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How (not) to train the brain
Enhancing what's between your ears with (and without) science
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Brain training is all the rage. Commercial and clinical initiatives capitalize on trailblazing interdisciplinary research that spans domains such as education, psychological and brain science, cognitive remediation, and mental health. Promotional materials boast that we can learn to think and respond faster, focus better, and control our emotions; companies and authors market techniques to boost memory, increase confidence, and overcome cognitive impairments.

'How (not) to Train the Brain' examines the field of cognitive fitness and scrutinizes the scientific evidence in support of brain training techniques. With the potential to affect millions this topic is important for scientists, practitioners, educators, and the general public. While many a consumer often marvels at this highly commercialized field, discerning fact from fad becomes a challenge given the abundance of products, publications, and contexts. Moreover, available products prey on the
naivety of individuals unfamiliar with the nuanced field of neuroscience, advertising programs that lack scientific validation or presenting unfounded arguments.

In this book, the authors review data from hundreds of articles and provide an overarching account of the field, separating scientific evidence from publicity myth and guiding readers through how they should - and should not - train the brain. They describe existing techniques, including those rooted in scientific research, and survey methods that purport to yield measurable improvements. Intended for a wide audience, this book taps a timely topic by highlighting the most salient approaches to
boosting brain function while identifying those that don't seem to work.


ISBN-13: 9780198789673
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP Oxford)
Publication date: December, 2018
Pages: 384
Weight: 571g
Availability: Not yet published
Subcategories: Neuroscience, Psychology


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'This book does an outstanding job in reviewing the many issues involved when it comes to brain training... It was a pleasure in reading this volume to see new ideas build on older ones... '