By now, you’ve probably heard of the brain-training app “The Brain Project,” which teaches people to use tools and software to learn new things.
The app has raised millions of dollars, has received a lot of praise, and has been featured in major publications, including The New York Times.
Now, a new study suggests that it can be used to train students to think more like the brains of neuroscientists, and to think smarter.
The research is the result of a collaboration between neuroscientic research universities and the University of Oxford.
“The researchers had the idea that we could learn from the brains that we are training to do a cognitive task, so they used the neurobiological basis of cognition as the training tool,” explained co-author Dr. Daniel C. Leggett.
The Oxford team was interested in training people to think critically about their decisions, for instance, and their abilities in performing a cognitively demanding task, like reading a newspaper or learning a foreign language.
The Oxford team also used a cognitive training tool called Neuro-Linguistic Programming to teach them how to think creatively, using words to communicate and other cognitive-based knowledge to solve problems.
The Oxford researchers were inspired to investigate the idea after watching a TEDx talk by neuroscientism researcher David Eagleman.
After seeing this talk, Eagleman wondered if it was possible to train people to be better at thinking like neuroscientisics, and how to do it.
The team asked participants to take a test designed to test their cognitive abilities.
They were also asked to think about the results of a cognitive test they were taking.
The test involved a series of questions that were designed to help people evaluate their ability to learn a foreign or new language.
In the first set of questions, participants were asked to choose a word that describes their ability, like “I can remember” or “I know how to say” (a sentence).
The next question asked them to choose another word that would describe their ability.
Then the next set of words was presented.
Participants were asked whether they thought the word described their ability better or worse than the word in the previous set.
In each set of three words, participants had to choose whether they wanted to see the word more or less, depending on whether they were evaluating their ability or the ability of their opponent.
If they chose the word that was the most similar to their ability in the second set, they had to say that they had seen their ability increase in the first two sets, but now their ability was worse.
If they chose to see less similarity, they could say that their ability had increased more.
The participants who chose to view more similarity were then told that their reasoning had improved, and the task had been completed.
When they were told that the task was completed, the participants had rated their reasoning skills on a scale from 0 to 100.
In each test, participants completed the same set of statements, but each time they were given a new set of tests to complete.
In a separate experiment, participants could watch a TED Talk that Eagleman had delivered on the topic of neuroscientific training.
The results showed that the students who had trained to think neuroscientically improved their reasoning.
“We see the same pattern of improvements that we saw in the test we used for training, with the improvement occurring even after training has stopped,” said co-senior author Dr. Andrew Fenn.
One thing that we did not observe was a drop in the level of cognitive improvement for the students when they returned to the control group after training.
This suggests that our findings do not represent a causal effect of training on the brain.
“This study was very important for our understanding of the neural mechanisms underlying learning and reasoning,” said Fenn, who is also an associate professor of neuroscience at the University at Buffalo.
“The fact that it was able to predict the improvements in reasoning and reasoning abilities that we observed in the control groups is very exciting.
This shows that this type of training is indeed able to improve cognitive abilities.”