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Should Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (not antidepressant drugs) be the first-line treatment for depression?

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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 »

Another impressive edition…Unique combination of vision and lessons learned” — 2014 Summit Recordings Now Available!

2014SummitRecordings_verticalIf 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 »

Top 10 recent scientific studies on the value of mindfulness in education

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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 »

Can neuroplasticity-based interventions address tinnitus-related cognitive deficits?

Tinnitus_manTin­ni­tus: 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 »

Study: Shift work chronically impairs cognition


Long-Term Shift Work Linked To Impaired Brain Func­tion (Forbes):

Accord­ing to results of a new study, long-term shift work may lead to impaired brain power which could involve cog­ni­tive skills such as think­ing, rea­son­ing and memory…The impact was much greater after a period of 10 or more years of such a work pat­tern — and seen to be much greater for those work­ing a rotat­ing shift pat­tern Read the rest of this entry »

To develop personalized brain training that works, gather and analyze big data

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The Brain-Games Conun­drum: Does Cog­ni­tive Train­ing Really Sharpen the Mind? (Cerebrum):

…the issue of what does and doesn’t work is complex…The crit­i­cal ques­tion is whether trans­fer of train­ing occurs. Does extended prac­tice of the trained games result in gen­eral per­cep­tual and cog­ni­tive improve­ments that boost per­for­mance of mean­ing­ful, real-life tasks such as dri­ving, remem­ber­ing names and faces, and keep­ing track of finances?… Read the rest of this entry »

Update: “You’re not a prisoner of your DNA”

Participants_2014SharpBrainsSummitTime for Sharp­Brains’ Octo­ber e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing the usual wealth of insights and resources and, above all, thank­ing the 215 par­tic­i­pants in 17 coun­tries who joined an amaz­ing 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit! (each blue dot rep­re­sents a par­tic­i­pant or group of participants).

(We are now digest­ing every­thing dis­cussed dur­ing 3 intense days, and try­ing to enjoy a relax­ing weekend…)

New think­ing:

New research:

New tech­nol­ogy:

Have a great month of November!

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