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Day 2 @ 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit has started!

After a great Day 1 yes­ter­day, we have another excel­lent Sum­mit Agenda today. We look for­ward to it, and to shar­ing the main insights and take-aways with the Sharp­Brains community!

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2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit starts today

The 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit is start­ing today Tues­day, Octo­ber 28th, at 8.15am US Pacific Time (San Fran­cisco, CA time)! Each of the blue dots in the map below rep­re­sents a par­tic­i­pant (or group of par­tic­i­pants) — more than 200, in 17 coun­tries! (Reg­is­tra­tion is now closed; Reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants can already enter the vir­tual meet­ing room as instructed by email)
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Cognitive maintenance 2.0: From crossword puzzles to targeted mental stimulation

neuroimagingThe Sil­ver Econ­omy: Brain train­ing fired up by hard evi­dence (Finan­cial Times):

Not so long ago, peo­ple kept age­ing brains active through read­ing and writ­ing, talk­ing with friends and fam­ily, and per­haps play­ing cards or doing puz­zles. Now a rapidly grow­ing num­ber are tak­ing a high-tech approach to cog­ni­tive main­te­nance, through com­puter pro­grams designed to stim­u­late the brain… Read the rest of this entry »

Douglas Ziedonis (UMass­ Med­ical School) to speak on scaling up meditation and mindfulness

Douglas ZiedonisExcited to announce that Dr. Dou­glas Ziedo­nis, Pro­fes­sor and Chair of the Depart­ment of Psy­chi­a­try at at the Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts Med­ical School, will share his work and insights on Scal­ing up med­i­ta­tion and mind­ful­ness via well­ness pro­grams and biofeed­back sen­sors, at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28-30th).

Dr. Ziedo­nis is also Pres­i­dent of UMass Memo­r­ial Behav­ioral Health Ser­vices. He is inter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized for his research and lead­er­ship in address­ing co-occurring addic­tion and men­tal ill­ness, in par­tic­u­lar tobacco and also food addic­tion. He is Direc­tor of the UMass Cen­ter of Excel­lence (COE) in Addic­tions and Co-Director of the UMass COE in Neu­ro­sciences. Read the rest of this entry »

How can front-line professionals incorporate the emerging brain health toolkit to their practices?

BrainDon’t miss the ses­sion How can front-line pro­fes­sion­als incor­po­rate the emerg­ing brain health toolkit to their prac­tices at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit next week, featuring:

  • Eliz­a­beth Frates, Direc­tor of Med­ical Stu­dent Edu­ca­tion at the Insti­tute of Lifestyle Medicine
  • Dr. Cather­ine Madi­son, Direc­tor of the Ray Dolby Brain Health Cen­ter at Cal­i­for­nia Pacific Med­ical Center
  • Bar­bara Van Amburg, Chief Nurs­ing Offi­cer at Kaiser Per­ma­nente Red­wood City
  • Kate Sul­li­van, Direc­tor of the Brain Fit­ness Cen­ter at Wal­ter Reed National Mil­i­tary Med­ical Center
  • Chair: Dr. Michael O’Donnell, Editor-In-Chief of the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Health Promotion

We are look­ing for­ward to it!

–> Explore the Agenda @ 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit, and join­ us Octo­ber 28-30th! (10%-off pro­mo­tional code: sharp2014)

10 Ways To Improve Health & Well-being Based On Latest Non-Invasive Neurotechnologies

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Last month I had the for­tune to join over 1,900 pio­neers from 90 coun­tries at the World Eco­nomic Forum’s Annual Meet­ing in Tian­jin, China, to dis­cuss how inno­va­tion can improve the state of the world.

Through­out hun­dreds of pan­els, work­shops, pri­vate meet­ings and social gath­er­ings, we exam­ined how to deal with cli­mate change, how to invest in pub­lic infra­struc­ture, how to bet­ter reg­u­late finan­cial ser­vices, and dozens of other press­ing top­ics. In address­ing these issues, every­one — inde­pen­dent of nation­al­ity or dis­ci­pline – brought to the table our most pre­cious asset: the amaz­ing Human Brain.

Dur­ing stim­u­lat­ing and cap­ti­vat­ing ses­sions we explored Read the rest of this entry »

Challenge: Helping consumers separate brain training wheat from brain games chaff

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Brain-Training Com­pa­nies Get Advice From Some Aca­d­e­mics, Crit­i­cism From Oth­ers (The Chron­i­cle of Higher Education):

…brain-game com­pa­nies entice peo­ple to buy sub­scrip­tions to their online train­ing pro­grams, many of which promise to increase cus­tomers’ “neu­ro­plas­tic­ity,” “fluid intel­li­gence,” and work­ing mem­ory capac­ity. They even claim to help stave off the effects of aging.

Lead­ing sci­en­tists have crit­i­cized those promises Read the rest of this entry »

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