Open seminars at NVS: Enhancing brain and cognition through cognitive training
International Forum with Susanne Jaeggi, Associate Professor, School of Education and the Department of Cognitive Sciences, UC Irvine
ARC's seminar series is open for all to visit on a first come, first serve basis. The seminars cover aging research topics within geriatric epidemiology, psychology and social gerontology.
Brain training and whether or not it works has been the focus of many debates in recent years. There are numerous commercial products claiming to improve general mental ability; however, the scientific evidence for such claims is sparse. In order for brain training to be effective, we want trainees to not just get better at the training task, but we also want them to be are able to ‘transfer’ their skills to other tasks or domains. For over a decade, I and my collaborators have been using brain training as a tool to investigate brain plasticity, and we have been developing interventions targeting participants across the lifespan. Our work suggests that cognitive training can indeed lead to generalizing effects in various relevant domains, nonetheless, our data also reveal important factors that constrain the efficacy of training. In order to make our interventions more effective, our more recent work has been focusing on several factors, such as the distribution of training sessions (i.e. spacing), gamification, or the combination of cognitive training with transcranial direct current stimulation. I will conclude by outlining some of the current outstanding questions in this field and how to address them.
Susanne Jaeggi (http://wmp.education.uci.edu) is an Associate Professor at the UC Irvine School of Education and the Department of Cognitive Sciences directing the Working Memory and Plasticity Lab, and she is a Fellow at the UCI Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. She is an Experimental Psychologist and Cognitive Neuroscientist and has Ph.D.s in both, Cognitive Psychology and Neuroscience from the University of Bern, Switzerland, and a ‘Habilitation’ in Psychology (an advanced degree beyond the Ph.D. level; also from the University of Bern). Prior to joining the faculty at UC Irvine, she conducted post-doctoral work at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and she was an Assistant Professor in Psychology and the Program for Neuroscience and Cognitive Science at the University of Maryland at College Park.
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