When: Thursday, 27th April 2017
What Time: 10:30am AEST
Where: Online - via your computer, tablet or mobile
Your Presenter: Professor Peter Anderson
What you will learn:
The premise of brain training is that all skills, including cognitive and motor abilities, can be improved with repetitive practice. Brain training programs are appealing to families with children who are experiencing difficulties at school given most advertise that improvement in trained skills will be observed at the completion of their training program, and lead to better performance at school. In this webinar you will learn about the basic elements of brain training.
A range of different brain training programs are available, but most involve regular training using a suite of computer games. I will show you, and explain the features of, a widely administered brain training program called "Cogmed", which focuses on working memory and attention.
This program was developed by neuroscientists, has been heavily researched, and there is some evidence that it results in short term improvements in working memory. In this webinar I will discuss what we currently know and don't know about the benefits of brain training, specifically "Cogmed". I will also present results from studies that have applied cognitive training programs to children born preterm. At the completion of the webinar you will have a reasonable understanding of brain training, the evidence supporting this approach of intervention, and whether or not you feel it is appropriate for your child.
Why you should attend:
It is very common for children to experience learning and educational difficulties at some stage. Brain training programs are being marketed as a treatment for these difficulties, however the programs are usually expensive and require considerable family effort and time.
Parents who are concerned about their child's learning and educational progress, or are interested in brain training for other purposes, are encouraged to attend. Following the webinar parents will be in a better position to decide on the suitability of brain training for their child.
About your presenter - Professor Peter Anderson
Professor Peter Anderson is a research neuropsychologist and NHMRC Senior Research Fellow in the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience at Monash University. He is the Founder and Chair of the Australian Paediatric Neuropsychology Research Network, on the Board of Directors for the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ), co-director of the Australian Centre for Child Neuropsychological Studies, and on the Executive of the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Newborn Medicine.
His work focuses on understanding brain and cognitive development following early brain insults, and for the past 15 years his program has centered on neonatal conditions, especially infants born very preterm. Professor Anderson heads the Victorian Infant Brain Studies group based at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, which is internationally known for integrating neuroimaging in prospective longitudinal studies of sick neonates. He is also heavily involved in large longitudinal observational studies, designing and evaluating the benefits of early intervention and cognitive training programs, and assessing the long-term consequences of perinatal interventions.
Professor Anderson’s research has been continuously funded by NHMRC for the past 12 years, and he has published in excess of 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. His research is well cited and published in the leading medical, paediatric, neuroscience and psychology journals. Training the next generation of researchers is a core aspect of Professor Anderson’s program, having successfully supervised 25 PhD students to completion and mentored 20 post-doctoral fellows.