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The website and blog are curated by the staff at SharpBrains, the independent market research firm that publishes The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness –recently named a Best Book by AARP– and produces the annual SharpBrains Summit–the largest virtual conference on brain health, applied neuroscience and innovation–, among other activities.
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If you are looking for relevant topics to discuss, please spend some time familiarizing yourself with sharpbrains.com and please also consult this recent series on The Business and Ethics of the Brain Fitness:
The series ends with the following call to action:
Educate the public
Ramp up efforts to build public awareness around a culture of brain fitness and mental capital across the lifespan, including establishing clear links to daily life and work and the role of cognitive, emotional, and self-regulation factors. Too many people still view mental capacity as a kind of unified trait (such as IQ) that is determined by our genes and can only decline with age.
Make it easier to navigate claims
Easy-to-understand and research-based taxonomies could help consumers and professionals evaluate product claims. Perhaps a labeling system, similar to the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, will emerge at the initiative of a regulator or of the industry.
Offer objective cognitive assessment tools
It has been said that “you can’t manage what you can’t measure.” Reliable, objective assessment tools are critical. Ideally, assessments would be adapted to the particular cognitive demands of different priorities and settings such as workplace performance, functional aging, driving, working as a pilot, or clinical conditions. Perhaps the single most effective way to bring cognitive research into the mainstream conversation would be if people took an “annual brain check-up” (ASA-MetLife Foundation, 2006) to understand their own opportunities for improvement and progress, and to support clinical decision making.
Emphasize brain fitness at the professional level
Professional associations could beef up their efforts to add a brain fitness lens to their existing offerings; this could help incorporate an emphasis on cognition, neuroplasticity, and mental wellness into mainstream activities.
Advocate for more and better research
There are two main priorities for research: to develop widely accepted outcome standards, including an established set of “functional markers” at different levels (such as brain-based, cognitive, and behavioral-functional) for different populations; and to fund trials that test multimodal interventions. Identifying the respective and complementary benefits of different types of interventions can result in better integrated and personalized products and programs.