Berkman talks 'brain training' on The Academic Minute

Elliot Berkman
Elliot Berkman

Psychology professor Elliot Berkman was the featured guest on "The Academic Minute" on WAMC/Northeast Public Radio on Feb. 27.

Berkman delivered an audio essay that discussed the findings of his group's study, published in the Jan. 1 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. He said the study explains "how brain training improves performance on a given task and also why the performance boost doesn’t generalize beyond that task."

Berkman's study also was detailed in a UO news release, "Brain training works, but just for the practiced task, say Oregon researchers," on Jan. 2.

WAMC, located in Albany, N.Y., is a regional public radio network serving parts of seven northeastern states: New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, New Jersey, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania. It is a member of National Public Radio and an affiliate of Public Radio International.

The Academic Minute features researchers from colleges and universities around the world and is hosted by Lynn Pasquerella, president of Mount Holyoke College. New topics daily cover everything from new scientific findings to an explanation of the accidental discovery of chocolate and an analysis of how social media is transforming the workplace.

- by Jim Barlow, Public Affairs Communications