern healthcare and can appear as a real disaster to the affected families. While pharmacological approach develops other, easier solutions begin to emerge. Cognitive tasks (games) were at first used in assessing the cognitive decline, recently thanks to the development of…