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Under what conditions does brain training work?

Please con­sider join­ing us at Sharp­Brains’ upcom­ing vir­tual con­fer­ence (Novem­ber 17-19th), fea­tur­ing this fan­tas­tic session:

Wednes­day Novem­ber 18th, 12.30 — 1.45 pm. Under what con­di­tions does brain train­ing work?

Despite ongo­ing con­tro­ver­sies, the evi­dence is clear: Some brain train­ing inter­ven­tions work, and some don’t. What explains the dif­fer­ence? What con­di­tions max­i­mize the prob­a­bil­ity of trans­fer into real-life ben­e­fits? Under­stand­ing these con­di­tions, as out­lined in The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness, is cru­cial to sep­a­rate wheat from chaff.

  • Chair: Dr. Peter White­house, Pro­fes­sor of Neu­rol­ogy at Case West­ern Reserve University
  • Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO & Co-Founder of SharpBrains
  • Dr. Bruce E. Wexler, Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chi­a­try at Yale University
  • Dr. Glenn Mor­ri­son, Direc­tor of Clin­i­cal Tri­als at Lumosity
  • Dr. Roy Hamil­ton, Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor in Neu­rol­ogy at the Uni­ver­sity of Pennsylvania

–> To learn more and reg­is­ter, visit the 2015 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit: Mon­i­tor­ing & Enhanc­ing Brain Health in the Per­va­sive Neu­rotech­nol­ogy Era (Novem­ber 17-19th). 10%-off promo code: sharp2015

Lessons learned in bringing innovative solutions to market

Please con­sider join­ing us at Sharp­Brains’ upcom­ing vir­tual con­fer­ence (Novem­ber 17-19th), fea­tur­ing this fan­tas­tic session:

Wednes­day Novem­ber 18th, 10.00 — 11.30am. Lessons learned in bring­ing inno­v­a­tive solu­tions to market.

Suc­cess­ful inno­va­tors will dis­sect key mar­ket & tech­nol­ogy trends and suc­cess­ful mod­els to val­i­date and com­mer­cial­ize inno­va­tion, with a par­tic­u­lar empha­sis on how to cre­ate a loyal user base and gain main­stream dis­tri­b­u­tion via a diver­sity of chan­nels. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Neurotechnologies About to Transform Brain Enhancement and Brain Health


30,000+ sci­en­tists and pro­fes­sion­als gath­ered for the annual Soci­ety for Neu­ro­science con­fer­ence in Chicago last month, prov­ing the grow­ing inter­est and activ­i­ties to bet­ter under­stand the inner work­ings of the human brain, and to dis­cover ways and tech­nolo­gies to enhance its health and performance.

Now, which of all those ongo­ing efforts are closer to touch­ing our lives, to empower con­sumers, patients and health pro­fes­sion­als? Read the rest of this entry »

Anticipating the Privacy and Informed Consent issues of the Neurotechnology Era

EEGwomanIn con­junc­tion with the new National Geo­graphic pro­gram “Break­through: Decod­ing the Brain,” com­ing this Sun­day, Novem­ber 15, at 9 pm ET, I was asked to pro­vide my per­spec­tive on a very provoca­tive question:

What if sci­en­tists were able to implant or erase mem­o­ries? For some, like those suf­fer­ing from PTSD this could be life-changing, or do you think this is sci­en­tific inno­va­tion gone too far?

The ques­tion is very timely. Read the rest of this entry »

Beyond the US College student’s Brain: A survey of priorities across geography and age

Please con­sider join­ing us at Sharp­Brains’ upcom­ing vir­tual con­fer­ence (Novem­ber 17-19th). Day 2 will start with this fan­tas­tic session:

Wednes­day Novem­ber 18th, 8.15 — 9.45 am. Beyond the US col­lege student’s brain: A sur­vey of pri­or­i­ties across geog­ra­phy and age.

Researchers and inno­va­tors in North Amer­ica, Europe and India will explore the fron­tiers in applied research across the lifes­pan, from chil­dren to younger and older adults, help­ing make the case for truly per­son­al­ized (or at least cus­tomized) brain devel­op­ment and brain health.

  • Chair: Dr. Olivier Oul­lier, Pro­fes­sor of Behav­ioral and Brain Sci­ences at Aix-Marseille University
  • Eduardo Briceño, CEO of Mind­set Works
  • Anu Acharya, Founder and CEO of Map My Genome
  • Tara Thi­a­gara­jan, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Madura Micro­fi­nance
  • Dr. Miia Kivipelto, Head of Clin­i­cal Tri­als at the Mem­ory Clinic, Karolin­ska Uni­ver­sity; PI of the FINGER study.

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At the frontier of Big Data and Brain Health

Please con­sider join­ing us at Sharp­Brains’ upcom­ing vir­tual con­fer­ence (Novem­ber 17-19th), which will fea­ture many fan­tas­tic ses­sions such as this one:

Tues­day Novem­ber 17th, 2.30 — 4.00 pm. At the fron­tier of Big Data and Brain Health.

Dur­ing this ses­sion we will explore cutting-edge ini­tia­tives to accel­er­ate research & devel­op­ment via brain sim­u­la­tions and crowd­sourcing, and to improve user expe­ri­ence via data-rich per­va­sive neurotechnologies.

  • Chair: Zack Lynch, Founder and Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Neu­rotech­nol­ogy Indus­try Organization
  • Dr. Randy McIn­tosh, Vice-president of Research and Direc­tor of Baycrest’s Rot­man Research Institute
  • Dr. Peter Reiner, Co-Founder, National Core for Neu­roethics at the Uni­ver­sity of British Columbia
  • José Bar­rios, Co-Founder & CEO of Cognilab
  • Nikhil Sri­ra­man, IP Ana­lyst at SharpBrains

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Can you grow your hippocampus? Yes. Here’s how, and why it matters


A pair of thumb-sized struc­tures deep in the cen­ter of the human brain are crit­i­cal for our abil­ity to learn and remem­ber. Thanks to their shape, each of them is called hip­pocam­pus — which means sea­horse in Greek. These brain areas have the unique capac­ity to gen­er­ate new neu­rons every day. In fact, recent human stud­ies have shown that Read the rest of this entry »

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