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To boost attention and other cognitive skills, learn AND continually practice a second language

language learningStudy: Short-term language learning boosts cognitive agility (UPI):

“Studies have shown learning a second language can improve a variety of cognitive functions…Scottish researchers found that students demonstrated improved attention abilities after just a week of language learning Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Dementia rates in the UK significantly lower than forecasted, highlighting the protective role of lifestyle and education

-- Incidence rate of dementia per 1,000 person years in CFAS I and CFAS II by age at baseline interview. Natural scale. Source: Study below

— Incidence rate of dementia per 1,000 person years in CFAS I (twenty years ago) and CFAS II (now) by age at baseline interview. Source: Study linked below.

 

 

Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ eNewsletter, full of fascinating brain studies and emerging thinking and tools for lifelong mental health and performance. Happy reading!

New research:

New thinking:

New tools:

 

Finally, thank you very much to the 191 registered participants in our very stimulating April 21st virtual lecture. You should already have received access to the full recording and other materials, but please contact us if you have any problem.

Have a great month of May!

The SharpBrains Team

Update: Ten Common Myths About Brain Health, Debunked

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Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ eNewsletter, full of stimulating articles and teasers. Happy Reading 🙂

New thinking:

New research:

New tools:

Upcoming events:

Fun brain teasers!

 

Cheers, and have a great Spring,

The SharpBrains Team

DARPA launches Targeted Neuroplasticity Training program to accelerate cognitive skills training

--TNT technology will be designed to safely and precisely modulate peripheral nerves to control synaptic plasticity during cognitive skill training.

— TNT technology will be designed to safely and precisely modulate peripheral nerves to control synaptic plasticity during cognitive skill training.

Boosting Synaptic Plasticity to Accelerate Learning (DARPA news):

“The body’s branching network of peripheral nerves connects neurons in the brain and spinal cord to organs, skin, and muscles, regulating a host of biological functions from digestion to sensation to locomotion. But the peripheral nervous system can do even more than that…pushing those limits further, DARPA aims to enlist the body’s peripheral nerves to achieve something that has long been considered the brain’s domain alone: facilitating learning. Read the rest of this entry »

Next: Brain modelling platforms, such as Baycrest’s Virtual Brain, to accelerate brain health innovation

brain_modellingA Virtual Brain – The Benefits of Brain Modelling (Brain Blogger):

“Brain Blogger recently discovered that scientists are poised to deliver the first virtual simulation of the human brain from a truly fascinating talk by Dr. Randy McIn­tosh, Vicepresident of Research and Direc­tor of Baycrest’s Rot­man Research Institute, presented at Read the rest of this entry »

News about Neuroplasticity, Learning, Dance, ADHD, Brain Training, Smell, and more

dance brainTime for a new edition of SharpBrains’ enewsletter, starting with this fascinating article about What Educators and Parents Should Know About Neuroplasticity, Learning and Dance.

Enjoy!

New brain research:

New brain fitness and digital health tools:

Best of 2015:

 

Have a great month of February,

The SharpBrains Team

Akili Interactive Labs raises $30.5 million to develop FDA-approved brain training videogame for ADHD

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Videogame Maker Seeks to Treat ADHD (The Wall Street Journal):

“Doctors don’t usually prescribe videogame play. But one company, which has just raised $30.5 million from venture-capital investors, hopes to change that.

Boston-based Akili Interactive Labs Inc. is developing a videogame it believes could replace pills as a treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Read the rest of this entry »

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