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.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 621 g
Dimensions: 134 x 146 x 18 mm
Drs. Raz and Rabipour have provided an excellent resource for clinicians trying to provide cognitive remediation that is both client centered and evidence based. * Elizabeth Bosman, C.Psych., Practice in Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Psychology *
This illuminating and informative book shows the complexities and debates regarding brain training, with engaging examples and current evidence, and also outlines the next frontier in brain training. * Alan D. Castel, Professor of Psychology at UCLA, and author of Better with Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging *
I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'How (not) to Train the Brain'. The nuanced approach to describing the brain-training literature brought a smile to my face. * Sebastiaan Dovis, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Lucertis *
This book introduces a much-needed scientific framework to a field replete with pseudo-scientific claims and promises * Eyal Reingold, Professor emeritus, University of Toronto *
Are you looking for a rigorous answer to the question of whether brain training works? In this book, you will find a nicely-written, clever, and bal-anced analysis of the science behind brain training. * M. Rosario (Charo) Rueda, Associate Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience Mind, Brain and Behaviour Research Center, Dept of Experimental Psychology, University of Granada, Spain *
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... * Michael Posner, University of Oregon *