Brain training may help keep seniors on the road

Jan 14, 2017 by

A Penn State University study of over 2,000 adults 65 or older found that those who participated in training designed to improve cognitive abilities are more likely to continue driving over the next decade....

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What’s LearningRx? Watch the video!

Nov 23, 2016 by

What is LearningRx personal brain training and why does it work? LearningRx one-on-one brain training focuses on a set of seven cognitive skills that allow us to learn easier, think faster, and perform better: http://www.learningrx.com. This video explains what these skills are and how they affect our ability to perform even the simplest tasks. Hear first-hand what LearningRx graduates and their parents have to say about our program. “If you want to gain physical endurance, you exercise with intensity,” says Christina Ledbetter, PhD, neurologist and research fellow at LSU Health Sciences Center. “If you want to gain brain function, you exercise your brain with intensity. It’s that feature of the LearningRx program that most impresses me. We see these great results because we train intensely.” To read the research and results on thousands of LearningRx clients, visit http://www.learningrx.com/results. Watch the video here:...

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Brain training to combat stress

Nov 5, 2016 by

Research from Tel-Aviv University indicates that a new imaging technique might help people self-regulate their emotional responses. The tool provides feedback on electrical activity in the amygdala, which regulates things like fear and stress. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/312877.php Other types of brain training, such as LearningRx’s one-on-one cognitive skills training, has been shown to be effective for a number of things. Past studies have shown it to increase IQ, strengthen a variety of cognitive skills and increase confidence. Visit www.LearningRx.com to learn...

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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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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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LearningRx brain training improved IQ by 21 points

Aug 23, 2016 by

The results of a randomized controlled trial (RCT), published recently in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology, support the efficacy of the ThinkRx® one-on-one cognitive training program in improving cognitive skills and IQ scores in students ages 8 to 14 years. The study showed statistically significant generalized improvements in six cognitive skills—associative memory, working memory, long-term memory, visual processing, auditory processing, logic and reasoning, and processing speed—as well as a 21-point mean increase in overall General Intelligence Ability (GIA) testing scores, an established measure of IQ. This is the first RCT to evaluate the efficacy of a comprehensive, one-on-one cognitive training program targeting multiple cognitive abilities, offering an important contribution to the knowledge base on cognitive training effects in children. It was led by Dick M. Carpenter II, PhD, University of Colorado Colorado Springs; Christina Ledbetter, PhD, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center; and Amy Lawson Moore, PhD, Gibson Institute of Cognitive Research. Their findings also support the use of theCattell-Horn-Carroll (CHC) theory of intelligence in the design of cognitive training programs to ensure multiple cognitive skills are targeted by training exercises. “I’m excited about what the changes in GIA score and other cognitive skills could mean in terms of brain connectivity, network efficiency, and overall cognitive processing.” DR. CHRISTINA LEDBETTER, NEUROSCIENTIST AND RESEARCH FELLOW AT LSU HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER The study evaluated the effects of ThinkRx, a program that targets seven core cognitive skills based on the CHC theory...

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