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Update: Why brain training needs to be better targeted, and more widely available

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Time for Sharp­Brains’ August 2014 e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of insights, sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy reports…and this brain teaser to exer­cise your men­tal rota­tion abil­i­ties. Enjoy!

New trends:

New research:

New tech­nol­ogy:

Finally, we encour­age you to check out the excel­lent Agenda for the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28-30th, 2014). To chair the ses­sions, we now count on experts such as Dr. Michael O’Donnell, Editor-In-Chief of the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Health Pro­mo­tion, Zack Lynch, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Neu­rotech­nol­ogy Indus­try Orga­ni­za­tion, James Cavuoto, Edi­tor and Pub­lisher at Neu­rotech Reports, and jour­nal­ists such as Patri­cia Marx, Staff Writer at The New Yorker and Maseena ZieglerAuthor and Forbes Contributor. 

Have a great month of September!

Philips and Accenture develop ALS care proof of concept on top of Emotiv brain wave headset

emotiv_sensorPhilips, Accen­ture test brain-controlled sys­tem for ALS patients (Reuters):

The Nether­lands’ Royal Philips and IT con­sul­tancy Accen­ture are devel­op­ing soft­ware to help peo­ple with neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive dis­eases like amy­otrophic lat­eral scle­ro­sis, com­monly known as Lou Gehrig’s dis­ease, live more inde­pen­dently. Read the rest of this entry »

Combining Google Glass and mobile EEG headsets

PND-With-Glass-Front-1Per­sonal Neuro Seeks to Com­bine Google Glass with EEG (Medgadget):

What do you get when you mix Google Glass and EEG? That’s the ques­tion that the peo­ple at Ottawa-based Per­sonal Neuro (Devices) are on their way to answer­ing… Read the rest of this entry »

Brain Training and Cognitive Assessment Market Surpassed $1.3 Billion In 2013

Heads-up: We just announced a new intel­li­gence pack­age aimed at edu­ca­tion, health, gam­ing and tech­nol­ogy exec­u­tives and innovators.

Many mar­ket reports pro­vide lit­tle value for the money. This mar­ket report by Sharp­Brains is the pre­cise oppo­site. Its wealth of data and analy­sis pro­vides very valu­able strate­gic and busi­ness devel­op­ment guid­ance to orga­ni­za­tions at the fron­tier of health and well­ness,” says Alexan­dra More­house, VP of Brand Man­age­ment at Kaiser Per­ma­nente. Read the rest of this entry »

If you play chess, then take up hiking

newsHeads up on a cou­ple of good arti­cles, one shar­ing great brain fit­ness tips based on the mate­r­ial dis­cussed dur­ing our 2013 Sum­mit, the other ana­lyz­ing the growth of cog­ni­tive train­ing ser­vice Lumosity.

7 Ways to Opti­mize Your Brain (Huff­in­g­ton Post):

  • 3. Cross-train your brain. The say­ing “use it or lose it” clearly applies to brain fit­ness. It’s vital to con­stantly step out of your com­fort zone. Read the rest of this entry »

Using Your Head: What is the Future of Brain Health? (Interview Part 2)

Into_The_Future(Editor’s Note: this is Part 2 of the con­ver­sa­tion between David Coleiro and Alvaro Fer­nan­dez on the future of brain health. You can read Part 1 Here)

Non-invasive tech­nolo­gies
There is now a grow­ing toolkit of non-invasive tech­nolo­gies which can be used in brain train­ing. Exam­ples of these include: Read the rest of this entry »

Got Brain? Investing in Our Most Precious Asset in 2013

Open a week­end New York Times or Wall Street Jour­nal and you’ll find a whole sec­tion with detailed infor­ma­tion and advice for indi­vid­u­als look­ing to invest wisely. What you will not find, how­ever, is com­pa­ra­ble infor­ma­tion and advice for invest­ing in your most impor­tant asset of all: your brain. Pre­cisely because it (usu­ally) does its job so smoothly and effec­tively, it’s all too easy to for­get that your brain is there and that it needs to be invested in just as with any­thing else we value and want to con­tinue reap­ing ben­e­fits from. And with more than 2 bil­lion peo­ple world­wide cur­rently suf­fer­ing from brain-based health and pro­duc­tiv­ity chal­lenges with a result­ing global eco­nomic bur­den of more than $2 tril­lion, it’s also an issue of some importance.

We’ve made a lot of progress Read the rest of this entry »

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