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Cell phone use not seen to increase risk of brain tumors among adults

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Cell phones and risk of brain tumors: What’s the real sci­ence? (CNN):

…In 2011, the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion clas­si­fied the kind of low-energy radi­a­tion that cell phones emit as “pos­si­bly car­cino­genic” because of a link between cell phone use and a type of malig­nant brain tumor called glioma and a benign brain tumor called acoustic neuroma…Although the WHO clas­si­fi­ca­tion sounds omi­nous, it Read the rest of this entry »

Cognifit ranked #24 Holder of Pervasive Neurotech Intellectual Property*

Cognifit LogoCog­niFit is a cog­ni­tive train­ing ser­vice designed to improve cog­ni­tion both among the gen­eral pub­lic and among spe­cial pop­u­la­tions. It is avail­able on the web or on mobile devices like the iPad or iPhone, and its first stage is Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Structural brain differences due to childhood poverty may account for 20% of the academic achievement gap

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Brain scans reveal how poverty hurts children’s brains (Bloomberg):

Grow­ing up poor has long been linked to lower aca­d­e­mic test scores. And there’s now mount­ing evi­dence that it’s partly because kids can suf­fer real phys­i­cal con­se­quences from low fam­ily incomes, includ­ing brains that are less equipped to learn. Read the rest of this entry »

Stanford University ranked #23 Holder of Pervasive Neurotech Intellectual Property*

Stanford University LogoThe Office of Tech­nol­ogy Licens­ing is respon­si­ble for the man­age­ment of intel­lec­tual prop­erty assets at Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity, where neu­ro­science researchers have pro­duced mul­ti­ple per­va­sive neu­rotech patents that per­tain mostly to cog­ni­tive state mon­i­tor­ing and tran­scra­nial mag­netic stim­u­la­tion.
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Update: Neuroscience 2.0 — Taking the brain lab to the people

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Time for Sharp­Brains’ July e-newsletter, wrap­ping up this month’s key brain-related news and insights.

First of all, a reminder to Save the Date for 2015 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Novem­ber 17-19th), where lead­ing experts will dis­cuss Mon­i­tor­ing Enhanc­ing Brain Health in the Per­va­sive Neu­rotech­nol­ogy Era (to reg­is­ter with 10% dis­count, use this code: sharp2015).

New tools:

New research:

More on Per­va­sive Neurotechnologies:

Finally, we are proud to wel­come “Fit­ness mózgu” — The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness, now in Polish!

Have a great month of August

Study: High television viewing and low physical activity can significantly worsen long-term cognitive function

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Too much TV, low phys­i­cal activ­ity may worsen cog­ni­tive func­tion (Med­ical News Today):

The team’s study included more than 3,200 adults aged 18–30…Over 25 years, the researchers recorded par­tic­i­pants’ tele­vi­sion view­ing time and phys­i­cal activ­ity levels…In the study, high tele­vi­sion view­ing was defined as more than 4 hours daily, while low phys­i­cal activ­ity was defined as Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Training law-enforcement “itchy brains” can reduce shooting-related civilian casualties

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Brain Train­ing May Help Avoid Civil­ian Casu­al­ties (Duke Today):

Although fir­ing a gun seems like one action, it is made up of many smaller deci­sions and move­ments that require coor­di­na­tion between mul­ti­ple brain areas.

The sud­den deci­sion to not shoot, called ‘response inhi­bi­tion,’ is crit­i­cal when some­one inno­cent comes into the line of fire. Read the rest of this entry »

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