Ultimeyes

This site offers exercises that have been shown to improve vision, particularly in older people whose near vision has deteriorated with age. As described in Peak, a scientific study found that a group of people who performed these exercises for several months improved their vision and their ability to read newspapers without glasses. The exercises do not change the shape of the eye but rather train the brain to do a better job of processing the neural signals it gets from the eyes. If you go to the website you’ll find that there are no claims that the exercises improve vision, only that they improve performance in the visual exercises themselves. This is because the Federal Trade Commission forced Ulimeyes to not claim that their program improves vision because the FTC did not believe that the program had been sufficiently tested. However, the program is based on a method that has good scientific evidence for its effectiveness, and there is also anecdotal evidence that the program works. In particular, Lt. Steven Shaw, a naval aviator whose work is described in one of my blogs (here) reports that it has helped him and a number of other Navy pilots improve their vision. The program can be accessed through a computer or smartphone.

Find it here.

 

StarCraft II

This is a wonderful example of someone applying the principles of deliberate practice to create practice techniques for a particular skill — in this case, playing the video game StarCraft II. Highly recommended for StarCraft players, video game players in general, and, really, anyone who is trying to figure out how to get better in a field where there are few or no teachers and few or no established training techniques.

Find it here.