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How to harness videogames and big data to personalize cognitive training

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That will be the focus of the sec­ond ses­sion at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28-30th, 2014). We hope you can join us!

How to har­ness videogames and big data to deliver per­son­al­ized cog­ni­tive training

  • Dr. Joe Hardy, ‎VP of R&D at Lumos Labs
  • Dr. Daphne Bave­lier, Head of the Bave­lier Brain & Learn­ing Lab at the Uni­ver­sity of Geneva
  • Ita­mar Lesu­isse, CEO of Peak
  • Aki Niko­laidis, NSF Fel­low at the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois Cham­paign Urbana
  • Chair: Zack Lynch, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Neu­rotech­nol­ogy Indus­try Organization

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Research trend: The brain benefits of learning and speaking a second language

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What hap­pens in the brain when you learn a lan­guage? (The Guardian):

Learn­ing a for­eign lan­guage can increase the size of your brain. This is what Swedish sci­en­tists dis­cov­ered when they used brain scans to mon­i­tor what hap­pens when some­one learns a sec­ond lan­guage. The study is part of Read the rest of this entry »

The State of the Brain Fitness Movement: demographic, scientific, and market trends, explained

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That will be the focus of the first ses­sion at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28-30th, 2014). We hope you can join us!

The State of the Brain Fit­ness Move­ment: demo­graphic, sci­en­tific, and mar­ket trends, explained

  • Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO of SharpBrains
  • Dr. Adam Gaz­za­ley, Direc­tor of UCSF Neu­ro­science Imag­ing Cen­ter and Co-founder of Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs
  • Jack Young, Head of Qual­comm Life Fund
  • Dr. David Rabiner, Asso­ciate Dean of Trin­ity Col­lege at Duke University
  • Chair: Patri­cia Marx, Staff Writer at The New Yorker

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Trend: From anti-depressant “magic pills” towards targeted combination of medications and cognitive therapy

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Com­bi­na­tion of Cog­ni­tive Ther­apy and Drugs Effec­tively Treats Severe Non-Chronic Depres­sion (Uni­ver­sity Herald):

Pre­vi­ous stud­ies showed that about two-thirds of the patients with major depres­sive dis­or­der will recu­per­ate on anti-depressant med­ica­tions; about one-third of the patients will expe­ri­ence full remis­sion, but half will then dete­ri­o­rate before fully recov­er­ing. Cog­ni­tive ther­apy is as effec­tive as med­ica­tion alone, but Read the rest of this entry »

General Motors to adopt eye, head-tracking technology to reduce distracted driving

eyeheadtrackingGM to launch cars that can pick up on dis­tracted dri­ving (Finan­cial Times):

Gen­eral Motors, the largest US auto man­u­fac­turer by sales, is prepar­ing to launch the world’s first mass-produced cars with eye– and head-tracking tech­nol­ogy that can tell whether dri­vers are dis­tracted, accord­ing to peo­ple with knowl­edge of the plans. Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Why brain training needs to be better targeted, and more widely available

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Time for Sharp­Brains’ August 2014 e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of insights, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy reports…and this brain teaser to exer­cise your men­tal rota­tion abil­i­ties. Enjoy!

New trends:

New research:

New tech­nol­ogy:

Finally, we encour­age you to check out the excel­lent Agenda for the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28-30th, 2014). To chair the ses­sions, we now count on experts such as Dr. Michael O’Donnell, Editor-In-Chief of the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Health Pro­mo­tion, Zack Lynch, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Neu­rotech­nol­ogy Indus­try Orga­ni­za­tion, James Cavuoto, Edi­tor and Pub­lisher at Neu­rotech Reports, and jour­nal­ists such as Patri­cia Marx, Staff Writer at The New Yorker and Maseena ZieglerAuthor and Forbes Contributor. 

Have a great month of September!

Meet these 25+ Summit Speakers at the forefront of Brain, Health and Innovation

2014_SharpBrains_Virtual_Summit_Shaping the Practice and the Future of Brain FitnessWe are proud to share the world-class and expand­ing ros­ter of experts and inno­va­tors who will speak at the upcom­ing 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28-30th, 2014). Please check out their spec­tac­u­lar bios, the pre­lim­i­nary agenda, and con­sider join­ing us! As of today, we are count­ing on:

  • Dr. Adam Gaz­za­ley, Direc­tor of the Neu­ro­science Imag­ing Cen­ter at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Francisco
  • Aki Niko­laidis, NSF Fel­low at the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois Cham­paign Urbana
  • Alex Doman, Co-founder of Sleep Genius
  • Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO of SharpBrains
  • Ariel Garten, CEO and co-founder of InteraXon
  • Bill Pren­ovitz, Global Prod­uct and Ser­vice Man­age­ment at Philips Healthcare’s Aging-in-Place Program

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