Cogmed 50

Cogmed 50

I like nice numbers, ones like 50. So I’m rather chuffed with myself that I achieved 50 Improvement Index in Cogmed. During the maintenance sessions to be sure. But still . . . Even better I did it right after I achieved 49. Improvement two sessions in a row, whoa! Rest of my life might […]

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Cogmed Rehab of Brain Injury Working Memory Over!

Cogmed is over. I’m both really glad and kind of sad, for it’s been five weeks of something different that also makes me feel like I’m regenerating my brain in real time, not the usual let’s wait a couple or more months or years (or decades with traditional rest and strategies) and see if this […]

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Cogmed to Train Working Memory -- An Experiment to Help Post-Brain Injury Reading Rehab

Cogmed to Train Working Memory — An Experiment to Help Post-Brain Injury Reading Rehab

I’ve begun Cogmed to train my working memory, that brief moment you hold something in memory in order to accomplish a task or store a piece of knowledge before you forget then scratch your head as you futilely try to remember what you were doing or reading. The folks at the ADD Centre had told […]

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Reading Rehab Experiment: Reading a Wordless Graphic Novel

The psychology prof I meet with occasionally to discuss reading suggested an experiment: read a wordless graphic novel. He loaned me Cinema Panopticum by Thomas Ott. We had been discussing how the brain takes in information one word at a time and then processes the same bits of information but combined in another area. The […]

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Everyone on the Same Reading Rehab Page: Finally!

Everyone on the Same Reading Rehab Page: Finally!

 This floating piece of metal is huge. It dwarfs the Redpath sugar plant, which is no tiny building but itself an edifice on the waterfront where people gather to work and play, enjoy life. As it is with that ship, so it is with reading. Reading is a huge cognitive process, a monolithic problem that’s […]

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Hypnotizing Memories

Hypnotism is a strange, scary process. You put your mind under the control of another’s mind. So you gotta really trust that other person. I didn’t. But after an old friend suicided recently, and my fragmented memories wouldn’t let me remember her properly and were also disturbing my body’s humours (such an old term but […]

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Neurofeedback and Triggers

What gamma giveth, LORETA taketh. I doubt this would happen if I didn't have PTSD and the bad memories weren't pouring out like a faucet stuck in the open position as LORETA improves my memory thus inadvertently countering the happy gamma effects. It probably didn't help that in the PZ-O1 position, the what-I-call happy gamma […]

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My Second Brain, My Palm

Surrogate Memory. That’s the title of Judy Steed’s article in the November 8th Toronto Star on seniors with memory impairments using Palms. It’s apt. I called my Palm my second brain. I first checked out these nifty handheld devices when we bought my regular biennial computer back in 1999. But as Normand, my husband at […]

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