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Serious Games: Who Said Games Had To Be Fun?

Who Said Games Had To Be Fun?
Kotaku.com, NY -Jul 1, 2007
“In a stark counterpoint to the Slate editorial entitled ‘World of Borecraft,’ Gamasutra has their own feature – this one on the rise of serious games and …”

To support the point: we see more and more science-based “serious games” used for brain training to improve cognitive skills: MindFit and Posit Science, Cogmed, Basketball IntelliGym, emWave in Golf Digest. And more are coming. You can keep informed by reading our brain health blog and Brain Fitness Topics section.

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Brain Fitness survey

Today we would like to ask for your opinions on the emerging Brain Fitness field, your interests and needs. We would really appreciate if you can devote 5-minutes to complete this online survey. As a token of appreciation, we will give you a discount of 10% on all stress management and brain workout products offered in our main website, valid for a month after you complete the survey.

Thanks!

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Easy Steps to Improve Your Brain Health Now

Check the blog post Improve Your Brain Health

With tips on

  • Physical Exercise
  • Mental Exercise
  • Good Nutrition
  • Stress Management
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    Is your brain ready for the challenge?

    The Seattle Times has a good brief article today on Posit Science, Happy Neuron Games and us (they focus on MindFit Brain Workout to “work on short-term memory, naming, divided attention, planning, hand-eye coordination and other cognitive measures.”).
    Is your brain ready for the challenge?

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    Mind games may keep your brain in shape

    Mind games may keep your brain in shape
    Auburn Journal, CA 
    Web sites like SharpBrains (http://www.sharpbrains.com) and PositScience (http://www.postitscience.com) offer online brain fitness programs that promise to boost mental

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    MindFit and Training the brain

    Clinical study results released on how Memory workouts beat other computer games in study.

    Learn more on MindFit and try 3 Demos.

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    We have moved

    Hello dear readers: after a transition period, we have definitively moved to http://www.sharpbrains.com/blog

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    Please visit us there if you want to keep reading our (close to) daily articles. Please update your feed, and any technorati/ stumbleupon/ del.ic.ious account you may have pointing at this old address. Our new location:
    http://www.sharpbrains.com/blog

    We won’t be posting more articles here.

    We’ll see you there!
    -Caroline & Alvaro

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    Brain exercises: Want a workout for your brain?

    Very fun article in the Birmingham News today on SharpBrains and brain exercises, titled Want a workout for your brain?.

    The journalist explains things very well and with great humor (for the humor, you need to read the article!). Here are some quotes:

    – “Think of it as a gymnasium for your mind,” SharpBrains CEO and co-founder Alvaro Fernandez says from his office in San Francisco.

    – (On only doing crosswords) “That’s good, but, like your body, you don’t just exercise one part of the brain,” says Fernandez, who holds an MBA and a master’s degree in education from Stanford University. “You need constant variety, and new things, to keep your brain working hard.”

    – “He sees mental gymnastics as the next mainstream adult trend and points out that therapists have long used a variety of similar exercises to help in the recovery of brain-injury patients. Athletes and airplane pilots have had access to exercises designed to improve their peripheral vision and reaction times, Fernandez says.”

    – “With SharpBrains co-founder Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg, a clinical professor of neurology at the New York University School of Medicine, Fernandez has collected what he says are the best computer-based brain workouts available, including a program to help children with attention deficits and another aimed at reducing stress management among business executives.”

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    First Online Brain Fitness Center

    See our second press release below, and visit our Press Room for the great press we are starting to get.

    SharpBrains introduces First Online Brain Fitness Center 

    Unique, Full-Service, Science-Based Fitness Center Ushers in the Next Workout Revolution: Mental Exercise  

    SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Thirty years after the emergence of the exercise boom, the fitness revolution has finally gone to people’s heads: SharpBrains.com has launched the first online brain fitness center. Complete with a variety of science-based mental exercise equipment, personal brain trainers, and nearly 200 articles, interactive blog postings and interviews with industry experts, SharpBrains is spearheading the evolution of the fitness industry to include a sound mind as well as a healthy body.

    The new mental exercise movement is founded on using structured, computer-based brain fitness routines tailored to each member’s specific needs and level of ability. Just as crunches and kick-boxing tone abs and increase cardio strength, programs offered at the brain fitness center target and help train essential core mental muscles to improve memory, concentration, stress management, and decision-making skills. Mental exercise has also been shown to help delay the onset of age-related decline and even dementias such as Alzheimer’s Disease.

    “People are realizing that cross-training their brains in addition to their bodies is essential to over-all health,” said Keep Reading

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    MindFit and Posit Science in the Wall Street Journal’s “Putting Brain Exercises to the Test”

    The Wall Street Journal has a great article today, Putting Brain Exercises to the Test, that compares 6 different computer-based brain exercise programs along ease-of-use, fun, and science behind. We at SharpBrains conducted a very similar exercise last year, coming to basically the same conclusions. 

    The article compares Nintendo Brain Age, MyBrainBuilder, MyBrainTrainer, HappyNeuron, MindFit and Posit Science, and ends up recommending Posit Science for speech processing and MindFit as including “All the machines-a total workout”. 

    Patti Said of the New England Cognitive Center says that “This one (MindFit) was based the most solidly in cognitive science and what we think stimulates the brain.”

    The first fundamental difference we see between a) Brain Fitness Programs such as MindFit and Posit Science, on one side, and b) other “stimulating games”, on the other, is the presence of credible assessments and clear, structured set of activities based on that assessment. Given that MindFit costs $139, vs. Posit’s $395, and that it covers much more ground, we decided to offer MindFit in our Brain Fitness Center.

    You can learn more about it here: MindFit helps train 14 different cognitive functions that are important for healthy aging.

    Healthy aging is not the only domain for Brain Fitness Programs. You can learn about other applications, such as stress management, basketball game-intelligence, and working memory training for people with attention deficits, in our Get Started section.

    Finally, you may want to check out the benefits of brain training for different occupations in Are You A …

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