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Update: 25 Key References to Navigate the Brain Health and Neurotechnology Revolution

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Time for Sharp­Brains’ November e-newsletter, featuring 25 of the key reference materials that participants at the 2015 SharpBrains Virtual Summit found most intriguing, in order of discussion during the Summit. Our deepest gratitude goes to Summit Speakers, Sponsors, and everyone who participated in our best conference to date!

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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 »

Study: Brain training game can improve prospective memory and activities of daily living

virtualweekb‘Virtual Week’ brain game has potential to help older adults remain independent longer (press release):

“An international team of scientists has demonstrated that just one month of training on a “Virtual Week” computer brain game helps older adults significantly strengthen prospective memory – a type of memory that is crucial for planning, everyday functioning and independent living Read the rest of this entry »

New $3m European-Israeli collaboration to build brain training system and enhance football (soccer) players’ game intelligence

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The initial pilot, funded under the EU Horizon 2020 framework and to be completed by 2017, will start with leading European soccer academies including Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven, AZ Alkmaar and FC Freiburg, in collaboration with the Sports University in Cologne, Germany. Read the rest of this entry »

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

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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 »

Braintainment Resources ranked #26 Holder of Pervasive Neurotech Intellectual Property*

BrainBraintainment Resources/ Brain.com was a pioneer in the mid-to-late 1990s in the production of cognitive training and brain health assessment software. Their main products, Think Fast and Cognometer, were intended to be used on a home PC to measure and improve mental skills such as memory, attention, Read the rest of this entry »

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

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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 »

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