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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Time 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…)
Have a great month of November!