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Neuroplasticity, Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News


The billion dollar question: Under what conditions can brain training result in real-world benefits?



Does any­one care if “brain games” actu­ally work? (Fortune):

The cog­ni­tive fit­ness mar­ket — loosely defined as non-invasive neu­rotech­nolo­gies that mon­i­tor or enhance cog­ni­tion — is booming…The “brain game” indus­try is already a bil­lion dol­lar mar­ket, and will reach the $6 bil­lion mark within the next five years says Sharp­Brains, a neuro-wellness mar­ket research firm.

But key ques­tions remain: Do these pro­grams live up to the hype? Read the rest of this entry »

Learning a second language, at any age, leads to better cognitive abilities

HolaLearn­ing sec­ond lan­guage ‘slows brain age­ing’ (BBC):

Learn­ing a sec­ond lan­guage can have a pos­i­tive effect on the brain, even if it is taken up in adult­hood, a Uni­ver­sity of Edin­burgh study suggests…Using data from intel­li­gence tests on 262 Edinburgh-born indi­vid­u­als at the age of 11, the study looked at how their cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties had changed when they were tested again in their sev­en­ties Read the rest of this entry »

Update: 5 ways to pro­tect your brain, and boost your career

human-brainTime for Sharp­Brains’ August 2013 e-newsletter, fea­turing 8 excel­lent inter­views with Speak­ers and Par­tic­i­pants in the 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Sep­tem­ber 19-20th), 7 insight­ful media sto­ries, and more. Enjoy!

Inter­view Series:

Sharp­Brains in the News:

Book review contest:

  • The win­ners are: Deb­o­rah Zamin, Frank Ra, Matt Bar­ret, Nel­son Calderon, Ellen Som­mers and Annette Good­man. Thank you very much for your thought­ful and valu­able reviews!

Finally, we hope more sharp brains can join us at the 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Sep­tem­ber 19-20th): Here is the full Sum­mit Agenda and here the incred­i­ble Speaker Bios.

You can REGISTER HERE with a 20% dis­count using pro­mo­tional code: sharp2020

 2013 Summit


Lynn Steffes: Let’s better integrate physical therapy and cognitive fitness

Lynn Steffes, PT, DPT

Lynn Steffes, PT, DPT

What excites you the most about your job?
Thanks to the reha­bil­i­ta­tion con­sult­ing ser­vice I run, I have the amaz­ing oppor­tu­nity to work with phys­i­cal reha­bil­i­ta­tion prac­tices and asso­ci­a­tions across the coun­try on pro­gram devel­op­ment, mar­ket­ing & busi­ness oper­a­tions. Pro­fes­sion­als in the rehab field are pas­sion­ate about keep­ing our pop­u­la­tion active, inde­pen­dent and enjoy­ing opti­mal qual­ity of life, and that is why bring­ing pro­grams that address brain health and well­ness excites me! Read the rest of this entry »

National Science Foundation report: Can interactive media boost attention and well-being?

interactivemediaBehav­ioral train­ing inter­ven­tions have received much inter­est as poten­tially effi­cient and cost-effective ways to main­tain brain fit­ness or enhance skilled per­for­mance with impact rang­ing from health and fit­ness to edu­ca­tion and job train­ing. In par­tic­u­lar, neu­ro­science research has doc­u­mented the impor­tance of explic­itly train­ing (i) atten­tional con­trol, in order to enhance per­cep­tual and cog­ni­tive fit­ness as well as (ii) kind­ness and com­pas­sion, to Read the rest of this entry »

Top 40 Brain Fitness & Training Questions/ Course Registration Ends this Sunday

Let us share below a list of 40 com­mon brain fit­ness, brain health, brain train­ing ques­tions that we will make sure to address dur­ing the upcom­ing online course, How to Be Your Own Brain Fit­ness Coach in 2012 (starts March 7th). The ques­tions are sequenced by their approx­i­mate order of appear­ance in the syl­labus. We look for­ward to an engag­ing, inter­ac­tive and valu­able expe­ri­ence! ***Please remem­ber that course reg­is­tra­tion ends on Sun­day, March 4th.***

Top 40 Brain Fit­ness & Train­ing Questions

  1. How can one define brain fitness
  2. What is link between stress, focus and memory
  3. Does “brain age” even exist
  4. How to enhance over­all men­tal pro­duc­tiv­ity, vs just IQ
  5. Is there some “ceil­ing” to my improve­ment or can I always try more things
  6. How brain func­tions evolve with age. What improves, what declines, what should I be pay­ing atten­tion to Read the rest of this entry »

Reminder: Brain Health Q&A Today

Reminder: Join Live Q&A with Dr. Paul Nuss­baum by click­ing HERE, today Novem­ber 22nd at 11am Pacific Time/ 2pm East­ern Time. Chat about about a holis­tic approach to brain health with clin­i­cal neu­ropsy­chol­o­gist Dr. Paul Nuss­baum, author of Save Your Brain, recently named a Best Book on Brain Fit­ness by AARP. You can also learn more about the Brain Fit­ness Q&A Series.

Tran­scripts of pre­vi­ous Q&A Sessions:


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