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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 »

How to incorporate mindfulness into psychotherapy

Sitting Together: Mindfulness-based psychotherapyMind­ful­ness is good for you. In thou­sands of stud­ies, moment-to-moment, non-judgmental atten­tion has been shown to improve well-being, strengthen rela­tion­ships, increase focus and atten­tion, and even boost our immune systems.

So it’s no sur­prise that ther­a­pists have taken an inter­est in using mind­ful­ness with their patients. The poten­tial for ben­e­fit is clearly great. But how can ther­a­pists actu­ally incor­po­rate mind­ful­ness into their prac­tice? And, is it always help­ful to patients?

To get answers to these ques­tions, Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Test your stress level with this fun brain teaser

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Time for Sharp­Brains’ July 2014 e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of thought-provoking insights, sci­ence reports…and this fun brain teaser to deter­mine your stress level.

New think­ing:

New tools:

New sci­ence:

Finally, you may also want to try this teaser to test your cog­ni­tive biases.

Enjoy, and have a great month of August!

 

The Sharp­Brains Team

Study: To fight dementia, fight depression and stress

depression mental health “Stud­ies have shown that peo­ple with symp­toms of depres­sion are more likely to develop demen­tia, but we haven’t known how the rela­tion­ship works,” said study author Robert S. Wil­son, PhD, with Rush Uni­ver­sity Med­ical Cen­ter in Chicago. “Is the depres­sion a con­se­quence of the demen­tia? Do both prob­lems develop from the same under­ly­ing prob­lems in the brain? Or does the rela­tion­ship of depres­sion with demen­tia have noth­ing to do with dementia-related pathology?”…

These find­ings are excit­ing because they sug­gest depres­sion truly is a risk fac­tor for demen­tia, and Read the rest of this entry »

News: Launch of Brain Start-up Challenge on August 1st

brain_innovationDear Sharp­Brains community,

We have read Alvaro Fernandez’s pub­li­ca­tion regard­ing the BRAIN Ini­tia­tive in Ven­ture Beat and thought our first-of-a-kind Brain Start-up Chal­lenge would be of inter­est to many of you.

To pro­vide some back­ground, the National Insti­tutes of Health, Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion, Cen­ter for Advanc­ing Inno­va­tion and the Her­itage Provider Net­work, have part­nered to cre­ate a “first of a kind” Brain Chal­lenge. The Chal­lenge will fea­ture 20 rig­or­ously selected brain related inven­tions that have com­mer­cial via­bil­ity and are impor­tant to pub­lic health. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Neurofeedback treatment for ADHD in only 12 sessions?

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Neu­ro­feed­back — also known as EEG Biofeed­back — is treat­ment for ADHD in which indi­vid­u­als learn to pro­duce and main­tain a pat­tern of EEG activ­ity that is con­sis­tent with a focused, atten­tive state. This is done by col­lect­ing EEG data from indi­vid­u­als as they focus on stim­uli pre­sented on a com­puter screen. Their abil­ity to con­trol the stim­uli, for exam­ple, keep­ing the smile on a smi­ley face or keep­ing a video play­ing, is con­tin­gent on main­tain­ing an EEG state con­sis­tent with focused atten­tion. Over­time, Read the rest of this entry »

Why “disorders of the brain” deserve at least equal attention as cardiovascular diseases and cancer

brain-femaleprofileG20 World Brain Map­ping and Ther­a­peu­tics Ini­tia­tive Part­ners with EU Human Brain Project (DD&D):

Accord­ing to the World Health Organization’s large-scale stud­ies, about a third of the adult world­wide pop­u­la­tion suf­fer from a men­tal dis­or­der such as depres­sion, anx­i­ety and schiz­o­phre­nia. If also taken together with neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­ders, such as demen­tia and stroke, these “dis­or­ders of the brain” account for Read the rest of this entry »

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