Improve Impulse Control with Working Memory Training
and working memory, our ability to hold and maintain conscious thoughts, are intrinsically linked1
. When we overstretch our working memory we adversely affect our impulse control
. With training we can strengthen our working memory, improve our will power, and increase impulse control.
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Impulse Control | The Science
A recent study by scientists at Maastricht University in the Netherlands2
demonstrated that working memory training
helped people improve impulse control
and reduce drinking
by about 30%. The researchers showed that working memory training worked by strengthening the participants' control over their unconscious impulses to drink.
Led by Katrijn Houben the scientists identified people with impulse control problems related to excessive alcohol consumption. After a one month course of working memory training participants had reduced their drinking from an average of around 35 units of alcohol per week down toaround 25 units; for a control group there was no change.
A growing body of ndependent research studies connects spatial working memory and impulse control or OCD (e.g., Neuropsychological Deficits in Obsessive-compulsive Disorder, U. Mel. 1998
). MindSparke trainees report that training with Brain Fitness Pro IC
helps greatly to remedy OCD.
Impulse Control | Working Memory Exercises
Demanding working memory training
encourages the growth of new brain cells. In a landmark study, researchers from the Universities of Michigan and Bern investigated whether they could increase intellectual ability with a demanding working memory program. The researchers showed that a month of brain training using the "dual n-back" working memory protocol increased concentration and attention span by more than forty percent.
Working memory training
is a highly effective method by which to increase concentration and attention span and reduce drinking. MindSparke
focuses on working memory training
Impulse Control | References
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Impulse Control | Research
How do we keep thoughts in our mind? It seems a simple question until we remind ourselves of the brain as a dynamic labyrinth of neurons constantly firing and receiving electrical signals. But researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison believe they’ve figured out how working memory holds a piece of information. The holder of a [...]
Dutch scientists have found that working memory training can reduce drinking for problem drinkers. The researchers from Maastricht University in the Netherlands concluded that working memory training may be an effective strategy to reduce drinking because it increases control over automatic impulses to drink alcohol. Under the direction of Katrijn Houben, the team recruited problem [...]
Our own customers and previous published research studies have demonstrated a strong connection between working memory training and a reduction in depression. A new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science suggests that people with depression find it difficult to move on from depressive thoughts. The study centered on [...]
Various brain fitness studies have shown that working memory capacity plays a key role in our ability to control our impulses. Now brain fitness researchers from Case Western Reserve University have published a fascinating study that ties our working memory capacity to our resilience in the face of criticism. The CWRU brain fitness team measured [...]
Novel research at UT Southwestern Medical Center hints at new hope in combating addiction and dependence. The researchers’ experiments indicate that stimulating an increase in neurogenesis (brain cell growth) might help prevent addiction, dependence, or relapse. This is fascinating in the context of intensive brain training with programs such as Brain Fitness Pro. Parallel studies [...]
This report (Nintendo for Scottish prisoners) has already raised eyebrows, but I think the fundamental concept of helping prisoners improve their core skills has merit. It’s also intriguing to think what a more serious brain training program could do for someone who has impulse control problems. Working memory capacity has been shown to be crucial [...]
Scientists studying willpower have used brain scans to show that people who seem to be able to exert willpower engage a region of the brain called the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Brain scans of those who don’t display willpower showed no activation in this region. The link to working memory – the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is [...]