Brain Boost

Principal Investigator: AnneMarie Conley

The primary aim of Brain Boost is the rather unusual goal of enhancing human intelligence. Through its after-school programs, Brain Boost builds three components of intelligence: working memory, inductive reasoning, and vocabulary reasoning. The program also aims to boost motivation by teaching students that intelligence is malleable rather than fixed. The project builds on a successful pilot program launched in two schools in Irvine, California during the spring of 2011.

The project was successful in establishing a scalable model program that exercises participants’ cognitive abilities and cultivates academic motivation. Research investigates the effects of Brain Boost on transfer tasks, students’ beliefs about cognitive ability, and subsequent academic achievement. The larger aim is to advance the field of learnable intelligence though empirical research on the effects of targeted training programs on school-age participants.