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Have an A-maze-ing Holiday

Have an A-maze-ing Holiday 2023

This unusual snowman brings holiday greetings and three mazes to enjoy.  Download and print them out for some holiday fun.


The Benefits of a Thankful Mindset

Research suggests that expressing gratitude and cultivating a thankful mindset can have positive effects on the brain and overall well-being.

The Healing Place Podcast

The Healing Place Podcast – Interview with Betsy Hill

Teri Wellbrock, host of The Healing Place, one of the top 2% of millions of podcasts, interviewed Betsy Hill about the book she co-authored with Roger Stark, Your Child Learns Differently, Now What?

Modern Family Matters

Identifying Your Child’s Cognitive Skills to Support Academic Success

Modern Family Matters, a podcast hosted by Steve Altishin, director of client partnerships at Pacific Cascade Legal, interviewed Betsy Hill.

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Channah Ungar and Daughter Sophia

“It’s different, like night and day, compared to before she started the BrainWare program,” says Channah Ungar, mother of Sophia.

Classroom Matters Podcast

Classroom Matters Podcast Talks Cognitive Skills with Betsy Hill

Your Child Learns Differently, Now What? was the topic of a recent episode of the Classroom Matters podcast with Betsy Hill, co-author of the book with Roger Stark.

Disrupt the Everyday Podcast

Interview with Betsy Hill on Disrupt the Everyday

Brine and Tonya Hamilton of Disrupt the Everyday Podcast interviewed Betsy Hill about developing children’s learning abilities.

Valley News Network

Valley News Now – Jessie Aamodt Interview with Betsy Hill

Jessie Aamodt, host of Valley News Now, interviewed Betsy Hill on May 17, 2023 regarding the book she co-authored with Roger Stark, Your Child Learns Differently, Now What?

BrainWare SAFARI 3.0

BrainWare Learning Company Announces BrainWare SAFARI 3.0: Leading in Online Cognitive Training

With the official launch of BrainWare SAFARI Version 3.0, the innovative cognitive training tool that helps clients address their brain fitness and improve cognitive capacity is delivered faster, safer and with new graphics to engage users while strengthening cognitive skills to enhance performance in school, the workplace and life.

Your Child Learns Differently, Now What?

YOUR CHILD LEARNS DIFFERENTLY, NOW WHAT? The Truth for Parents By Roger Stark and Betsy Hill

YOUR CHILD LEARNS DIFFERENTLY, NOW WHAT? is the guide to helping parents understand how brains learn and how their child’s brain learns best. This knowledge will empower parents like never before.

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Betsy Hill Interviewed on WGN-TV Chicago

WGN Morning News Hosts Larry Potash and Robin Baumgarten interviewed Betsy Hill on Marcy 4, 2023 about the book she co-authored with Roger Stark, Your Child Learns Differently, Now What?

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Paul Lyle and Daughter Charlotte

It made differences that I never anticipated never expected in Charlotte’s academic life and her personal life and her self-confidence, so I would say absolutely to use the program and get going as quickly as possible because it really works.

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Dr. Sarah Avtzon, Research on BrainWare Cognitive Training

It’s like you kindle this little flame and all of a sudden whatever you didn’t see in this room is now visible. It’s almost like that what happens with BrainWare. It kindles a part of the brain

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Dr. Sarah Avtzon, Working with Her Son in BrainWare

We have seen a difference right away in just his ease of doing his schoolwork. That was in the very very beginning before even the end of the 12 weeks

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Gwinnett County Public Library Presentation by Betsy Hill

Join Gwinnett County Public Library as educator and author Betsy Hill discusses her book YOUR CHILD LEARNS DIFFERENTLY, NOW WHAT?, which helps your child turn on their learning superpowers.

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Bringing Inspiration to Earth Show Features Betsy Hill

The episode of the Bringing Inspiration to Earth that aired on February 28 featured Betsy Hill talking about the book she co-authored with Roger Stark, Your Child Learns Differently, Now What? The Truth for Parents .

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Impactful Parent Podcast Interview with Betsy Hill and Roger Stark

Kristina Campos, host of the Impactful Parent Podcast, interviewed Roger Stark and Betsy Hill, on to help kids with c0gnitive functioning.

February Word Search

February Word Search

Can you find all these words associated with February in our fun word search?

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Building Cognitive Skills in Kids – WFLA-TV Interview with Betsy Hill

Betsy Hill, Co-Author of “Your Child Learns Differently, Now What?” joined Gayle Guyardo the host of the nationally syndicated health and wellness show Bloom on February 4, 2034 to talk about how neuroscience and building cognitive skills in children can make all the difference in the success of their education.

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Your Teen Media Interview with Betsy Hill

  Betsy Hill, president of BrainWare Learning, was interviewed by Kamyra Harding, Your Teen Magazine. Did you know that: What you don’t know could be holding your child back. Intelligence isn’t fixed and can improve. You can help your child turn on their learning superpowers. Betsy Hill speaks about the 5-Step Plan to help parents… Continue reading Your Teen Media Interview with Betsy Hill


Building Cognitive Skills Leads to Greater Self-Confidence

The number one thing we hear from parents and teachers (and even from students themselves) is that they have greater self-confidence.

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CASE Winter Workshop: The Science of Teaching Meets the Science of Learning

Betsy Hill will present on The Science of Teaching Meets the Science of Learning at the Council of Administrators of Special Education Winter Workshop on Deciphering Dyslexia.

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Trish Whitcomb to Lead BrainWare Learning Education Initiatives in Indiana

BrainWare Learning Company announced that Trish Whitcomb will lead the company’s education initiatives in Indiana.

Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents

Indiana State Superintendents Study Cognitive Skills and Well-Being

A presentation at the annual IAPSS conference on December 1, 2022, shared how Urey Middle School has addressed student learning and well-being by helping students and teachers understand each student’s cognitive skills and by building students’ learning capacity

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Jennifer Whittemore, Mother of Carter (Age 8)

“This program being able to help him with his confidence was everything so I couldn’t be more thrilled with how it worked out.”

Lou Whitaker as the Wicked Queen

Better Trick or Treating with Stronger Cognitive Skills

Dr. Lou Whitaker, Director of Cognitive Coaching at BrainWare Learning, dressed up for Halloween as the Evil Queen to share how working in BrainWare SAFARI has helped players strengthen their cognitive skills for a happy, safe trick or treating experience. Happy Halloween!

Indiana Association of School Principals

Building Cognitive Skills for Enhanced Student Self-Confidence – IASP Presentation

Cognitive skills will be the focus of a presentation Friday November 18, 2002 at the annual Indiana Assistant Principals’ Conference by Gregg Goewert, principal of Urey Middle School, Pat Crone, teacher and athletic director at Urey Middle School, and Betsy Hill, President and COO of BrainWare Learning Company.

Hoosier Educational Computer Coordinators

Cognitive Skills: Key to Student Self-Confidence and a Competitive Edge – HECC Presentation

The role of cognitive skills, especially executive functions, in students’ self-confidence, ability to manage stress and academic performance has been underestimated

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Can You Figure Out this Funny Math?

Don’t throw away everything you know about math, but see if you can figure out what the rules are that make these math statements true:

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Dr. Tiffany Griffiths, Mother of Levi (Age 10)

“Over the last few months, we have seen really remarkable changes in him, between his frustration tolerance, his confidence in himself and his belief in himself to be able to tackle the tasks that he is faced with.”

SkateKids Cognitively Based Reading Program

BrainWare Learning Company agrees to purchase SkateKids and Ramps to Reading

BrainWare Learning Company announced an agreement to purchase SkateKids and Ramps to Reading from SKO Learning. SkateKids and Ramps to Reading are digital game-based supplemental reading programs built to stimulate and develop the cognitive processes necessary for learning to read while students build critical literacy skills.

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This One’s a Piece of Cake!

In this puzzle pieces of cake are removed in a pattern. Can you figure out what the pattern is? Exercise your abstract reasoning!

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Accelerating Student Learning with Cognitive Assessment and Training

“Students told me they felt more confident in their language class or their math class. They said they felt like they knew how to tackle problems in the classroom because of the skills that they were working on within BrainWare.”

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BrainWare Learning Lands Deal with Education Service Centers of Indiana

BrainWare Learning Company announces a partnership agreement with the Educational Service Centers of Indiana to bring cognitive assessment and cognitive skills training to students across the state.

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Focus on Cognitive Skills at National Public Charter Schools Conference 2022

BrainWare Learning Company will be joining our friends at MindPrint Learning at the National Public Charter Schools Conference in Washington, DC, June 19-22, 2002. Booth 347.

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BrainWare Learning Affiliation with PNW BOCES

BrainWare Learning Company announces an affiliation agreement with Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES (PNWBOCES) based in Yorktown Heights, NY.

Pat Crone, Teacher, Urey Middle School

Pat Crone, Teacher, Urey Middle School

“As a teacher, the number one thing that you want to do is you want to see that light turn on in a student and them shine brightly in all their other classes. I saw that in a number of our students; that light switch flipped for them. They got more confident, they were excited.”

Lucky Penny Puzzle

Lucky Penny Puzzle

May 23 is National Lucky Penny Day.  There is an old saying, “See a penny, pick it up.  All the day, you’ll have good luck.”  If you can find 10 pennies — maybe in your piggy bank — you can try this puzzle.

Flower Foursomes Puzzle

Flower Foursomes

In this puzzle, you start with two flowers in each row and each column and need to add 20 flowers to get four in each row and column.

The C Factor

The C Factor: The Cognitive Impact of Mental Health Issues

Research shows that diagnosable mental disorders and common symptoms such as anxiety and worry are associated with cognitive dysfunction.

Gregg Goewert

Gregg Goewert, Principal, Urey Middle School

“I was looking for something to help students achieve at a higher level. We actually had a kid who completed all the levels in BrainWare in roughly a semester, and we have a second kid who’s really close. Kids like that that have just made leaps and bounds when it comes to their classroom grades.”

BrainWare Learning Awarded Most Promising Game Tech Solution

BrainWare Learning Company Story

Video about BrainWare Learning Company, named one of the most innovative game tech learning solutions providers to watch in 2021 by The Enterprise World Magazine.

Tom Hughes, Principal, Maple Crest Middle School

Tom Hughes, Principal, Maple Crest Middle School

“When you start watching kids on BrainWare and the skills that are being taught… as an educator, I don’t know how to teach those. We just assumed they learned those along the way.”

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Spring Fever Cryptogram

In a cryptogram, each letter stands for another letter in the alphabet. See if you can decode this message by figuring out what letter each letter sands for.

Michelle Stilphen, Mother of Tyler

Michelle and Brian Stilphen, Parents of Tyler, Age 9

“We’ve seen huge success with our son. Number one, with his self-confidence. Instead of withdrawing and shutting down, he doesn’t just shut down right away so much anymore. He’s pushing himself because he has confidence.”

Urey Middle School Falcons

Implementation of Online Cognitive Assessment and Training with Middle School Students Performing Below Academic Standards

Middle-school students demonstrated average improvement of 20 percentile points across cognitive skills following use of BrainWare SAFARI.

Tony Lockhart

Tony Lockhart, Father of Joshua, Age 12, and Rachel, Age 8

“If you’ve experienced issues with your child either not being able to focus, not being able to keep up with the other kids in class, or even having issues with self-confidence and in their ability in their academic performance, then you should definitely take a look at the BrainWare program.”

Keep Indiana Learning

Teaching Kids How to Learn

Kids need to learn how to learn explains Thomas Hughes, principal of Maple Crest Middle School, in a presentation for Keep Indiana Learning.

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Crosswinds Conversations Interview with Roger Stark

Curtis Smith, CMO of Crosswinds Counseling, interviews Roger Stark, CEO of BrainWare Learning Company, on cognitive skills and mental health.

Which One Doesn't Belong

Which One Doesn’t Belong?

Look at the shapes and see if you can figure out which one doesn’t belong in the puzzle that requires flexible thinking.

The Most Innovative Gaming Tech Providers to Watch in 2021

BrainWare Among Most Innovative Game Tech Solutions

BrainWare Learning Company was named one of the most innovative game tech learning solutions providers to watch in 2021 and appeared on the Cover of the November 2021 edition of The Enterprise World magazine.

Fill in the Blanks Holiday Puzzle

Happy Holidays Word Puzzle 2021

We’re sending our warmest holiday wishes, with a puzzle, of course! Fill in the blanks in our holiday poppers with words from the list below to help celebrate the holiday theme.

How Many Triangles

How Many Triangles

This visual puzzle asks you to count the triangles. Can you figure it out?

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Betsy Hill Honored with Nepris Trailblazer Award

Betsy Hill, President and COO of BrainWare Learning, was recognized this month by Nepris (@neprisapp) for her commitment to inspiring students by sharing her knowledge, skills and passion for the neuroscience of learning virually in classrooms around the country.

Lose a Letter Puzzles

Lose a Letter Puzzles

For each of the upside-down pyramids below, you need to “lose a letter” from the top row and then rearrange the remaining letters to create a new word with one less letter for the next row.  Continue until you get to the bottom. 

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A Human Tendency to Add Rather than Subtract

Additive ideas come to mind quickly and easily, but subtractive ideas require more cognitive effort, according to a new study.

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April Plexers

Have a little fun with these plexers.  Plexers are word puzzles… read in a certain way, they each convey a common phrase.  

Oracle Predictions for Education in 2021

Predictions for Education in 2021

An article on the Learning Counsel predicts that 2021 will be a year of momentous change in education, including a focus on cognitive skills.

Cognitive Training for Athletes

Cognitive Training for Athletes

Cognitive testing and training tools are increasingly being used in athletics, including BrainWare SAFARI cognitive training software.

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Shape Rotation Puzzle

This visual-spatial puzzle helps you think about how shapes would look if they were rotated in space. Great brain exercise!

Promoting Brain Health and Fitness

Importance of Children’s Cognitive Readiness to Learn

Research in neuroscience proves that even the best teaching and curricula can have surprisingly little effect when a child’s cognitive and emotional readiness to learn is not adequately addressed.

Methal Health Coordinating Council

Cognitive functioning: supporting people with mental health conditions

Cognitive impairments are a key feature of some mental health conditions, including schizophrenia and affective disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety.

BrainFutures Executive Functions Report

Brain Fitness and Executive Function

According to a report from BrainFutures, “The evidence is clear: every school in the U.S. should adopt an executive function program and executive function training should be a standard component of teacher certification programs.”

Happy Jolly Holiday Puzzle

Holiday Parfait Puzzle

In this puzzle, four scoops of ice holiday ice cream are in a parfait glass.  The challenge is to get the scoops from the glass above the word Happy to the glass above the word Holiday by moving just one scoop at a time.


Pieces of Fruits Word Puzzle

This puzzles lists pieces of fruits — that is fruits without their vowels.  Can you figure out what they are?

Thanksgiving Feast Puzzle

A Visual Thanksgiving Feast Puzzle

Visual perceptual skills are an important part of learning. Since we “feast with our eyes” first, enjoy a Visual Thanksigiving Feast Puzzle.

Neuroscience Based Learning Strategies

Neuroscience of Learning: Brain-Based Learning Strategies

There’s a lot we can learn from neuroscience about the learning process and how to get learning to stick. Teachers need to understand some basics of neuroscience so that they can help students learn better. Students also need to learn about their brains so that they will be able to utilize strategies to be more successful, whether it is school-related or not.

BrainWare Cognitive Rating Scales

Find Out Your Cognitive Strengths and Weaknesses

The BrainWare Cognitive Rating Scales are used to evaluate an individual’s cognitive skills in the areas of Attention, Perceptual Processing, Memory, Executive Functions, and Reasoning.

What Teachers Should Know about the Brain

What Teachers Need to Know About the Brain

What Teachers Need to Know about the Brain A recently published research study on teachers’ understanding of the brain and neuroscience research has been getting a lot of attention. The findings, based on surveys of teachers in the U.K., Greece, Turkey, Holland, and China, showed that teachers had many misconceptions about the brain. The findings… Continue reading What Teachers Need to Know About the Brain

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Suspension Bridge Logic Puzzle

One crisp autumn day, 12 friends went on a hike to the Mile High Swinging Bridge on Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina. Can you figure out the order in which they crossed the bridge?

Shifty Shapes Puzzle

Shifting Shapes Puzzle

This abstract reasoning puzzle will challenge your ability to detect the rules to find the right answer and complete the pattern. Which image belongs in the box?

Social and Emotional Learning

Educator Perspectives on Social and Emotional Learning Programs Take 2

We conducted our first survey on SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) in 2018.  We are fascinated to find out how things have changed in two years and hope that you will share your perspectives and insights with us via this short survey.

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Sleep and Cognitive Functioning

Some recent research about sleep and cognition suggests it’s time to update what we wrote a couple of years ago and the new information makes it even more clear how important sleep is to learning and memory, brain health, alertness and much more.

Folded Cube Puzzle

Folded Cube Puzzle

In this puzzle, you need to figure out which of the cubes on the right could be formed from folding the shape on the left?

What Teachers Know about the Science of Learning

What Teachers Know about the Science of Learning

This article from The Learning Agency Lab concludes that “teachers are not being provided with the knowledge and evidence to make their teaching truly effective.” 

Abstract Thinking Puzzle

Abstract Thinking Puzzle

Abstract thinking is how we reason with information without prior knowledge.  Here’s an example of the type of problem that needs abstract thinking.

Homeschool Counselor Podcast

Homeschool Counselor Interview with Roger Stark

In this episode of the Homeschool Counselor Podcast, Scott Whitaker and Dan Shirley interview Roger Stark, CEO of BrainWare Learning Company on helping students develop cognitive literacy.  (25 minutes) Listen    

Deans for Impact

Future Teachers Have Only Shallow Understanding of Learning Science

Future teachers have only a shallow understanding of basic principles of learning science and struggle to make instructional decisions compatible with the science, according to a study by Deans for Impact.

Light Bulbs Outside the Door

Light Switch Puzzle

You are in a room with 3 light switches, each connected to a light bulb outside the room. Can you solve this puzzle?

Asian Journal of Medical Sciences

Cognitive skills improved by BrainWare SAFARI training program: Electroencephalographic study

Research in Thailand with 8-12-year-old children showed improvement in cognitive performance following use of BrainWare SAFARI.

Asian Journal of Medical Sciences

Electroencephalographic changes as neuroscience-based cognitive skill training program

Research in Thailand with students with specific learning disabilities showed a positive impact of cogntiive training with BrainWare SAFARI using EEG.

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Executive Functions & Poverty

This article concludes that educators can have a meaningful impact on closing the achievement gap for low-SES students addressing the development of cognitive skills generally, and executive functions in particular.

National Doughnut Day

Donuts and Dougnuts

We created this Word Search Puzzle in honor of National Doughnut Day. Enjoy a doughnut or a donut and this Word Search.

Part-Whole Puzzle

Which Parts Make up the Whole?

Here’s a fun puzzle that will test how good you are at visualizing how shapes fit together.

Thanksgiving Turkey Maze

Save This Turkey

Can you help get this turkey out of the maze … either because you want to save him from butcher’s block … or because you want to make sure there’s a turkey on your table this Thanksgiving … ?

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Your Brain’s Memory Back-Up System

Strong memories involve groups or teams or networks of neurons that fire together. While neuroscientists have long said that “neurons that fire together wire together,” recent research at Cal Tech shows how repeated exposure to something recruits multiple neurons into the memory system, creating built-in redundancy.

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Closing the Achievement Gap by Closing the Cognitive Gap – EdNewsDaily

The achievement gaps for economically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities, and English Language Learners are stubbornly wide. An article published in EdNews Daily explains the importance in addressing issues of cognitive development in closing the achievement gap, as a matter of equity.

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Play a Game to Relieve Work Stress!

Researchers compared digital games and mindfulness apps. It turned out that digital games were significantly more effective in helping adults recover from work stress than the mindfulness apps.

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Cognitive Skills Are the Foundation for Learning

Cognitive skills are the foundation for learning. This short video explains foundational cognitive skills and executive functions and how they relate to academic and life success.

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CEC Report on The State of the Special Education Profession

A new report out from the Council for Exceptional Children, “The State of the Special Education Profession Survey Report: is more a report about how special education teachers feel about the state of Special Education than a real characterization of how the profession is actually performing, but it does reveal some interesting patterns.

Cognitive Skills Like Iceberg

Why Knowing Students’ Cognitive Skills Matters

If reading and math are like the part of the iceberg that you can see, then cognitive skills are like the part of the part thats under the water. Underlying cognitive processes contribute to academics but are difficult to see if youre only looking at academic data.

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Later School Start Really Does Help Teens

The information about the changes in teens’ Circadian Rhythms has been around for a long time, as has the suggestion that later school start times would benefit them. Now, a landmark study is confirming what just about any adolescent could tell you – teens sleep more if they can sleep a little later.

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Do Resource Teachers Have the Right Resources?

The system that is supposed to help students get supports often doesn’t work because the goal changes from having a real impact to checking off boxes and focusing on compliance. What is your experience with resource teachers having the right resources?

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Demanding, Rewarding Tasks Create Strong Memories

Recent research looked at how the difficulty of the task and the size of the reward impacted the strength of the memory and the consolidation process.The size of the reward, not surprisingly, influences the strength of the memory, but just as important is the level of challenge of the task.

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Do Too Many or Too Few Students from Poverty Get a Special Ed Label?

Do you have evidence for or believe that students living in poverty (with cognitive impact) are identified as needing specialized instruction and supports – therefore special education services? Or do you believe that these students are over-identified as needing special education services and do not require them and unnecessarily receive an educational label.


Will ESSA Fail to Close the Achievement Gaps?

Achievement gaps persist for economically disadvantaged students, English Language Learners and students with disabilities. Will ESSA fail to close them?

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Is Your Child’s IEP Really Making a Difference?

Unfortunately, far too often, parents find that their child’s IEP is neither all that individualized nor helping their child make substantial gains. This blog examines three concerns often expressed about IEPs.

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Cognitive Literacy Solutions Demos

Six dynamic demos of our remarkable Cognitive Literacy Solutions. Enjoy!

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A Practical Approach to Personalized Learning

Personalizing learning can feel overwhelming even for the most effective teachers. In this webinar, we share how to flip the traditional approach to make it manageable and effective for every classroom.

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The Brain – Webinar for Broad Creek Middle School

Betsy Hill, BrainWare Learning Company’s president, met with middle-school students via Nepris, and discussed how we know what parts of the brain do, how the brain changes when we learn and the role of sleep in learning, as well as widely held neuromyths.


BrainWare Learning Company Teams with LiteracyPlanet

BrainWare Learning Company is teaming with LiteracyPlanet for the U.S. launch of its award-winning, online English Language Arts program.

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Shapes Thinking Puzzle

This problem comes from Conceptual Algebra Readiness for Everyone and you don’t need to “know Algebra” to be able to figure it out!

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The Role of Cognitive Remediation in Special Education

Current approaches to special education generally seek bypass the cognitive processes that are weak in order to minimize the impact of processing deficits. Remediation of cognitive processes needs to be a fourth pillar in our approach to support students in special education.

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Gingerbread Man Puzzle

The gingerbread men in the top row follow a pattern. Can you figure out what it is? Which of the answers is the best?

Your Brain and Food

What You Eat Affects Your Brain

This excellent video answers these questions and helps us understand that the food we consume affect our brains, just as it affects our hearts and the rest of our bodies.

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The Brain that Predicts the Future

Can your brain really predict the future? Absolutely! In fact, predicting the future is something our brains do constantly. It turns out that there are two different areas of the brain that help us anticipate when something will happen.

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Mind the Gap (the Cognitive Gap)!

The phrase “Mind the Gap“ refers to the gap between the train door and the station platform, particularly on the London underground system. It reminds passengers to be careful when entering and leaving the train. The warning is necessary because there is nothing to fill the gap and an unwary passenger could fall into it.… Continue reading Mind the Gap (the Cognitive Gap)!

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Case Study of a School Turnaround

In this webinar, Bondo Nyembwe, who led the St. Paul City School turnaround and who is now replicating his approach as Executive Director of Academia Cesar Chavez in St. Paul, MN, shares his insights and experiences on the keys to a successful school turnaround.

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Helping Children Take Responsibility for Their Own Learning

I knew it was important to get at the root of the issues and provide the supports that Charlie needs. When we started, he and I didn’t have a way to talk about the struggles. Kids don’t know why they struggle or why something is hard for them. They just struggle. Conversations about school work just seemed to make him more anxious. It was time for a different approach.

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The Science of Performance in Sports: Training the Mind

This webinar highlights examples from popular sports as we examine how the cognitive skills that we use everyday surface in the sports that we love to watch and play. Learn what separates the average from the great.

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Noodle Some Noodles

Here’s a noodle puzzle to get you noodling some noodles. Can you follow the spaghetti noodle paths and see which noodles will end up in which of the four bowls?

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

Problem-Solving in Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

In this webinar, we review the common cognitive underpinning for academic and SEL success, discuss how to use cognitive assessments for problem analysis and decision-making, and tell some stories of how educators have gotten to the root problem

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Research Continues to Show Link Between Media Violence and Aggressive Behavior

Research Continues to Show Link Between Media Violence and Aggressive Behavior   Research continues to add to the already strong evidence of the impact of media violence on aggressive behavior. A recent study looked at teens and concluded that teens with high levels of impulsivity were particularly at risk. On the other hand, parental monitoring… Continue reading Research Continues to Show Link Between Media Violence and Aggressive Behavior

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Closing the Achievement Gap by Closing the Cognitive Gap: A Matter of Equity

As educators and education policymakers seek to understand and remedy the achievement gaps, much attention is paid to the concept of equity. A variety of inequities have been identified as impediments to students having the opportunity to achieve their potential. Disparities in per-pupil spending, teacher experience, and technology and other resources are well-documented and top of mind. A less visible disparity, and one that connects directly to student learning is highlighted by contemporary neuroscience research – cognitive development.

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Brain Connections and the Neuroscience of Procrastination

Researchers have discovered that people who procrastinate tend to have larger amygdalae (the structure in the brain associated with fear) and weaker connections between the amygdala and the part of the brain that regulates the recognition of salience of fear and initiation.

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BrainWare Learning Company Approved to Support School Improvement Initiatives in Indiana

In June, the Indiana Deparatment of Education (INDOE) approved 35 companies as technical assistance partners for the State’s School Improvement efforts, including BrainWare Learning Company. In August, school and district personnel from across the state had an opportunity to meet one-on-one with technical assistance partners to explore how they can work together to help achieve the State’s amitious goals under ESSA (the Every Student Succeeds Act).


Cognitive Training: Questions Frequently Asked by Skeptics

There continues to be controversy regarding cognitive training (sometimes called brain training) programs, and there continue to be many skeptics. As the developer of the most researched, comprehensive, integrated cognitive training program available today, we encourage skepticism. Skepticism is healthy and it also means that the skeptic is open to a variety of possibilities. Here are some comments and questions we often hear from cognitive training skeptics and the way we answer them for BrainWare SAFARI

Brain Games Are Not Brain Training

Brain Games and Brain Training Are Different

In the last week, we came across another study that says that neuroscientists have debunked the claims that a brain game results in a brain gain. No kidding!

Research scientists seem to be in love with the idea of contradicting the market hype about the value of brain games. And that’s a good thing. There is far too much hype. And too little understanding of the difference between a brain game and serious cognitive training (also called brain-training). Saying that a typical “brain game” can yield measurable cognitive benefit that translates into real-world improvements is like saying that exercising the biceps of your left arm will lead to overall physical fitness.

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BrainWare Implementation and Impact Report – Big Shoulders Fund

Significant growth on ACT Inspire assessments was noted for students in school supported by the Big Shoulders Foundation who used BrainWare SAFARI most consistently with the recommended frequency and intensity.

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Implementation of Computer-Based Cognitive Training with Elementary Students Lagging in Academic Performance

A majority of students experienced substantial growth in multiple cognitive skills and all students saw growth in at least some areas. Average cognitive growth was 21 percentile points.

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How Neurons Multitask

Duke University researchers have shown that neurons seem to be capable of carrying more than one signal at a time. They do this, apparently, in much the same way that telecommunications engineers developed rapid switching between pieces of two different messages.

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Measuring and Developing Executive Functions

In this webinar, we explore the core executive functions – working memory, inhibitory control, and cognitive flexibility – understanding what they are and how they relate to both academic and social and emotional learning. We demonstrate how executive functions can be measured using the Mindprint Cognitive Assessment and how they can be developed using BrainWare SAFARI cognitive training software.

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Impact of Computer-Based Cognitive Training on Elementary Students’ Reading Skills

Students gained 4.5 reading levels on average and improved on academic fluency tests by one-half to 4 grade equivalents over 12 weeks following cognitive training with BrainWare SAFARI.

Digital Promise Reading Success

Reading Success Depends on Cognitive Factors

The Digital Promise models also explain that students may struggle with reading for reasons that have nothing to do with the adequacy of their reading instruction. Many students struggle with reading because of issues with cognitive processes like working memory, visual reasoning, inhibition, and attention.

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Time for Some Summer Webinar Binge Watching?

Time for Some Summer Webinar Binge Watching? Summer is a great time to catch up on webinars that you might have missed (and get some professional development credit along the way). Here are some of our most popular webinars. Neuroscience & Learning STEM & SEL: A Perfect Match Facts and Myths About the Brain: Can… Continue reading Time for Some Summer Webinar Binge Watching?


Helping Schools Meet the Goals of State ESSA Plans

Helping Schools Meet the Goals of State ESSA Plans Over the last few years since the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) became law, state departments of education have developed plans to implement the provisions of the legislation. While each state plan has its own characters and its own priorities, they all address the key provisions… Continue reading Helping Schools Meet the Goals of State ESSA Plans

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Roger Stark to Address Serious Games Conference

In his speech at the Serious Games Conference, Roger Stark will share the challenges and successes of being the first to build the most comprehensive integrated cognitive skills training program in the world.

Teaching as a STEM Career

Teaching as a STEM Career

Teaching as a STEM Career In the work that I’ve been doing on the connection between STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and SEL (Social and Emotional Learning), I was looking for examples of STEM and non-STEM careers. In the course of doing that, it became apparent to me that many careers that weren’t STEM… Continue reading Teaching as a STEM Career

STEM and SEL Perfect Match

STEM and SEL: A Perfect Match

In this webinar, we explore the driving forces behind the push for STEM and SEL, the relationship between SEL and STEM, and the underlying skills that support both. We hope to show that, far from being disconnected, the two are, indeed, a perfect match.

Am I Smarter than a 5th Grader?

Am I Smarter than a Fifth Grader?

A reading coach and mentor describes her experience using BrainWare SAFARI with her students, more than doubling their growth in reading levels and dramatically improving their intellective capacity She explains that, in working through BrainWare, her students had not only pushed past their own problem-solving ability through trying, and trying again and not giving up, but they had also pushed past her own ability.

International Flag Puzzle

Flag Day Puzzle

In honor of Flag Day, here is a puzzle. Look at the array of flags below and see if you can figure out which one goes where the question mark is.

End Summer Brain Drain

Practical Ideas for Ending Summer Brain Drain

Practical Ideas for Ending Summer Brain Drain Numerous research studies support the evidence that many students lose a good portion of their learning over the summer. Estimates are that the loss is around 2 to 2.6 months of learning and affects both math and reading levels. Unfortunately, most students end up the year significantly behind… Continue reading Practical Ideas for Ending Summer Brain Drain

Marshmallow Test

The Marshmallow Test Revisited

Interventions focused just on deferring gratification haven’t been effective. According to researchers, “it is likely to be more fruitful to target the broader cognitive and behavioral abilities related to gratification delay.”

Speaking in Sentences

Speaking in Sentences

National Speak in Complete Sentences Day is meant to remind us that to make sure our sentences have subjects and verbs and are grammatically correct, but we’d like to use it think about the process of learning to speak in sentences.

STEM and SEL Inseparable Partners

STEM and SEL: Inseparable Partners

This article, published in STEM Magazine and STEM for Women, concludes that STEM and SEL are not in competition. They are not even separate but equal. They don’t sit side by side. They are built on a common set of cognitive processes and therefore mutually reinforcing, synergistic and inseparable.

Paper Folding Puzzle

Visual-Spatial Thinking Paper Folding Puzzle

In this puzzle, the paper is folded twice and then a hole is punched. Can you visualize what the paper will look like when it is unfolded?

Fallen Origami Papers Puzzle

Fallen Origami Papers Puzzle

We were getting ready to make some origami folded paper objects, but just before we started, a gust of wind came through the open window and blew the papers onto the floor. The image below shows how they looked. Can you identify the order in which the papers landed on the ground?

Cognitive Skills and MTSS

Cognitive Skills and MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support)

Cognitive Skills and MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support) Education is grappling with a relatively new acronym: MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support). MTSS is currently conceptualized as an integration of two other acronyms: RtI (Response to Intervention) and PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) (McIntosh, 2016). Simply stated, MTSS seeks to meld the systems of interventions… Continue reading Cognitive Skills and MTSS (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support)

Developing Critical Thinking Skills

Developing Critical Thinking Skills

The need for critical thinking skills in today’s world is more pervasive than ever. Critical thinking is vital for academic achievement as well as for success in the workplace. In this webinar, Lemi-Ola Erinkitola, founder of The Critical Thinking Child addresses some underappreciated facets of helping children become critical thinkers.

Wallace Foundation Framework for Social and Emotional Learning

A New Framework for Social and Emotional Learning Based on Cognitive Skills

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is an active topic of discussion in schools (and outside of schools, for that matter) these days. The interest in SEL is likely being driven by a variety of factors, including federal policy (the Every Student Succeeds Act) which adds social, emotional and behavioral factors to academic measures. Another factor… Continue reading A New Framework for Social and Emotional Learning Based on Cognitive Skills

National Take a Wild Guess Day

Wild Guesses May Not Be That Wild

Intuition is “nonconscious emotional information,” and perhaps most fascinating, we can get better at using it. The researchers speculate that someday, intuition training may help us tap into all of that nonconscious information in our minds.

Brainy Scrabble Bingo

Brainy Scrabble Bingo

Can you Bingo (play all 7 letters) with this Brainy Scrabble Board?

Personalized Learning Plan

Creating a Personalized Learning Plan

Betsy Hill, president of BrainWare Learning Company, and Nancy Weinstein, CEO of Mindprint Learning, review how to create personalized learning plans for students, based on their Unique Learning Profile.

Social and Emotional Learning

Educator Perspectives on Social and Emotional Learning Programs

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is receiving increasing attention in the world of education. This report summarizes findings from a small survey of educator perspectives and practices.

Are Millennials or Baby Boomers Smarter?

Who Is Smarter – Millennials or Baby Boomers?

Are millennials or baby boomers smarter? That is the question being researched by a middle school student who met with Betsy Hill, president of BrainWare Learning, via Nepris.

Road a Road Map Puzzle

Can You Read this Road Map?

Reading a road map is about more than knowing left from right, especially in the days when we didn’t all have GPS systems in our cars and on our phones. In honor of National Read a Road Map Day, we created this little puzzle.

Laughing Brain

What Our Brains Think is Funny

We predict – in milliseconds – what a word is based on the phonemes (language sounds) it starts with. A joke fools us, by disappointing our brain’s predictions.


Brain Processes that Support Sharing

Why is sharing so hard for very young children? Like many aspects of development, it has to do with our frontal lobes (prefrontal cortex, in neuroscience-speak) according to research.

Cognitive Skills and Math

Cognitive Skills and Math

Reading involves the simultaneous, coordinated use of multiple mental processes, including attention skills, working memory, visualization, and planning according to an article written by Betsy Hill and published by EdCircuit.

Frilly Flowers Puzzle

Frilly Flowers for Spring Puzzle

Can you tell a frilly flower from what that isn’t? This puzzle asks if you can you figure out the pattern. Which of the flowers in the bottom row is a “frilly flower?”


Automaticity – What It Takes and Why It Matters

Automaticity is a concept we talk about in cognitive training – getting skills practiced to the point where they don’t require conscious thought. The concept also applies in other training situations, for processes (procedural memory).

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A Time to Ask Students to Think about Misbehaving

One teacher helped her students get ready for a field trip to a museum by asking them how they could be sure they would be kicked out of the museum.

Sleepy Child

Bright Lights Before Bedtime Problematic for Preschoolers’ Sleep

Parents should dim the lights for preschoolers for the hour before bedtime according to reesarch on the impact of pre-bedtime light on melatonin levels

Lou Whitaker Coaching Student in BrainWare SAFARI

Lou Whitaker Coaching Students in BrainWare SAFARI

Dr. Lou Whitaker coaches students using BrainWare SAFARI cognitive training software at Pope John Paul Catholic School in, Lecanto, Florida..

Cognitive Skills and Second Language

Cognitive Processing in Second Language Acquisition

This webinar examines some of the challenges of learning a second language and the role of cognitive skills and executive functions in that process. We will also share research on the impact of cognitive skills training for English Language Learners in several U.S. and ex-U.S. schools.

Olympic Skier Mental Rehearsal

New Evidence for the Value of Mental Rehearsal

Researchers at Stanford have shown that monkeys, trained with a brain-computer interface, could transfer that learning to the real world, even though they had never physically performed the action.


Pixels the Size of Neurons May Transform Brain Imaging

Technology has been reducing the size of pixels on a screen to the point where scientists believe they can focus on brain activity at the level of individual neurons.

Baby Pointing

Gesturing Reflects Language Development in Young Children

Research shows that observing gestures can help predict language delays and may eventually be useful in diagnosing language development problems before a child actually begins to speak.

Colorful Brain

Research Summary – BrainWare SAFARI and Low-SES Students

This document summarizes the research on BrainWare SAFARI and students from low-SES and the impact cognitive skill training is having on their cognitive functioning and academic achievement.

Friends Share Brain Patterns

Friends Share Brain Patterns

A recent study shows that the pattern of brain activity in the brains of friends is more similar than the brain activity of two people who aren’t friends.

American Management Association Operation Enterprise

Life Begins at the End of Your Comfort Zone

Roger Stark, BrainWare Learning Company’s CEO, was interviewed about his own educational trajectory, in this article on Operation Enterprise, a program offered to enterprising young people by the American Management Association

Complaint Department

The Fine Art of Complaining

Negativity rewires our brain to be more prone to negativity and practicing gratitude is more healthy. However, complaining has its place and there is an art to it.

Progressions Puzzle

Progressions Puzzle

One kind of pattern is a progression or a sequence. In some progressions puzzles, as in this one, there may be several elements changing all at the same as the sequence progresses from one end to the other.

Human-Like Digital Assistant

Digital Assistants that Seem Too Human May Not Work Best

The more human digital assistants seem, the more we experience them as human and the more we may try to interact with them as if they were human. Or the more we may avoid interacting with them …

Popcorn Logic Puzzle

Brainy Popcorn Puzzle

Here is a puzzle we came up with to celebrate National Popcorn Day. Can you solve this puzzle?

Mirror Neurons

How Mirror Neurons Signal Empathy and Moral Decision-Making

Mirror neurons are a type of neuron that is equally active when we are performing an activity or watching someone else perform that activity. They have been shown to have a role in imitation, in empathy, and most recently their activity has been shown to predict moral choices that involve others.


ESE Student Success with BrainWare SAFARI

ESE students with learning disabilities or traumatic brain injury improve in reading, math and performance on the Florida State Assessment following their use of BrainWare SAFARI cognitive training software.

Neuroscience of Stress and Learning

The Neuroscience of Stress and Learning

In this webinar, Dr. Lou Whitaker, President of Open Minds Enterprises, discusses the neuroscience of stress, the effect of stress on learning and development, and tools and strategies for helping our students and ourselves deal with stress, both acute and chronic.

Cognitive Skills and Reading

EdCircuit Article on Cognitive Skills and Reading

Reading involves the simultaneous, coordinated use of multiple mental processes, including attention skills, working memory, visualization, and planning according to an article written by Betsy Hill and published by EdCircuit.

McKinsey Report Advanced Cognitive Skills

McKinsey Report: Future Jobs Require More Advanced Cognitive Capabilities

According to Mckinsey, the skills needed for the jobs of the future are in the process of shifting as technology replaces predictable, repetitive work. Jobs of the future will require more advanced cognitive capabilities.

SET Challenge Puzzle

SET Card Challenge

Today is National Card Playing Day, and one of our favorite card games is SET. It’s fun and it’s a great cognitive workout for just about any age!

Cut Out Snowflakes Challenge

Cut Out Snowflakes Challenge

Can you recognize a cut up snowflake from its folded-up starting point? See if you can figure out the answer!

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BrainWare Learning Company Featured in VoyageChicago

BrainWare Learning Company was covered by VoyageChicago. The article looks at the company’s journey and what to expect next in the world of cognitive training and education.

Baby Learning to Walk

When Brains Learn to Walk

In some fascinating research, scientists at Washington University in St. Louis scanned the brains of babies as they learned to walk. In the initial stages, the connection between the default-mode network (the brain networks we use while we’re daydreaming or letting our minds wander) works with the motor cortex.

Cognitive Skills Differentiation

Cognitive Skills and Differentiation

This webinar reviews the value of cognitive assessment as the basis for meaningful differentiation of instruction by tying cognitive skills directly to learning strategies.

Why We Root for the Underdog

Why We Root for the Underdog

In one study, people rooted for a fictional basketball team described as being expected to lose, rather than the team that was supposed to win, 88 percent of the time. Scientists have put forward a number of different theories on why we have such a tendency to favor the less favored.

Snowflake to Snowman PUzzle

How to Turn a Snowflake into a Snowman

How do you turn a snowflake into a snowman? Find your path through this winter holiday puzzle.

Cell Phone on Desk

Do Smartphones Make You Dumber?

Research is now showing that just having your phone on your desk, even though it is turned off, results in poorer performance on demanding cognitive tasks than if the cell phone is out of sight and in another room.

Two of these Cookes Are Different

Two of These Cookies are Different

Two of these holiday cookies are different from the others. Can you tell which ones? Don’t give up too soon … You can do it!

Brain Blink

Do Brains Blink?

The research says that our brains do, in fact, “blink,” every time we shift our attention! When we shift our attention from one object to another, the activity of the neurons in the visual cortex is temporarily disrupted.

Punctuation in Text Messages

Punctuation in Text Messages

Have you ever wondered whether to put a period at the end of your text message? It may sound trivial, but it can make a difference in how your message is perceived.

Brain Training Benefits

Benefits of Cognitive Training (Brain Training) Apps in Schools

This blog discussed some of the reasons schools use brain-training apps and the benefits they see, including better academic performance, better motivation, better behavior and a stronger growth mindset.

Novel Object Memory Test

Research Suggests Visual Skills Are Different from IQ

Research at Vanderbilt University suggests that people differ significantly in their visual skills and showed that visual skills were not associated with IQ.

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Gratitude is Good for the Brain

Expressing gratitude can help with depression, help us sleep better and make us feel more connected to those around us.Perhaps surprisingly, the beneficial effects seem to last for months afterward.

Keys to Effective Decision-Making

Keys to Effective Decision-Making

This webinar explores the characteristics of different types of decisions as well as the critical steps to effective decision-making, including defining the problem (or question or choice), choosing a decision-making process, developing and evaluating alternatives, and the process of deciding.

Autism Apple

Using Cognitive Assessments and Cognitive Training Software with Autism

Will this help my child? That is the question we always hear from parents with children with an Autism Spectrum Diagnosis (ASD) when they come across our cognitive training and assessment programs. We’ll start with the short answer and then we’ll dig in a little deeper.

Colorful Brain

Research Summary – BrainWare SAFARI and Students with Learning Disabilities

While BrainWare SAFARI is not uniquely designed for students with learning disabilities, cognitive skill training is having an impact on cognitive functioning and academic achievement for them in a variety of settings.This document provides a summary of the research to date on BrainWare SAFARI and students with learning disabilities.

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CIOReview Names BrainWare Learning Company to Top 20 Gamification List

BrainWare Learning Company is named one of the top 20 global gamification solutions providers by CIOReview.

Brain Matters by Pat Wolfe

Why Teachers Should Study Neuroscience – Dr. Pat Wolfe Webinar

Join award-winning author and presenter, Dr. Pat Wolfe for a mini-web session on the application of brain research to instructional practice. If you’re ever wondered would neuroscience could do for your teaching, you won’t want to miss this!

Cognitive Skills Foundation for Learning

Cognitive Skills: The Foundation for Learning

Cognitive Skills are the mental processes our brains use to take in, organize, understand and retrieve information. So much of what happens in our brains are processes we aren’t even aware of when they happen. But while they may happen non-consciously, they define our ability to learn.

Brain Waves and Types of Learning

Two Types of Brain Waves – Two Types of Memory

Neuroscience researchers at MIT have been able to distinguish between brain waves associated with explicit learning and implicit learning. The fact that different types of brain waves are involved underscores the importance of teachers understanding the difference between the two types of memory and the different strategies that will be effective in the two types of learning.

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New Research on Memory Training

Recently published research from Johns Hopkins University pitted two types of working memory training against each other, but it didn’t translate into general intelligence. Here’s why not.

Financial Literacy Leaves

Check Your Financial Literacy

The FINRA Investor Education Foundation has been studying the financial knowledge of adults in the U.S. through a short 5-question quiz as part of its Financial Capability Study. Sadly, Americans do not fare very well. Happily, the questions could easily be turned into engaging classroom exercises for middle- and high-school age students

Adult Basic Education

Case Study of BrainWare SAFARI in Adult Basic Education

This case study describes the experience of a client at Impact Institute in Fort Wayne, IN, who used BrainWare SAFARI within her Adult Basic Education program. “Janet” experienced improvements across the board in her cognitive skills, based on her self-completed cognitive rating scale.

Busy Brain

Top 7 Train Your Brain Questions

There are so many options – from clinical therapy to apps for your smartphone… from single-skill memory training to reading software for learning disabilities… and from crossword puzzles to neurofeedback. It’s confusing, to say the least. So here are 7 questions you can ask when you’re considering any kind of brain training program or tool. Happy National Train Your Brain Day!

Stop Bullying

Bullying Causes Long-Term Physical Brain Changes

If you think that bullying is something kids will someday get over, think again. Research shows that bullying results in physical brain changes and serious long-term cognitive and emotional deficits.

Pierceton Woods Academy

Cognitive Skills Training at Pierceton Woods Academy

Students at Pierceton Woods were able to complete the targeted number of sessions of BrainWare SAFARI within the eight-week term. The six students who completed a sufficient number of sessions in BrainWare SAFARI experienced significant improvements in multiple areas of cognitive processing

Hidden Keys

Human Brains Find Hidden Objects that Computers Can’t Find

Do you see the keys in this picture? That’s because the human brain is really good at seeing partially obscured objects. New research conducted at the University of Washington in Seattle examined the interactions between the visual cortex and the prefrontal cortex when subjects tried to identify partially hidden objects.

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Are You Ready for the First Report Cards of the Year?

The goal of cognitive training is to enable a student to become a capable, independent learner. While tutoring can be helpful, it typically will not address underlying learning issues. Particularly when students continue to be tutored year after year, just to get through school, that is not enabling them to learn independently.

Babies Learn to Work Hard

Babies Learn the Value of Hard Work

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found that watching adults struggle with a couple of tasks before succeeding led to babies trying harder on their own tasks.


Quick Cognitive Health Check for Adults

There is a new online test that will give you an idea how strong your mental functioning is, particularly attention and short-term memory. And it will let you know if you should consult a medical professional.

Brain Bicycle

A Cognitive Lesson from a Backwards Bicycle

Riding a bike is something you’re never supposed to forget how to do once you’ve learned. This video is a great example of working to change the way our brain is wired to perform a task!

Kris Bowen, President Tesco

Business Executive Experience with BrainWare Cognitive Training

Kris Bowen, President of Tesco Solutions, wanted to see if cognitive training would improve her focus and ability to stay on top of her task list. She discusses the cognitive improvements she experienced with BrainWare SAFARI.

BrainWare SAFARI Cognitive Skills Training

Cognitive and Visual Training Team Up for Athletes

An example of how vision developmental optometrists use BrainWare SAFARI to help patients enhance a range of visual processing cognitive skills.

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Talk Like a Pirate Today and Make it Serious Language Play

Playing with language is a cognitive milestone and language play can be a wonderful form of cognitive exercise. Learn how to speak Piratese in honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Moral Reasoning

High Moral Reasoning Linked to Brain’s Reward System

An international team of scientists has shown that high moral reasoning is associated with increased activity in a key part of the brain’s reward system. In other words, our brain activity reflects how morally developed we are.


Multitasking Does Not Make Us More Productive

There is plenty of evidence that multitasking is not what we think it is. A new study showed the negative impact of distractions on memory.

Fake News

How to Spot Fake News

Because children get much of their news from social media sources, they are most vulnerable. 39% of children prefer online media as their news sources and fake news is often believed. 31% of children have discovered later that a news story they shared on social media was fake.

Common Sense Media explains how to identify fake news and help kids get smarter about it as well.

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What Do High School Students Want to Know about the Brain?

What do high school students want to know about the brain? BrainWare Learning’s Betsy Hill addressed their questions in a Nepris-hosted presentation, including different types of memory, study tips, and sleep.

Buddha and Generosity

Generosity Brings Cognitive and Emotional Benefits

What Buddha knew about generosity long ago has now been confirmed by neuroscientists who have shown the connection between generosity and structural brain changes in the areas of the brain associated with empathy and social cognition.

Bring Neuroscience to the Classroom

Four Practical Ways to Bring Neuroscience to the Classroom

In this webinar, we review four practical ways to supercharge the learning process. All four use solid neuroscience to impact learning where it happens – in our students’ brains. All four are evidence-based and supported by research. We discuss BrainWare SAFARI cognitive training software, Mindprint cognitive assessment, SkateKids cognitively based reading program and BrainsON! professional development.

Exercise with Your Child

Exercise Facilitates Cognitive Development

We were reminded by National Exercise with Your Child Week about the importance of exercise for cognitive development for both children and adults. An NIH-supported study reviewed the available research and concluded that there is ample evidence of the cognitive benefits of physical activity for children.

Rethinking Remediation in Higher Education

Rethinking Remediation in Higher Education

This white paper addresses the potential impact of cognitive training for students who are academically and cognitively underprepared for college, suggesting that it may provide an opportunity for many students to achieve their dreams of a college education and the advantages that education entails by giving them the foundation and the capacity for academic success at the post-secondary level.

Blue and Pink Brains

Are Male and Female Brains All That Different?

Lon Woodbury, an Ed Consultant (IECA), a Certified Educational Planner (CEP), and an Internet Talk Radio Host focusing on news and personal help for parents of struggling and troubled teens with behavioral/learning problems. interviews Betsy Hill, president of BrainWare Learning Company, on the differences between male and female brains.

Concentrate and Read

Cognitive Skills are Major Factors in Reading Ability

While many educators still see reading as a matter of decoding and fluency practice, the reading process is far more complex. A new report from Digital Promise report cites cognitive skills, social-emotional learning, and student background information, in addition to traditional language and literacy skills, as essential for reading.

Forgetting Makes Us Smarter

Forgetting Can Actually Make Us Smarter

We all worry about forgetting things, but it turns out that forgetting can actually make us smarter and our brains are designed to promote memory loss under certain circumstances!

Finger Counting

Finger Counting is Good for the Brain!

Not only is it OK for kids to count on their fingers, when combined with counting games, they do much better on math tests. Finger counting is good for the brain!

Cognitive Capacity

Is Cognitive Capacity the Civil Rights Issue of Today?

Unless all students are able to develop the cognitive foundation for learning, then only some will have what it takes to fully access and derive value from their education. This is an issue of access much like other access issues in our society. It may be that the cognitive capacity gap is the civil rights issue of our day.

Photo to Remember Better

Take a Photo to Remember Better

The things we take pictures of we remember better, even if we never look at the pictures again. Picture taking can, however, reduce our auditory memories of the experience.

5 Ways Social Media is Changing Our Brains

What is Social Media Doing to Our Brains?

What is social media doing to our brains? This great TedEd presentation explains – and it’s not all good. Which change do you think is the most important?


Toward a New Understanding of Intelligence

It’s time to throw out our old mental models of intelligence and start to embrace what David Shenk in his popular book of the same title, the genius in all of us.

Real or Memory

Is It Real or Is It a Memory?

Neuroscientists at the University of Western Ontario are starting to unravel how our brains mark the difference and inform us whether something is imaginary or something we are really remembering.

The Brain Is Wider than the Sky

The Brain Is Wider than the Sky – Emily Dickinson

The brain is wider than the sky, For, put them side by side, The one the other will include With ease, and you beside. Emily Dickinson

Developing Soft Skills

Soft Skills: What They Are and How to Develop Them

The webinar will focuses on the nature of “soft skills” and how they are and aren’t different from “hard skills,” together with implications for devleoping them in the workplace.

Parents and Kids Talk about BrainWare SAFARI

Parents and Kids Talk about BrainWare SAFARI

Parents and kids talk about their experiences with BrainWare SAFARI cognitive training software.

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What a Difference Three Weeks Make!

We spend a lot of time in our conversations with schools, clinicians, and parents talking about “following the protocol.” Why? Because the protocol identifies he frequency and duration of usage that consistently leads to the kinds of improvements in cognitive skills we see in the research on the program.

Transforming Learning from the Inside Out

Transforming Learning from the Inside Out

In this webinar, we explore the cognitive skills and executive functions our children/students need in order to learn and be successful … in the classrooms and in life.

Evidence-Based Intervention ESSA

BrainWare SAFARI as an Evidence Based Intervention under ESSA

This webinar addresses how BrainWare SAFARI fulfills the provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act.

Blueprint for Building a 21st Century Worker

Blueprint for Building a 21 st Century Worker

It is becoming increasingly clear from neuroscience research that intelligence is not fixed and that the ability to learn, think and problem-solve can be enhanced at any age. The implications of this new knowledge in the workplace are profound. This paper explores the implications of neuroscience research for the preparation and training of workers for 21st century work.

Ivy Tech Community College

Cognitive Skills Training in an Introductory College Course

BrainWare SAFARI cognitive skills development software was incorporated into a 3-credit-hour Student Success course at Ivy Tech Community College. Increases in IQ were seen for the students who completed the Student Success Course that incorporated BrainWare also completed a sufficient number of sessions and levels in BrainWare SAFARI.

Neuroscience, Teaching and Learning

What Neuroscience Does and Doesn’t Contribute to Teaching and Learning

It has become popular lately for neuroscience experts to disparage the efforts of educators to understand and apply brain research, as a recent article published by PBS does. Sometimes they even seem to wonder why we would be interested. Here’s why.

BrainWare Case Studies School Resource

BrainWare SAFARI Case Studies: School Resource Setting

In this webinar, we share the story of three successful BrainWare SAFARI implementations that focus on the use of the program in a resource setting,.

Cognitive Skills Training Learning Disabilities

Cognitive Skills Training for Students with Learning Disabilities

Learning disabilities often involve weaknesses in one or more of the important cognitive skills involved in learning. Research is now showing that cognitive processes can be strengthened, rather than just working around them.

When Brain Training Works

When Brain Training Works – Points of Controversy

Pre-publication publicity for a new book on the value of brain training claims that there are 5 conditions that make it effective. While this discussion surfaces some important considerations, it is likely to disappoint anyone who adheres strictly to the five conditions. Here’s where the advice falls short.

Cognitive Skills and Vision Therapy

Extending the Value of Vision Therapy

This webinar explores a model of mental processing that highlights the importance of integrating a variety of cognitive processes and a therapeutic cognitive development software program called BrainWare SAFARI that is supported by peer-reviewed published research and field studies.

Reading Comprehesion

The Mystery of Reading Comprehension

Many students can read a passage, but afterwards are unable to tell you what they read. Or perhaps they can answer simple factual questions (regurgitate), but it really has no meaning for them and will be forgotten the next day.

Blueprint for Developing 21st Century Worker

A Blueprint for Developing a 21st Century Worker

“Today’s workplace runs largely on the cognitive ability of workforce.” The webinar addresses the importance of cognitive development for workers, both experienced and new hires, for the 21st century. Learn more.

Rethinking Remediation Higher Education

Rethinking Remediation in Higher Education

This webinar examines and challenges some of the assumptions that underpin traditional approaches to remediation, both to helping students achieve appropriate levels of reading and math, and to development of the other skills that are required for success.

Brainy Reading Suggestions

Brainy Reading Suggestions

There are so many books about the brain … from simple books for children to dense academic works intended for researchers. Here are some of our favorites – for adults, for teachers specifically, and for kids.

Developing 21st Century Minds After School

Developing 21st Century Minds after School

This webinar explorespractical and effective approaches that give students experiences that are different from what happens during the school day and that can drive better academic results without teaching to the test.

Dr Pat Wolfe, author of Brain Matters

Dr Pat Wolfe Discusses BrainWare SAFARI

Dr. Patricia Wolfe answers questions about BrainWare SAFARI at the Indiana Association of Educational Service Centers and explains why she endorses the program wholeheartedly.

Dr Lou Whitaker, Principal, Pope John Paul II

A Principal Describes How She Decided to Use BrainWare SAFARI

Dr. Lou Whitaker, principal of Pope John Paul II Catholic School in Lecanto, FL describes how she decided to use BrainWare SAFARI cogntiive training software with her students.

Dr Lou Whitaker, Principal, Pope John Paul II

Using BrainWare SAFARI with Middle and High School Students

The graphics in BrainWare SAFARI lead some to believe that it won’t be challenging for older students and adults. They couldn’t be more wrong.

Anne Budicin, Principal, Glenwood Academy

BrainWare SAFARI and Students from Low-Income Mostly Single-Parent Homes 1

Glenwood Academy principal Anne Budicin, teacher Kanika Johnson and Glenwood Academy students discuss their experience with BrainWare SAFARI cognitive training software.

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BrainWare SAFARI and Students from Low-Income Mostly Single-Parent Homes 2

BrainWare SAFARI cognitive training software is described by Anne Budicin, currently principal of Glenwood Academy in Glenwood, IL, as well as students at the school who experienced significant gains in both cognitive and academic skills following their use of the program.

Curtis Boehmer, Speech Pathologist

Speech Pathologist Conducts a BrainWare SAFARI Pilot

Curtis Boehmer, Speech and Language Pathologist, Huron Intermediate School District, MI, describes his pilot of BrainWare SAFARI cognitive training software.

Student at Pope John Paul II School

Students at Pope John Paul II School Talk about BrainWare SAFARI

Students at Pope John Paul Catholic School in Lecanto, FL, talk about their experience with BrainWare SAFARI cognitive training software.

Stacy Mulrenin, Resource Teacher

What BrainWare SAFARI Meant to a Resource Teacher

Stacy Mulrenin, a resource teacher at Nativity Catholic School in Bradenton, FL, describes how using BrainWare SAFARI transformed her experience of supporting her students.

US Congressman Danny K Davis

Congressional Briefing on Neuroscience in the Classroom

Congressional Briefing Hosted by Congressman Danny Davis
Roger Stark, Dr. Pat Wolfe, Dr. Sarah Avtzon, Superintendent Ron Kraft

Huron-Superior Catholic District Teacher

A Teacher’s Perspective on BrainWare SAFARI

A teacher with the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board in Sault Ste Marie, ON, Canada, is interviewed about her experience with BrainWare SAFARI cognitive training software and the impact her students’ performance

Huron-Superior Catholic School District Student

A Student Is Interviewed about Her BrainWare SAFARI Experience

A student in the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board, Sault Ste Marie, ON, Canada, is interviewed about her experience with BrainWare SAFARI cognitive training software.

Remediating Cognitive Skills Learning Disabilities

Remediating Cognitive Skills for Students with Learning Disabilities

Students with learning disabilities often have deficits in core underlying cognitive functions, such as working memory, executive function, and visual and auditory processing. Join us as we explore the science of remediating cognitive gaps.

Angel or Devil

Reconciling the Neurosophists and the Neurosnobs

A recent article in Brain in the News, a publication of the Dana Foundation lamented the increase in the impressive sounding but empty use of references to the brain in education. Educators have too often embraced neuromyths and neurofads without a deep enough understanding. But that is changing.

Dr Lou Whitaker - Getting Everyone On Board

How Did You get Everyone on Board with BrainWare SAFARI

Dr. Lou Whitaker, principal of Pope John Paul II Catholic School in Lecanto, FL, explains how she got parents, teachers and students on all board for a pilot of BrainWare SAFARI.

Cognitive Impact of Poverty

The Cognitive Impact of Poverty and What Educators Can Do

Numerous studies have shown the impact of poverty on the brain. Neuroscience research is also showing how the plasticity of the brain offers the potential to close the cognitive gap.

Maywood Elementary, Hammond, IN

BrainWare SAFARI in Before/After School Programs with Low Performing Readers

BrainWare SAFARI was implemented in before and after school programs in elementary schools in Hammond, IN, with students selected by their teachers because of low reading ability. The average pre-test score on the Verbal Reasoning subtest of the CogAT for these students was markedly low, at the 35th percentile, consistent with student selection criteria (low reading performance). On post-test, the average score on Verbal Reasoning increased to the 48th percentile.

Missing Puzzle Piece

Poverty and Schools – A Missing Piece in the Discussion

Poverty and Schools – A Missing Piece in the Discussion A week-long series created by WBEZ Radio and the Daily Herald in Chicago has been focusing on the persistent connection between students in poverty and low academic performance. What is missing in this discussion is connecting it to the neuroscience of poverty. Recent research was… Continue reading Poverty and Schools – A Missing Piece in the Discussion

Roger Stark at Empowered Learning Center

Grand Opening Bethesda Empowered Learning Transformation Center

Roger Stark, CEO of BrainWare Learning Company speaks at the opening of an Empowered Learning Center in Bethesda, MD.

Roger Stark - Blackline Review

Blackline Interview with BrainWare CEO Roger Stark

Roger Stark, CEO of BrainWare Learning Company, discusses BrainWare SAFARI cognitive training software in a Blackline Review interview.

3rd Grade Cognitive Growth

Impact of Cognitive Skills Development in Grade 3 on Cognitive and Academic Measures

The Grade 3 students in an economically disadvantaged district who used BrainWare SAFARI experienced significant cognitive growth compared to those who did not. After using BrainWare SAFARI, 50% of the students scored at the 70th percentile or above on the composite score of the CCAT, compared to 33% scoring at that level on the pre-test.

Neuroscience and the U.S. Education System

Neuroscience and the U.S. Education System

Neuroscience and the U.S. Education System   “We stand on the threshold of important new advances in neuroscience that will yield increased understanding of brain functioning and the way we learn. How we use this new information to teach our children may well be the most important question of our lifetime.” Dr. Pat Wolfe, Author… Continue reading Neuroscience and the U.S. Education System

Brain Training Programs Neither Silver Bullet nor Scam

Brain Training Programs: Neither Silver Bullet nor Scam

Brain Training Programs: Neither Silver Bullet nor Scam A recent article asked the question: Are Brain Training Programs a Scam? Like many articles on the subject these days, the analysis was right in some respects, but missed several key points. The numbered statements below in italics are from the article. The comments following each point… Continue reading Brain Training Programs: Neither Silver Bullet nor Scam

Educational Indigestion

Curing Educational Indigestion – Three Solutions to Overly Full Plates

Curing Educational Indigestion – Three Solutions to Overly Full Plates “Our district is currently doing a lot of work to implement STEM (Common Core, new technology, etc.), and our teachers feel like they are constantly having things added to their plates while nothing is removed.” If I have heard that comment once in the past… Continue reading Curing Educational Indigestion – Three Solutions to Overly Full Plates

Specific Learning Disability

Effect of Neuroscience-Based Cognitive Skill Training on Growth of Cognitive Deficits Associated with Learning Disabilities in Children Grade 2-4

Students in the study who used BrainWare SAFARI for 12 weeks improved their cognitive functioning by 2.8 years, compared to 2 months for the control group. This improvement raised the students’ overall cognitive proficiency level from 64% to 89% where 90% is the expected performance for a normally developing student. Students in the control group improved just one percentage point, from 63% to 64% proficiency. Students in the treatment group improved their reading and math scores by 0.8 and 1.0 grade equivalent respectively over the 12 weeks.

Concussion and Youth Sports

Concussion and Youth Sports

This webinar features two experts in concussion management and the latest developments in brain injury tracking and treatment. Jim Buskirk and Dan Nicholson.

Time Turner

Giving Every Student the Equivalent of a Time Turner

In The Prisoner of Azkaban, the third book in the Harry Potter series, Hermione Granger manages to attend extra classes with the help of a Time Turner. The Time Turner allows her to go back in time so that she can, in effect, take two classes at once.

Healthy Brains Latest Research

The Latest Research on Keeping (or Losing) Your Mind

In this webinar, Dr. Pat Wolfe, one of the world’s leading authorities on translating neuroscience research to practical application in education and in other aspects of life, will explain what the science tells us about keeping our minds fit throughout our lives.

Funding Professional Development for Teachers

Almost two years ago, I blogged about the stunning research by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development on the connection between student scores on the PISA tests and economic well-being.The bottom line was that if the U.S. could raise every childs PISA score to the minimum level of proficiency on the PISA (the international… Continue reading Funding Professional Development for Teachers

Response to Intervention

Effectiveness of RTI Reading and Math Interventions Increase with the Addition of BrainWare SAFARI

The majority of students who used BrainWare SAFARI and were provided with a reading intervention received a Rate of Improvement (ROI) score greater than the expected ROI on AIMSweb, as did the students who used BrainWare SAFARI and a math intervention.

English Language Learners

Cognitive Skills and English Language Learners

Today, more school districts than ever are challenged to educate children who speak little or no English when they enter the school system. This brief addresses the demands on certain cognitive skills that are relatively greater during the early stages of learning a new language, including working memory, sequential memory, and auditory memory skills and how these skills may be enhanced.

Tavan Elementary School

BrainWare SAFARI and Special Education Students at Tavan Elementary

Students who were tested before and after their use of BrainWare SAFARI all improved their cognitive ability over the course of their use of the program. Three of the four achieved cognitive increases which resulted in them performing above the level that would be considered normally developing for their age.

Rethinking Remediation in Higher Education

Rethinking Remediation in Higher Education

Rethinking Remediation in Higher Education The remediation statistics are sobering. Over half of students who enroll in 2-year colleges take remedial courses in English and/or math. Almost 20% of those enrolling in 4-year colleges do so. The rates for low-income students are even higher 68% and 39% respectively. Of even greater concern is that higher… Continue reading Rethinking Remediation in Higher Education

Neuroscience and Education

Neuroscience and Education

Education informed by neuroscience can give new and real meaning to our desire as a nation to leave no child behind. Moreover, it may offer the only true opportunity for the disruptive change that education needs for current and future generations to be educated to face the challenges ahead

Reading and Math Gains at Bailly Academy

BrainWare SAFARI Pilot at Bailly Academy

The students’ improved level of cognitive functioning resulted in greater gains in academic scores, especially for students performing below grade-level, as well as increased percentages of students improving their performance, following their use of BrainWare SAFARI.

Deal with the Big Rocks First Prioritizing

Have you ever noticed that some people just drift through life dealing with each problem as it comes along and then wonder where all the time has gone, and why they haven’t accomplished more? Other people seem to live lives that are very well organized and are able to accomplish a great deal. You can… Continue reading Deal with the Big Rocks First Prioritizing

Psychometric Properties

Psychometric Properties of the Penn Computerized Neurocognitive Battery

Based on the analysis from these large-scale data, the Computerized Neurocognitive Battery offers an effective means for measuring the integrity of intended neurocognitive domains in about 1 hour of testing and is thus suitable for large-scale clinical and genomic studies.

PTSD and the Brain

PTSD and the Brain

The brain mechanisms that trap sufferers in reliving the most terrifying experiences of their lives will be reviewed, as well as the consequences for families and others who live with students and families affected by PTSD. Our guest presenters for this webinar will be Janet and Tony Seahorn, authors of Tears of a Warrior.

Cognitive Skills Development in an Accelerated Curriculum

Cognitive Skills Development in an Accelerated Curriculum

Much of our work has dealt with helping struggling students  those who are behind or have identified cognitive deficits but it is important to remember that very bright students can also benefit from developing their cognitive skills and executive functions. Heres a story that explains what this can look like: Dr. Sara Fraser, a clinical… Continue reading Cognitive Skills Development in an Accelerated Curriculum

Closing the Achievement Gaps: The Need for a Cognitive Intervention

The remediation statistics are sobering. Over half of students who enroll in 2-year colleges take remedial courses in English and/or math. Almost 20% of those enrolling in 4-year colleges do so. The rates for low-income students are even higher 68% and 39% respectively. Of even greater concern is that higher educations remediation efforts dont seem… Continue reading Closing the Achievement Gaps: The Need for a Cognitive Intervention

Three Brain-Compatible Strategies

Three Brain Compatible Strategies Transform Behavior

This webinar explores the experiences of Sarah Rahrig and Deanna Niebarger – Fifth Grade Teachers at Crooked Creek Elementary School in Indianapolis, IN. Sarah and Deanna worked with their professor and mentor, Dr. Lori Desautels.

Emphasize the Learning in Extended Learning Time

Emphasize the Learning in Extended Learning Time

Emphasize the Learning in Extended Learning Time There seem to be a lot of people talking about extending the school day lately. On the pro side of the argument are those who believe that our students ability to compete in a global economy requires more time devoted to academics. In some cases, the champions of… Continue reading Emphasize the Learning in Extended Learning Time

Ain't Misbehavin'

Ain’t Misbehavin’ – Helping Students with Sensory Issues

Disruptive behavior at home and in school can seem like “misbehavior,” plain and simple, but is often attributable to underlying neurodevelopmental issues.

Executive Functions and Reading Comprehension

Executive Functions and Reading Comprehension

This webinar examines the role of executive functions in reading – in decoding, fluency, and most importantly, comprehension.

Mean It When You Say Thank You

How to Mean It When You Say Thank You

How can we help children understand, appreciate and live by values like gratitude, integrity, a sense of joy, or compassion? Join us for an interview with Mary O’Donohue.

St. Andrew's Scots School

Benefit of BrainWare SAFARI at a Leading Private School in Argentina

Students who received BrainWare SAFARI improved their performance to a greater degree on all areas of the Diagnostic Achievement Battery (DAB-3) in their second language, English.

Nativity Catholic School

Strengthening Cognitive Processes in Students with Resource Plans

At Nativity Catholic School in Brandon, FL, students receiving resource support used BrainWare SAFARI. The two cohorts improved substantially on a set of cognitive subtests, consistent with students in prior studies.

Oakwood School

Increases in Academic Ability in Students with Learning Differences

This study involved students with learning differences. After completing BrainWare SAFARI, the students increased their Academic Ability 1 year 9 months on average in the year between the tests.

Practical Advice Brain-Compatible Teaching

Practical Advice for Brain-Compatible Teaching

In this webinar we listen to and talk with Sarah Armstrong, EdD, author of Teaching Smarter with the Brain in Focus and A Practical Guide to Tiering Instruction in the Differentiated Classroom.

Reading Comprehension

Executive Functions and Reading Comprehension

Executive Functions and Reading Comprehension There are varied opinions among education and neuroscience researchers regarding how many executive functions are involved in human cognitive processing, but the role that executive functions play in reading comprehension has become much clearer in recent years.This is important to recognize for a number of reasons. First, students with less… Continue reading Executive Functions and Reading Comprehension

Closing the Gap Historically Underperforming Students

Closing the Gap for Historically Underperforming Students

This webinar examines some of the reasons for the chronic gap in performance for students with learning disabilities, ELL students, and economically disadvantaged students.

Fillmore Unified School District

Improvement in California State Test Scores Following Cognitive Skills Training

3rd Grade students in the Fillmore Unified School District who used BrainWare SAFARI performed better than a control group on the California state standardized tests.

Fillmore Unified School District

Special Needs Students Benefit from Use of BrainWare SAFARI

3rd grade students, identified as special needs, in the Fillmore Unified School District, as part of a larger study, experienced substantial gains in performance on the OLSAT and California State Tests.

Millville School District

Cognitive Skills Development Helps Close the Gap for Students Performing Below Grade Level

Students who performed below grade level the prior year experienced significant gains following their use of BrainWare SAFARI and average performance narrowed or closed the gap. For students with IEPs, the 3rd-grade students more than doubled their WPM gains and significantly narrowed the gap.

Beyond the Label

Beyond Labels: Helping Kids with Temperament or Learning Issues

How to make labels like “Lazy,” “Troublemaker,” “Stupid,” “ADHD,” “Learning Disabled,” and “Spoiled” obsolete.

Web of Cognitive Skills

What are Cognitive Skills?

What Are Cognitive Skills? We hear the term cognitive skills more frequently these days as we all become more aware that our brains perform a variety of functions critical to helping us navigate school, work, personal relationships  in fact, everything we do. How can we start to understand what these skills are and how they… Continue reading What are Cognitive Skills?

Interview Dr Douglas Gentile

An Interview with Dr. Douglas Gentile

Join us for an interview with Dr. Gentile in which we plan to explore his research and scientific conclusions on media violence.

Common Core State Standards and the Brain

The Common Core State Standards and the Brain

The world of neuroscience can help guide our approach to instructional methods to support higher levels of cognitive interaction and mastery across disciplines. Participants in this webinar will gain insights into the instructional methods that can help students rise to the requirements of the Common Core State Standards.

Stressed Students

Questions to Ask Your Chronically Stressed Students

Questions to Ask Your Chronically Stressed Students by Dr. Lori Desautels   This morning I sat in two middle-school inner-city classrooms in Indianapolis, as I do most weeks. But today, something struck me deep in the center of my chest as I was observing the boredom and apathy on those detached, sleepy and seemingly sad… Continue reading Questions to Ask Your Chronically Stressed Students

Academic and World Education Resource

BrainWare SAFARI Shown to Impact Students in Iran with Reading Problems

Researchers in Iran working with dyslexic students showed increases in memory and attention in students diagnosed with reading difficulties following the use of BrainWare. The experimental group showed training effects on non-trained tests as well as transfer effect to visual-auditory sustained attention, visual auditory vigilance/speed, and hyperactivity after training.

Neuroscience in the Classroom

Neuroscience in the Classroom

This webinar discusses the growing body of research on the application of neuroscience in the classroom and real-life examples of where and how it is working.

Building Students Cognitive Capacity and Emotional Intellgience

Building Students’ Cognitive and Emotional Intelligence

Emotions play a role in learning, as do the cognitive skills and capacities that students bring to the classroom. This presentation examinez the interplay between cognition and emotions, focusing particularly on executive functions.

Does Physical Exercise Trump Mental Exercise?

Does Physical Exercise Trump Mental Exercise?

Does Physical Exercise Trump Mental Exercise? by Dr. Sara Sawtelle   A recent article in Time Health and Family, Exercise Trumps Brain Games in Keeping our Minds Intact, reports on the findings from a study in Scotland. The study compared MRIs of adults to see how much brain shrinkage occurred over a three-year period, from… Continue reading Does Physical Exercise Trump Mental Exercise?

Interview with Superintendent Ron Kraft

An Interview with Superintendent Ron Kraft

Ron Kraft is intensely focused on student achievement and led the Harbor Beach MI schools to be one of the highest performing districts in the state.

Maywood Elementary School

Cognitive Gains in an Afterschool Program Using BrainWare SAFARI

Students experienced an average increase of 12 percentile points on the composite CogAT scores using BrainWare SAFARI in an afterschool program in Hammond, IN. Increases on all of the CogAT subtests as well as the composite score were consistent with increases seen in previous research.

What Teachers Don't Know about Neuroscience

What Teachers Don’t Know About Neuroscience

A study of teachers found a significant absence of basic knowledge of neuroeducational pedagogy and an overabundance of neuromyths among the teachers surveyed.

No Specific Genes for IQ

Scientists Can’t Find Specific Genes for IQ

Scientists Can’t Find Specific Genes for IQ   Recent research has shown that, while intelligence is believed to be partly genetic, the specific genes that were thought to be linked to intelligence are not. And, in fact, of all the genes that were examined, only one was actually associated with intelligence and the effect was… Continue reading Scientists Can’t Find Specific Genes for IQ

Cognitive Skills and Gifted Students

Cognitive Skills and Gifted Students

This webinar examines how neuroscience has begun to take a look at giftedness and the research may already be calling into question some of the conventional wisdom on the criteria for gifted and talented and how to support gifted students, including those who also have learning disabilities (twice exceptional).

Perez Elementary School

Evaluation of BrainWare SAFARI Using Academic Growth Measures in a Chicago Public School

There was a significant improvement for 2nd- and 3rd-grade students compared to a control group in a Chicago Public School following use of BrainWare SAFARI.

Cognitive Literacy

Working Memory Training That Lasts

Working Memory Training that Lasts Recently the journal Developmental Psychology published a meta-analysis of research on the value of Working Memory Training. A meta-analysis is not original research but combines multiple studies and uses statistical adjustments to try to draw an overall conclusion from disparate studies. In this case, the authors concluded that there is… Continue reading Working Memory Training That Lasts

Remediating Executive Functions Specific Learning Disabilities

Remediating Working Memory and Executive Function in SLD

Students with specific learning disabilities (SLD) often have deficits in core underlying cognitive functions, such as working memory, executive function, and visual and auditory processing. New evidence from a quantitative study of students with SLD shows the impact of cognitive skills development with BrainWare SAFARI on the students’ overall cognitive and academic performance.

Homework-Trapped Students

Helping Homework-Trapped Students

Helping Homework-Trapped Students   An article in the Washington Post newspaper caught my attention recently. It talked about homework-trapped students. In the article, Dr. Kenneth Goldberg, a clinical psychologist and author, describes students who struggle to get homework done but whose efforts fall short. The problem, as he explains it is not motivation (these students… Continue reading Helping Homework-Trapped Students

What Blogging Can Do for the Blogger

What Blogging Can Do for the Blogger

What Blogging Can Do for the Blogger   Blogging is proving itself to be more than a fad that will disappear the way of a Betamax video cassette. If you’re younger than about 40, you probably don’t even know what Betamax is, but that’s the point. Blogs seem to be here to stay and serve… Continue reading What Blogging Can Do for the Blogger

Facebook and Students' Brains

Facebook and Students’ Brains

Facebook and Students’ Brains by Dr. Sara Sawtelle   I don’t know very many people who don’t have a Facebook account. And everyone who does have one seems to be using it more and more. That is, all but educators, since Facebook is blocked in many schools, as are other social networking sites. But that… Continue reading Facebook and Students’ Brains

Better Grades

Better Grades: Four Myths and the Reality

Better Grades: Four Myths and the Reality   Brain research is showing us ways to improve student learning and help them succeed on tests and in school. But there are also a lot of myths around that deserve to be busted. Here are four myths and the reality, based on solid research, that can help… Continue reading Better Grades: Four Myths and the Reality

Timely Resources for Teachers

Timely Resources for Educators Changing the Game

As educational leaders navigate difficult financial times, with increased emphasis on accountability and teacher proficiency, and the Common Core Standards, there are some key resources that all should be aware of.

Working Memory Limits Affect College Students' Reading

Working Memory Limits Affect College Students’ Reading

Working Memory Limits Affect College Students’ Reading   A researcher from the University of Alberta describes the problem this way, The students invest most of their time on reading and they forget the meaning. They read and they decode the whole passage. So, by the time they get to the end, they forget what the… Continue reading Working Memory Limits Affect College Students’ Reading

Teaching Teachers about the Brain

Teaching Teachers about the Brain

Teaching Teachers about the Brain   Not everyone in education makes the connection between brain science and teaching/learning. This is something we have observed personally and now it has been underscored by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in a report entitled The Road Less Traveled. In the report, the expert panel… Continue reading Teaching Teachers about the Brain

Interview Dr Patricia Wolfe

Interview with Dr. Patricia Wolfe — Brain Matters Research

Join for a fascinating discussion with Dr. Pat Wolfe, a pioneer in applying neuroscience research to classroom practice. She discusses the nature of the learning process, how to enhance learning and teaching by incorporating brain-compatible strategies in the classroom, and the implications of technology, gender differences, and brain development at various stages and ages.

The Economic Value of Cognitive Skill Development

The Economic Value of Cognitive Skills Development

The Economic Value of Cognitive Skills Development   The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published a report on the economic value of improved educational outcomes, entitled The High Cost of Low Educational Performance, which describe its conclusion as follows: The report uses recent economic modeling to relate cognitive skills as measured by… Continue reading The Economic Value of Cognitive Skills Development

Interview with David Shenk

Interview with David Shenk, The Genius in All of Us

When we read The Genius in All of Us earlier this year, we saw the nature vs. nurture debate being transformed before our eyes. Our understanding of prodigies like Mozart has changed forever. All of this is thanks to David Shenk.


Spider Webs: A Halloween Reminder of How Our Brains Work

Spider Webs: A Halloween Reminder of How Our Brains Work by Dr. Sara Sawtelle   It is that time of year, the time when you see spider webs everywhere you look  real ones and fake ones. And they all make me smile. Why? Because spider webs are a model for how our brains work and… Continue reading Spider Webs: A Halloween Reminder of How Our Brains Work

More Brain Friendly Classroom Practices

More Brain Friendly Classroom Practices

Dr. Lou Whitaker, Principal of Pope John Paul II and Notre Dame Catholic Schools (and a “brainiac”), returns to discuss additional practical approaches to incorporating brain-friendly practices in the classroom.

Brain Friendly Classroom Practices

Brain Friendly Classroom Practices

When we say brain-friendly, we mean for all the brains in the classroom – the teacher’s, as well as the students’! How can you possibly hope to reach every student? How could you ever hope to create 30 individualized lesson plans? Join us as we find out from Dr. Lou Whitaker of Pope John Paul II Catholic School in Lecanto, FL.

Neuroscience and Special Education

Neuroscience and Special Education

The purpose of this document, commissioned by the National Association of State Directors of Special Education, is to provide a brief overview of how links are being developed between the rapidly expanding field of neuroscience and the practice of special education.

Cognitive Skills for ELL

Cognitive Skills for English Language Learners (ELL)

This webinar takes a new look at English Language Learners (ELL, ESL, EL), reviews some recent research on the brain and language acquisition, and provides a case study on cognitive skills training to help accelerate reading performance for ELL students.

Big Shoulders Fund

Cognitive Training in a New Hires Program at a Multi-National Corporation

Participants in a New Hires training program for console operators in an oil refinery, used BrainWare SAFARI cognitive skills development with intensive job content training. Members of cohorts who used the program experienced a greater success rate in meeting all of the requirements for continued employment.

Teacher Effectiveness and Student Ability

Teacher Effectiveness and Student Ability

An op-ed in this morning’s Chicago Tribune holds that the way student learning is measured is flawed because it assumes that all students come with the same cognitive ability to learn.

Circle of Independent Learners Charter School

BrainWare SAFARI in a School-Based Homeschool Program

Students in a school-based homeschool program experienced significant improvement in their cognitive functioning across all of the areas assessed (Memory, Perceptual Processing, Thinking and Attention). The behavioral trait noted as improving for the most number of students was “Works Independently,” a trait particularly valued at the school.

Title I Students

An Effective Neuroscience Intervention for Title I Students

This paper discusses the impact of poverty on the development of cognitive capacity and the evidence that students from low-SES families on average come to school with less capacity to learn and to be successful in school and in life. But, the story doesn’t end there…

Title I

Title I: Closing the Achievement Gap by Closing the Capacity Gap

Since it was first introduced in 1965, Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education has sought to even the playing field by providing supplemental funding for schools with populations of students with low socio-economic status (SES).

The Road Less Traveled

The Road Less Traveled

Recent reforms aimed at increasing student achievement have focused primarily on what can be termed basic academic skills. A robust research base, however, tells us that student success in school requires a combination of social, emotional, and academic/cognitive competencies. This paper discusses and makes policy recommendations regarding how the developmental sciences can prepare Educators to improve student achievement.

Pop John Paul II Cognitive Gains

BrainWare SAFARI as Part of the 3rd Grade Curriculum

When BrainWare SAFARI was incorporated into the 3rd-grade curriculum, students experienced an average increase on the CogAT 14 percentile points on their composite scores. The magnitude of increase was generally consistent with previous research students (substantially better in the quantitative subtest).

English Language Learners

Easing the Way for English Language Learners

Today, more school districts than ever are challenged with providing an education to children who speak little or no English, often referred to as English Language Learners (ELL).

Bilingual Education

The Impact of Cognitive Skills Training on Reading Scores in a Bilingual Program

100% of the 8th and 9th-grade students improved their SRI scores in the third trimester, following their cognitive training experience with BrainWare SAFARI.

Brain Training that Sticks

Cognitive Skills Training that Sticks

Brain Training that Sticks One of the questions we get asked most often when folks look at the dramatic growth BrainWare SAFARI users experience is their cognitive skills is What happens later? In other words, do cognitive skills stick around once we stop using the program or are they there months after we finish the… Continue reading Cognitive Skills Training that Sticks

Title I School

Pilot of BrainWare SAFARI with Students in a Title I School

Students in a Title I school in Topeka, KS improved their performance on select cognitive tests by an average of 1 year 10 months, consistent with results from previous research on these three specific tests, following use of BrainWare SAFARI. On a second post-test, following 6 months of non-use of the program, the students’ cognitive development was maintained or continued to improve, yielding average total growth of 3 years and 2 months over the school year.

Gifted Students

Cognitive Training is for the Gifted Too

Cognitive Training is for the Gifted Too   Sometimes when I talk to an educator or a parent about BrainWare SAFARI and cognitive skills, he or she will assume that the program is only for struggling learners or to remediate a deficit of some kind. But the truth of the matter is that we all… Continue reading Cognitive Training is for the Gifted Too

Video Games and Attention

Video Games and Attention Problems: Cause or Cure

Video Games and Attention Problems: Cause or Cure? A study recently published in the journal Pediatrics is getting a lot of attention (pun intended) from parents. It concludes that more than two hours per day of video-game playing increased the odds of kids having attention problems by 67%. While the study doesn’t prove that video-game… Continue reading Video Games and Attention Problems: Cause or Cure

Accidental Control Group

The Case of the Accidental Control Group

If you Google Accidental Control Group or look it up in Wikipedia, you will not find a definition. But the Accidental Control Group exists. And it can actually be very useful.

IEP Meeting

Tips for Getting the Most from Your Childs IEP Meeting

You’ve pressed your child’s school for testing and some learning issues have been uncovered. Your child’s school has put a plan, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), in place and you’re going to the IEP meeting. What should you expect?

Struggling Student

Your Child May Need an IEP

Your Child May Need an IEP   How did your child do this year in school? Were you disappointed when you saw the grades on that final report card? It can be a letdown from that feeling most of us have in the fall when the school year is just beginning and your child is… Continue reading Your Child May Need an IEP

Learning Styles

Should We Match Teaching Styles to Learning Styles?

There has been much discussion over the years of multiple intelligences, and learning styles, and being right or left-brained. Often the identification of a particular style

Boy Brain Girl Brain

Boys and Girls: How Different Are Their Brains?

Boys and Girls: How Different Are Their Brains?   Boys are good at math and science  they are not very good at attention and emotions. Girls are good at language and reading they are not so good at visual processing and being aggressive. Have you ever been in a conversation that starts out that way?… Continue reading Boys and Girls: How Different Are Their Brains?

Promise of Accountability

Keeping the Promise of Accountability: Building Student Capacity

Accountability is, at heart, a promise.2 The Blueprints promise is that all students will graduate from high school ready for either college or a career. To accomplish that, schools must, among other things, build student capacity the ability to think and learn. Neuroscience research has shown that the ability to think and learn can be developed and enhanced through cognitive exercise

The High Cost of Low Educational Performance

The High Cost of Low Educational Performance

This report uses recent economic modeling to relate cognitive skills as measured by PISA (Programme for International Student Assesment and other international instruments to economic growth. The relationship indicates that relatively small improvements in the skills of a nations labor force can have very large impacts on future well-being. Moreover, the gains, put in terms of current Gross Domestic Product (GDP), far outstrip the value of the short-run business-cycle management.

Horry County Schools

Broad-Based Improvement of Cognitive Ability

More students qualified for the gifted program following their use of BrainWare SAFARI. The distribution of percentile rankings shifted markedly with significantly fewer students scoring in the lowest percentiles and many more performing at higher percentile rankings.

Psychometric Properties

A cognitive neuroscience based computerized battery for efficient measurement of individual differences: Standardization and initial construct validation

A cognitive neuroscience-based computerized battery based on translating tasks used in functional neuroimaging to tests for assessing individual differences in multiple cognitive domains. Inter-item correlations were moderate to high within domain and low to nil across domains, indicating construct validity.

Glenwood Academy

Impact of BrainWare SAFARI Use on Cognitive and Academic Measures in Grades 2-8

All students at Glenwood Academy, a residential program for 2nd- through 8th-grade students from impoverished backgrounds with troubled family situations, used BrainWare SAFARI. Average improvement from the pre-test to the post-test, following 10 weeks of BrainWare SAFARI use, ranged from 0.5 grade equivalents (GE) in 2nd grade to 2.9 GE in 8th grade. Average improvement on the cognitive tests ranged from 1.5 GE in 2nd grade to a high of 3.0 GE in 7th grade. The results showed a clear relationship between the improvement in underlying attention, memory and other cognitive processes and performance on academic tests.

Fourth Graders

Fourth Graders’ Views of Video Games and BrainWare SAFARI

The 4th-grade students who participated in the study overwhelmingly indicated that they enjoyed the experience of using BrainWare SAFARI and felt that the program had helped them develop new or stronger skills.

Harbor Beach Curtis Boehmer

BrainWare SAFARI at Harbor Beach Community Schools

Students ranging from 7 to 16 in a rural school district used BrainWare SAFARI and averaged gains of 3 years 1 month, on cognitive tests. Each student exhibited improvement in their intellectual ability on the test. Teachers observed significant improvements in academic performance.

SkateKids Cognitively Based Reading Program

Empirical Validation of an On-line Literacy Program using DIBELS for Title I Students-Naglieri

This first empirical examination of SkateKids suggest that the program appears to be an effective method for improving DIBELS Oral Reading Fluency scores for Title I students and, importantly, that the more children played the game the greater their improvement.

More Students Qualify for Gifted Program

Students Qualifying for a Gifted Program

In a school in which no students had qualified for the gifted program the prior year, 2 students qualified based on CogAT scores and 5 students qualified based on a combination of CogAT scores and academic performance.

Case Study – Two Special Needs Students

Following their use of BrainWare SAFARI, the two subjects improved their performance on cognitive tests by 5 years 4 months and 2 years 2 months respectively. Their parents reported positive changes in attention, tolerance for frustration, pace of work and self-confidence.

Cognitive Skills and Math

Cognitive Skills and Math

While reading difficulties have been studied extensively in the last few decades, difficulties learning math have received less attention. Math disabilities, however, are as common as reading disabilities at 5 to 8% of the population1. Like reading disabilities, math disabilities may have multiple causes and dimensions. There is growing evidence that underlying cognitive processes play a significant role in math performance. This paper discussed the different types of cognitive skills involved in common math disabilities and the role of cognitive training in addressing weaknesses in those skill areas.

Children Reading

Impact of BrainWare SAFARI on Progress in Reading

The 4th-grade girls class was the only one in the school that exceeded their DIBELS benchmark score at the end of the school year. The rate of progress accelerated during the second half of the year when they were using BrainWare SAFARI, moving from 9 WPM above benchmark to 26 WPM above benchmark. The teacher observed behavioral improvements in the students, particularly in making fewer careless errors, memory, grasping new concepts and communication with parents, peers and teachers, following use of the program.


Case Study – Family with ADD/ADHD

This is a case study of a family with three boys diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. Improvements in attention and other cognitive skills were noted following use of BrainWare SAFARI


BrainWare SAFARI with Students with Autism Spectrum Diagnoses

Improvements noted in perceptual processing, sensorimotor function, attention, thinking (logic and reasoning), and life management skills.

Boy in School

BrainWare SAFARI in a Special Needs School

Students with low IQ improved their cognitive skills by 9 months on average over the school year while they used BrainWare SAFARI, a greater improvement than typically experienced by this type of student receiving other interventions.

BrainWare SAFARI Cognitive Training Software

A Study of the Effectiveness of Cognitive Skill Development in a Video-Game Format

In peer-reviewed, published research, children who used BrainWare SAFARI ror 12 weeks showed an average of 4 years 3 months improvement on cognitive tests.

Edgar Evens Students Cognitive Growth

BrainWare SAFARI Benefits 4th and 5th Grade Boys At Risk

The study involved 4th and 5th grade boys with a history of behavior problems in school. BrainWare SAFARI was used within the curriculum by the two teachers. The students had an average chronological age of 11 at the time of the pre-test but tested at an intellectual age of 8 years 2 months.

Xilin Community Center Cognitive Growth

Cognitive Improvements for Chinese ELL Students

Students studying English at a Chinese community center used BrainWare SAFARI. On average they experienced 3 years 6 months cognitive improvement over the 11 weeks of the study, and 2 years 4 months improvement on the achievement tests. As in other studies, each student improved his or her performance on the tests.

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