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Update: “You’re not a prisoner of your DNA”

Participants_2014SharpBrainsSummitTime for Sharp­Brains’ Octo­ber e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing the usual wealth of insights and resources and, above all, thank­ing the 215 par­tic­i­pants in 17 coun­tries who joined an amaz­ing 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit! (each blue dot rep­re­sents a par­tic­i­pant or group of participants).

(We are now digest­ing every­thing dis­cussed dur­ing 3 intense days, and try­ing to enjoy a relax­ing weekend…)

New think­ing:

New research:

New tech­nol­ogy:

Have a great month of November!

10 Ways To Improve Health & Well-being Based On Latest Non-Invasive Neurotechnologies

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Last month I had the for­tune to join over 1,900 pio­neers from 90 coun­tries at the World Eco­nomic Forum’s Annual Meet­ing in Tian­jin, China, to dis­cuss how inno­va­tion can improve the state of the world.

Through­out hun­dreds of pan­els, work­shops, pri­vate meet­ings and social gath­er­ings, we exam­ined how to deal with cli­mate change, how to invest in pub­lic infra­struc­ture, how to bet­ter reg­u­late finan­cial ser­vices, and dozens of other press­ing top­ics. In address­ing these issues, every­one — inde­pen­dent of nation­al­ity or dis­ci­pline – brought to the table our most pre­cious asset: the amaz­ing Human Brain.

Dur­ing stim­u­lat­ing and cap­ti­vat­ing ses­sions we explored Read the rest of this entry »

Challenge: Helping consumers separate brain training wheat from brain games chaff

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Brain-Training Com­pa­nies Get Advice From Some Aca­d­e­mics, Crit­i­cism From Oth­ers (The Chron­i­cle of Higher Education):

…brain-game com­pa­nies entice peo­ple to buy sub­scrip­tions to their online train­ing pro­grams, many of which promise to increase cus­tomers’ “neu­ro­plas­tic­ity,” “fluid intel­li­gence,” and work­ing mem­ory capac­ity. They even claim to help stave off the effects of aging.

Lead­ing sci­en­tists have crit­i­cized those promises Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Why brain training needs to be better targeted, and more widely available

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Time for Sharp­Brains’ August 2014 e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of insights, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy reports…and this brain teaser to exer­cise your men­tal rota­tion abil­i­ties. Enjoy!

New trends:

New research:

New tech­nol­ogy:

Finally, we encour­age you to check out the excel­lent Agenda for the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28-30th, 2014). To chair the ses­sions, we now count on experts such as Dr. Michael O’Donnell, Editor-In-Chief of the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Health Pro­mo­tion, Zack Lynch, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Neu­rotech­nol­ogy Indus­try Orga­ni­za­tion, James Cavuoto, Edi­tor and Pub­lisher at Neu­rotech Reports, and jour­nal­ists such as Patri­cia Marx, Staff Writer at The New Yorker and Maseena ZieglerAuthor and Forbes Contributor. 

Have a great month of September!

Challenging the outdated “fixed brain” dogma, the cognitive training market keeps growing

brain-scan-impairedThis Man’s Brain Recov­ery Has Baf­fled Sci­en­tists And Pro­vided Hope For Oth­ers (The Telegraph):

…The odds of sur­viv­ing a coma are noto­ri­ously hard to pre­dict, brain injury being the most com­plex of prob­lems afflict­ing the most com­plex organ in the body…In Lewis’s case, it took a vil­lage to rebuild his mind Read the rest of this entry »

Study finds n-back cognitive training can increase fluid intelligence (especially outside the USA)

workingmemoryImprov­ing fluid intel­li­gence with train­ing on work­ing mem­ory: a meta-analysis (Psy­cho­nomic Bul­letin & Review):

…due to the broad inter­est in cog­ni­tive train­ing, lab­o­ra­to­ries around the world are inves­ti­gat­ing the effects of train­ing and trans­fer. In fact, the first study of n-back train­ing on Gf (fluid intel­li­gence) was con­ducted in Switzerland…and from our own expe­ri­ences con­duct­ing research both inter­na­tion­ally and in the U.S., we have anec­do­tally observed Read the rest of this entry »

Alzheimer’s disease can be delayed through lifestyle: New, large study joins growing chorus

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Hard Evi­dence We Can Slow Alzheimer’s By Exer­cis­ing The Body And The Mind (Forbes):

Alzheimer’s dis­ease is one of the most feared diag­noses among patients…once the dis­ease has been diag­nosed, there is noth­ing mod­ern med­i­cine can do to stop it.

But it can be slowed, and a new study pre­sented Read the rest of this entry »

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