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10 Brain Transformers: A Poem


As we enter an era of a trans­form­ing cerebrals

there will soon be “Mind­ful” wearables

to con­cen­trate, med­i­tate and self regulate

Did I just see you drop your jaw­bone at the gate?

Charge your­self to a calm­ing or ener­giz­ing state

Enhance mem­ory and you are now feel­ing great

Your life may soon be in a dif­fer­ent motion

With Elec­tri­cal and mag­netic brain stimulation

Not just in games or Read the rest of this entry »

Thank you, Summit Speakers, Participants and Sponsors!



What a fan­tas­tic, diverse, stim­u­lat­ing, forward-looking Sum­mit we enjoyed last week. Thank you so much, every­one, for your par­tic­i­pa­tion and contributions!!

Spe­cial thanks go to the orga­ni­za­tions at the lead­ing edge who sup­ported this unique event as Sponsors:

Gold Spon­sors


The Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion (ARPF), estab­lished in 1993, is ded­i­cated to reduc­ing the inci­dence of Alzheimer’s dis­ease by con­duct­ing clin­i­cal research and pro­vid­ing edu­ca­tional outreach.

FitBrains_webFit Brains is a cutting-edge, brain-training pro­gram brought to you by Rosetta Stone, a pre­mier learn­ing com­pany with lead­ing prod­ucts used by schools, busi­ness and gov­ern­ment orga­ni­za­tions, and mil­lions of indi­vid­u­als around the world.

Sil­ver Sponsors


The AAA Foun­da­tion for Traf­fic Safety was founded in 1947 by AAA to iden­tify traf­fic safety prob­lems, fos­ter research that seeks solu­tions and dis­sem­i­nate infor­ma­tion and edu­ca­tional materials.

Arrowsmith ProgramThe Arrow­smith Pro­gram, avail­able in pub­lic and pri­vate schools in the U.S., Canada, Aus­tralia and New Zealand, is a com­pre­hen­sive suite of cog­ni­tive pro­grams for stu­dents with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties that tar­gets 19 areas that are most com­monly involved in learning.

CC-ABHI_BaycrestBay­crest, fully affil­i­ated with the Uni­ver­sity of Toronto, is one of the world’s pre­mier aca­d­e­mic health sci­ences cen­ters focused on aging, and will host the new $100m+ Cana­dian Cen­tre for Aging and Brain Health Inno­va­tion.

Brain­Base­line is the first iPad appli­ca­tion for mea­sur­ing how well your brain works. Devel­oped by Dig­i­tal Arte­facts, it helps users world­wide under­stand how demo­graphic fac­tors and leisure activ­i­ties impact over­all brain health.


Lumos­ity is a lead­ing brain train­ing com­pany with more than 70 mil­lion mem­bers from 180 coun­tries. Founded in 2005 and launched in 2007, Lumos­ity offers more than 40 games that are designed to chal­lenge core cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties. Lumosity’s games are based on neu­ro­science, with con­tin­u­ing inde­pen­dent third-party stud­ies being con­ducted by researchers at aca­d­e­mic insti­tu­tions around the world.

Bronze Spon­sors


brainHQ is a brain train­ing sys­tem built by Posit Sci­ence to help peo­ple be at their best through­out their lives. Their team of experts designs, tests, and refines online exer­cises that effec­tively address cog­ni­tive issues related to healthy aging and other conditions.

Cog­niFit is a health­care com­pany spe­cial­ized in brain fit­ness soft­ware. Since 1999, the firm has designed and devel­oped com­put­er­ized cog­ni­tive assess­ments and online brain train­ing applications.

Peak, founded by a group of indi­vid­u­als from Google, Ama­zon and EA who believe in rein­vent­ing edu­ca­tion through mobile, games and sci­ence. Lead by neu­ro­sci­en­tists and cog­ni­tive learn­ing experts, Peak devel­ops mobile apps that enables users world­wide to improve their cog­ni­tive skills for a health­ier, sharper life.

NIH outlines global research agenda to tackle brain disorders–from cognitive impairments to depression and dementia

BrainDisordersLifespanHeads-up: There’s an excellent–and open-access– research sup­ple­ment in Nature, result of an NIH-led effort to advance the global brain dis­or­ders research agenda.

Descrip­tion: Infants are starved of oxy­gen dur­ing dif­fi­cult births. Children’s cog­ni­tive func­tion is per­ma­nently dam­aged due to mal­nu­tri­tion or expo­sure to infec­tions or tox­ins. Adults suf­fer from Read the rest of this entry »

Neuroplasticity explains why humans adapt faster than (genetically-controlled) chimpanzees

chimpanzee_human_brainsNature and nur­ture: Human brains evolved to be more respon­sive to envi­ron­men­tal influ­ences (

Chim­panzees are our clos­est liv­ing rel­a­tives, but what is it about the human brain that makes us so dif­fer­ent? Researchers at the George Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­sity may have unearthed another piece of the puz­zle. Read the rest of this entry »

Trend: A growing toolkit for brain training and brain enhancement

holdingbrainCan Elec­tric ‘Brain Train­ing’ Devices Make You Smarter? (Fortune):

If there were a sys­tem or a prod­uct that could make you, say, 10% smarter, you’d buy it in a sec­ond, right? That’s been the promise of the “brain train­ing” field…

Now, faster than the cur­rent cours­ing through your cere­bel­lum, the field is bur­geon­ing into what could be called Brain Train­ing 2.0. Read the rest of this entry »

Day 3–Expo Day @ 2015 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

2015SharpBrainsSummit_top(If you did not reg­is­ter, you can track the pro­ceed­ings, and con­tribute too, via Twit­ter: #sharpbrains2015)

Dear Sum­mit participant,

Amaz­ing cou­ple of days…and there’s more :-)

Here are the instruc­tions to join Day 3–Expo Day today, start­ing at 8.15am US Pacific Time (San Fran­cisco, CA time)/ 11.15am East­ern Time.

–> Login Instruc­tions for Reg­is­tered Sum­mit Participants

The Agenda for today: Read the rest of this entry »

The 2015 SharpBrains Virtual Summit starts today!

2015SharpBrainsSummit_topToday’s the big day for the Sharp­Brains com­mu­nity — the 2015 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit starts at 8.15am Pacific Time/ 11.15am East­ern Time.

–> Login Instruc­tions for Reg­is­tered Sum­mit Participants

If you did not reg­is­ter, you can track the pro­ceed­ings, and con­tribute, via Twit­ter: #sharpbrains2015

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