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Scaling up meditation, mindfulness practices via biofeedback systems and wellness programs

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

Scal­ing up med­i­ta­tion and mind­ful­ness prac­tices via biofeed­back sys­tems and well­ness programs

  • Dr. Dou­glass Ziedo­nis, Pro­fes­sor and Chair of the Depart­ment of Psy­chi­a­try at UMass Med­ical School
  • Ariel Garten, CEO of InteraXon
  • Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, Pres­i­dent of the Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foundation
  • Dr. Evian Gor­don, Exec­u­tive Chair­man of Brain Resource

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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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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 »

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!

Beauty in and out: Brain training workshop @ Estée Lauder

esteelauderOur very own Alvaro Fer­nan­dez will be run­ning a brain train­ing work­shop today with a team of Estée Lauder mar­ket­ing pio­neers in NYC. Thanks to the CMO Club, Media­Math, and Rene­gade for mak­ing this possible!

Work­shop: Train Your Brain to Become More Inno­v­a­tive and Resilient (2 hours)

Descrip­tion: How can we train our core brain-based capac­i­ties to Read the rest of this entry »

Trend: Playing table tennis to enhance brain fitness and mental health

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Busi­ness­man turned love of ping­pong into char­ity (Vir­ginia Beach Beacon):

The elder Lees, now 76, still plays and heads up a table ten­nis club on the East­ern Shore…Ken Lees said it was local neu­rol­o­gist Dr. Scott Saut­ter who helped him real­ize the ther­a­peu­tic ben­e­fits of ping­pong on brain fit­ness and men­tal health…

It’s like aer­o­bic chess,” Read the rest of this entry »

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