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Study: For healthy older adults, social brain training offers the most clear benefits

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If Home Brain Train­ing Apps Don’t Work, What Does? (Healthline):

In a study pub­lished online Nov. 18 in PLOS Med­i­cine, Aus­tralian researchers reviewed 52 pre­vi­ous stud­ies that looked at the ben­e­fits of com­put­er­ized brain train­ing soft­ware for 4,885 healthy seniors. While brain train­ing pro­grams like Lumos­ity, Cogmed, and Posit Sci­ence promise to help you strengthen your brain, the new study found mostly small benefits.

The largest impact Read the rest of this entry »

Scaling up meditation and mindfulness via wellness programs and biofeedback sensors

Enjoy this great ses­sion held at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit, fea­tur­ing:

  • Dr. Dou­glass Ziedo­nis, Pro­fes­sor and Chair of the Depart­ment of Psy­chi­a­try at UMass Med­ical School
  • Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, Pres­i­dent of the Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foundation
  • Ariel Garten, CEO of InteraXon
  • Dr. Evian Gor­don, Exec­u­tive Chair­man of Brain Resource
  • Chair: Rajiv Pant, Chief Tech­nol­ogy Offi­cer of The New York Times

Update: Should Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (not antidepressant drugs) be the first-line treatment for depression?

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Time for Sharp­Brains’ Novem­ber e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of brain health insights, neu­ro­science and psy­chol­ogy research reports…and some fun brain teasers. Enjoy!

New think­ing:

New research:

New solu­tions:

 

Finally, you may want to try these quick brain teasers to exer­cise your atten­tion and work­ing mem­ory.

Enjoy a happy Thanks­giv­ing and a great month of December!

- The Sharp­Brains Team

Debate: Is there a link between ADHD and Creativity?

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The Cre­ative Gifts of ADHD (SciAm Beau­ti­ful Minds blog):

In his 2004 book “Cre­ativ­ity is For­ever“, Gary Davis reviewed the cre­ativ­ity lit­er­a­ture from 1961 to 2003 and iden­ti­fied 22 reoc­cur­ring per­son­al­ity traits of cre­ative people…In her own review of the cre­ativ­ity lit­er­a­ture, Bon­nie Cra­mond found that many of these same traits over­lap to a sub­stan­tial degree with behav­ioral descrip­tions of Atten­tion Deficit Hyper­ac­tive Dis­or­der (ADHD)– includ­ing Read the rest of this entry »

Harnessing big data and videogames to deliver personalized cognitive training

Enjoy this great ses­sion held at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit, fea­tur­ing:

  • Dr. Joe Hardy, ‎VP of R&D at Lumos Labs
  • Mark Bax­ter, Head of Prod­uct (Fit­Brains) at Rosetta Stone
  • Ita­mar Lesu­isse, CEO of Peak
  • Aki Niko­laidis, NSF Fel­low at the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois Cham­paign Urbana
  • Chair: Zack Lynch, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Neu­rotech­nol­ogy Indus­try Organization

Trend: Growing evidence that vitamin, folic acid supplements do not improve cognitive performance or prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

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Demen­tia study ques­tions advice on tak­ing sup­ple­ments (BBC News):

Tak­ing vit­a­min B12 and folic acid sup­ple­ments does not seem to cut the risk of devel­op­ing demen­tia in healthy peo­ple, say Dutch researchers. In one of the largest stud­ies to date, there was no dif­fer­ence in mem­ory test scores between those who had taken the sup­ple­ments for two years and those who were given a placebo Read the rest of this entry »

A Call to Action: Improv­ing brain & men­tal health via dig­i­tal plat­forms, neu­ro­plas­tic­ity research and the White House BRAIN initiative

Ses­sion held at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit, fea­tur­ing:

  • Dr. Thomas Insel, Direc­tor of the National Insti­tute of Men­tal Health (NIMH)
  • Dr. Adam Gaz­za­ley, Direc­tor of UCSF Neu­ro­science Imag­ing Cen­ter and Co-founder of Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs
  • Dr. Daphne Bave­lier, Head of the Brain & Learn­ing Lab at the Uni­ver­sity of Geneva & U. of Rochester
  • Jack Young, Head of Qual­comm Life Fund
  • Chair: Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO of SharpBrains

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