Cognitive Training Builds Better Brains
intelligence is not something that is fixed at birth. It can go
up—or down—depending upon the type and amount of stimulation
to which he or she is exposed. The brain is plastic, it can be molded.
Children who train diligently on the violin or piano form more neuropathways
in the music centers of the brain than those who don’t practice.
And most of us would agree that the more one practices a sport,
the better one gets
overwhelming evidence that Practice Builds Better Brains,
the idea has persisted that intelligence is fixed—measure
a child’s IQ and you can predict that child’s academic
and professional future.
why this is not true it is necessary to understand a little bit
about how the brain supports learning. For example, for a child
to read the brain must perform many functions, each of which is
called a cognitive ability. First, the child must be able
to recognize the letters and words—visual processing. Then
these visual symbols must be translated into sounds and words—auditory
processing or “phonics”. These words must be held in
short-term memory until the reader reaches the end of a sentence
or paragraph. The brain must then transfer important information
to long-term memory to be stored for later use (visualization may
play a role in this process). And finally, higher order reasoning
abilities are used to extract the meaning from the stored information
and use it to solve problems, etc.
training works by strengthening these cognitive abilities (and
others) through a series of mental exercises that stimulate areas
of the brain that are often overlooked. Furthermore, this is done
at a high level of intensity both in terms of time and effort expended.
The term “mental boot-camp” has been applied to such
training. You don’t become a concert violinists practicing
30 minutes twice a week, and you don’t develop an enhanced
intellect by playing an occasional game of Scrabble. An expanded
intellect is the result of knowing what to practice, how to practice,
and then practicing intensely.
Program takes a cognitive approach toward making children better
students. MindBlaster is not only for children with problems. It
is for anyone who wants to improve the effectiveness of his or her
brain and thus become a more efficient learner. Some students have
taken MindBlaster to avoid failing, while others have their eyes
set on prestigious colleges and want to improve their SAT scores.
Everyone has the potential to benefit from MindBlaster training.