Depression: A change of mind (Nature):
“Cognitive therapy, commonly known as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), aims to help people to identify and change negative, self-destructive thought patterns. And although it does not work for everyone with depression, data have been accumulating in its favour. “CBT is one of the clear success stories in psychotherapy,” says Stefan Hofmann, a psychologist at Boston University in Massachusetts…
Antidepressant drugs are usually the first-line treatment for depression. Read the rest of this entry »
If you couldn’t attend the 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit live, here’s some good news: all the session recordings –amounting to 15+ hours– are now available online for $145. Click HERE to learn more.
This is what some Summit participants have to say:
“Another impressive edition of the SharpBrains Summit. Unique combination of vision and lessons learned, of shared enthusiasm to engage and empower consumers thanks to emerging knowledge about the brain, of a strong zeal to achieve social impact without making misleading claims. Looking forward to next year!” — Keith Epstein, Senior Strategy Advisor at AARP
“Kudos for such a fantastic conference. The discussion about human vs. artificial intelligence and ethics was especially exciting.” — Rajiv Pant, Chief Technology Officer of The New York Times
“I believe that cognitive function and brain science are the new frontiers in health promotion Read the rest of this entry »
Is Cognitive Training the Next Frontier in Sports? (iQ by Intel):
“The shift to quantitative analysis of so-called athlete intangibles — data previously unattainable before tracking devices provided empirical evidence — is replacing gut instinct and guesswork in sports…the volunteers spent a half hour playing a unique video game that recorded their physiological reactions to Read the rest of this entry »
More and more studies are showing the potential benefits of mindfulness practices for students –to improve physical health, psychological well-being, social skills, even academic performance in some cases– as well as for teachers and administrators –primarily to reduce stress and burnout–.
To give you an update on the landscape of scientific research about the role of mindfulness in education, here goes our selection of ten recent studies, all of them recent randomized controlled trials, with brief descriptions of each Read the rest of this entry »
By: Roy Zahut
As discussed during my SharpBrains Summit talk last week, it is very important to ensure fidelity between brain training tasks and the real-world scenarios where we expect those sharpened cognitive skills to be put to good use. That’s why, working with a number of researchers in the US and Europe, I’ve been developing a new 3D task called Street Nav, as part of Peak’s suite of mobile cognitive training games.
And this is what we just released: Presenting an aerial map with start and end-points to memorise, the game places the user at street level with the task of navigating to the designated destination, in an immersive 3D environment (see image to the right). In doing so Read the rest of this entry »
Here you have a few fun mental exercises to train your attention and working memory (the capacity to hold multiple pieces of information in the mind, and to use them real-time). Given them a try today and over the weekend…they are not as easy as they may sound!
- Say the days of the week backwards, then in alphabetical order. If you speak another language, try doing the same in that language.
- Say the months of the year in alphabetical order. Then, for extra cognitive challenge, try doing so backwards, in reverse alphabetical order.
- Find the sum of your date of birth, mm/dd/yyyy. Want more quick brain teasers? Do the same with friends’ and relatives’ date of birth.
- Quick, name two objects for every letter in your complete name. Work up to five objects, trying to use different items each time.
- Wherever you are, look around and within two minutes, try to find 5 green things that will fit in your pocket, and 5 red objects that are too big to fit.
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Tinnitus: Turning Down the Volume (MedPage Today):
“The drug D-cycloserine was no more effective than placebo when used with a computer-based cognitive training program for relieving persistent ear ringing in patients with tinnitus in a small clinical study, but patients did report fewer cognitive difficulties… Read the rest of this entry »