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European neuroscientists challenge the Human Brain Project as is

pyramidalcellsNeu­ro­sci­en­tists attack ‘off-course’ human brain project (BBC News):

Senior neu­ro­sci­en­tists have attacked the Human Brain Project, a billion-pound Euro­pean Com­mis­sion ini­tia­tive aim­ing to sim­u­late the human brain. An open let­ter to the EC from over 200 sci­en­tists says the project is “not on course”, Read the rest of this entry »

A too mindful debate about mindfulness?

meditation_blueThe Mind­ful­ness Back­lash (The New York Times):

Mind­ful­ness has reached such a level of hip­ness that it is now sug­gested as a cure for essen­tially every ail­ment. Anx­ious? Broke? Sneez­ing? Def­i­nitely try med­i­tat­ing. This vogue is in part due to the real ben­e­fits of mind­ful­ness, a form of atten­tion and aware­ness often (but not always) achieved through med­i­ta­tion or yoga. It’s a trend for a rea­son. But Read the rest of this entry »

Rethinking Alzheimer’s research, beyond amyloid deposition, via new funding models

Alzheimer_Word_cloud_conceptHow a new approach to fund­ing Alzheimer’s research could pay off (MIT News):

More than 5 mil­lion Amer­i­cans suf­fer from Alzheimer’s dis­ease, the afflic­tion that erodes mem­ory and other men­tal capac­i­ties, but no drugs tar­get­ing the dis­ease have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion since 2003…Lo and three co-authors pro­pose Read the rest of this entry »

Trust, but verify: How big data can augment brain health clinical research

LumosityBrainGames Can the secrets to human cog­ni­tion be found in Lumosity’s brain-training games? (Wash­ing­ton Post):

Google was a pio­neer in the field of big data and sci­ence a few years ago when it began to pub­lish flu trends based on what peo­ple were search­ing for online. Some of its researchers are now work­ing on a way to pin­point adverse events with med­ica­tions based on search data…Much of the ini­tial work with Lumosity’s data aims to Read the rest of this entry »

No time for brain fitness and mental exercise? Solution: Watch less TV

time_tv10 maps that show how much time Amer­i­cans spend groom­ing, eat­ing, think­ing and pray­ing (The Wash­ing­ton Post):

The Amer­i­can Time Use Sur­vey is a trea­sure trove of data for under­stand­ing how Amer­i­cans spend their days. The sur­vey is essen­tially a national diary of how Read the rest of this entry »

Update: How to hold off Alzheimer’s Disease 8+ Years (even APOE4 carriers)

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Time for Sharp­Brains’ June 2014 e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of insights, sci­ence reports, upcom­ing events, and fun brain teasers.

First of all, let us high­light what may well become the research find­ing of the year. As you can read in Men­tal stim­u­la­tion over genet­ics: How to hold off Alzheimer’s Dis­ease 8+ Years, “For APOE4 car­ri­ers with high life­time intel­lec­tual enrich­ment, the onset of cog­ni­tive impair­ment was approx­i­mately 8.7 years later com­pared with low life­time intel­lec­tual enrichment.”

Shouldn’t accu­mu­lat­ing find­ings like this inform human cap­i­tal and health poli­cies across the whole lifes­pan, and also how all of us lead our lives, har­ness­ing neu­ro­plas­tic­ity the right way to max­i­mize men­tal per­for­mance at any age and to delay decline and disease?

New think­ing

New research

New tech­nolo­gies

Upcom­ing events

Brain teasers

That’s all for today. Have a great summer!

London, July 17th: Upgrading Education and Health in light of Neuroscience — The Frontier of Gaming?

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We are delighted to invite Sharp­Brains friends to dis­cover the future of applied neu­ro­science and gam­ing at a cock­tail evening  in Lon­don on Thurs­day July 17th, hosted by Brain­bow in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Strate­gic North and Sharp­Brains. Read the rest of this entry »

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