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Sneak peak into the Preliminary Agenda @ 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

2014_SharpBrains_Virtual_Summit_Shaping the Practice and the Future of Brain FitnessHeads-up: If you want to join 20+ con­firmed world-class speak­ers and 100+ pro­fes­sion­als at the fore­front of brain health and applied neu­ro­science, please Reg­is­ter now and help us final­ize the fas­ci­nat­ing Sum­mit Agenda:

Tues­day, Octo­ber 28, 2014

  • 8:15–9:45am. The State of the Brain Fit­ness Move­ment: demo­graphic, sci­en­tific, and mar­ket trends, explained
  • 10:00–11:30am. Inno­v­a­tive part­ner­ships to improve life­long learn­ing, brain health, and cus­tomer satisfaction
  • 12.30-2pm. How to har­ness videogames and big data to deliver per­son­al­ized cog­ni­tive training
  • 3–4:30pm. Max­i­miz­ing the men­tal health and per­for­mance of lead­ers, athletes…and astronauts

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To treat depression, we will likely combine neuroplasticity-based brain training games with antidepressants

BrainTrainingCom­puter Games Bet­ter Than Med­ica­tion in Treat­ing Elderly Depres­sion (Live Science):

Com­puter games could help in treat­ing older peo­ple with depres­sion who haven’t been helped by anti­de­pres­sant drugs or other treat­ments for the disorder…In a study of 11 older patients, researchers found play­ing cer­tain com­puter games was just as effec­tive at reduc­ing symp­toms of depres­sion as Read the rest of this entry »

Study finds n-back cognitive training can increase fluid intelligence (especially outside the USA)

workingmemoryImprov­ing fluid intel­li­gence with train­ing on work­ing mem­ory: a meta-analysis (Psy­cho­nomic Bul­letin & Review):

…due to the broad inter­est in cog­ni­tive train­ing, lab­o­ra­to­ries around the world are inves­ti­gat­ing the effects of train­ing and trans­fer. In fact, the first study of n-back train­ing on Gf (fluid intel­li­gence) was con­ducted in Switzerland…and from our own expe­ri­ences con­duct­ing research both inter­na­tion­ally and in the U.S., we have anec­do­tally observed Read the rest of this entry »

To preserve if not enhance intelligence, work on speed of information processing

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Declin­ing intel­li­gence in old age linked to visual pro­cess­ing (Sci­ence Daily):

Researchers have uncov­ered one of the basic processes that may help to explain why some people’s think­ing skills decline in old age… Read the rest of this entry »

Philips and Accenture develop ALS care proof of concept on top of Emotiv brain wave headset

emotiv_sensorPhilips, Accen­ture test brain-controlled sys­tem for ALS patients (Reuters):

The Nether­lands’ Royal Philips and IT con­sul­tancy Accen­ture are devel­op­ing soft­ware to help peo­ple with neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive dis­eases like amy­otrophic lat­eral scle­ro­sis, com­monly known as Lou Gehrig’s dis­ease, live more inde­pen­dently. Read the rest of this entry »

The mental health screenings of the future, as hinted by Ellie the virtual therapist

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How Vir­tual Ther­apy Could Help the Mil­i­tary Fight PTSD (NBC News):

In Afghanistan, a new ther­a­pist is talk­ing with sol­diers. Her name is Ellie, she is the face of a com­puter pro­gram and she could be the key to iden­ti­fy­ing PTSD in America’s military.

Equipped with Read the rest of this entry »

Debunking popular brain myths

person_headThree Myths About the Brain (The New York Times):

Myths about the brain typ­i­cally arise in this fash­ion: An intrigu­ing exper­i­men­tal result gen­er­ates a plau­si­ble if spec­u­la­tive interpretation…that is later overex­tended or dis­torted (we use only 10% of our brain). The car­i­ca­ture ulti­mately infil­trates pop cul­ture and takes on a life of its own, quite inde­pen­dent from the facts that spawned it…

Another such myth is the idea that the left and right hemi­spheres of the brain are fun­da­men­tally different…”

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