Category Archives: Sensory Processing

How the Brain Handles Conflicting Sensory Input

When the brain receives conflicting sensory information, it figures out what it perceives based on information from other senses and from past experience. The result is that what you see is not always what your brain thinks you see. A study from Vanderbilt University and Korea University in Seoul investigated how other senses can influence…

In Autism, Some More Sensitive to Stimuli than Others

One of the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is hyper-sensitivity to sensory stimuli. A study from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) recently investigated the brain responses of young people with ASD to auditory and tactile stimuli. They found that some people with ASD have exceptionally sensitive reactions to stimuli, a condition called…

Brain Connections Part of Sensory Problems in ASD

As many as 90 percent of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) struggle with overwhelming sensory stimuli. A new study offers insight into the cause of autism’s sensory issues. The study demonstrated that people with ASD have abnormal brain signals when relaying sensory input. The findings contribute to the body of knowledge about ASD and…

Hippocampus Important for Memory, Not Spatial Skills

The hippocampus: what is it good for? The hippocampus is most known for its role in memory, but some studies in the past decades have suggested that the hippocampus also plays a critical role in spatial skills. A new study from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine rebuts past studies, finding that…

Video Games May Increase Capacity for Visual Learning

Video games may have more to offer than simple entertainment. A study from Brown University finds that people who play video games have better gains on certain visual tasks than those who do not play video games. The study also found that gamers were able to learn the visual tasks faster than the non-gamers. The…

Eyes Integrate Visual Information Automatically

When you look at an object, your eyes take in multiple details whether or not you intend to notice it all. Researchers from New York University and the University of Pennsylvania report that eyes are drawn to multiple features of the objects they observe. This ability to visually multitask is efficient and beneficial in some…

“Leaky” Sensory Filter Associated with Creative Achievements

What makes a person creative? Some types of creativity are associated with a “leaky” sensory filter, according to new research from Northwestern University. People with leaky sensory filters may struggle to limit their attention when it comes to sensory input from their environment. The researchers demonstrated that people with creative achievements are more likely to…

Memory is More Selective Than You Think

Imagine checking the time. A moment later, someone asks you what time it is. Do you remember? Unless you were specifically trying to remember the time, you probably did not. Research from Penn State University calls this type of instant-forgetting attribute amnesia. Attribute amnesia is when an individual uses a piece of information to perform…

Multisensory Approach for Best Vocabulary Learning

A new study from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences reports that adding movement to language learning can help with vocabulary acquisition. The study builds on research demonstrating more effective vocabulary acquisition when new words were paired with images—the researchers at the Max Planck Institute tested whether gestures could have the…

Play Time Supports Development of Spatial Reasoning

A new study finds that children’s toys like blocks are good for more than just entertainment. The study finds that children who play with blocks, puzzles, and board games develop stronger spatial reasoning skills. The findings could lead to simple interventions for groups who have underdeveloped spatial skills. Data for the study came from a…

What is iLs?

iLs is a complementary approach to brain fitness which can be integrated into a broad variety of educational, therapeutic and self-improvement programs. In the same way we can train our bodies to become stronger and healthier, iLs trains the brain to process sensory, cognitive and emotional information more effectively. With better synaptic connectivity, we perform better. It’s about as simple as that.

We start with music and movement, and then gradually integrate language and cognitive processes. The exercises appear simple but become increasingly difficult as we add new layers for simultaneous processing. The program involves no computers or screens of any type. Someone once referred to iLs as “a boot camp for the brain.” We’d like to think of it more as play, and we all know we work hardest when we play!

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