Neuroscientists 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 »
The 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 »
How 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 »
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 »
10 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 »
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?
That’s all for today. Have a great summer!