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Update: To honor Brain Awareness Week 2017, let’s highlight 10 Key Facts To Harness Neuroplasticity And Improve Brain Fitness

— Giant neuron identified in mouse brain via novel brain imaging technique. Study linked below.

Last week was Brain Awareness Week, so let’s first of all discuss these 10 Key Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity & Improve Brain Fitness coming from the hundreds of scientific and medical studies we analyzed to prepare the book The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Improve Brain Health and Performance at Any Age.

And here’s the rest of SharpBrains’ e-newsletter exploring the latest in brain health and mental performance.

New research:

New thinking:

New tools (via SharpBrains’ analysis of neurotech patents):

 

Finally, here’s a brain teaser to test your pattern recognition and other cognitive skills: The Empty Triangle.

 

Have a nice Spring!

 

The SharpBrains Team

In honor of Brain Awareness Week 2017, let’s discuss these 10 Key Facts To Harness Neuroplasticity And Improve Brain Fitness

This week is Brain Awareness Week, so let me share–and let’s discuss!–these 10 Key Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity & Improve Brain Fitness that come from the hundreds of scientific and medical studies we analyzed to Read the rest of this entry »

Study debunks 4 common myths about brain training and lifelong cognitive enhancement

If the media is your main source of information about brain training and cognitive enhancement, you will probably believe the following:

1) All brain training is the same…

2) …and it simply doesn’t work.

3) Commercial brain training programs, especially, don’t work.

4) How could they work? Genetics is destiny, aging is a predetermined process…so by age 60 or 70 or 80, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”

If you tracked and analyzed the scientific literature around cognitive training, cognitive therapies, biofeedback, meditation, brain reserve and neuroplasticity in general, you’d know those 4 beliefs are wrong. They are myths that prevent a more nuanced conversation about brain-enhancing lifestyles and about the emerging brain training and neurotechnology toolkit.

Good news is, a just-published study should help debunk those myths–especially with regards to computerized cognitive training–and provide a better Read the rest of this entry »

The One New Year’s Resolution To Help You Keep All Your New Year’s Resolutions

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You enjoyed the shopping and holiday season. Great!

You carefully selected one or several New Year’s Resolutions. Excellent!

Now it’s time to shift gears from resolutions to plans and realities…and there’s one thing you may have overlooked.
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Taking cognitive/ emotional assessments and therapies to scale

Two digital health entrepreneurs–who have collectively raised over $50 million in venture capital in the last 18 months– and an investor discuss their respective visions and approaches to revolutionize brain and mental health in areas such as ADHD, substance abuse, and general brain fitness.

  • Chair: Rita Carter, Science writer and BBC Contributor
  • Edward Kliphuis, Investment Director at Merck Ventures
  • Dr. Eddie Martucci, CEO of Akili Interactive Labs
  • Dr. Corey McCann, CEO of Pear Therapeutics

This presentation took place at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Reinventing Brain Health in the Digital Age (December 6-8th, 2016).

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2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Reinventing Brain Health in the Digital Age

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