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Brain Wellness

Boosting mental capital and nervous-system related wellbeing thanks to brain plasticity

How is wellness related to our brain? Can we improve our wellbeing by increasing the potential of our internal resources?
Individuals and organizations are nowadays facing new challenges.


Sport Peak Performance

Managing cognitive resources to optimize your results

The basic neuroscientific mechanism that supports mental training is brain plasticity. Neuroscience demonstrates that the brain is a highly plastic organ that changes according to the activities it performs.

As physical training changes your body, a training on memory, attention and perception, a harmonious control of emotion and the ability to manage stress gradually lead to structural changes in the brain. This contributes also to a significant improvement in an athlete’s sport performance, while bringing to a general mental wellbeing.



The built environment influences our perceptions, emotions, interactions, therefore our personalities. These are all processes finding their ultimate substratum in our nervous system, and so far architects could only intuit these mechanisms. Now Neuroscience has found the connection between our daily experience to multi-sensorial perceptions and is beginning to discover the way in which they are transformed into emotions, empathy and complex behaviors. 

What is the reason why symmetrical figures are pleasant, what is the mechanism that makes us ecstatic when admiring a piece of art, how come a certain shade of light makes us more likely to socialize or to isolate ourselves? There are many questions of architectural interest to which neuroscience begins to give answers, but many are those that do not have an explanation. 

Scientific references


Mindfulness: moda o rivoluzione?
De Pisapia, N., Gregucci, A.
Giornale italiano di psicologia - http://dx.doi.org/10.1421%2F87329
The power of presence: The role of mindfulness at work for daily levels and change trajectories of psychological detachment and sleep quality.
Hülsheger, U. R., Lang, J. W. B., Depenbrock, F., Fehrmann, C., Zijlstra, F. R. H., & Alberts, H. J. E. M.
Journal of Applied Psychology - https://doi.org/10.1037/a0037702
How does mindfulness meditation work? Proposing mechanisms of action from a conceptual and neural perspective.
Hölzel, B. K., Lazar, S. W., Gard, T., Schuman-Olivier, Z., Vago, D. R., & Ott, U.
Perspectives on psychological science - https://doi.org/10.1177/1745691611419671

Brain Training

Processing speed

Transfer of a speed of processing intervention to near and far cognitive functions.
Edwards, J. D., Wadley, V. G., Myers, R. S., Roenker, D. L., Cissell, G. M., & Ball, K. K.
Gerontology - https://doi.org/10.1159/000065259
A randomized controlled trial of cognitive training using a visual speed of processing intervention in middle aged and older adults.
Wolinsky, F. D., Vander Weg, M. W., Howren, M. B., Jones, M. P., & Dotson, M. M.
PloS one - https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0061624


A cognitive training program based on principles of brain plasticity: results from the Improvement in Memory with Plasticity‐based Adaptive Cognitive Training (IMPACT) Study.
Smith, G. E., Housen, P., Yaffe, K., Ruff, R., Kennison, R. F., Mahncke, H. W., & Zelinski, E. M.
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2008.02167.x
Memory enhancement in healthy older adults using a brain plasticity-based training program: a randomized, controlled study.
Mahncke, H. W., Connor, B. B., Appelman, J., Ahsanuddin, O. N., Hardy, J. L., Wood, R. A., ... & Merzenich, M. M.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences - https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.0605194103

Everyday tasks

The impact of speed of processing training on cognitive and everyday performance.
Edwards, J. D., Wadley, V. G., Vance, D. E., Wood, K., Roenker, D. L., & Ball, K. K.
Aging & mental health - https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/62.special_issue_1.19
Ten-year effects of the ACTIVE cognitive training trial on cognition and everyday functioning in older adults.
Rebok, G. W., Ball, K., Guey, L. T., Jones, R. N., Kim, H. Y., King, J. W., ... & Willis, S. L.
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society - https://dx.doi.org/10.1111%2Fjgs.12607


The neural correlates of an expanded functional field of view.
Scalf, P. E., Colcombe, S. J., McCarley, J. S., Erickson, K. I., Alvarado, M., Kim, J. S., ... & Kramer, A. F.
The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences - https://doi.org/10.1093/geronb/62.special_issue_1.32
Cognitive training and selective attention in the aging brain: an electrophysiological study.
O’Brien, J. L., Edwards, J. D., Maxfield, N. D., Peronto, C. L., Williams, V. A., & Lister, J. J.
Clinical neurophysiology - https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinph.2013.05.012

Brain plasticity

Reversal of age-related neural timing delays with training.
Anderson, S., White-Schwoch, T., Parbery-Clark, A., & Kraus, N.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences - https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1213555110
Neurocognitive enhancement in older adults: comparison of three cognitive training tasks to test a hypothesis of training transfer in brain connectivity.
Strenziok, M., Parasuraman, R., Clarke, E., Cisler, D. S., Thompson, J. C., & Greenwood, P. M.
Neuroimage - https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.07.069

Vision and Hearing

Training changes processing of speech cues in older adults with hearing loss.
Anderson, S., White-Schwoch, T., Choi, H. J., & Kraus, N.
Frontiers in systems neuroscience - https://doi.org/10.3389/fnsys.2013.00097
The influence of perceptual training on working memory in older adults.
Berry, A. S., Zanto, T. P., Clapp, W. C., Hardy, J. L., Delahunt, P. B., Mahncke, H. W., & Gazzaley, A.
PloS one - https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0011537


The ACTIVE cognitive training interventions and the onset of and recovery from suspected clinical depression.
Wolinsky, F. D., Mahncke, H. W., Weg, M. W. V., Martin, R., Unverzagt, F. W., Ball, K. K., ... & Tennstedt, S. L.
Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences - https://dx.doi.org/10.1093%2Fgeronb%2Fgbp061
The effect of speed-of-processing training on depressive symptoms in ACTIVE.
Wolinsky, F. D., Vander Weg, M. W., Martin, R., Unverzagt, F. W., Ball, K. K., Jones, R. N., & Tennstedt, S. L.
Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biomedical Sciences and Medical Sciences - https://dx.doi.org/10.1093%2Fgerona%2Fgln044

Quality of life

The ACTIVE cognitive training trial and health-related quality of life: protection that lasts for 5 years.
Wolinsky, F. D., Unverzagt, F. W., Smith, D. M., Jones, R., Stoddard, A., & Tennstedt, S. L.
The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences - https://doi.org/10.1093/gerona/61.12.1324
Speed of processing training protects self-rated health in older adults: enduring effects observed in the multi-site ACTIVE randomized controlled trial.
Wolinsky, F. D., Mahncke, H., Vander Weg, M. W., Martin, R., Unverzagt, F. W., Ball, K. K., ... & Tennstedt, S. L.
International psychogeriatrics - https://doi.org/10.1017/s1041610209991281


Speed-of-processing and driving simulator training result in improved driving performance.
Roenker, D. L., Cissell, G. M., Ball, K. K., Wadley, V. G., & Edwards, J. D.
Human factors - https://doi.org/10.1518%2Fhfes.
Cognitive training decreases motor vehicle collision involvement of older drivers.
Ball, K., Edwards, J. D., Ross, L. A., & McGwin, Jr, G.
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2010.03138.x

Transdermal Optical Imaging

Importance of general adiposity, visceral adiposity and vital signs in predicting blood biomarkers using machine learning.
Zhou, W., Wang, Y., Gu, X., Feng, Z. P., Lee, K., Peng, Y., & Barszczyk, A.
International Journal of Clinical Practice - https://doi.org/10.1111/ijcp.13664
Preliminary assessment of video-based blood pressure measurement according to ANSI/AAMI/ISO81060-2: 2013 guideline accuracy criteria: Anura smartphone app with transdermal optimal imaging technology.
Yang, D., Xiao, G., Wei, J., & Luo, H.
Blood Pressure Monitoring - https://doi.org/10.1097/MBP.0000000000000467
Smartphone-Based Blood Pressure Measurement Using Transdermal Optical Imaging Technology.
Luo, H., Yang, D., Barszczyk, A., Vempala, N., Wei, J., Wu, S.J., Zheng, P.P., Fu, G., Lee, K., Feng, Z.P.
American Hearth Association
Measuring Blood Pressure: from Cuff to Smartphone.
Barszczyk, A. & Lee, K.
Current Hypertension Reports - https://doi.org/10.1007/s11906-019-0990-3
Transdermal optical imaging revealed different spatiotemporal patterns of facial cardiovascular activities.
Liu, J., Luo, H., Zheng, P.P., Wu. S.J., & Lee, K.
Scientific Reports - https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-28804-0
Transdermal Optical Imaging Reveal Basal Stress via Heart Rate Variability Analysis: A Novel Methodology Comparable to Electrocardiography.
Wei, J., Luo, H., Wu, S.J., Zheng, P.P., Fu, G., & Lee, K.
Frontiers in Psychology