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New Summit Speakers: Thomas Insel (NIMH), Catherine Madison (CPMC), Rajiv Pant (NYT), and Mark Baxter (Rosetta Stone)

We are proud to announce four excel­lent addi­tions to the quite stel­lar Speaker ros­ter at the upcom­ing 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28-30th):

  • Dr. Thomas Insel, Direc­tor of the National Insti­tute for Men­tal Health, will share his vision for a bet­ter brain health &  men­tal health sys­tem, and issue a call to action and inno­va­tion to get there
  • Dr. Cather­ine Madi­son, Direc­tor of the new Ray Dolby Brain Health Cen­ter, will dis­cuss how front-line pro­fes­sion­als can improve stan­dards of cog­ni­tive care today
  • Rajiv Pant, Chief Tech­nol­ogy Offi­cer at The New York Times, will chair a fas­ci­nat­ing ses­sion on how to scale up med­i­ta­tion and mind­ful­ness via well­ness pro­grams and biofeed­back sensors
  • Mark Bax­ter, Head of Prod­uct (Fit­Brains) at Rosetta Stone, will show how big data and videogames can help detect sub­tle changes in cog­ni­tion and per­son­al­ize cog­ni­tive stimulation

2014_SharpBrains_Virtual_Summit_Shaping the Practice and the Future of Brain Fitness—> Learn more about the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28-30th). You can reg­is­ter with a 10% dis­count using pro­mo­tional code: sharp2014. Please join us!

Next: Wider use of EEG measurements in emergency care

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New EEG elec­trode set for fast and easy mea­sure­ment of brain func­tion abnor­mal­i­ties (press release):

A new, easy-to-use EEG elec­trode set for the mea­sure­ment of the elec­tri­cal activ­ity of the brain was devel­oped in a recent study com­pleted at the Uni­ver­sity of East­ern Finland…make it pos­si­ble to attach the elec­trode set on the patient quickly Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Thomas Insel, NIMH Director, to speak @ 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

Tom InselWe are proud to share that Dr. Thomas Insel, Direc­tor of the National Insti­tute of Men­tal Health and neu­rotech­nol­ogy vision­ary, will open the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit on Tues­day, Octo­ber 28th.

Prior to this appoint­ment at NIMH, Dr. Insel was Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chi­a­try at Emory Uni­ver­sity, where he was found­ing direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Behav­ioral Neu­ro­science. He has pub­lished over 250 sci­en­tific arti­cles and four books, served on numer­ous aca­d­e­mic, sci­en­tific, and pro­fes­sional com­mit­tees and boards, and is a recip­i­ent of sev­eral awards, includ­ing the Out­stand­ing Ser­vice Award from the U.S. Pub­lic Health Ser­vice. Dr. Insel grad­u­ated from the com­bined B.A.-M.D. pro­gram at Boston Uni­ver­sity, did his intern­ship at Berk­shire Med­ical Cen­ter, Mass­a­chu­setts, and his res­i­dency at the Lan­g­ley Porter Neu­ropsy­chi­atric Insti­tute at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Francisco.

–> Explore the Agenda at 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit, and con­sider join­ing us Octo­ber 28-30th!

Next: Neurotechnologies to visualize (and why not enhance) brain circuits

Credit: Vin­cent Pieri­bone, Ph.D., John B. Pierce Lab­o­ra­tory, Inc.

Obama’s Brain Project Backs Neu­rotech­nol­ogy (MIT Tech­nol­ogy Review):

…The White House had com­mit­ted to spend­ing $100 mil­lion this year on the project, which seeks to develop new tech­nolo­gies for study­ing the brain. As part of that, today the U.S. National Insti­tutes of Health announced Read the rest of this entry »

To reduce ADHD epidemic, promote (concussion-free) sports and physical activity programs?

brainimaging_cognitivetasksExer­cise Is ADHD Med­ica­tion (The Atlantic): “This morn­ing the med­ical jour­nal Pedi­atrics pub­lished research that found kids who took part in a reg­u­lar phys­i­cal activ­ity pro­gram showed impor­tant enhance­ment of cog­ni­tive per­for­mance and brain func­tion. The findings…“demonstrate a causal effect of a phys­i­cal pro­gram on exec­u­tive con­trol, and pro­vide sup­port for phys­i­cal activ­ity for improv­ing child­hood cog­ni­tion Read the rest of this entry »

Barbara Arrowsmith Young: Every kid should practice stress reduction and targeted cognitive exercises at school

Bar­bara Arrow­smith Young

What is your cur­rent job title and orga­ni­za­tion, and what excites you the most about work­ing there?
As dis­cussed in The Brain that Changes Itself and in my own book, The Woman Who Changed Her Brain, I launched the Arrow­smith Pro­gram, a suite of cog­ni­tive exercises–now in more that 60 schools–designed to strengthen weak cog­ni­tive areas that under­lie a num­ber of spe­cific learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and disabilities.

I did so based on my jour­ney to over­come my own severe spe­cific learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties Read the rest of this entry »

Brain teaser to test your attentional focus and multi-tasking abilities


How often do you review and com­ment on a doc­u­ment while talk­ing on the phone with a col­league about an unre­lated mat­ter? Or think about your prob­lems at work while help­ing your child with his home­work? Read the rest of this entry »

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