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Meet these 25+ Summit Speakers at the forefront of Brain, Health and Innovation

2014_SharpBrains_Virtual_Summit_Shaping the Practice and the Future of Brain FitnessWe are proud to share the world-class and expand­ing ros­ter of experts and inno­va­tors who will speak at the upcom­ing 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28-30th, 2014). Please check out their spec­tac­u­lar bios, the pre­lim­i­nary agenda, and con­sider join­ing us! As of today, we are count­ing on:

  • Dr. Adam Gaz­za­ley, Direc­tor of the Neu­ro­science Imag­ing Cen­ter at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Francisco
  • Aki Niko­laidis, NSF Fel­low at the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois Cham­paign Urbana
  • Alex Doman, Co-founder of Sleep Genius
  • Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO of SharpBrains
  • Ariel Garten, CEO and co-founder of InteraXon
  • Bill Pren­ovitz, Global Prod­uct and Ser­vice Man­age­ment at Philips Healthcare’s Aging-in-Place Program

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Increased awareness and use of cognitive assessments seen as dementia-related priorities by RAND policy brief

ImprovingDementiaLTCImprov­ing Demen­tia Long-Term Care: A Pol­icy Blue­print (RAND Corporation’s report):

In 2010, 15 per­cent of Amer­i­cans older than age 70 had demen­tia, and the num­ber of new demen­tia cases among those 65 and older is expected to dou­ble by the year 2050. As the baby boomer gen­er­a­tion ages, many older adults will require dementia-related long-term ser­vices and sup­ports (LTSS)…

RAND iden­ti­fied 25 high-impact pol­icy options cov­er­ing Read the rest of this entry »

Brain teaser to exercise your mental rotation cognitive abilities

Men­tal self-rotation is the cog­ni­tive abil­ity to imag­ine your­self in dif­fer­ent loca­tions in space, and to imag­ine your body mov­ing in space. We need it for every­day activ­i­ties such as find­ing a place or read­ing a map. The abil­ity involved is tech­ni­cally called ego­cen­tric spa­tial trans­for­ma­tions (yes, that is the sci­en­tific expres­sion) or men­tal self rota­tion, and the brain areas pri­mar­ily involved are the pari­etal lobes.

Here’s an example.

mental rotation brain teaser

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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 »

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