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Must-read interview with George Rebok, PhD: Can cognitive training help aging brains?

george_rebokCan Train­ing Help Aging Brains? (WebMD):

George Rebok, PhD, con­ducted one of the largest stud­ies to date look­ing at how cog­ni­tive train­ing affects older adults. Rebok, a pro­fes­sor at the Cen­ter on Aging and Health at Johns Hop­kins School of Pub­lic Health, talks about the study find­ings, com­mer­cially avail­able brain train­ing, and what he rec­om­mends for brain health.

What we found was I think very encour­ag­ing and also some­what sur­pris­ing Read the rest of this entry »

Carving Out Future Brain Health Directions + Expo Day

Enjoy these great pre­sen­ta­tions on the future of brain health, deliv­ered at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit and featuring:

  • Dr. Ken Kosik, Co-Director of the UC Santa Bar­bara Neu­ro­science Research Institute
  • For Rosetta Stone/ Fit­Brains: Steve Quan, Head of Busi­ness Devel­op­ment & Strate­gic Partnerships
  • For Peak: Roy Zahut, Lead Scientist
  • For Bay­crest/ Cog­nic­iti: Mike Meagher, Pres­i­dent of Cogniciti
  • For The Arrow­smith Pro­gram: Jes­sica Poulin, Man­ag­ing Director

Amazon #1 Bestseller en Medicina: Cómo invertir en su cerebro — Una guía Sharp­Brains para mejo­rar su mente y su vida

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It’s a plea­sure to share that the Span­ish edi­tion of The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness has also become an Ama­zon best­seller, in Spain and in the US.

Queri­dos lec­tores: muchas gra­cias por ayu­dar, dis­fru­tando del libro y dejando opin­iones tan pos­i­ti­vas como las de abajo.

A todos: Feliz Navi­dad y Próspero 2015!  Read the rest of this entry »

Amazon #1 Bestseller in Preventive Medicine: The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness

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We are proud to share that The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness remains as the #1 Best­seller in Amazon’s Pre­ven­tive Med­i­cine list. It’s been a Top 10 for over a year now! This has been pos­si­ble thanks to many excel­lent reader reviews, such as the one below left by Rick Bruce in Cal­i­for­nia a month ago.

Dear read­ers, and every­one else: Happy Hol­i­days, and Happy (and very brain-fit) 2015! Read the rest of this entry »

Top 14 Brain Fitness News in 2014: Research, Assessments and Training

BrainFitnessTrajectoryUnless you live in a cave, you are well aware of all the grow­ing inter­est in–and con­tro­ver­sies around–the top­ics of brain fit­ness and brain training.

A lit­tle per­spec­tive may help sep­a­rate the sig­nal from the noise. Take a minute to think about the early years of the phys­i­cal fit­ness move­ment. It took decades of con­flict­ing research and con­fus­ing media cov­er­age to finally spread the idea that daily life activ­i­ties are far from suf­fi­cient to keep us phys­i­cally fit. And, at the same time, to Read the rest of this entry »

127 scientists challenge the purported brain training “consensus” released by the Stanford Center for Longevity

Open-Letter

Sci­en­tists to Stan­ford: Research Shows Brain Exer­cises Can Work (Press release):

A group of 127 sci­en­tists sent an “open let­ter” to the Stan­ford Cen­ter for Longevity, today, in reac­tion to a recent state­ment by the cen­ter that was highly crit­i­cal of the emerg­ing sci­ence of brain train­ing and dero­gated the effi­cacy of all brain exercises…The let­ter is signed by 127 doc­tors and sci­en­tists, many of whom are lumi­nar­ies in the field of neu­ro­plas­tic­ity – the dis­ci­pline that exam­ines the brain’s abil­ity to change. Sig­na­to­ries include mem­bers of the National Acad­emy of Sci­ences, mem­bers of the Insti­tute of Med­i­cine, Read the rest of this entry »

Apple names brain training apps “Best of 2014″ in 20+ countries

apple-best-of-2014Brain train­ing is going mobile, and global. Not only did Apple name one brain train­ing app (Ele­vate) “Best App of the Year” in the US, across all cat­e­gories, but it hand­picked another brain train­ing app (Peak) as one of the top apps in 20+ coun­tries. In the UK:

Apple named video edi­tor Replay as its best iPhone app, ahead of self-improvement app Peak – Brain Train­ing.” Read the rest of this entry »

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