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Brain health research study by AARP: Consumers pursue brain training to support a more enjoyable, self-managed life

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AARP just released a very inter­est­ing brain health research study based on 1,200 online inter­views con­ducted in August 2014. Key find­ings include:

  • Main­tain­ing a healthy lifestyle is impor­tant to all con­sumers (99% find it at least some­what impor­tant). Brain health is the sec­ond most impor­tant com­po­nent in main­tain­ing a healthy lifestyle, after heart health (37% find brain health most impor­tant while 51% find heart health most impor­tant). Younger con­sumers Read the rest of this entry »

The Federal Trade Commission orders Focus Education to stop making unsubstantiated brain training claims

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Mak­ers of Jun­gle Rangers Com­puter Game for Kids Set­tle FTC Charges that They Deceived Con­sumers with Base­less “Brain Train­ing” Claims (Fed­eral Trade Commission):

A Texas com­pany and its offi­cers must stop mak­ing unsub­stan­ti­ated claims that their com­puter game, Jun­gle Rangers, per­ma­nently improves children’s focus, mem­ory, atten­tion, behav­ior, and school per­for­mance, includ­ing for chil­dren with atten­tion deficit hyper­ac­tiv­ity dis­or­der (ADHD), under a Fed­eral Trade Com­mis­sion set­tle­ment Read the rest of this entry »

E-therapy stepping up to fill mental health gaps

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Tele­health ven­dor seized oppor­tu­nity from Kaiser strike (Health­Care Dive):

When Kaiser’s men­tal health work­ers went on strike to protest what they claim is Kaiser’s pol­icy of under­staffing their facil­i­ties in order to boost their prof­its, it left a void for the thou­sands of patients who relied on Kaiser’s staff for men­tal health ser­vices. Act­ing as a real-time tes­ti­mony to the power of tele­health Read the rest of this entry »

Brain teasers to help teens and adults test cognitive skills…and cognitive biases

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Brain teaser: Please con­sider Linda, a 31-year-old woman, sin­gle and bright. When she was a stu­dent, in high school and in col­lege too, she was deeply involved in social jus­tice issues, and also par­tic­i­pated in envi­ron­men­tal protests. Which is more prob­a­ble about Linda’s occu­pa­tion today? Read the rest of this entry »

Studies point toward clear benefits to cultivating mindfulness in the workplace

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Research says mind­ful­ness works for indi­vid­u­als. But does it work in the bottom-line-driven work­place, or is it just a friv­o­lous feel-good program?

This is the ques­tion tack­led in a grow­ing num­ber of stud­ies. Here are three ways, based on recent stud­ies, that cul­ti­vat­ing moment-to-moment aware­ness might improve workplaces.

Med­i­ta­tion might build self-confidence in leaders

A.D. Amar and col­leagues at the Uni­ver­sity of West­min­ster mea­sured the self-perception of lead­er­ship skills among a sam­ple of senior man­agers in Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Harnessing a virtual reality brain training game to diagnose mild cognitive impairment (MCI)

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Vir­tual real­ity brain train­ing game can detect mild cog­ni­tive impair­ment, a con­di­tion that often pre­dates Alzheimer’s dis­ease (press release):

Geek researchers demon­strated the poten­tial of a vir­tual super­mar­ket cog­ni­tive train­ing game as a screen­ing tool for patients with mild cog­ni­tive impair­ment (MCI) among a sam­ple of older adults…

In an arti­cle pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Alzheimer’s Dis­ease, the researchers Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Are neuromarkers on the cusp of transforming education and mental health?

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Brain Scans May Help Pre­dict Future Prob­lems, And Solu­tions (NPR):

Brain scans may soon be able to help pre­dict a person’s future — some aspects of it, anyway.

Infor­ma­tion from these scans increas­ingly is able to sug­gest whether a child will have trou­ble with Read the rest of this entry »

May 2015 Online Course: How to Nav­i­gate Con­ven­tional and Com­ple­men­tary ADHD Treat­ments for Healthy Brain Development

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