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10 Brain Transformers: A Poem


As we enter an era of a trans­form­ing cerebrals

there will soon be “Mind­ful” wearables

to con­cen­trate, med­i­tate and self regulate

Did I just see you drop your jaw­bone at the gate?

Charge your­self to a calm­ing or ener­giz­ing state

Enhance mem­ory and you are now feel­ing great

Your life may soon be in a dif­fer­ent motion

With Elec­tri­cal and mag­netic brain stimulation

Not just in games or Read the rest of this entry »

Update: How to civilize the brain training Wild West


Time for Sharp­Brains’ Octo­ber e-newsletter, wrap­ping up this month’s key brain-related news. First of all, here’s a brain teaser for you: How many hair­cuts do you think hap­pen in Amer­ica every year?

Inno­va­tion news:

Research news:

Food for thought:

2015SharpBrainsSummit_topFinally, here are a few visual illu­sions to tease our brains and minds…and, also, please don’t for­get to Reg­is­ter and Reserve your spot at the upcom­ing 2015 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Novem­ber 17-19th), to dis­cuss all these impor­tant news and trends, and more! (10%-off promo code: sharp2015)

Study: Why do (some) college students misuse ADHD medication?


The use of ADHD meds with­out a pre­scrip­tion, i.e., non­med­ical use, is a large and per­haps grow­ing prob­lem on col­lege cam­puses nation­wide. Although the per­cent of stu­dents who engage in non­med­ical use of ADHD meds varies widely across dif­fer­ent schools, rates exceed­ing 30% have been reported at some cam­puses. Read the rest of this entry »

Cogniciti and Johnson & Johnson Innovation partner to improve cognitive screenings for early identification of dementia

holdingbrainCog­nic­iti Announces Col­lab­o­ra­tion with John­son & John­son Inno­va­tion to Eval­u­ate Online Cog­ni­tive Screen­ing to Iden­tify Indi­vid­u­als at Risk for Demen­tia (Bay­crest press release):

Cog­nic­iti Inc., the Toronto-based devel­oper of a 20-minute online cog­ni­tive test for adults con­cerned about mem­ory changes, today announced a col­lab­o­ra­tion agree­ment with Janssen Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, Inc. to eval­u­ate online screen­ing strate­gies for early iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of dementia.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion, facil­i­tated by John­son & John­son Inno­va­tion, will explore the poten­tial for Read the rest of this entry »

Would Warren Buffett be a highly viable Presidential candidate?


My col­league Dr. Murali Doraiswamy just wrote an excel­lent opin­ion piece for The New York Times: With Age Comes Wis­dom, and Some Con­cerns For Can­di­dates.

He ends it up say­ing that, “As Henry Ford noted, “Any­one who stops learn­ing is old, whether at 20 or 80. Any­one who keeps learn­ing stays young.” We should shift the debate away from wor­ry­ing about the age of our can­di­dates and focus instead on their cog­ni­tive skill set and prac­ti­cal wisdom.”

I couldn’t agree more with those wise words.

warren-buffetBut, I do dis­agree with the words just pre­ced­ing them: “War­ren Buf­fett, at the age of 85, would still be a highly viable can­di­date, should he choose to run.”

To see why I disagree–and why it matters–let me syn­the­size some recent research on brain health, cog­ni­tion and aging. Read the rest of this entry »

August e-newsletter: Inside Out, Coffee, Stress, Poverty, Exercise, Brain Training, and more SharpBrains News


Time for Sharp­Brains’ August e-newsletter, wrap­ping up this month’s key brain-related news and stud­ies, and fea­tur­ing Four “Inside Out” insights to dis­cuss and improve our kids’ emo­tional lives (and our own).

New stud­ies:

New think­ing:

New tools:

Finally, a reminder to Save the Date for 2015 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Novem­ber 17-19th), where lead­ing experts will dis­cuss Mon­i­tor­ing Enhanc­ing Brain Health in the Per­va­sive Neu­rotech­nol­ogy Era.

To reg­is­ter with 10% dis­count, use this code: sharp2015.

Have a great month of September.

Occupational therapy study: Improving processing speed seen as key target to help patients with multiple sclerosis


Decreased Activ­ity Lev­els in MS Patients Linked To Cog­ni­tive Impair­ment (Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis News):

A new study pub­lished in the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Occu­pa­tional Ther­apy assessed the cog­ni­tive fac­tors affected in mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis patients con­cern­ing their activ­ity and par­tic­i­pa­tion in every­day life Read the rest of this entry »

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