“The Brain Trainers” (New York Times feature article)...

Nov 4, 2012 by

The New York Times wrote a great feature piece on LearningRx:...

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Acetaminophen use in pregnancy linked to ADHD and autism in offspring...

Aug 27, 2016 by

There’s new evidence linking prenatal exposure to acetaminophen and symptoms of ADHD and autism. But the researchers say pregnant women shouldn’t be concerned as there is not enough evidence to support the claim....

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Analysis of Resting State Functional Connectivity in a Cognitive Training Intervention Study...

Aug 27, 2016 by

Abstract: As part of a larger randomized controlled study by Hill, Zewelanji, and Faison (2015), 30 of the 225 participating high school students were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: ThinkRx, BrainSkills, or study hall (control). In addition to pre and post cognitive testing these students underwent pre and post MRI imaging. Functional MRI was used to assess changes in resting state functional connectivity associated with cognitive training, and correlation of changes in functional connectivity to cognitive testing findings. Analysis of cognitive testing scores found that the cognitive training groups scored significantly higher than controls on multiple tasks, with the most significant gain occurring in auditory processing: auditory analysis segmenting (F=16.3, p=0.000) and auditory analysis drop (F=13.6, p=0.001). Analysis of resting state connectivity with the auditory cortex (superior temporal gyrus and right anterior temporal gyrus) revealed significant changes in the resting state connectivity with multiple cortical regions involved in cognitive processing (Figure 1). In addition, an increase in global network efficiency (network T=2.44, p-unc 0.02; PaCiG l : T=4.56, p-FDR=.01; MedFC: T=4.14, p-FDR=0.02; pITG l: T=-3.05, p-FDR=0.23; aSTG r: T=2.86, p-FDR=0.27) was found to occur following cognitive training (Figure 2). Further, analysis revealed that network changes correlated to auditory processing gains. Reference: Ledbetter, C., Faison, M., Hill, O., & Patterson, J. (2016). Analysis of Resting State Functional Connectivity in a Cognitive Training Intervention Study. Poster presented at Center for Brain Health Annual Symposium: Reprogramming the Brain to Health: Computational Psychiatry...

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The Efficacy of the LearningRx Cognitive Training Program: Modality & Transfer Effects...

Aug 27, 2016 by

Abstract: This study tested the efficacy of a one-on-one cognitive training program (ThinkRx) and a digital training program in laboratory and school settings. In a randomized controlled study, 225 high school students were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: ThinkRx, digital training, or study hall (control) in a school setting for a 15-week training period. Univariate ANCOVAs revealed significantly higher scores for the treatment groups compared with controls on working memory, logic and reasoning, and three of four math attitude measures but not for math performance. However, because the intervention did not include the MathRx program, the results are as expected. To learn more, download LearningRx’s 48-page 2016 edition of “Client Outcomes and Research Results,”  here: http://www.learningrx.com/our-programs/learningrx-results/. Reference: Hill, O.W., Zewelanji, S., & Faison, O. (2015). The Efficacy of the LearningRx Cognitive Training Program: Modality and Transfer Effects. Journal of Experimental Education: Learning, Instruction, and Cognition, 1–21. doi:...

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ADHD is now a specific disability under federal law

Aug 25, 2016 by

The new federal guidelines classifying ADHD as a specific disability make clear that school districts should evaluate students who may have the disorder even if they show high academic performance. Parents are entitled to ask that a district evaluate a student....

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Concussions leaves mark in brain’s white matter 6 months later...

Aug 23, 2016 by

A new study found that athletes who feel they have recovered from a concussion may still experience long-term brain changes....

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Training the Brain: Beyond Vision Therapy

Aug 23, 2016 by

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of the ThinkRx cognitive training program. Sixty-one children (ages 6–18) were given pretest and post-test assessments using seven batteries from the Woodcock-Johnson III Tests of Cognitive Abilities and Tests of Achievement. Thirty-one of the students were enrolled in or had completed a 24-week cognitive training program in a LearningRx center. A propensity matched control group of thirty students was selected from a group who had pretested but chosen not to enroll in the cognitive training program. Students who completed the ThinkRx cognitive training program realized greater gains than the control group on all measures. Statistically significant differences between groups were noted in six of the seven sets of scores (ps < .001). There were no significant differences based on age, gender, or learning disability. Multiple regression analyses indicated that treatment group membership was a statistically significant predictor of pretest to post-test score differences in associative memory (R2= .445), logic and reasoning (R2= .233), working memory (R2= .265), processing speed (R2= .409), auditory processing (R2= .352), and Word Attack (R2= .359). Completion of the cognitive training program was not a significant predictor of scores on visual processing. Reference: Gibson, K., Carpenter, D., Moore, A.L., & Mitchell, T. (2015). Training the Brain to Learn: Beyond Vision Therapy. Vision Development and Rehabilitation, 1(2), 119–128. To learn more, download LearningRx’s 48-page 2016 edition of “Client Outcomes and Research Results,”  here:...

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LearningRx reviews oppositional behavior & academics study...

Aug 23, 2016 by

A survey of parents of 226 school-age children who had been previously identified as having oppositional behavior and academic difficulties, found that many reported significant improvements in behavior and academics following LearningRx (www.LearningRx.com) personal brain training. The results have been published in LearningRx’s 48-page 2016 edition of “Client Outcomes and Research Results,” which can be downloaded here:http://www.learningrx.com/our-programs/learningrx-results/.   The study consisted of three groups: 77 students who completed 60 hours of ThinkRx cognitive training; 69 students who completed 120 hours of ReadRx cognitive training, and a control group of 80 students who didn’t undergo any training. The results showed: Both treatment groups saw a reduction in academic difficulty The control group saw an increase in academic difficulty Both treatment groups improved on ratings of oppositional behavior The control group’s ratings of oppositional behavior worsened The original dissertation, “The Real-Life Benefits of Cognitive Training” by Edward J. Jedlicka can be found...

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