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Training our brains with novelty, challenge…and videogames (20-minute panel discussion)

How Do Video Games Affect The Brain? (Huff­in­g­ton Post Live):

Amer­i­cans play a lot of video games — that much isn’t up for dis­pute. But the impact on our brains is, along with the bil­lion dol­lar indus­try that has sprung up around games, designed to make you smarter. Can “brain train­ing” games make real change? Read the rest of this entry »

Visual illusions to tease our brains and minds


Why Opti­cal Illu­sions Like These Make Your Brain Go Hay­wire (Wired):

Uni­ver­sity of Bris­tol researchers dis­cov­ered this illu­sion in the early 1970s while look­ing at the tiled wall of a café. Hence the name, Café Wall Illu­sion. The gray lines in between the rows of white and black squares seem to con­verge, but they are actu­ally par­al­lel. Your brain, over­whelmed by the intense and closely-spaced black-and-white con­trasts, sees the gray lines as part of the tile either above or below it. The lines end up appear­ing higher on alter­nat­ing sides, cre­at­ing the trape­zoidal illusion.”

More visual illu­sions and brain teasers:

The Neurotechnology Revolution: “The future is here; it’s just not evenly distributed yet”


On Tues­day, Sep­tem­ber 29th, 2015, the Potomac Insti­tute for Pol­icy Stud­ies hosted a sem­i­nar in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Sharp­Brains titled, “The Neu­rotech­nol­ogy Rev­o­lu­tion: Mar­ket Trends & Impacts”. The sem­i­nar sought to ini­ti­ate a dis­cus­sion of the grow­ing trends in fund­ing and mar­ket devel­op­ment based on two recently released reports on emerg­ing neu­rotech­nol­ogy by Potomac Insti­tute and Sharp­Brains. Read the rest of this entry »

Survey: Growing demand for digital psychotherapies to help veterans deal with substance abuse, depression, problem solving and insomnia

e-mental-healthVet­er­ans go for dig­i­tal psy­chother­apy (Health­care IT News):

Com­put­er­ized psy­chother­a­pies, or CPTs, hold great inter­est for vet­er­ans receiv­ing out­pa­tient treat­ment, accord­ing to a study pub­lished in Telemed­i­cine and e-Health. The study, rely­ing on infor­ma­tion pro­vided by 151 vet­er­ans receiv­ing treat­ment in a Vet­er­ans Health Admin­is­tra­tion sub­stance use dis­or­der out­pa­tient clinic, showed vet­er­ans were Read the rest of this entry »

Posit Science, developer of brainHQ brain training system, joins SharpBrains Summit Sponsors

–> Meet the world-class Spon­sors sup­port­ing the 2015 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Novem­ber 17-19th)

brainHQOur newest Spon­sor, brainHQ, is a brain train­ing sys­tem built by Posit Sci­ence to help peo­ple be at their best through­out their lives. Under the lead­er­ship of CEO Henry Mah­ncke and CSO Dr. Michael Merzenich, their team of experts designs, tests, and refines online exer­cises that effec­tively address cog­ni­tive issues related to healthy aging as well as a broad range of other conditions.

Thank you for help­ing us pro­duce a superb 2015 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit, focused this year on bet­ter ways to mon­i­tor and enhance brain health in the per­va­sive neu­rotech era! (Novem­ber 17-19th)

Para mejorar nuestra salud cerebral y rendimiento mental, desmontemos primero estos diez mitos sobre el cerebro

CEREBRO-MANOS(In Eng­lish, see Debunk­ing 10 Brain Fit­ness and Brain Train­ing Myths)

Todos sabe­mos que debe­mos inver­tir en nues­tra salud, en nues­tra edu­cación, en nues­tra car­rera pro­fe­sional o en nue­stros planes de ahorro. Pero pocos sabe­mos por qué inver­tir, y cómo, en nue­stro recurso más impor­tante: el cerebro.

Para llenar ese vacío, hemos pub­li­cado el libro “Cómo inver­tir en su cere­bro: Una guía Sharp­Brains para mejo­rar su mente y su vida” y, en honor del Mes de la His­panidad, reducido el pre­cio de su edi­ción Kin­dle durante todo el mes de Octubre Read the rest of this entry »

Next: How to best civilize the mobile brain health and brain training Wild West (Tip: Consumer education may help more than pure regulation)

GLASSES-AND-EYE-CHARTUC River­side Pro­fes­sor Slams Feds, Stands By His Health App (KQED):

UC River­side pro­fes­sor of psy­chol­ogy Aaron Seitz had an idea for a mobile health app based on his area of research.…Seitz is the aca­d­e­mic behind UltimEyes, the vision improve­ment app that got dinged by the Fed­eral Trade Com­mis­sion (FTC) for $150,000 last week for mak­ing decep­tive claims about the app’s effi­cacy. Read the rest of this entry »


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