Electrical Brain Stimulation Helps People Learn Math Faster (Wired): “…scientists stimulated volunteers’ brains with mild electric current while they learned new arithmetic operations based on made-up symbols. People who received brain stimulation during training sessions on five consecutive days learned two to five times faster than those who received sham stimulation, and they retained a 30 to 40 percent performance edge six months later… Read the rest of this entry »
By: Dr. Pascale Michelon
Physical exercise and mental exercise are both beneficial for the brain. Each can improve brain functions and decrease risks of cognitive decline over time. This raises the question of their comparative and combined effects: Is one better than the other? Are their benefits additive (1 + 1 =2) or perhaps even synergistic (1 + 1 =3)? Read the rest of this entry »
Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e-newsletter. This time we focus on how much the brain health and behavioral health fields are changing, as they upgrade traditional toolkits with digital platforms to better monitor, assess and enhance cognition. Often driven by a growing consumer demand for improved brain fitness, as you can see in this 3-minute clip (opens YouTube video).
We are proud to report that our latest market report is proving to be valuable to a range of executives and innovators working along those lines, as you can read here.
Have a great month of April!
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: David Coleiro
Much of healthcare delivery has traditionally been set-up to deal with a ‘brainless body’; yet we consistently complain that we cannot change patient and consumer behaviours and maintain adherence to treatment programmes. Healthcare systems are now recognising the limits of this model and that there are major benefits to better comprehending and engaging cognitive function Read the rest of this entry »