Online cognitive training is a recent innovation, but it comes from a storied past. In 1983, Space Fortress became one of the first computer-controlled games to be created by researchers in a cognitive lab. That game — and the cognitive games that followed it — don’t stand alone. As far back as 43 AD, Greek scholars wrote texts on memory training; even farther back, in 6500 BC, prehistoric surgeons living in what would one day be France took a first look inside the skull.
Online cognitive training owes its existence to many millennia of scholarship on the human brain. So this Brain Awareness Week, we challenge you to broaden your own understanding. Pick up one of these brainy books — each recommended by a Lumosity team member — and find something to enlighten and inspire you.
Thinking, Fast and Slow
We like to think that the capability for rational thought is what makes us human. Psychologist Daniel Kahneman gently relieves his readers of this notion, outlining two distinct systems of thought — one slow and deliberate, the other fast and intuitive — and explaining how to make the most out of both.
My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey
Jill Bolte Taylor, PhD
For most people, a stroke is a setback. But for Harvard-trained neuroanatomist Jill Bolte, her 1996 stroke became a rare opportunity to observe, firsthand, the deterioration and repair of a human brain. Jill’s keen personal insights, sharpened by a career in research, make for a view of the brain that’s at once intimate and expert.
Long-time science journalist Dan Hurley turns himself into a human guinea pig. Follow his journey to learn how activities ranging from lute lessons to electrical stimulation, exercise to brain training, change his outlook on the brain
Are you excited to pick up some brain-related reading for Brain Awareness Week? Or is there another book you already read to stay sharp? We’d love to hear what you think.