This particular article caught my eye because it was dealing with apps that can improve cognitive functioning. I think this is very essential because society today is all about technology. All around people are constantly on their computers, phones, and many other devices and I think it is important that something is being done to put this to our advantage and make a positive outcome from it. In class and in our readings we are discussing the different parts of the brain and their functions. One important structure of the brain is the limbic system and located in the limbic system is the amygdala and the hippocampus. Both of these structures are essential for learning and memory. The amygdala plays a key role in emotional processing and the hippocampus is involved in the creation of long-term memory and spatial memory.
This article states that apps can help promote mental health through participation in activities designed to reduce symptoms and improve psychological functioning. An example of an app that aims to increase cognitive functioning is Lumosity. Lumosity is said to improve memory, problem solving skills, and processing speed which helps people stay fit mentally. People who are working on improving memory and other functions will likely help reduce their risks of getting Alzheimer’s disease. People who play video games for hours in a day or who text constantly will not help improve their mental health, however, people who play computer games for a few minutes a day can literally change your mind. In class, we have also discussed how when you see an object once you recognize it better the second time. This is a phenomenon called repetition priming that deals with word processing and many other things. The same phenomenon applies for these cognitive apps, the more you do something the more available that pathway is. The goal of these apps is to train your brain! Not to just play video games. These brain apps cannot make you smarter or happier but can help perform certain tasks better or have more control over your emotional state and I think that is very important. There may not be a drastic transformation but it is good for you and still very fun.
I think this article is very reliable because it has trustworthy sources and is also coming from a trustworthy site, CNN. One of the sources who gave good feedback about brain apps was Nadine Kaslow who is the professor and vice chair at Emory University’s Department of Psychiatry and also the president of the American Psychological Association. Also, many of these apps were designed by neuroscientists. People today are all about technology and constantly being on social media, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I think it is important to emphasize that just because these apps have positive outcomes does not mean that this gives people an excuse to be on their phones constantly. Technology should be used in moderation. People who are on their electronics always have the answers right in front of them on the internet which makes them lack deep-thinking skills. So how do you expect to develop cognitively without challenging yourself? Brain apps are a good way to fool people into exercising their brain in a fun and easy way. It also nice to know that apps like these could help avoid mental disorders in the future.