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To build a healthier future, let’s empower and equip individuals to be in control of their well-being

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How we can all build a health­ier future (World Eco­nomic Forum blog):

Just 40 years ago life expectancy in Asia was slightly above age 50. In 2000, the continent’s 210 mil­lion peo­ple aged over 65 could expect to live just another five years, to 70 on aver­age. By 2050, Read the rest of this entry »

Three Ways to Bring Mindfulness Into Therapy

Meditation

Many ther­a­pists have come to regard cul­ti­vat­ing moment-to-moment aware­ness as a cura­tive mech­a­nism that tran­scends diag­no­sis, addresses under­ly­ing causes of suf­fer­ing, and serves as an active ingre­di­ent in most effec­tive psy­chother­a­pies. The clin­i­cal value of Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Long-term use of anxiety and sleeping pills can increase Alzheimer’s risk

benzodiazepinesAnx­i­ety and sleep­ing pills ‘linked to demen­tia’ (BBC):

A study of older Cana­dian adults found that past ben­zo­di­azepine use for three months or more was linked to an increased risk (up to 51%) of dementia…Benzodiazepines are used to treat anx­i­ety dis­or­ders and insomnia.

Dr James Pick­ett, head of research at the Alzheimer’s Soci­ety, said Read the rest of this entry »

Maximizing the mental health and performance of leaders, artists, scientists…and astronauts

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That will be the focus of the fourth ses­sion at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28-30th, 2014). We hope you can join us!

Max­i­miz­ing the men­tal health and per­for­mance of lead­ers, artists, scientists…and astronauts

  • Ed Batista, Exec­u­tive Coach and Instruc­tor at Stan­ford Busi­ness School
  • Dr. Susan Jew­ell, Founder of the Inter­na­tional Space Med­i­cine Consortium
  • Dr. Robert Bilder, Chief of Med­ical Psychology-Neuropsychology at UCLA Semel Insti­tute for Neuroscience
  • Chair: Maseena ZieglerAuthor, Forbes Con­trib­u­tor & World Eco­nomic Forum Young Global Leader

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Scaling up meditation, mindfulness practices via biofeedback systems and wellness programs

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That will be the focus of the third ses­sion at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28-30th, 2014). We hope you can join us!

Scal­ing up med­i­ta­tion and mind­ful­ness prac­tices via biofeed­back sys­tems and well­ness programs

  • Dr. Dou­glass Ziedo­nis, Pro­fes­sor and Chair of the Depart­ment of Psy­chi­a­try at UMass Med­ical School
  • Ariel Garten, CEO of InteraXon
  • Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, Pres­i­dent of the Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foundation
  • Dr. Evian Gor­don, Exec­u­tive Chair­man of Brain Resource

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How to harness videogames and big data to personalize cognitive training

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That will be the focus of the sec­ond ses­sion at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28-30th, 2014). We hope you can join us!

How to har­ness videogames and big data to deliver per­son­al­ized cog­ni­tive training

  • Dr. Joe Hardy, ‎VP of R&D at Lumos Labs
  • Dr. Daphne Bave­lier, Head of the Bave­lier Brain & Learn­ing Lab at the Uni­ver­sity of Geneva
  • 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

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Research trend: The brain benefits of learning and speaking a second language

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What hap­pens in the brain when you learn a lan­guage? (The Guardian):

Learn­ing a for­eign lan­guage can increase the size of your brain. This is what Swedish sci­en­tists dis­cov­ered when they used brain scans to mon­i­tor what hap­pens when some­one learns a sec­ond lan­guage. The study is part of Read the rest of this entry »

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