Sep 30, 2011
By: Alvaro Fernandez
Time for the September edition of the monthly SharpBrains eNewsletter, starting with a good brief New Scientist article, Maker of cognitive training game seeks FDA approval: Imagine walking away from a doctor’s office with a prescription to play a video game. Brain Plasticity, the developer of a cognitive training game, has begun talks with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the game as a therapeutic drug.
A Course Correction for Positive Psychology: A Review of Martin Seligman’s Latest Book: As president of the American Psychological Association in 1998, Martin Seligman challenged the psychological community to radically change its approach. For too long, he charged, psychology had been preoccupied solely with relieving symptoms of mental illness; instead, he believed it should explore how to thrive in life, not just survive it.
Study: Cognitive Markers or Biomarkers to manage Cognitive Health across the Lifespan? Measuring people’s changes in cognitive abilities is a better predictor of Alzheimer’s disease than changes in biomarkers, researchers from the Benito Menni Complex Assistencial en Salut Mental, Barcelona, Spain, reported in Archives of General Psychiatry, a JAMA journal.
Brain Training for Babies: Hope, Hype, Both? We should expect that the brain of a baby could be easily trained. This is what Wass and his colleagues recently demonstrated in a new study with 11-month-old babies.
Brain Development Through Bilingual Education and Activities Requiring Self-Control: Kids who learn two languages young are better able to learn abstract rules and to reverse rules that they’ve already learned.
Who Says This is The Classroom of the Future? What if we questioned the very premise behind naming some classrooms the “classrooms of the future” simply because they have been adding technology in literally mindless ways?
AARP’s Best Brain Fitness Books: We are honored to announce that AARP has included our very own book The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness (182 pages; $14.95) in its new List of Best Books on Brain Fitness.
Have a great month of October and, as always, feel free to share this enewsletter with friends and colleagues.
PS: Did you miss the 2011 SharpBrains Summit: Retooling Brain Health for the 21st Century (Mar 30 – Apr 1, 2011)? Here you can learn more about how to access the recordings.