Jonathan Fields

Brain Training: What Really Works? | Cognitive Bias: Anchoring.

In today’s GLP Update, we’re talking about new research on brain training. And, we’re kicking off a series on “cognitive bias,” a/k/a the silly ways our minds fool us into thinking we’re more rational than we really are.

Good Life Riff: In the first of our GLP Riffs on cognitive bias, we’re exploring a quirky, hidden tendency known as “anchoring” or “focalism. What is that? It’s how we subliminally anchor the value of things to a specific number, often a dollar amount. Why does this matter? Because it can lead us to believe something is worth way more or less than it really is, then pay a ton for something we end up regretting.

Good Life Science: And, in our Good Life Science segment, we’re diving into some fascinating new research on brain training. You’ve seen the apps, website and programs. Train your brain for better memory, attention, focus, problem-solving. Or, just plain stop it from shrinking as you age. Is it true? Well, a new study out of Johns Hopkins looks at two popular approaches and comes up with some eye-opening conclusions. Hint: one works at least twice as well as the other. And, as always, for those want to go to the source, here’s a link to the full study.

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