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Brain training franchisor LearningRx settles FTC complaint about its marketing claims

BrainTraining_learningRxLearningRx To Pay $200K For Allegedly Unproven Claims That Brain Training Can Improve Income, Treat Autism & ADHD (Consumerist):

“The company behind the LearningRX “brain training” program has agreed to pay a $200,000 settlement and to stop making claims that its system is clinically proven to treat serious health conditions, or that it can Read the rest of this entry »

Under new CEO, Lumosity to expand brain training platform with focus on applied skills and broader social, wellness factors

lumosityLumosity’s Stumble Reveals How We Think About Thinking (BuzzFeed News):

“The ads were pervasive, popping up on CNN, Fox News, NPR, and Google searches. And they were persuasive: Playing Lumosity games would do your brain good…But these claims sounded a little too rosy to the Federal Trade Commission, which Read the rest of this entry »

San Francisco, April 6th: Explore the latest in Pervasive Neurotechnology @ NeuroTechSF

SF_wearables_neurotechHeads-up: Alvaro Fernandez, our co-founder and the editor-in-chief of SharpBrains’ latest market report, will present Pervasive Neurotechnology: The Innovation Landscape at NeuroTech SF 2016, a new industry conference exploring breakthroughs in brain monitoring, BCI, neurofeedback and stimulation.

–> To Learn More & Register, click HERE (20%-off discount code: SB20) Read the rest of this entry »

BBC brain training study apparently retracts previous overgeneralized claim that “brain training doesn’t work”

bbcbraintrainingOnline brain training ‘helps older adults with everyday tasks’ (BBC):

“Nearly 7,000 people aged 50 and over signed up for the six-month experiment, launched by BBC TV’s Bang Goes The Theory…Some of the volunteers were encouraged to play online brain training games for 10 minutes at a time, as often as they wished. The others – the control group – were asked to do simple internet searches Read the rest of this entry »

Training our brains with novelty, challenge…and videogames (20-minute panel discussion)

How Do Video Games Affect The Brain? (Huffington Post Live):

Americans play a lot of video games – that much isn’t up for dispute. But the impact on our brains is, along with the billion dollar industry that has sprung up around games, designed to make you smarter. Can “brain training” games make real change? Read the rest of this entry »

Open question: How to personalize brain training based on age, personality, biology, and more?

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Brain Training Goes to School (WebMD):

“Kristy Lea was searching for a way to help her 5-year-old son improve his ADHD, and she wanted to reserve medication as a last resort…Increasingly, therapists, school systems, and parents are turning to brain-training games to help children with learning challenges.

“If you look at the [scientific research], the results are kind of all over the place. Read the rest of this entry »

To treat depression, we will likely combine neuroplasticity-based brain training games with antidepressants

BrainTrainingComputer Games Better Than Medication in Treating Elderly Depression (Live Science):

“Computer games could help in treating older people with depression who haven’t been helped by antidepressant drugs or other treatments for the disorder…In a study of 11 older patients, researchers found playing certain computer games was just as effective at reducing symptoms of depression as Read the rest of this entry »

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