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Marbles: The Brain Store secures $10MM credit to open new “brain fitness” stores

Marbles_storesSiena Lending Closes $10MM Facility for Marbles: The Brain Store (ABL Advisor):

“Siena Lending Group LLC announces the completion of a three-year $10 million credit facility for Marbles: The Brain Store (“Marbles”) to refinance their existing senior debt and to support their store growth requirements. Read the rest of this entry »

Sneak peak into the Preliminary Agenda @ 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

2014_SharpBrains_Virtual_Summit_Shaping the Practice and the Future of Brain FitnessHeads-up: If you want to join 20+ confirmed world-class speakers and 100+ professionals at the forefront of brain health and applied neuroscience, please Register now and help us finalize the fascinating Summit Agenda:

Tues­day, Octo­ber 28, 2014

  • 8:15–9:45am. The State of the Brain Fit­ness Move­ment: demo­graphic, sci­en­tific, and mar­ket trends, explained
  • 10:00–11:30am. Inno­v­a­tive part­ner­ships to improve life­long learn­ing, brain health, and cus­tomer satisfaction
  • 12.30-2pm. How to har­ness videogames and big data to deliver per­son­al­ized cog­ni­tive training
  • 3–4:30pm. Max­i­miz­ing the men­tal health and per­for­mance of lead­ers, athletes…and astronauts

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Brain Training and Cognitive Assessment Market Surpassed $1.3 Billion In 2013

Heads-up: We just announced a new intelligence package aimed at education, health, gaming and technology executives and innovators.

“Many market reports provide little value for the money. This market report by SharpBrains is the precise opposite. Its wealth of data and analysis provides very valuable strategic and business development guidance to organizations at the frontier of health and wellness,” says Alexandra Morehouse, VP of Brand Management at Kaiser Permanente. Read the rest of this entry »

Market Report: Transforming Brain Health with Digital Tools – The State of the Brain Fitness Market 2010

In honor of Brain Aware­ness Week (March 14-20th), any­one who reg­is­ters to participate in the 2011 SharpBrains Summit BEFORE MARCH 20TH will obtain a com­pli­men­tary 207-page PDF copy of the full mar­ket report Trans­form­ing Brain Health with Dig­i­tal Tools to Assess, Enhance and Treat Cog­ni­tion Across the Lifes­pan — The State of the Brain Fit­ness Mar­ket 2010. Please note that the nor­mal price of this report is $1,295. This report includes pro­pri­etary sur­veys, mar­ket data and in-depth analy­sis of 32 com­pa­nies, 10 Inno­va­tion Case Stud­ies pre­pared by 2010 Inno­va­tion Awards Win­ners and Final­ists, and 23 Research Exec­u­tive Briefs pre­pared by lead­ing scientists.

Report Sum­mary

This 207-page report tracks devel­op­ments at over thirty pub­lic and pri­vate com­pa­nies offer­ing dig­i­tal tools to assess, enhance and repair brain-based cog­ni­tive and self-regulation func­tions and pro­vides impor­tant indus­try data, insights and analy­sis to help investors, exec­u­tives, entre­pre­neurs, and pol­icy mak­ers nav­i­gate the oppor­tu­ni­ties and risks of this rapidly grow­ing field. The report dis­cusses the impli­ca­tions of Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Preparing Society for the Cognitive Age, and Industry Webinar

Here you have the August edition of our monthly newsletter covering cognitive health and Brain Fitnessbrain fitness topics. Please remember that you can subscribe to receive this Newsletter by email, using the box at the top of this page.

Scientific publication Frontiers in Neuroscience recently published a special issue on Augmenting Cognition, and invited me to contribute with an article titled Preparing Society for the Cognitive Age. Groundbreaking brain research has occurred over the last 20 years. The opportunity to improve brain health and performance is immense, but we need to ensure the marketplace matures in a rational and sustainable manner, both through healthcare and non-healthcare channels. Click Here to read my article.

Announcements

In May 2009 SharpBrains published The State of the Brain Fitness Software Market 2009, the main industry report for leading organizations preparing their members, their clients, and their patients for the cognitive age. 150-pages long, the report includes a market survey with 2,000+ respondents, detailed analysis of 20+ vendors, research briefs written by 12 leading scientists and data and trends for 4 major customer segments.webinar

Below we share the full Executive Summary of the report and announce an exclusive webinar on September 29th to discuss the State of the Market in more depth with buyers of the report.

To order the report and access both the report and the webinar, you can click Here. (Only $975 -a 25% discount- using Discount Code Frontiers2009 before September 28th).

State of the Market

The brain fitness field holds exciting promise for the future while presenting clear opportunities and challenges today. The good news is that there are more tools available than ever before to assess and train a variety of cognitive skills. The bad news is that there are no magic pills and that consumers, while satisfied overall, seem confused by competing claims on how to reduce one’s “brain age.” We do see signs that this early-stage market can mature in a more rational, structured manner; but there is much work to be done. We estimate that the size of the U.S. brain fitness software (i.e., applications designed to assess or enhance cognitive abilities) market in 2008 was Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Learning about Learning/ more on Brain Age

Here you have the January edition of our monthly newsletter covering cognitive Brain Fitnesshealth and brain fitness topics. Please remember that you can subscribe to receive this Newsletter by email, simply by submitting your email at the top of this page.

Bird’s Eye View

Brain fitness heads towards its tipping point: How do you know when something is moving towards a Gladwellian tipping point? When health insurance companies and public policy makers launch significant initiatives. Dr. Gerard Finnemore provides a market overview, based on SharpBrains’ client webinar held last December.

Ten Reflections on Cognitive Health and Assessments: Here are 10 highlights from several stimulating January events:  Symposium on Adaptive Technology for the Aging (by Arizona State University), Health Bloggers’ Summit (by Consumer Reports), Traumatic Brain Injury (by Veteran Affairs in Palo Alto), and a new Alzheimer’s/ Dementia Expert Panel organized by the city of San Francisco.

News and Events

Nintendo Brain Age vs. Crossword Puzzles: we need much public education in order to help consumers separate reality from hope from hype. Nintendo is not helping, neither is media reporting.

Collection of recent news: including training for senior fitness trainers, reports on the importance of purpose,  on older driver safety, and more.

Upcoming events: I will be speaking soon at the New York Academy of Medicine, the American Society on Aging/ NCOA conference, and the Silvering Workforce Summit at the University of North Carolina. Let me know if you are attending any.

Education and Learning

Learning about Learning: an Interview with Joshua Waitzkin: Scott Barry Kaufman interviews “child prodigy” Joshua Waitzkin on The Art of Learning. Many fascinating insights, including “I think losing my first National Chess Championship was the greatest thing that ever happened to me, because it helped me avoid many of the psychological traps…(associated with being called a “child prodigy”)”.

Resources to help students build emotional intelligence: Daniel Goleman introduces educators and parents to a new book that “adds an important tool to the emotional intelligence kit: mindfulness, a moment-by-moment awareness of one’s internal state and external environment.”

Resources

Top 10 Cognitive Health and Brain Fitness Books: Here you have The 10 Most Popular Brain Fitness & Cognitive Health Books, based on book purchases by SharpBrains’ readers during 2008.

10-Question Program Evaluation Checklist: To help consumers and professionals navigate through the growing number of programs making “brain fitness” or “brain training” claims, we published last year this Evaluation Checklist. Now we are making the Checklist available as a Bookmark given recent requests by universities and conference organizers.

Brain Teaser

Brain Teaser to Exercise your Memory and Reasoning Skills: Dr. Pascale Michelon offers a stimulating teaser that not only helps exercise our brain but also educates us on how and why the same activity may exercise different brains differently – depending on where we are from.

Upcoming Health & Brain Fitness events

Here are some upcoming events I will participate in – feel free to leave a comment below or contact us if you will be attending too and want to say Hello. I really enjoy meeting SharpBrains readers!Lecture

>> January 22nd, Consumer Reports’ Blogger Health Summit, NYC.

>> March 5th, New York Academy of Medicine, NYC. I will present Brain Fitness Software – Consumers Guide to distinguishing hope from hype, at the Comprehensive Approach to Dementia Symposium sponsored by Montefiore Medical Center and with credit designated by Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Will blog when their website lists the agenda and allows registration.

>> March 15-19th, ASA/ NCOA annual conference in Las Vegas. I will be presenting two sessions. Registration is open now at 2009 Aging in America Conference, but there is limited information on the sessions. Will blog when there are detailed abstracts available.

The State of the Brain Fitness Market, 16-Mar-09, 08:00 PM – 09:30 AM

Brain Fitness in Senior Housing: 18-Mar-09, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

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