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Next: NeuroGaming conference + ESCoNS Summit in San Francisco

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Heads-up about a great upcom­ing event. The Neu­roGam­ing 2015 Con­fer­ence and Expo on May 6–7 is the place where mind and body meet game play, where neu­rogame devel­op­ers share the lat­est emo­tional, cog­ni­tive, sen­sory and behav­ioral tech­nolo­gies to cre­ate com­pelling expe­ri­ences to engage and enter­tain gamers world­wide. New this year — ESCoNS Pre-conference Sum­mit,  to take a deep dive on aca­d­e­m­i­cally rig­or­ous research into the future of ther­a­peu­tic neu­rogames for brain dis­or­ders. Read the rest of this entry »

Upcoming online course on ADHD treatments to include com­ple­men­tary 1-year treat­ment mon­i­tor­ing system

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Great news: Sharp­Brains’ upcom­ing course How to Nav­i­gate Con­ven­tional and Com­ple­men­tary ADHD Treat­ments for Healthy Brain Devel­op­ment will include a com­ple­men­tary treat­ment mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem for 1-year to course par­tic­i­pants. Based on Dr. Rabiner’s guid­ance, a soft­ware ven­dor has devel­oped an online sys­tem that Read the rest of this entry »

Why addressing brain health priorities requires open science (8-minute video)

Descrip­tion of talk (8 min­utes): Why open sci­ence? The rea­sons are many, but here are a few: our ser­vice mem­bers return­ing from 14 years of war, the rise in aware­ness of sports related brain injuries and Read the rest of this entry »

New $100M investment in Canada to accelerate brain health innovation

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Brain research at Toronto health cen­tre gets $100M fund­ing boost in fed­eral bud­get (National Post):

Ottawa is help­ing fund a $100 mil­lion ini­tia­tive with Toronto’s Bay­crest Health Sci­ences to develop a national hub for brain research…“Past gen­er­a­tions of adults said they were most con­cerned about can­cer or heart dis­ease. This gen­er­a­tion says they’re most con­cerned about their brains,” said Dr. Reich­man. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Dietary interventions can help children with ADHD (especially with proper monitoring and adjustment)

food_pyramidAre dietary inter­ven­tions effec­tive for treat­ing ADHD? This has been a con­tro­ver­sial ques­tion over the years with strong pro­po­nents on both sides of the issue. For many par­ents and pro­fes­sion­als, try­ing to parse through the dif­fer­ent claims about the impact of diet on ADHD has been chal­leng­ing and con­fus­ing. Read the rest of this entry »

How Einstein’s brain helps study intelligence and lifelong neuroplasticity

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The strange after­life of Einstein’s brain (BBC News):

Einstein’s death 60 years ago was just the start of a strange jour­ney for the most prized part of his anatomy, his brain. Stored in jars and on slides, it is still inspir­ing awe and schol­arly research…

Har­vey had over­seen the divi­sion of the brain into 240 blocks, and cre­ated 12 sets of 200 slides con­tain­ing tis­sue sam­ples Read the rest of this entry »

New report by the Institute of Medicine on cognitive health promotion

Title: Cog­ni­tive Aging: Progress in Under­stand­ing and Oppor­tu­ni­ties for Action

Report brief (opens PDF)

Read full report online

Descrip­tion: Peo­ple for­get things—a name, where they put their keys, a phone number—and yet what is dis­missed as a minor incon­ve­nience at 25 years of age, can evolve into a momen­tary anx­i­ety at 35, and a major source of per­sonal worry at ages 55 or 60. For­get­ful­ness at older ages is often equated with a decline in Read the rest of this entry »

New online course: How to Nav­i­gate Con­ven­tional and Com­ple­men­tary ADHD Treat­ments for Healthy Brain Development

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