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Update: Videogames or Meditation?; Internship Program @ SharpBrains

First of all, an announcement. We are starting a Virtual Internship Program @ SharpBrains, allowing full-time undergrad and grad students and postdocs to lead 100-hour projects jointly defined by themselves and by SharpBrains. Interested candidates should Contact Us indicating a) a preliminary project proposal (200 words or less), and b) brief bio and qualifications (200 words or less). Internships don’t require travel and will be paid in-kind, with access to SharpBrains reports and conference recordings. SharpBrains will select a limited number of Interns based on fit between candidates’ proposal and bio and SharpBrains mission and activities.

Let’s now explore the latest edition of the monthly Sharp­Brains eNewslet­ter, starting with a comprehensive perspective on the educational value and limitations of videogames, written by Mar­shall Wein­stein, a senior at Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity who will be a SharpBrains Intern dur­ing the Fall.

Transcendental Meditation and Working Memory Training To Enhance Executive Functions: Two very interesting new research studies…but please don’t miss the thought-provoking comments by reader Jay Kay.

Unlocking Dyslexia in Japanese: New clues emerge based on the observation that some dyslex­ics have an eas­ier time with visual lan­guages like Japan­ese and Chi­nese.

Does ADHD medication treatment in childhood increase adult employment?: A very insightful commentary by Dr. David Rabiner.

Boomers’ Ability to Make Financial Decisions Often Declines With Age: A new report by Canadian bank BMO illus­trates the need for inno­v­a­tive brain fit­ness inter­ven­tions focused on main­tain­ing tar­geted cog­ni­tive func­tion­al­ity. What the report presents as inex­orable decline, it is not.

Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness, Testing and Prevention:  New data rein­forc­e the need to pay­ seri­ous atten­tion to lifestyle-based and non-invasive cog­ni­tive and emo­tional health inter­ven­tions, and the need to personalize interventions.

Thinking globally to improve mental health: The National Insti­tutes of Health and the Global Alliance for Chronic Dis­eases announce a Grand Chal­lenges in Global Men­tal Health Ini­tia­tive. We will keep you posted on this.

Have a great month of August and, as always, feel free to share this enewsletter with friends and colleagues… and with potential candidates for the new Virtual Internship Program @ SharpBrains!

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