- An active older life of reading and scholarship does not prevent many of the neurological losses associated with aging, according to Dr. Merzenich:
We have actually conducted controlled trials, which we’ll soon report, that shall show that one hour of intense scholarly work/day has zero impact on your brain fitness, as measured by indices of a) memory; b) thinking; or c) processing speed. Cognitive psychologists have been slow to realize that practicing remembering does not contribute significantly to its enduring improvement. The reason: All of that ‘memory practice’ is exercising brain machinery that is more fundamentally defective, in how it encodes, and in neurological terms represents those things that you are trying to deliver to memory, or recollect from it. Fixing THAT requires a substantially different class of exercises that focus on improving representational fidelity, processing speed, and the modulatory processes that amplify memory encoding and that vivify retrieved memories. -- Dr. Merzenich
- Is Russian psychiatry rediscovering its Soviet roots?
- Dinah says: I don't care if you hate shrinks. It isn't as harsh as it sounds.
- Language Log on the president's use of "like totally." It is not like totally strange for a man Bush's age to speak that way.
- From Mind Blog: Dan Koshland's Cha-Cha-Cha theory of scientific discovery