Posts Categorized: The Conventional Wisdom

The Certification Lie

The Certification Lie What is Certification In many professional fields there exist bodies of licensure or certification created to verify who has demonstrated competence in that area. Certified Public Accountants and Board-Certified Surgeons are examples. But experience teaches us that taking courses and passing exams doesn’t necessarily result in a higher level of performance or… Read more »

Don’t Try This at Home

Previous post Next post Don’t Try This at Home Professional vs. Amateur Brain training is experiential. You don’t learn it by reading about it or taking courses or attending lectures. You learn it by doing it. Since there is a bit of a learning curve, as with any new technology, it makes sense that a… Read more »

Operant Conditioning and Brain Training

Previous post Next post Professional bias in Conventional Wisdom Much of the early work in brain training was done by psychologists. Psychologists were the early publishers of the research, and guided much of the later publishing. They understood and described what they were doing in the terms of psychology—especially behaviorism. Quite naturally they developed a… Read more »

Conventional Wisdom and Literature

Previous post Next post It’s In the Literature Literature vs. Precedents In science, peer-reviewed literature published in specific journals is intended to expand understanding of issues in the same way legal precedents expand the meaning of legislated law. Precedents are produced by judges making decisions in specific cases related to a specific legislated law. They… Read more »

Rewiring and other Analogies

Previous post Next post What Brain Training Does: Rewiring What Brain Training is NOT As you look through the websites and written material on brain training, you’ll often see it referred to as “rewiring”, “harmonizing” or “balancing” the brain. Those are attractive marketing images, but they aren’t very accurate. Rewiring The brain is “wired” in… Read more »

Chemical Imbalances in the Brain

Previous post Next post Chemical Imbalances The Big Lie The big lie refers to use of a lie so huge that no one would believe that someone “could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.” Its corollary states, “if you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, eventually people will come to believe it.” Countless trusted physicians, following… Read more »

The Pathology Model

Previous post Next post The Pathology Model Eastern vs. Western The concept of pathology grows out of a specific world-view. Oriental views of the universe see the whole and seek to fit ourselves into it. Western approaches take it apart into pieces and learn how to make it fit what we want. East focuses on… Read more »

Myths about Brain Training

Previous post Next post Seven Assumptions about Brain Training Conventional Wisdom If you’ve been reading about or studying neurofeedback, you may think you know certain “facts” about the brain and brain-training. You see them stated in every research article, in magazine stories, on websites, from professionals. They’re obviously true. But we’re going to start by… Read more »