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Neuroplasticity, Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News


May 17-18th @ San Francisco: Experiential Technology and NeuroGaming Conference


Heads-up: SharpBrains’ IP Analyst Nikhil Sriraman will moderate the session Validated NeuroWellness: A New Frontier at the upcoming Experiential Technology and NeuroGaming Conference (see promo code below, if interested).

Panel description: Wellness digital technology products that claim to improve our cognitive and emotional health, Read the rest of this entry »

The real brain drain: How unemployment depletes cognitive and emotional resources



How Unemployment Impacts Your Personality (Entrepreneur):

“Unemployment is no cakewalk. It’s well documented that an involuntary jobless state can take a steep toll on one’s emotional and physical health, and now new research illuminates a more subtle, if highly corrosive, consequence the inability to find work can have on a person. In short, it appears that unemployment has the power to change what we generally consider relatively fixed – i.e., it can alter Read the rest of this entry »

10 Ways To Improve Health & Well-being Based On Latest Non-Invasive Neurotechnologies


Last month I had the fortune to join over 1,900 pioneers from 90 countries at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Tianjin, China, to discuss how innovation can improve the state of the world.

Throughout hundreds of panels, workshops, private meetings and social gatherings, we examined how to deal with climate change, how to invest in public infrastructure, how to better regulate financial services, and dozens of other pressing topics. In addressing these issues, everyone — independent of nationality or discipline – brought to the table our most precious asset: the amazing Human Brain.

During stimulating and captivating sessions we explored Read the rest of this entry »

2011 SharpBrains Summit Meeting Report: Retooling Brain Health for the 21st Century

After months of hard work by six participants @ 2011 SharpBrains Summit, we are honored to publish this Meeting Report to help generate a broader conversation on what we believe is one of the main opportunities and challenges of our times: How to Retool Brain Health for the 21st Century. This Meeting Report has been pre­pared by: Alvaro Fer­nan­dez (SharpBrains),  Luc P. Beaudoin (Simon Fraser University), Muki Hansteen-Izora (Intel Corporation), Mar­garet E. Mor­ris  (Intel Corporation), Joshua R. Stein­er­man (ProGevity Neuroscience), Peter J. White­house (Case Western Reserve University), and is fully accessible Here.

You will find many valuable recommendations, such as “repeated, fre­quent, assess­ment (of brain function) over time (i.e., mon­i­tor­ing) with the use of consumer-facing tech­nolo­gies is prefer­able to a sin­gle assess­ment“, and deep insights such as “But it was reported (that brain training can work) to be pos­si­ble when basic “con­di­tions for trans­fer” are met, such as proper iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of deficit in tar­get pop­u­la­tion and suf­fi­cient train­ing “dose” Sev­eral speak­ers con­fessed to be “shocked” by the strength of the neg­a­tive claims made by the “BBC brain train­ing” Nature paper in spite of the “home­o­pathic dos­ing” of the inter­ven­tion.”  Read the rest of this entry »

The Business and Ethics of the Brain Fitness Boom – Part 3: The Real Need

Engaging people where they are in the life-course

Eighty percent of the 38,000 adults over age 50 who were responders in the 2010 AARP Member Opinion Survey indicated “staying mentally sharp” was their top ranked interest and concern (Dinger, 2010). What exactly does this phrase mean? And what role can technology play in “staying mentally sharp”? Intel CEO Paul Otellini has said, “You have to start by thinking about what people want to do… and work backward.” Read the rest of this entry »

Invitation for SharpBrains Summit Participants to Comment on Meeting Report and Join Council

Over 50 insightful and fun members of the worldwide SharpBrains community had the opportunity to gather in DC, New York and San Francisco last month in order to meet in person -often for the first time!- and to discuss next steps to drive meaningful innovation in the brain health and fitness space.

It is our pleasure to invite SharpBrains Summit participants to contribute to, and to learn from, this growing network, by asking them to please: Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Videogames or Meditation?; Internship Program @ SharpBrains

First of all, an announcement. We are starting a Virtual Internship Program @ SharpBrains, allowing full-time undergrad and grad students and postdocs to lead 100-hour projects jointly defined by themselves and by SharpBrains. Interested candidates should Contact Us indicating a) a preliminary project proposal (200 words or less), and b) brief bio and qualifications (200 words or less). Internships don’t require travel and will be paid in-kind, with access to SharpBrains reports and conference recordings. SharpBrains will select a limited number of Interns based on fit between candidates’ proposal and bio and SharpBrains mission and activities.

Let’s now explore the latest edition of the monthly Sharp­Brains eNewslet­ter, starting with a comprehensive perspective on the educational value and limitations of videogames, written by Mar­shall Wein­stein, a senior at Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity who will be a SharpBrains Intern dur­ing the Fall.

Transcendental Meditation and Working Memory Training To Enhance Executive Functions: Two very interesting new research studies…but please don’t miss the thought-provoking comments by reader Jay Kay.

Unlocking Dyslexia in Japanese: New clues emerge based on the observation that some dyslex­ics have an eas­ier time with visual lan­guages like Japan­ese and Chi­nese.

Does ADHD medication treatment in childhood increase adult employment?: A very insightful commentary by Dr. David Rabiner.

Boomers’ Ability to Make Financial Decisions Often Declines With Age: A new report by Canadian bank BMO illus­trates the need for inno­v­a­tive brain fit­ness inter­ven­tions focused on main­tain­ing tar­geted cog­ni­tive func­tion­al­ity. What the report presents as inex­orable decline, it is not.

Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness, Testing and Prevention:  New data rein­forc­e the need to pay­ seri­ous atten­tion to lifestyle-based and non-invasive cog­ni­tive and emo­tional health inter­ven­tions, and the need to personalize interventions.

Thinking globally to improve mental health: The National Insti­tutes of Health and the Global Alliance for Chronic Dis­eases announce a Grand Chal­lenges in Global Men­tal Health Ini­tia­tive. We will keep you posted on this.

Have a great month of August and, as always, feel free to share this enewsletter with friends and colleagues… and with potential candidates for the new Virtual Internship Program @ SharpBrains!

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