By: Alvaro Fernandez
Unless you live in a cave, you are well aware of all the growing interest in–and controversies around–the topics of brain fitness and brain training.
A little perspective may help separate the signal from the noise. Take a minute to think about the early years of the physical fitness movement. It took decades of conflicting research and confusing media coverage to finally spread the idea that daily life activities are far from sufficient to keep us physically fit. And, at the same time, to Read the rest of this entry »
Scientists to Stanford: Research Shows Brain Exercises Can Work (Press release):
“A group of 127 scientists sent an “open letter” to the Stanford Center for Longevity, today, in reaction to a recent statement by the center that was highly critical of the emerging science of brain training and derogated the efficacy of all brain exercises…The letter is signed by 127 doctors and scientists, many of whom are luminaries in the field of neuroplasticity – the discipline that examines the brain’s ability to change. Signatories include members of the National Academy of Sciences, members of the Institute of Medicine, Read the rest of this entry »
Brain training is going mobile, and global. Not only did Apple name one brain training app (Elevate) “Best App of the Year” in the US, across all categories, but it handpicked another brain training app (Peak) as one of the top apps in 20+ countries. In the UK:
“Apple named video editor Replay as its best iPhone app, ahead of self-improvement app Peak – Brain Training.” Read the rest of this entry »
By: Dr. David Rabiner
Most children with ADHD receive their care from community-based pediatricians. Given the large number of school-age children who require evaluation and treatment services for ADHD, and the adverse impact that poor quality care can have on children’s development, it is important for children to routinely receive care in the community that is consistent with best-practice guidelines.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has clearly recognized this and published guidelines for Read the rest of this entry »
Brain Training Goes to School (WebMD):
“Kristy Lea was searching for a way to help her 5-year-old son improve his ADHD, and she wanted to reserve medication as a last resort…Increasingly, therapists, school systems, and parents are turning to brain-training games to help children with learning challenges.
“If you look at the [scientific research], the results are kind of all over the place. Read the rest of this entry »
Enjoy these great presentations on the future of non-invasive neurotech, delivered at the 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit and featuring:
- Dr. Bruce Cuthbert, Director of Adult Translational Research and Treatment Development at the NIMH
- Charles Fisher, President of Fisher Wallace Laboratories
- Chair: James Cavuoto, Editor and Publisher at Neurotech Reports
Apple names its top apps of 2014 (Mashable):
“It’s a good day for Elevate, which was just named Apple’s favorite app of 2014.
The app, which helps you improve memory and focus, was Apple’s top pick of the year. The runner-up was Instagram’s Hyperlapse, which speeds up shaky videos and turns them into time lapses in just two taps.”