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Debate: Is there a link between ADHD and Creativity?

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The Cre­ative Gifts of ADHD (SciAm Beau­ti­ful Minds blog):

In his 2004 book “Cre­ativ­ity is For­ever“, Gary Davis reviewed the cre­ativ­ity lit­er­a­ture from 1961 to 2003 and iden­ti­fied 22 reoc­cur­ring per­son­al­ity traits of cre­ative people…In her own review of the cre­ativ­ity lit­er­a­ture, Bon­nie Cra­mond found that many of these same traits over­lap to a sub­stan­tial degree with behav­ioral descrip­tions of Atten­tion Deficit Hyper­ac­tive Dis­or­der (ADHD)– includ­ing Read the rest of this entry »

Harnessing big data and videogames to deliver personalized cognitive training

Enjoy this great ses­sion held at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit, fea­tur­ing:

  • Dr. Joe Hardy, ‎VP of R&D at Lumos Labs
  • Mark Bax­ter, Head of Prod­uct (Fit­Brains) at Rosetta Stone
  • 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

Trend: Growing evidence that vitamin, folic acid supplements do not improve cognitive performance or prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

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Demen­tia study ques­tions advice on tak­ing sup­ple­ments (BBC News):

Tak­ing vit­a­min B12 and folic acid sup­ple­ments does not seem to cut the risk of devel­op­ing demen­tia in healthy peo­ple, say Dutch researchers. In one of the largest stud­ies to date, there was no dif­fer­ence in mem­ory test scores between those who had taken the sup­ple­ments for two years and those who were given a placebo Read the rest of this entry »

A Call to Action: Improv­ing brain & men­tal health via dig­i­tal plat­forms, neu­ro­plas­tic­ity research and the White House BRAIN initiative

Ses­sion held at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit, fea­tur­ing:

  • Dr. Thomas Insel, Direc­tor of the National Insti­tute of Men­tal Health (NIMH)
  • Dr. Adam Gaz­za­ley, Direc­tor of UCSF Neu­ro­science Imag­ing Cen­ter and Co-founder of Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs
  • Dr. Daphne Bave­lier, Head of the Brain & Learn­ing Lab at the Uni­ver­sity of Geneva & U. of Rochester
  • Jack Young, Head of Qual­comm Life Fund
  • Chair: Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO of SharpBrains

–> Click HERE to watch all sessions

The “Holy Grail”: How to drive behavior change by harnessing neuroplasticity and emotions

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CWRU nurs­ing school awarded $2.35 mil­lion to study the link between the brain and health behav­ior change (press release):

A five-year, $2.35 mil­lion grant from the National Insti­tute of Nurs­ing Research will allow researchers from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nurs­ing, Col­lege of Arts and Sci­ences and the School of Med­i­cine at Case West­ern Reserve Uni­ver­sity to study how brain activ­ity moti­vates the chron­i­cally ill to man­age their ill­nesses Read the rest of this entry »

Should Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (not antidepressant drugs) be the first-line treatment for depression?

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Depres­sion: A change of mind (Nature):

Cog­ni­tive ther­apy, com­monly known as cog­ni­tive behav­ioural ther­apy (CBT), aims to help peo­ple to iden­tify and change neg­a­tive, self-destructive thought pat­terns. And although it does not work for every­one with depres­sion, data have been accu­mu­lat­ing in its favour. “CBT is one of the clear suc­cess sto­ries in psy­chother­apy,” says Ste­fan Hof­mann, a psy­chol­o­gist at Boston Uni­ver­sity in Massachusetts…

Anti­de­pres­sant drugs are usu­ally the first-line treat­ment for depres­sion. Read the rest of this entry »

Another impressive edition…Unique combination of vision and lessons learned” — 2014 Summit Recordings Now Available!

2014SummitRecordings_verticalIf you couldn’t attend the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit live, here’s some good news: all the ses­sion record­ings –amount­ing to 15+ hours– are now avail­able online for $145. Click HERE to learn more.

This is what some Sum­mit par­tic­i­pants have to say:

Another impres­sive edi­tion of the Sharp­Brains Sum­mit. Unique com­bi­na­tion of vision and lessons learned, of shared enthu­si­asm to engage and empower con­sumers thanks to emerg­ing knowl­edge about the brain, of a strong zeal to achieve social impact with­out mak­ing mis­lead­ing claims. Look­ing for­ward to next year!” — Keith Epstein, Senior Strat­egy Advi­sor at AARP

Kudos for such a fan­tas­tic con­fer­ence. The dis­cus­sion about human vs. arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence and ethics was espe­cially excit­ing.” — Rajiv Pant, Chief Tech­nol­ogy Offi­cer of The New York Times

I believe that cog­ni­tive func­tion and brain sci­ence are the new fron­tiers in health pro­mo­tion Read the rest of this entry »

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