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The next in wearables: Harnessing EEG for “the masses” to track and enhance mind fitness

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Is mind­ful­ness and less stress worth $299? The Muse makes a case (review) (Ven­ture Beat):

The most inter­est­ing wear­able I’ve used yet isn’t a fit­ness tracker or a super­flu­ous smart­watch. It’s a con­nected head­band that helps you focus your thoughts…

To put it sim­ply, the Muse brings elec­troen­cephalog­ra­phy (EEG) tech­nol­ogy, which detects brain activ­ity, to the masses. Read the rest of this entry »

Trend: School-based programs to enhance resilience and emotional/ cognitive flexibility

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Dozens of pro­grams to encour­age resilience have been intro­duced in schools all over the world, both to help chil­dren recover from trauma, but also cope bet­ter with their day-to-day stresses. Many use tech­niques such as Read the rest of this entry »

Study: A new psychosocial treatment for Inattentive ADHD

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Chil­dren with the inat­ten­tive type of ADHD (ADHD-I) show high rates of atten­tion dif­fi­cul­ties with­out the hyper­ac­tive and impul­sive behav­ior shown by chil­dren with ADHD Com­bined Type (ADHD-C). The inat­ten­tive type of ADHD is quite com­mon and is asso­ci­ated with sig­nif­i­cant impair­ment with school work, plan­ning and orga­ni­za­tional skills, pro­cess­ing speed, and peer rela­tions. Even so, chil­dren with ADHD-I tend to be iden­ti­fied later than Read the rest of this entry »

To build a healthier future, let’s empower and equip individuals to be in control of their well-being

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How we can all build a health­ier future (World Eco­nomic Forum blog):

Just 40 years ago life expectancy in Asia was slightly above age 50. In 2000, the continent’s 210 mil­lion peo­ple aged over 65 could expect to live just another five years, to 70 on aver­age. By 2050, Read the rest of this entry »

Three Ways to Bring Mindfulness Into Therapy

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Many ther­a­pists have come to regard cul­ti­vat­ing moment-to-moment aware­ness as a cura­tive mech­a­nism that tran­scends diag­no­sis, addresses under­ly­ing causes of suf­fer­ing, and serves as an active ingre­di­ent in most effec­tive psy­chother­a­pies. The clin­i­cal value of Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Long-term use of anxiety and sleeping pills can increase Alzheimer’s risk

benzodiazepinesAnx­i­ety and sleep­ing pills ‘linked to demen­tia’ (BBC):

A study of older Cana­dian adults found that past ben­zo­di­azepine use for three months or more was linked to an increased risk (up to 51%) of dementia…Benzodiazepines are used to treat anx­i­ety dis­or­ders and insomnia.

Dr James Pick­ett, head of research at the Alzheimer’s Soci­ety, said Read the rest of this entry »

Maximizing the mental health and performance of leaders, artists, scientists…and astronauts

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That will be the focus of the fourth ses­sion at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28-30th, 2014). We hope you can join us!

Max­i­miz­ing the men­tal health and per­for­mance of lead­ers, artists, scientists…and astronauts

  • Ed Batista, Exec­u­tive Coach and Instruc­tor at Stan­ford Busi­ness School
  • Dr. Susan Jew­ell, Founder of the Inter­na­tional Space Med­i­cine Consortium
  • Dr. Robert Bilder, Chief of Med­ical Psychology-Neuropsychology at UCLA Semel Insti­tute for Neuroscience
  • Chair: Maseena ZieglerAuthor, Forbes Con­trib­u­tor & World Eco­nomic Forum Young Global Leader

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