Training Design Paradigm

This entry is part 1 of 17 in the series Best Practices in Brain Training

The design of several of the recent brain training interventions developed for commercialization was patterned after a variety of standard psychological tests. The assumption made is that an individual will acquire a particular cognitive skill if s/he is asked to perform small training tasks: “which are highly similar in content and structure with test used on psychological assessment scales” (Green & Bavelier, 2008, p. 7). This training design paradigm was successfully used by (Chinien, C., Boutin, F., Letteri, 1997). The researchers conducted an in-depth investigation of standardized tests for assessing seven cognitive skills that contribute to effective learning:  analytical, focus, reflective, narrow, complex, sharpener and tolerant, and used their distinctive features and special attributes to design cognitive style augmentation training programs for each of these dimensions.  

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