New scientific research proves computer-based brain training exercises significantly improve the brains ability to focus and so learn more. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) about one in 10 school children suffers from attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who may carry this into their adult life. Linked to measurable differences in brain structures and brain waves, any form of learning disorder can have dire effects on children’s or adults academic achievements.
A recent CDC report shows that as many as 3 million American elementary school children now take medications to control their symptoms. But these drugs don’t work for everyone. In a recent study, Naomi J. Steiner, director of the CATS Project (Computer Attention Training in Schools for children with ADHD) at Tufts Medical Center, and her colleagues found that computer-based attention-training exercises significantly improved the ability of kids with ADHD to focus and pay attention.
This supports the research being carried out by the psychology team at RaiseYourIQ. SMART brain training covers all age groups to target intellectual skills training. The course is designed to train the part of the brain by using the brain’s capacity to change. Experts from the neuroscience and psychology community agree that brain training would be appropriate for all children, but also to train attention and learning improvement in adults, even in the 50-plus group. Brain training can have different purposes at different ages whether it is to improve IQ or make learning easier, but there is always the same goal: improving brain function.
Scientists now know that adults use “metacognition”; that is, they think about how they’re thinking and learning. They are aware of how they can use the skills they’re learning to bridge their deficits. The focus has to be about training our brains to become better. Scientists are looking at attention skills as a spectrum. The objective is to have parents and teachers as well as the students and adults themselves identify problems—inattention, inability to complete assignments, forgetfulness, disorganization. They can take advantage of these techniques covered in the SMART brain training course to train their brains. This is a huge paradigm shift.
Everyone could benefit from brain training, whether it is delivered through practitioners or online as the technology has become more accessible. Business and school systems are becoming interested in brain training from a health perspective; giving access to these kinds of brain skills interventions to adults or children would have so many benefits.
People ask “What does SMART brain training address? Quite simply, it helps people pay attention to learning more so raising IQ levels. An example is kids tell us that at school, they realized they were not paying attention but now we can bring ourselves back now.” As they continue to through the brain training course, people strengthen the part of the brain responsible for focusing.
Brain training also decreases hyperactivity and impulsivity. Hyperactivity is the lack of ability to control the body. Impulsivity is the lack of ability to think twice before doing something. What it looks like in business is answering a question without thinking or in the classroom it’s shouting out answers without raising a hand. Researchers also have found that brain training improves “executive function”. Executive function skills relate to the brain’s ability to orchestrate what it’s about to do. This brain function is extremely important as school, work and life becomes all about how good people are at organizing their time. More and more research is now proving conclusively that brain training has wide ranging health, self-improvement and educational benefits. For more information on the RaiseYourIQ SMART Brain Training visit our website.
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