UC Riverside Team Joining Project to Advance Alzheimer’s Research

September 7, 2021
UC Riverside has joined a group of universities that received a $55.6 million grant to develop new cognitive assessment tools.

Psychologist to lead research on Alzheimer’s in Riverside

August 31, 2021

UC Riverside study is part of a larger landmark study tracking older adults.

Can Playing Brain Games Really Keep Your Mind Fit? Brain Experts Set the Record Straight

July 15, 2021
There isn’t a definitive answer (yet), but what experts do know is that we all need a brain fitness regimen to stay sharp as a tack.

Speaking of Psychology: Can “brain training” games sharpen your mental skills?

February 3, 2021
Who among us wouldn’t want to improve his or her brain? To see better, to hear better or to improve one’s memory?

Building games to train the brain

January 1, 2021

Can an online game boost your brainpower? Commercial companies turn tidy profits selling games that claim to improve memory and sharpen thinking skills. But the scientific evidence for their effectiveness is muddled at best.

What Good Do Brain Games Do? A Virtual Study Is Putting Them to the Test and You Can Help

August 22, 2020

This summer, the FDA approved a game-based treatment for ADHD. Now, the first large study of brain games is underway and may add more legitimacy to the field.

There’s no one-size-fits-all solution for training your brain

August 20, 2020

Who wouldn’t want to sharpen their memory skills or help their children focus better at school? While brain training products can promise a lot, we still have much to learn about how, or even, if, they can help. Perhaps it’s time for a new approach.

Nationwide project seeks to understand how brain exercises produce cognitive benefits

July 13, 2020

How does memory training lead to cognitive benefits? Aaron Seitz, director of the Brain Game Center for mental fitness and well-being at the University of California, Riverside, has wrestled with this question for several years.

UC Riverside researchers, Hemet seniors are on a mission to improve memory  

May 10, 2019

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.

UC Psychologists devise free test for measuring intelligence 

October 29, 2018

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,

UC Riverside Brain Game Center Science AMA  

February 10, 2015

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.

Professor Aaron Seitz on brain training to grow younger

February 10, 2015

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.

UC Riverside: Program aims to close racial gap in science education

January 30, 2015

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 …

UCR lab uses video game therapies to help vets with hearing loss

Janurary 8, 2015

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.

How neuroscience is helping UC Riverside baseball

March 28, 2014

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 …

Can an app help you ditch your reading glasses?

March 18, 2014

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.

Could a smartphone app improve your eyesight?

March 14, 2014

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.

Vision improved by brain-training app

February 28, 2014

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…

‘Ultimeyes’ App Could Improve Your Vision By Training Your Brain, Researchers Find

February 20, 2014

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…

This app trains you to see farther

February 18, 2014

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 …

Athletes improve their eyesight with virtual training

February 18, 2014

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…

Better baseball batting through brain science

February 17, 2014

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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