A 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 »
Authors: 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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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.
By: Yann Renard
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 »
By: Dr. David Rabiner
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 »
By: Dr. Evian Gordon
(Editor’s Note: this is Part 2 of the new 3-part series written by Dr. Evian Gordon drawing from his participation at the Personalized Medicine World Congress on January, 23, 2012 at Stanford University.)
Most Personalized Medicine research in Psychiatry using molecular measures alone have failed to replicate. Whilst disappointing, this is not surprising, since 80% of human 25,000 genes have some effect on the brain.
There are therefore growing efforts expanding Genomic Biomarkers in Psychiatry to Neuroimaging (all Brain-based biological and cognitive measures). Some approaches target Read the rest of this entry »
We are pleased to announce a new online course designed to equip participants with the understanding and information required to apply emerging science and tools to enhance brain health and functionality across the lifespan.
Course description: Information overload and longer lives expose our brains to more demands than even before. This fast-paced and interactive online course will examine the emerging science of neuroplasticity and cognitive reserve and survey latest tools and best practices to equip you to become your own ‘brain fitness coach’ and address personal and professional priorities. Available online from anywhere with an Internet connection, this course will help you pinpoint ways to optimize brain health and functionality and delay decline, navigating the maze of fragmented research, superficial media coverage and exaggerated marketing claims. The course is based on The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness –recently named a Best Book by AARP– and SharpBrains’ new ABBC framework (Address Basics, Build Capacities), and includes weekly readings and activities.
Mechanics: The course consists of four two-hour-long live online sessions to be held in March 2012 (detailed syllabus available), and an online private forum for Faculty and Participants to interact during March and April 2012.
Who this is for: This course is for anyone who wants to understand how emerging cognitive and affective neuroscience can be applied to enhance brain health and performance, and who is willing to participate in a fast-paced course that leverages e-learning to facilitate a global learning experience.
Note: In order to ensure a valuable and interactive experience, participation will be limited to the first 200 individuals who register.
- Instructor: Alvaro Fernandez (SharpBrains)
- Guest Lecturers: Alvaro Pascual-Leone (Harvard Medical School), Robert M. Bilder (UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior)
To Learn More and Register, please visit the course page: How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach in 2012.