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Non-invasive brain stimulation in children creates opportunities and risks

TMSvtDCSBrain Stim­u­la­tion in Chil­dren Spurs Hope—and Con­cern (Sci­en­tific American):

The idea of using mag­nets or elec­tric cur­rents to treat psy­chi­atric or learn­ing dis­or­ders — or just to enhance cog­ni­tion — has gen­er­ated a flurry of excite­ment over the past ten years. The tech­nique is thought to work by acti­vat­ing neural cir­cuits or by mak­ing it eas­ier for neu­rons to fire. The research is still in its infancy, but at least 10,000 adults have under­gone Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Neonatal MRI scans of preterm children can help predict cognitive and academic problems, and guide early interventions

Localized brain regions associated with early mathematics

Pre­dict­ing future cog­ni­tion in preterm chil­dren with MRI (Oxford Uni­ver­sity Press blog):

In the wake of the devel­op­ment of advanced neona­tal inten­sive med­ical care, more and more chil­dren born preterm man­age to beat the pre­vi­ously tough odds…While this is one of the suc­cess sto­ries of mod­ern med­i­cine, long-term follow-up of premature-born pedi­atric cohorts show that…Many chil­dren will expe­ri­ence cog­ni­tive prob­lems that will Read the rest of this entry »

Would Warren Buffett be a highly viable Presidential candidate?


My col­league Dr. Murali Doraiswamy just wrote an excel­lent opin­ion piece for The New York Times: With Age Comes Wis­dom, and Some Con­cerns For Can­di­dates.

He ends it up say­ing that, “As Henry Ford noted, “Any­one who stops learn­ing is old, whether at 20 or 80. Any­one who keeps learn­ing stays young.” We should shift the debate away from wor­ry­ing about the age of our can­di­dates and focus instead on their cog­ni­tive skill set and prac­ti­cal wisdom.”

I couldn’t agree more with those wise words.

warren-buffetBut, I do dis­agree with the words just pre­ced­ing them: “War­ren Buf­fett, at the age of 85, would still be a highly viable can­di­date, should he choose to run.”

To see why I disagree–and why it matters–let me syn­the­size some recent research on brain health, cog­ni­tion and aging. Read the rest of this entry »

Growing evidence that brain health requires personalized, multi-pronged interventions



The Right Dose of Exer­cise for the Aging Brain (New York Times):

A small amount of exer­cise may improve our abil­ity to think as we age, but more may not be bet­ter, accord­ing to a new study of exer­cise and cognition…

In gen­eral, the researchers found, most of the exer­cis­ers showed improve­ment in their think­ing skills…but these gains were about the same whether peo­ple had exer­cised for 75 min­utes a week or 225 min­utes Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Training law-enforcement “itchy brains” can reduce shooting-related civilian casualties



Brain Train­ing May Help Avoid Civil­ian Casu­al­ties (Duke Today):

Although fir­ing a gun seems like one action, it is made up of many smaller deci­sions and move­ments that require coor­di­na­tion between mul­ti­ple brain areas.

The sud­den deci­sion to not shoot, called ‘response inhi­bi­tion,’ is crit­i­cal when some­one inno­cent comes into the line of fire. Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome Fitness mózgu: The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness, now in Polish!



It is a plea­sure to announce the pub­li­ca­tion of the Pol­ish edi­tion of The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness, by Pol­ish Sci­en­tific Pub­lish­ers (PWN), and with a beau­ti­ful and pow­er­ful cover! Read the rest of this entry »

Next: How can virtual reality–while going mainstream–be used to promote cognition and experience?

virtual reality


Vir­tual real­ity star­tups take users to another dimen­sion (CCTV America):

Vir­tual real­ity has taken a leap for­ward this year with major com­pa­nies and numer­ous star­tups offer­ing tech­nolo­gies that take users to another dimen­sion. It’s actu­ally part of a grow­ing field called neu­rogam­ing – where all the sen­sa­tions of mind and body meet for an immer­sive expe­ri­ence. Read the rest of this entry »


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