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Working Memory

Visual Working Memory May Provide a Clue to the Social Difficulties Seen in Autism

Tracy Alloway, PhD and Ross Alloway, PhD | Posted 03.17.2016 | Education
Tracy Alloway, PhD and Ross Alloway, PhD

Working Memory is the ability to remember and process information and is an important skill that is linked grades from kindergarten to college. Poor visual working memory can play an important role in the difficulties experienced by a child with autism.

Dyslexia & Working Memory

Tracy Alloway, PhD and Ross Alloway, PhD | Posted 02.09.2016 | Education
Tracy Alloway, PhD and Ross Alloway, PhD

Case Study: My son David is 10 and he is very bright but his main problem is his difficulty in writing things down. He says the problem is finding the...

Climb a Tree for Working Memory: Part 2

Tracy Alloway, PhD and Ross Alloway, PhD | Posted 08.05.2016 | Science
Tracy Alloway, PhD and Ross Alloway, PhD

If you haven't yet read part one of the blog, let me give you a little recap: Looking to break out of a rut at the gym a few years ago, I came across a radically different approach to exercise, called Movnat.

Climb a Tree for Working Memory

Tracy Alloway, PhD and Ross Alloway, PhD | Posted 08.03.2016 | Science
Tracy Alloway, PhD and Ross Alloway, PhD

The great thing about working memory is not just that it helps us in so many different ways, but research has suggests that it can be strengthened much like a muscle. And, in contrast to conventional anaerobic exercise, certain physical exercises can improve working memory.

Think Fido Remembers That Fun Game Of Fetch? Think Again

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 03.04.2015 | Science

Sorry to break it to you, but your dog probably has no recollection of that fun game of fetch the two of you played yesterday. And that yummy treat yo...

Can I Please Have Your Undivided Attention?

Vicki Cobb | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Vicki Cobb

Many issues are too complex to be reduced to a sound bite. I worry that we will lose the ability to do deep thinking if we get addicted to constant interruption by the beeps of our seductive electronic devices.

Top 15 Insights About Neuroplasticity, Emotions and Lifelong Learning

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 07.07.2014 | Books
Alvaro Fernandez

What does mod­ern brain and mind science have to offer to improve edu­ca­tion, health and qual­ity of life? Here you have some of the most pop­u...

10 Things Your Brain Does and You Probably Didn't Know About

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Alvaro Fernandez

We need much more than "memory" or "intelligence" in order to enjoy our lives, so it is important to learn how to enhance and maintain a variety of brain functions -- not just one.

When Working Memory Fumbles: Did Peyton Manning Make Cognitive Errors?

Tracy Alloway, PhD and Ross Alloway, PhD | Posted 04.05.2014 | Science
Tracy Alloway, PhD and Ross Alloway, PhD

Working memory is our ability to process information. We use it to ace the unexpected interview question, to improvise when we leave the notes to our dinner speech at home, and to play in the Super Bowl (well, a few of us, anyway).

The End of IQ (and the Dawn of Working Memory)

Tracy Alloway, PhD and Ross Alloway, PhD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Tracy Alloway, PhD and Ross Alloway, PhD

If you are proud of your high IQ, stop reading now. Your IQ is an anachronism, and its reign is coming to an end.

Book Review of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 09.28.2013 | Books
Alvaro Fernandez

Just a couple of weeks ago I had a discussion with several psychologists and neurologists who seemed to share the opinion that "brain fitness" is a me...

How Bilingual Brains Think Outside the Boxe(s)

Ben Thomas | Posted 05.25.2013 | Science
Ben Thomas

The more complex a task was, the more strongly the bilingual kids out-scored their monolingual counterparts.

How Stress Shatters Your Memory

Ben Thomas | Posted 01.05.2013 | Science
Ben Thomas

Scientists have spent the past few decades looking for the neural nuts and bolts of working memory, and they've found some intriguing clues in the prefrontal cortex.

Why Men (Yes, Men) Are Better Multitaskers

Wray Herbert | Posted 10.03.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

We should all be forgiven for believing that women are good at multitasking, and far superior to men. The problem with this popular image is that there is not a shred of evidence to back it up.

Do Child Prodigies Owe Their Talents to Autism?

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 07.11.2012 | Parents

Written by Katy Waldman for Slate A new, in-depth study of eight super-talented children, published in the journal Intelligence, suggests that auti...

The Mind of the Prodigy

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 02.24.2014 | Science
Scott Barry Kaufman

While it's true that many prodigies receive support, resources, and encouragement from parents and coaches early on, their support is typically the result of a demonstrated "rage to learn." The reason why they are so driven to deliberately practice in their domain requires explaining.

Creativity, Persistence and Working Memory

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.16.2012 | Science
Art Markman, Ph.D.

Working memory capacity is the amount of information that people can hold in mind at once. All of us have a relatively limited amount of information we can think about at any one time, but there are differences between people in the size of working memory.

Personality Influences on Cognitive Training

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 05.21.2012 | Science
Scott Barry Kaufman

Cognitive training works. But does it work equally well for all people? A new study suggests that the effectiveness of working memory training depends heavily on personality.

Why Daydreaming Is Good For Your Mind

Posted 03.20.2012 | Healthy Living

If you find your mind wandering as you complete tasks during the day -- thinking about what you'll make for dinner as you're reading through this arti...

We Need to Reinvent Brain Care

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alvaro Fernandez

An assessment of basic neurocognitive function should be an essential part of any psychiatric evaluation. The mental health field should adopt a brain-based model for diagnosis and treatment.