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Study: Raising a teen with ADHD adds significant stress to parents–especially to mothers

MOTHER-TEENAGE-SONNumerous studies have established that parents of children with ADHD experience more stress in their parenting role than other parents. Although it is reasonable to expect that this would also be true for parents of adolescents with ADHD, this issue Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Mindfulness can modify stress-related brain behavior

Stress Marine study examines stress, brain behavior (Lemoore Navy News):

“A recent study led by Naval Health Research Center shows that brain behavior, or mechanisms related to stress, can be modified in Marines prior to deployment Read the rest of this entry »

BRAIN Initiative: New call to action amidst growing skepticism

humanconnectomeA White House Call To Action to Advance the BRAIN Initiative (press release):

“Under this initiative, Federal agencies such as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are supporting the development and application of innovative, new technologies that can create a dynamic understanding of brain function and its relationship to behavior Read the rest of this entry »

Neuroscientists: Develop digital games to improve brain function and well-being

interactivemediaAuthors: Develop digital games to improve brain function and well-being (UW-Madison News):

“Neuroscientists should help to develop compelling digital games that boost brain function and improve well-being, say two professors specializing in the field in a commentary article published in the science journal Nature. In the Feb. 28 issue, the two — Daphne Bavelier of the University of Rochester and Richard J. Davidson of the University of Wisconsin-Madison — urge game designers and brain scientists to work together to design new games that train the brain, producing positive effects on behavior, such as decreasing anxiety, sharpening attention and improving empathy.”

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New $1 million grant to study working memory training in children with fragile X

MIND Institute researchers receive $1 million grant to study cognitive training in children with fragile X (UC Davis Health System News):

“Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute will examine whether children and youth with fragile X syndrome can improve their working memory, cognition and behavior by using an online computer-based cognitive training program, through a new $1 million grant from The John Merck Fund.

To conduct the innovative study, the researchers will travel to the homes of school-aged children around the country to instruct their families on how to use the program and deliver the intervention, called Cogmed, software designed to improve working memory that is marketed by Pearson Education.” Keep reading here.

–> We identified Cogmed/ Pearson as one of the Top 10 Companies to Watch in 2013-2014 based on the analysis in our latest market report.

Brain fitness meets HRV and EEG biometrics and neuroinformatics

As an active participant in the OpenViBE project (a software platform to design, test and use Brain-Computer Interfaces), in scientific as well as technical capacities, I have long been focused on ways to process, analyze and put brain signals to practical use. When I started reading on the subject of brain fitness a few years ago, I recognized the potential to enhance a variety of brain training approaches, from meditation to cognitive training, by deploying Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Adaptive Working Memory Training Can Reduce ADHD-related Off-Task Behavior

For a number of reasons, there remains an important need to develop research supported treatments for ADHD in addition to medication and behavior therapy.

Regarding medication, not all children benefit from taking it, some experience intolerable side effects, and many continue to struggle even when medication provides some benefit. Behavior therapy can be difficult for parents and teachers Read the rest of this entry »

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