Mark Ashton Smith, Ph.D

About Mark Ashton Smith, Ph.D

I am a cognitive scientist specializing in health, resilience and performance (HRP) brain training interventions and self-quantification. I have a joint Ph.D in cognitive psychology and neuroscience from the Center of the Neural Basis of Cognition (Carnegie Mellon/Pittsburgh) and for a number of years was a researcher at Cambridge University.

Effective Brain Training: Strategies To Overcome Akrasia & Follow Through

Not following through with your intentions or commitments is one of the major obstacles for effective brain training. For as long as training programs have been around to improve health or performance, we have been delaying, avoiding, and procrastinating with our training schedules. This article looks at some of the science behind what the ancient Greek philosophers called Akrasia – the failure of will and self-control where we act against our better judgement

Dr Katsioulis’ 198 IQ Level. Definition of General Intelligence & 5 Factors of IQ

SuperSmart has a great (not to be taken too seriously) feature entitled ‘The 30 Smartest People Alive Today‘, where you can find a number of individuals with recorded IQ levels above 160. The World Genius Directory is perhaps the most up-to-date directory of super-IQs, including the 2013 ‘Genius of the Year’ winner for Europe, Dr Evangelos Katsioulis, famous for… Highest adult IQ in the world (2012): IQ 198  Highest adult IQ in the world (2010 –

Can Brain Training Increase Intelligence (G)? A Scientific Primer

Can brain training increase intelligence? This question has sparked off an animated debate going on among scientists, journalists, and social media pundits. I’ve been involved in an extended Quora debate on this topic myself recently. Who hasn’t been involved in this debate? I want to take the opportunity to clarify some key definitions that help us evaluate the claims, and then take a closer look at the evidence. This article is targeted at an audience who want to invest some effort into understanding

Cholinergic Nootropics – Guest Blog

Let me introduce you to Elite Nootropics, a dedicated nootropics ‘smart drug’ company based in Fort Collins Colorado, USA. In this guest post from Elite Nootropics below, the focus is on nootropics targeting the brain’s cholinergic system and the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Any comments on your experience with Piracetam or other nootropics are encouraged. We want to share these ‘mind hacking’ experiments, particularly if you have combined nootropics with an evidence-based brain training app such as  i3 Mindware. My own position on smart drugs is still

i3 Mindware Training To Improve Perception and Chunking

  There are 3 elements to i3 brain training: (1) Attention focus and chunking training; (2) Working memory training; (3) Executive function training. In this article we’re looking at the first of these. . Attention Focus & Chunking: Expert Perception Experts in any field differ from novices in their perception. More generally, smarter people have a better ability to quickly learn how to perceive a situation. Perception is an active process: we select and organise the data that bombards our senses

IQ Tests & How To Join Mensa

In this blog you will learn the following The IQ score you need to become a Mensa member. An explanation of how a Mensa IQ score compares to an average IQ. The official IQ tests that qualify you for Mensa membership. Where to find practice IQ tests for Mensa. How to prepare for taking a Mensa qualifying IQ test to maximize your chances of success. What is Mensa and what are advantages to being a Mensa member.   An IQ in the Top 2% Getting into Mensa is not

2015 Lumosity Study: Does Lumosity Brain Training Work

Here we’ll be reviewing Lumosity’s one and only comprehensive scientific study into the effectiveness of its brain training programs for the general population. The study was published last month in PLoS One (full paper here). The Lumosity study The study can’t be faulted for the number of participants in the study – what is referred to technically as its statistical power. There were 4,715 participants, covering all age groups. Participants were divided into a brain training group and a control group. The

How To Optimize Your i3 Dual N-Back Training

When you train with i3 Mindware software, ensure that you maximize the ‘core dual n-back training’ effect by adopting the following principles. Minimize going into ‘automatic pilot’ in the game. Ensure you are always putting in effort and the task is always challenging and absorbing. Ensure that you work at successfully ignoring distracting information – focusing on only what is needed for target ‘matches’. When interference is high, focus and keep your accuracy levels high. In the continuous stream of information, ensure that