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‘BRAIN GAMES’ FUN HELPS THE VILLAGE RETIREMENT COMMUNITY RESIDENTS IMPROVE COGNITIVE ABILITIES

May 16, 2019

By Tony Ault — It’s not unusual to see children, even those in strollers busily playing or using an iPhone or iPad these days. What may be unusual is to see a group of seniors all sitting around viewing Facebook or other social media, looking up news stories, watching a movie or even video chatting with friends on an iPad. What turned out to be a challenge to some seniors in their 70s and 80s was an opportunity to not…

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UC RIVERSIDE RESEARCHERS, HEMET SENIORS ARE ON A MISSION TO IMPROVE MEMORY

May 10, 2019

By Diane Rhodes — Some new trends in computer entertainment are touted as being “not your grandparents’ games.” But a research project at The Village retirement community in Hemet was tailor made for seniors over 55. Partnering with UC Riverside’s Brain Game Center for Mental Fitness and Well-being, residents are helping the center with its research to see if games can improve memory…

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UC PSYCHOLOGISTS DEVISE FREE TEST FOR MEASURING INTELLIGENCE

October 29, 2018

By Iqbal Pittalwala — Raven’s Advanced Progressive Matrices, or APM, is a widely used standardized test to measure reasoning ability, often administered to undergraduate students. One drawback, however, is that the test, which has been in use for about 80 years, takes 40 to 60 minutes to complete. Another is that the test kit and answer sheets can cost hundreds of dollars, this amount increasing with more people taking the test…

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PROFESSOR USES DEEP NEURAL NETWORKS TO UNDERSTAND VISUAL LEARNING

July 5, 2018

By UCR Today — Visual perceptual learning, or VPL, refers to changes in abilities to detect or discriminate visual stimuli through training or experience. VPL has been argued to give rise in plasticity in a diversity of brain systems, and there is currently much controversy regarding what parameters of training give rise to changes, or not, in these various brain training systems.To date no models…

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UNDERSTANDING INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES DIFFERENCES:UC RIVERSIDE PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR RECEIVES $1.9 MILLION GRANT TO STUDY MEMORY TRAINING

October 10, 2016

By Mojgan Sherkat — Aaron Seitz, a psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside and the director of the UCR Brain Game Center for mental fitness and wellbeing, and Susanne Jaeggi, an associate professor at the school of education at UC Irvine, have been awarded a $1.9 million grant to study memory training. This grant will support UCR Brain Game Center’s mission to research, test, and disseminate…

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PROFESSOR AARON SEITZ ON BRAIN TRAINING TO GROW YOUNGER

February 10, 2015

By Rod Francis — Neuroscientist Professor Aaron Seitz of University of California Riverside discusses his unique multifaceted approach to helping us change our brains and bring lasting improvement to problematic areas such as sight, memory and hearing loss – each of which will sure as eggs become an issue for all of us at some point on our way from start to finish in the human race. Oh and just remember…

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UC RIVERSIDE BRAIN GAME CENTER SCIENCE AMA

February 10, 2015

By Reddit.com — Hi! We are Aaron Seitz, Dominique Simmons, Alison Smith, and Frederick J. Gallun from the Brain Game Center at the University of California, Riverside, and our project is investigating the etiology and possible treatments for auditory dysfunction, working with combat veterans to treat traumatic brain injury. Auditory dysfunction (AD) can lead to isolation and depression due to difficulty in understanding speech…

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UC RIVERSIDE: PROGRAM AIMS TO CLOSE RACIAL GAP IN SCIENCE EDUCATION

January 30, 2015

By Sandra Stokley — On a recent sun-drenched Saturday morning – when most teenagers were playing sports, hanging with friends at the mall or sleeping in – a group of Inland middle school students sat in a UC Riverside classroom pondering the concept of spatial relationships. Under the tutelage of retired aerospace engineer Michael Batie, they used graph paper, scissors and glue sticks to help them visualize how objects relate to…

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UCR LAB USES VIDEO GAME THERAPIES TO HELP VETS WITH HEARING LOSS

Janurary 8, 2015

By Natalya Estrada — Not every wounded warrior who comes back from battle overseas has an obvious or noticeable disability. Many returning veterans sometimes barely even notice themselves that they might have a hearing problem. Needless to say, military activity involves, shots, booms, bangs, and other loud, potentially damaging noise, which can cause a veteran to not be able to hear certain sounds. The University of…

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UCR TODAY: RESEARCH AIMS TO HELP VETERANS WITH HEARING LOSS

December 1, 2014

By Bettye Miller — Many combat veterans suffer hearing loss from blast waves that makes it difficult to understand speech in noisy environments — a condition called auditory dysfunction — which may lead to isolation and depression. There is no known treatment. Building on promising brain-training research at the University of California, Riverside related to improving vision, researchers at UC Riverside and the National…

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HOW VIDEO GAMES CAN REPROGRAM YOUR BRAIN TO THINK, SEE, AND HEAR BETTER

November 26, 2014

By CJ Miozzi — Video games designed to induce “neural reprogramming” can help improve sight, hearing, and memory – not through acquired skills, but by actually changing your brain…

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HOW NEUROSCIENCE IS HELPING UC RIVERSIDE BASEBALL

March 28, 2014

By Sanden Totten — The book and movie “Moneyball” taught us how statistics can be used to uncover hidden potential in baseball players. The team at UC Riverside is turning to another discipline for an edge: neuroscience. Thanks to a brain-game developed by UC Riverside psychology professor Aaron Seitz, many of the school’s baseball players…

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CAN AN APP HELP YOU DITCH YOUR READING GLASSES?

March 18, 2014

By Danielle Elliot — It’s practically inevitable: sometime around the age of 40, people start to need reading glasses. Try as they might, there’s no avoiding it. Or is there? The creators of two mobile apps say practicing with their technology can train your eyes to see better, though some eye doctors aren’t so sure…

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COULD A SMARTPHONE APP IMPROVE YOUR EYESIGHT? (VIDEO)

March 14, 2014

By BBC News Technology — A new app called UltimEyes claims it can help users see further and make things sharper by using simple puzzles to activate the visual cortex in the brain. Users of the app have to click on a series of fuzzy targets which become harder to see as the game progresses…

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VISION IMPROVED BY BRAIN-TRAINING APP

February 28, 2014

By CBC News — A brain-training video game that improved the vision of college baseball players by as much as two lines on an eye chart has been developed by U.S. researchers. “This is something which I think could help almost anybody,” said Aaron Seitz, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Riverside, who led the research…

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‘ULTIMEYES’ APP COULD IMPROVE YOUR VISION BY TRAINING YOUR BRAIN, RESEARCHERS FIND (VIDEO)

February 20, 2014

By Sara Gates — Want to boost your eyesight? There’s an app for that. In a new baseball study, researchers have found that training your brain with a perceptual learning app just may improve your vision. The researchers tested the vision of baseball players at the University of California in Riverside. Then, during the 2013 NCAA Division 1 season, 19 of the players were given 25-minute brain-training sessions with an app called UltimEyes four days per week…

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THIS APP TRAINS YOU TO SEE FARTHER

February 18, 2014

By William Herkewitz — When a major league baseball pitcher throws a 95-mph fastball, only about 400 milliseconds—the duration of a blink—pass before the ball rockets over the plate. And a batter gets less than half that time to decide whether to swing, and where. Baseball players, then, could reap huge benefits from being able to probe a baseball farther from their eyes. And that inspired Aaron Seitz, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Riverside, who has created a new, publicly available app that conditions users to see farther on or off the baseball diamond…

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ATHLETES IMPROVE THEIR EYESIGHT WITH VIRTUAL TRAINING

February 18, 2014

By Ben Thomas — Eyesight is a vital part of sports, from golf to gymnastics. Now, a new study finds that athletes can improve their vision with practice, and that that improvement translates into better performance…

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BETTER BASEBALL BATTING THROUGH BRAIN SCIENCE

February 17, 2014

By Geoffrey Mohan — The brain specialists on the UC Riverside campus might have proved Yogi Berra right: 90% of baseball really is mental, regardless of Yogi’s calculations about “the other half.” The Highlanders baseball team can thank the neuroscience department for about 42 more runs and five wins last season, according to a study published online Monday in…

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