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Gaiam and Reebok entering mental fitness market via InteraXon Muse partnerships

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Inter­aXon Teams Up with Reebok & Gaiam To Bring Brain Fit­ness to the Masses (mobilesyrup):

Many of us lead lives so hec­tic we hardly have time to hit the tread­mill never mind take a deep breath and relax. How­ever, the boom­ing yoga indus­try (worth $27 bil­lion dol­lars at last count) proves that mind­ful­ness and med­i­ta­tion are an impor­tant part of a com­pre­hen­sive fit­ness regime. In an effort to Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Use of methylphenidate-based ADHD medication increases the risk of heart problems

Methylphenidate_pillsADHD med­ica­tion enhances the risk of heart prob­lems in chil­dren (Sci­ence Nordic):

The risk of devel­op­ing heart prob­lems is twice as big for chil­dren tak­ing med­i­cine for Atten­tion Deficit-Hyperactivity Dis­or­der (ADHD) when com­pared to chil­dren not receiv­ing the medicine…The study builds on data from 714,000 chil­dren Read the rest of this entry »

Event, webcast today focused on ethics of cognitive enhancement and neurotechnology

PCSBI_seal_1Heads-up: The Pres­i­den­tial Com­mis­sion for the Study of Bioeth­i­cal Issues is host­ing and live-streaming a great day-long event today, August 20th, includ­ing forward-looking dis­cus­sions such as “Eth­i­cal Con­sid­er­a­tions in Cog­ni­tive Enhance­ment” and “Direct-to-Consumer Neurotechnology.”

About the Com­mis­sion: The Pres­i­den­tial Com­mis­sion for the Study of Bioeth­i­cal Issues (the Bioethics Com­mis­sion) is an advi­sory panel Read the rest of this entry »

Challenging the outdated “fixed brain” dogma, the cognitive training market keeps growing

brain-scan-impairedThis Man’s Brain Recov­ery Has Baf­fled Sci­en­tists And Pro­vided Hope For Oth­ers (The Telegraph):

…The odds of sur­viv­ing a coma are noto­ri­ously hard to pre­dict, brain injury being the most com­plex of prob­lems afflict­ing the most com­plex organ in the body…In Lewis’s case, it took a vil­lage to rebuild his mind Read the rest of this entry »

Why brain training needs to be better targeted, and more widely available

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ADHD, sub­stance abuse and con­duct dis­or­der develop from the same neu­rocog­ni­tive deficits (Med­ical Xpress):

Researchers at the Uni­ver­sity of Mon­treal and CHU Sainte-Justine Research Cen­tre have traced the ori­gins of ADHD, sub­stance abuse and con­duct dis­or­der, and found that they develop from the same neu­rocog­ni­tive deficits, which in turn explains why they often occur together Read the rest of this entry »

Sneak peak into the Preliminary Agenda @ 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

2014_SharpBrains_Virtual_Summit_Shaping the Practice and the Future of Brain FitnessHeads-up: If you want to join 20+ con­firmed world-class speak­ers and 100+ pro­fes­sion­als at the fore­front of brain health and applied neu­ro­science, please Reg­is­ter now and help us final­ize the fas­ci­nat­ing Sum­mit Agenda:

Tues­day, Octo­ber 28, 2014

  • 8:15–9:45am. The State of the Brain Fit­ness Move­ment: demo­graphic, sci­en­tific, and mar­ket trends, explained
  • 10:00–11:30am. Inno­v­a­tive part­ner­ships to improve life­long learn­ing, brain health, and cus­tomer satisfaction
  • 12.30-2pm. How to har­ness videogames and big data to deliver per­son­al­ized cog­ni­tive training
  • 3–4:30pm. Max­i­miz­ing the men­tal health and per­for­mance of lead­ers, athletes…and astronauts

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To treat depression, we will likely combine neuroplasticity-based brain training games with antidepressants

BrainTrainingCom­puter Games Bet­ter Than Med­ica­tion in Treat­ing Elderly Depres­sion (Live Science):

Com­puter games could help in treat­ing older peo­ple with depres­sion who haven’t been helped by anti­de­pres­sant drugs or other treat­ments for the disorder…In a study of 11 older patients, researchers found play­ing cer­tain com­puter games was just as effec­tive at reduc­ing symp­toms of depres­sion as Read the rest of this entry »

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