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Event, webcast today focused on ethics of cognitive enhancement and neurotechnology

PCSBI_seal_1Heads-up: The Pres­i­den­tial Com­mis­sion for the Study of Bioeth­i­cal Issues is host­ing and live-streaming a great day-long event today, August 20th, includ­ing forward-looking dis­cus­sions such as “Eth­i­cal Con­sid­er­a­tions in Cog­ni­tive Enhance­ment” and “Direct-to-Consumer Neurotechnology.”

About the Com­mis­sion: The Pres­i­den­tial Com­mis­sion for the Study of Bioeth­i­cal Issues (the Bioethics Com­mis­sion) is an advi­sory panel Read the rest of this entry »

Transcript: Alvaro Fernandez Answers Your Questions About Brain Training and Cognitive Enhancement

The most brain-friendly book dis­cus­sion con­tin­ued today. Read the rest of this entry »

Ask your Questions about Cognitive Enhancement across the Lifespan

Heads-up: the most brain-friendly book dis­cus­sion con­tin­ues today, and you can Send Your Ques­tions to 7 rec­og­nized experts! These are the two next webchats in the series: Read the rest of this entry »

4 Essential (and Overlooked) Facts About Your Brain and Your Mind

NeuronsAn aspir­ing clar­inetist begins by get­ting a sense of the way the instrument’s sounds are pro­duced by the air she blows through it. A dri­ver must be acquainted with var­i­ous vehi­cle fun­da­men­tals, such as adding gas, accel­er­at­ing, and read­ing the speedome­ter. It is no dif­fer­ent with the brain. Max­i­miz­ing your brain’s health and per­for­mance begins with a basic under­stand­ing of how it works and how it evolves across the lifespan.

The human brain evolved to help us oper­ate in com­plex, chang­ing envi­ron­ments by con­tin­u­ally learn­ing and adapt­ing. Suc­cess­fully doing so involves Read the rest of this entry »

Neuroeducation: Top findings to update education and learning

neuroeducationNeu­roe­d­u­ca­tion: 25 Find­ings Over 25 Years (Inno­va­tion Excellence):

To cel­e­brate the progress of this mon­u­men­tal dis­ci­pline, we have com­piled a list of the 25 most sig­nif­i­cant find­ings in neu­ro­science edu­ca­tion over the past 25 years..” Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Well-targeted brain training videogame can lead to real-life benefits

Brain_Training_videogameA Mul­ti­task­ing Video Game Makes Old Brains Act Younger (The New York Times):

Brain sci­en­tists have dis­cov­ered that swerv­ing around cars while simul­ta­ne­ously pick­ing out road signs in a video game can improve the short-term mem­ory and long-term focus Read the rest of this entry »

Good survey of brain stimulation methods, value and limitations

brain_stimulationStim­u­lat­ing the Brain: From If to How (The Dana Foundation):

Recent years have brought mod­ern meth­ods of brain stim­u­la­tion into the main­stream of neu­rol­ogy and psy­chi­a­try. But their mechanism—how exactly deep brain stim­u­la­tion (DBS) relieves Parkinson’s dis­ease symp­toms and how repet­i­tive tran­scra­nial mag­netic stim­u­la­tion (rTMS) improves depres­sion, for example—remains obscure. Research Read the rest of this entry »

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