News & Updates
Here’s another article about brain training that popped up in my news feed this morning, about a study finding that any perceived benefits may simply be the placebo effect at work, while the training itself is potentially irrelevant.
If you want to learn more about this topic, I’d recommend the book Smarter by Dan Hurley, which is a journalist’s story of delving into brain training programs and sharing the results. I read it last year. Unfortunately he got very little measurable benefit from it, despite months of effort.
Note that one brain training company, Lumos Labs (creator of Lumosity), was recently fined millions of dollars by the Federal Trade Commission for deceptive advertising.
There’s a lot of hype surging about brain training programs, especially in the online affiliate world, but the current results suggest that you’re better off saving your money, and your time would be better spent playing video games, which have demonstrated cognitive benefits.
The placebo effect has been proven to work as well, so I’ll give you one for free: You’re brilliant! It’s amazing how much smarter you are today. I truly admire your genius. You’re about to have one of your smartest days ever! 🙂
Learning Strategies is hosting a free online streaming event June 20-25, 2016. It’s called Spring Forest Healingfest and features Qigong expert Chunyi Lin.
You can access the Healingfest via your web browser or phone.
All six days of the Healingfest are free, with new sessions posted each day. Each session can be streamed for free for a limited time. After that Learning Strategies will be selling the recordings.
Get free access to the Healingfest here: Spring Forest Healingfest
The July 2016 issue of Scientific American reports:
Fast-paced shooter games enhance certain cognitive functions, including bettering attention, reaction times and switching from one task to another. … Surprisingly, popular marketed brain-training games don’t seem to evince the same kinds of benefits.
If you have a minute, I’d love it if you would share your answer to the following question via my contact form:
What are your biggest problems or challenges with respect to the way your mind seems to work? In other words, does your mind ever seem to work against you, and if so, how does that show up for you?
I’m collecting ideas for future articles and for designing upcoming workshops. 🙂
My mailing list provider, Aweber, has been having technical issues lately with respect to my account, so if you recently tried to sign up for the mailing list and received an error message, I’m aware of the problem. I’ve been in touch with their support to try to fix it, but so far they haven’t been able to resolve it.
In the meantime, if you want to join the mailing list and run into an error message while trying to sign up, just send me a message via the contact form with a request to be added to the list and the email address you’d like to use, and I can add you manually.
I’m sorry for the inconvenience. I’ve been using Aweber for years, and they’ve been reliable overall, but this week I’ve been pretty disappointed with them. So far the only solution they’ve given me is to wait for the problem to work itself out. I think my readers deserve a better solution than that.
The 5th annual Health Healing Happiness Conference is June 10-12, 2016 in Las Vegas. Speakers include Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. John McDougall, and many others. It includes a vegan lunch buffet too.
I know the organizer and may go to the conference too, so please let me know if you decide to attend.
I’m flying to Costa Rica tomorrow. I’ve never been there before, so I’m excited to visit a new country, and it’s a good opportunity to practice some Spanish.
I’ll be staying in San José, so if you’re in the area and want to meet up, or if you have any tips or suggestions for what to see and do there, I’d love to hear from you.
It will probably be a very damp trip since it’s supposed to rain 7 out of the next 10 days there.