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Update: 40% of ADHD diagnoses, 70% of treatment plans, fall short of AAP guidelines

ADHDTime for Sharp­Brains’ Decem­ber e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wide range of insights on brain health and inno­va­tion, and a deep analy­sis of this new study that found large gaps between research and prac­tice in ADHD diag­no­sis and treat­ment. Did you know, for exam­ple, that over 40% of diag­noses, and over 70% of the treat­ment plans, fall short of the guide­lines estab­lished by the Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Pediatrics?

New research:

New think­ing:

New tools:

Finally, we are proud to share that The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance is Amazon’s #1 Best­seller in Pre­ven­tive Med­i­cine (and the Span­ish edi­tion is #1 en Med­i­c­ina).

Have a great 2015! Feliz 2015!

Must-read interview with George Rebok, PhD: Can cognitive training help aging brains?

george_rebokCan Train­ing Help Aging Brains? (WebMD):

George Rebok, PhD, con­ducted one of the largest stud­ies to date look­ing at how cog­ni­tive train­ing affects older adults. Rebok, a pro­fes­sor at the Cen­ter on Aging and Health at Johns Hop­kins School of Pub­lic Health, talks about the study find­ings, com­mer­cially avail­able brain train­ing, and what he rec­om­mends for brain health.

What we found was I think very encour­ag­ing and also some­what sur­pris­ing Read the rest of this entry »

127 scientists challenge the purported brain training “consensus” released by the Stanford Center for Longevity

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Sci­en­tists to Stan­ford: Research Shows Brain Exer­cises Can Work (Press release):

A group of 127 sci­en­tists sent an “open let­ter” to the Stan­ford Cen­ter for Longevity, today, in reac­tion to a recent state­ment by the cen­ter that was highly crit­i­cal of the emerg­ing sci­ence of brain train­ing and dero­gated the effi­cacy of all brain exercises…The let­ter is signed by 127 doc­tors and sci­en­tists, many of whom are lumi­nar­ies in the field of neu­ro­plas­tic­ity – the dis­ci­pline that exam­ines the brain’s abil­ity to change. Sig­na­to­ries include mem­bers of the National Acad­emy of Sci­ences, mem­bers of the Insti­tute of Med­i­cine, Read the rest of this entry »

Study: For healthy older adults, social brain training offers the most clear benefits

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If Home Brain Train­ing Apps Don’t Work, What Does? (Healthline):

In a study pub­lished online Nov. 18 in PLOS Med­i­cine, Aus­tralian researchers reviewed 52 pre­vi­ous stud­ies that looked at the ben­e­fits of com­put­er­ized brain train­ing soft­ware for 4,885 healthy seniors. While brain train­ing pro­grams like Lumos­ity, Cogmed, and Posit Sci­ence promise to help you strengthen your brain, the new study found mostly small benefits.

The largest impact Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Should Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (not antidepressant drugs) be the first-line treatment for depression?

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Time for Sharp­Brains’ Novem­ber e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of brain health insights, neu­ro­science and psy­chol­ogy research reports…and some fun brain teasers. Enjoy!

New think­ing:

New research:

New solu­tions:

 

Finally, you may want to try these quick brain teasers to exer­cise your atten­tion and work­ing mem­ory.

Enjoy a happy Thanks­giv­ing and a great month of December!

- The Sharp­Brains Team

Harnessing big data and videogames to deliver personalized cognitive training

Enjoy this great ses­sion held at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit, fea­tur­ing:

  • Dr. Joe Hardy, ‎VP of R&D at Lumos Labs
  • Mark Bax­ter, Head of Prod­uct (Fit­Brains) at Rosetta Stone
  • Ita­mar Lesu­isse, CEO of Peak
  • Aki Niko­laidis, NSF Fel­low at the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois Cham­paign Urbana
  • Chair: Zack Lynch, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Neu­rotech­nol­ogy Indus­try Organization

Trend: Harnessing biometrics and cognitive training to improve athletic performance

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Is Cog­ni­tive Train­ing the Next Fron­tier in Sports? (iQ by Intel):

The shift to quan­ti­ta­tive analy­sis of so-called ath­lete intan­gi­bles — data pre­vi­ously unat­tain­able before track­ing devices pro­vided empir­i­cal evi­dence — is replac­ing gut instinct and guess­work in sports…the vol­un­teers spent a half hour play­ing a unique video game that recorded their phys­i­o­log­i­cal reac­tions to Read the rest of this entry »

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