Cognitive enhancement: it’s about time

Heleen A. Slagter*, Marlies E. Vissers, Lotte J. Talsma, K. Richard Ridderinkhof

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to JournalComment / Letter to the editorAcademic


Voelker et al. (2016) discuss the intriguing possibility that faster response times after training result from changes in white matter pathways, and propose that frontal theta activity is important for inducing these changes. We argue that, depending on the specific cognitive processes and brain networks targeted by training, oscillatory activity in other frequency bands could produce similar changes in white matter. Such changes can have a profound effect on brain function and performance if they optimize the timing of information transmission through neural networks. It is not about frequency or speed per se; it is about time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-120
Number of pages2
JournalCognitive Neuroscience
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • brain
  • Cognitive training
  • meditation
  • oscillations
  • theta
  • white matter


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