Brain training takes center stage at NATO Symposium on

ROME, Oct 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Neuroscientist Dr Michael Merzenich will be the keynote speaker on brain plasticity at a NATO symposium on the application of neuroscience to performance, October 11-12 in Rome, Italy. Dr Merzenich is the co-founder, president and scientific director of Posit Science, which makes the BrainHQ brain training app used by the military of some NATO members, such as the United States and Italy.

Dr Merzenich is renowned among neuroscientists for his discovery that the brain remains “plastic” – capable of chemical, structural and functional changes – throughout life. He is also the first to harness brain plasticity for the benefit of humans, in his co-invention of the cochlear implant, which restored hearing to 100,000 people with deafness, and in his pioneering work on computerized brain exercises based on plasticity, which has been shown to have a broad impact on measures of human performance. For his work, Dr. Merzenich has received the Kavli Prize in Neuroscience (considered by many to be the highest honor in his field), as well as many other awards. He is perhaps best known in the United States for his nine specials on the brain on public television.

Dr Merzenich will discuss the usefulness of brain exercise in improving both brain organ health and functional abilities, drawing on hundreds of published studies on the benefits of exercise and the evaluations it provides. helped develop.

These benefits include gains in standard measures of cognition (attention, speed, memory, executive function, social cognition), in standard measures of quality of life (mood, confidence and control, health-related quality of life) , in measurements of chemicals and structural brain health (connectivity, neuromodulation, mylineation, efficiency) and in real-world activities (walking, balance, driving, everyday cognition, work).

BrainHQ’s military applications cross the spectrum from resilience readiness to recovery. BrainHQ is deployed in the assessment and preparation of recruits, training military personnel in the skills necessary to excel in their jobs, training elite forces for peak performance, training and conditioning military personnel for resilience and l ‘aid in recovery from injuries and clinical conditions.

“We’ve shown that virtually any brain can be made faster and more precise,” said Dr. Merzenich, “and that means greater preparation for any task, greater resilience to challenges and recovery. more complete and faster problems that arise. life can stand in your way.

Hundreds of published studies on BrainHQ exercises have shown benefits in various populations. BrainHQ is now offered, free of charge to end users, by employers in various workplaces; by carrying out health plans; and by clinics, libraries and communities. Consumers can also try BrainHQ for free at

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