Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Article: Targeted brain training may help you multitask better - more on attentional control


Targeted brain training may help you multitask better
http://www.psypost.org/2014/08/targeted-brain-training-may-help-multitask-better-27502

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Consistent with the research in this article, have proposed that the training of attentional control (aka, controlled attention) may hold "one" (of multiple) keys to why some brain training programs may be effective.

You can find a MindHub Pub white paper where I lay out this information here.  


Also, other AC related posts at the Brain Clock blog can be found at the following two links.   Sorry for the two links with overlap.  I need to do some blog maintenance.




FYI. The MindHub web portal has been updated

I finally got around to updating the MindHub web portal. There is new information under most major categories. Enjoy.

http://themindhub.com/

Article: The Real Neuroscience of Creativity - with comments and FYI

I agree with Scott Barry Kaufman on the importance of the default brain network.  However, at times one needs to learn how to shut down the default network "on demand" and invoke the executive control network.  I have written a white paper on this topic, in the context of trying to explain how Interactive Metronome appears to help people train their abilities to "quiet the busy mind", which is available at the following link.  It also covers the three brain networks discussed by Scott in his article at the Huffington Post.  Enjoy.


More information can be found at the MindHub (www.themindhub.com)






Article: Mechanism of Thought Generation in Neurons Unraveled



Article: The Amazing Benefits of Daydreaming on the Mind - with comment


I also have a deep interest in the default brain network and have made a number of FYI and written posts to the Brain Clock blog about this important brain network  http://www.brainclock.net/search/label/default%20brain%20network

Just think of:  mind wandering; TUTs (task unrelated thoughts); and REST (rapid episodic thinking)

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Video: From Evaluation to Inspiration


From Evaluation to Inspiration
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bn0irTDww9Q

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Article: Poor Early Language Skills May Be Linked to Kids’ Behavior Problems


Poor Early Language Skills May Be Linked to Kids' Behavior Problems
https://www.nichd.nih.gov/news/releases/Pages/081814-podcast-early-language.aspx

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Article: The secrets of the ‘little brain’ – what do we really know about the cerebellum?


The secrets of the 'little brain' – what do we really know about the cerebellum?
http://blogs.biomedcentral.com/bmcblog/2014/08/20/the-secrets-of-the-little-brain-what-do-we-really-know-about-the-cerebellum/

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Article: Is Fluoride in Private Wells Causing an IQ Decline?


Monday, August 18, 2014

IQ and state level innovation and growth: Does where you live make a difference

Interesting study in the latest issue of Intelligence that suggests a link between state-level IQ and growth and innovation. Of course, this looks good to me as I live in MN (see last figure). That being said, the R-squared values must be interpreted appropriately. They are in the mid .50s to high .60's, which indicates that the variables included as predictors in this investigation accounted for 25% to approximately 45% of the innovation dependent variable. That is large and statistically significant, but it indicates (aside from the fact that this is a correlational and not experimental study--correlation does not prove causality) that there are many other variables that need to be considered. It is a complex multivariate issue.

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Article: Can Hearing Loss Predict—or Lead to—Cognitive Decline?




Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sharing Finger Tapping Test Performance as a Measure of Performance Validity via BrowZine

And yet one more malingering research article

Finger Tapping Test Performance as a Measure of Performance Validity
Axelrod, Bradley N.; Meyers, John E.; Davis, Jeremy J.
The Clinical Neuropsychologist, Vol. 28 Issue 5 – 2014: 876 - 888

10.1080/13854046.2014.907583

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Sharing Comparisons of Five Performance Validity Indices in Bona Fide and Simulated Traumatic Brain Injury via BrowZine

More malingering measurement research.

Comparisons of Five Performance Validity Indices in Bona Fide and Simulated Traumatic Brain Injury
Bashem, Jesse R.; Rapport, Lisa J.; Miller, Justin B.; Hanks, Robin A.; Axelrod, Bradley N.; Millis, Scott R.
The Clinical Neuropsychologist, Vol. 28 Issue 5 – 2014: 851 - 875

10.1080/13854046.2014.927927

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Sharing Are Verbal Intelligence Subtests and Reading Measures Immune to Non-Credible Effort? via BrowZine

File under malingering.

Are Verbal Intelligence Subtests and Reading Measures Immune to Non-Credible Effort?
Sawyer, R. John; Young, J. Christopher; Roper, Brad L.; Rach, Amanda
The Clinical Neuropsychologist, Vol. 28 Issue 5 – 2014: 756 - 770

10.1080/13854046.2014.920922

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One-Week Practice Effects in Older Adults: Tools for Assessing Cognitive Change
Duff, Kevin
The Clinical Neuropsychologist, Vol. 28 Issue 5 – 2014: 714 - 725

10.1080/13854046.2014.920923

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Executive function predicts artificial language learning
Kapa, Leah L.; Colombo, John
Journal of Memory and Language, Vol. 76 – 2014: 237 - 252

10.1016/j.jml.2014.07.004

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Only in America: Cold Winters Theory, race, IQ and well-being
Pesta, Bryan J.; Poznanski, Peter J.
Intelligence, Vol. 46 – 2014: 271 - 274

10.1016/j.intell.2014.07.009

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The correlation between g loadings and heritability in Japan: A meta-analysis
te Nijenhuis, Jan; Kura, Kenya; Hur, Yoon-Mi
Intelligence, Vol. 46 – 2014: 275 - 282

10.1016/j.intell.2014.07.008

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Intelligence, creativity, and innovation
Squalli, Jay; Wilson, Kenneth
Intelligence, Vol. 46 – 2014: 250 - 257

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Article: Structural and functional connectivity of the human brain in autism spectrum disorders and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: A rich club-organization study.


Structural and functional connectivity of the human brain in autism spectrum disorders and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: A rich club-organization study.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25116862?dopt=Abstract

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Article: Size and Synchronization of Auditory Cortex Promotes Musical, Literacy, and Attentional Skills in Children.


Size and Synchronization of Auditory Cortex Promotes Musical, Literacy, and Attentional Skills in Children.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25122894?dopt=Abstract

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Article: New findings out on brain networks in children at risk for mental disorders

Recall the cell phone commercial with the message "its the network!"  The explosion of research on the efficiency of brain networks (see another report below) just keeps comming.  Follow the following link for posts related to brain network efficiency at the Brain Clock blog.   http://www.brainclock.net/search/label/brain%20networks

New findings out on brain networks in children at risk for mental disorders
http://www.psypost.org/2014/06/new-findings-out-on-brain-networks-in-children-at-risk-for-mental-disorders-25559

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Article: Harvard University psychologists seek to unlock secrets of children's complex thinking


Harvard University psychologists seek to unlock secrets of children's complex thinking
http://www.nsf.gov/discoveries/disc_summ.jsp?cntn_id=132270&org=NSF

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Check out “The MindHub” on Flipboard

An FYI note regarding one of the free content curation sources provided by Dr. Kevin McGrew and the MindHub (www.themindhub.com).  If you have the free Flipboard app and are interesting in psychology, cognition, intelligence, neuroscience, etc., then give this free e-magazine of curated stories a try. 

Flip through The MindHub by Kevin McGrew http://flip.it/FMBVq





Article: Assessing Intellectual Functioning and Adaptive Behavior


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