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Study: Hearing aids, by reducing cognitive load, can improve brain function in persons with hearing loss

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UTEP professor shows that hearing aids improve memory, speech (press release):

“A recent study by Jamie Desjardins, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the speech-language pathology program at The University of Texas at El Paso, found that hearing aids improve brain function in persons with hearing loss. Read the rest of this entry »

Digital brain health start-up Neurotrack raises $6.5m to market cognitive assessment and intervention

healthcareITNeurotrack raises $6.5M for cognitive assessment tool, management program (MobiHealth News):

“Palo Alto-based Neurotrack, which has developed an online cognitive assessment test, raised $6.5 million in a round led by Khosla Ventures with participation from Social Capital, Founders Fund, AME Cloud Ventures, and iSeed Ventures. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Neuroscientists pinpoint the brain and performance impact of a (perceived) judgmental audience

brain_scans_anxietyWhy your brain makes you slip up when anxious (Science Daily):

“As musicians, figure skaters and anyone who takes a driving test will know, the anxiety of being watched can have a disastrous effect on your performance…

In the new study, published in Scientific Reports, participants’ brain activity was monitored while Read the rest of this entry »

News about Neuroplasticity, Learning, Dance, ADHD, Brain Training, Smell, and more

dance brainTime for a new edition of SharpBrains’ enewsletter, starting with this fascinating article about What Educators and Parents Should Know About Neuroplasticity, Learning and Dance.

Enjoy!

New brain research:

New brain fitness and digital health tools:

Best of 2015:

 

Have a great month of February,

The SharpBrains Team

The Federal Trade Commission vs Lumosity: What does it mean for the brain training market?

Despite all the noise around brain training, we must be careful not to confuse commerce with science. It is important to remember that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which regulates marketing claims and communications in the United States, issues legal rulings against specific commercial behaviors.  Read the rest of this entry »

Akili Interactive Labs raises $30.5 million to develop FDA-approved brain training videogame for ADHD

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Videogame Maker Seeks to Treat ADHD (The Wall Street Journal):

“Doctors don’t usually prescribe videogame play. But one company, which has just raised $30.5 million from venture-capital investors, hopes to change that.

Boston-based Akili Interactive Labs Inc. is developing a videogame it believes could replace pills as a treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Read the rest of this entry »

What Educators and Parents Should Know About Neuroplasticity, Learning and Dance

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— The Dance for Athletes class at Glen Burnie High School performs a swing piece

Dance. Is it merely art?  Is it just recreation?  Think again.

Dance is now being studied as a pathway to enhance learning.  And, scientists say, educators and parents should take note of the movement.

Recently at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting, more than 6,800 attendees paid rapt attention to renowned choreographer Mark Morris as he answered questions about Read the rest of this entry »

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