Category Archives: Personal Cognition

Brain Training: Part 2

transfer 3aThis post follows on from my April post on this topic. Here, I contrast the cognitive training I discuss on the homepage of my website with the brain training promoted by many commercial organizations. I also discuss the issue of skill transfer and why we need to assess transfer when evaluating the effectiveness of brain training.

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Brain Training

Train Your BrainI was stimulated to think more about brain training when I heard Dan Hurley talking about his new book, Smarter: The New Science of Building Brainpower.  Dan Hurley is persuasive but throughout the podcast, I could not help thinking, “But this doesn’t work, does it? Have I missed something?”

Quite by coincidence, I was reading The Invisible Gorilla by Chris Chabris and Dan Simons around that time.  They have some views on brain training that are at odds with those of Dan Hurley.

I work through some of the contrasting ideas in my post.

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The Beethoven Effect

ShiroSetting: While walking his dog, Shiro, in the park, Anonymous overhears the conversation of two other dog owners.

Owner 1: I’m doing the Beethoven exercises.

Owner 2: Eh, what’s that?

Owner 1: If you listen to 10 minutes of Beethoven a day you get smarter.

What is the Beethoven effect? Is it anything like the Mozart effect? Does it work?

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