Welcome to the February edition of SharpBrains monthly eNewsletter:
First Report of the Council on the Ageing Society: Global Policy journal publishes the full Policy Principles and call to action outlined by the Global Agenda Council on the Ageing Society, an initiative run by the World Economic Forum which our CEO Alvaro Fernandez was honored to join in 2008.
Love Your Brain: Did you remember to love your brain on St. Valentine’s Day? Let Dr. Marian Diamond show why we better do so –and how.
Who will Benefit From Training? New research shows that measuring brain activity patterns can predict who may benefit most from traning interventions –and who may not. Please note that the Kramer lab involved in this research is now offering a postdoctoral fellowship.
A Quick Test to Detect Athletes’ Concussions: This new test can be performed at the sideline of sporting events to help detect concussions by looking at different types of eye movements.
The Best Way to Learn: Taking a test in which you recall what you have read seems to be a much better strategy than either studying the material repeatedly or drawing detailed diagrams of what you are learning.
Brain Training Games for Seniors: Donal O’Brien, from Queens University at Belfast, tells us about what motivates seniors to use a brain training app.
Vitamin D and Cognitive Decline: This study supports that patients with vitamin D deficiency show an increased risk of cognitive decline.
Baby Sleeps and Brain Development: How much sleep a 12 month old baby gets can influence the development of his/her executive functions.
PTSD: Can we Disrupt the Reconsolidation of Traumatic Memories? A discussion of the different techniques used/ under research that can help PTSD patients.
Books and Summit Updates
Visual Illusions in Art and Science: These surprising classic illusions illustrate how art and magic can help science in undertansing how we perceive the world around us.
2011 SharpBrains Summit Agenda: You can now view the latest Agenda for the whole Summit and a 3-minute clip to learn how the SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Retooling Brain Health for the 21st Century (March 30th — April 1st) will work.