How “Superagers” Maintain Cognitive Performance Into Their 80s

Here's a new word for you: superager. It refers to an older adult whose cognitive performance is the same as a younger adult. The implication is that it's not normal for people to maintain cognition as they age. However, if we can identify what makes superagers unique, can this well-proven pattern of cognitive decline be prevented? A … Continue reading How “Superagers” Maintain Cognitive Performance Into Their 80s

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Neuroscience Wearables Make Big Promises, But Caution is Needed

The Halo Sport looks like a pair of headphones, but in addition to playing music, it delivers electric stimulation to the wearer's brain. Why would people voluntarily zap their heads? Well, Halo claims that if the $699 device is worn during physical training, athletes will achieve their goals faster. Products like this are becoming a … Continue reading Neuroscience Wearables Make Big Promises, But Caution is Needed

Brain Training Only Makes You Better at Brain Training

In a previous post on the science of brain training, we reviewed a study that found no evidence that it improves anything other than the training tasks themselves. This is "near transfer," which is the finding that doing a test will make you better at that test. In other words, yes, practice is a thing that … Continue reading Brain Training Only Makes You Better at Brain Training