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Trend: Directly addressing (not just accommodating) learning disabilities

brain_constructionNew take on learning disabilities: change the brain (Komo News):

“A new school in Redmond might change the way we think about learning disabilities. Instead of teaching kids how to accommodate a difficulty, the school hopes to actually change the brains of students, eliminating the disability altogether. Read the rest of this entry »

New market report analyzing the growing Digital Brain Health market 2012-2020

We are proud to release today what we believe is our best market intelligence report so far, tracking how fully automated applications designed to assess, monitor and/ or enhance cognition and brain functioning are transforming brain health, and health overall.

Here are a few examples of what we mean by Digital Brain Health, selected from among the 5 Market Leaders and 10 Companies to Watch in 2013/2014 identified through our comprehensive analysis.

  • A 30-minute online brain health assessment and personalized brain fitness program used by large companies like Nationwide Insurance and Accenture to improve employee’s productivity and mental wellness
  • An online cognitive training program offered by several large AAA chapters to members age 50+ to improve driving safety
  • A computerized cognitive behavioral therapy offered by the NHS in the UK as a first-line intervention for anxiety and depression
  • A fully digital headset and platform that measures basic brain states (such as level of attention) and is being used to help people meditate better and reduce ADHD symptoms
  • An iPad-based assessment that tracks cognitive performance over time to help detect concussions among football/ hockey players and military personnel Read the rest of this entry »

Why Being Young for Grade Increases Odds of ADHD Diagnosis and Stimulant Medication

ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed neurobehavioral disorder in children and substantial evidence indicates that biological factors play an important role in its development. For example, although the exact mechanism by which genetic factors convey increased risk for ADHD remains unclear, the importance of genetic transmission has been documented in a number of published studies.

Even though biological factors are widely regarded as important in the development of ADHD, no medical or biological test is recommended for routine use when diagnosing ADHD. Instead, Read the rest of this entry »

Dr. Tracy Alloway on Getting From Research to Product: Bringing Reliability and Validity to Commercial Ventures

Dr. Alloway will discuss Getting From Research to Product: Bringing Reliability and Validity to Commercial Ventures, at the upcoming 2012 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (June 7-14th, 2012).

Tracy Alloway, PhD, is an Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor at Uni­ver­sity of North Florida. She devel­oped the only stan­dard­ized working-memory tests for edu­ca­tors pub­lished by Psy­cho­log­i­cal Cor­po­ra­tion, Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Time to become mental capitalists and invest in our brains?

Time for the November edi­tion of the monthly Sharp­Brains eNewslet­ter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of resources and insights on how to invest in our brains, including topics such as brain health, meditation, neuropsychology, brain training games, chemo brain, dyslexia, neuroplasticity, cognitive biases, stress, and more. Not to forget a couple of fun teasers. Enjoy!

Brain Fitness Q&A Sessions:

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New Research:

New Books:

Brain Teasers:

Thank you for your interest and attention and have a great December.

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2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Reinventing Brain Health in the Digital Age

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