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Practicing Brain Fitness: The Interesting Tools of Posit Science

09/13/09

144240941_266bc05df2As you might know by now, I am very excited about the potential of education to improve one’s skills and ability to accomplish ambitious things. Last night, a friend told me about a company that deals with self-improvement on the most fundamental level possible.

Posit Science focuses on the most fundamental capacities of a human mind, namely one’s ability to take in sensory information and then process and store it. These are not the whole of ability, but they are the core skills out of which more complex skills can be formed. You need to be able to focus on one spot in order to learn to read.

The company has created a series of computer games that assess one’s abilities and gives you an opportunity to practice and improve them. I tried and enjoyed one on the size of one’s visual field (click here), and I am looking forward to trying more. I can’t speak to the quality of the products as a training tool yet, but the list of scientists creating and advising this company certainly seems credible, and the core claims make sense to me (click here for a summary). Why shouldn’t these capacities be improvable?

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One comment

  1. Hello, Randal.

    The recent interest in brain fitness is great to see. After decades of research showing that the adult brain can still grow and change these ideas are now getting the attention they deserve.

    You may be interested in a study from last year — Improving Fluid Intelligence by Training Working Memory (PNAS April 2008) — which recorded increases in mental agility (fluid intelligence) of more than 40% after 19 days of focused brain training. I was so impressed that I contacted the research team and developed a software program using the same method.
    Mind Sparke Brain Fitness Pro

    Brain Fitness Pro has since been selected as a Top Ten gift pick by PC Mag and has been chosen by top brain gym vibrantBrains as an addition to their lineup.

    Martin
    http://www.mindsparke.com
    Effective, Affordable Brain Training Software



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