White House BRAIN Initiative is a nice start, but it’s too small and timid (Venture Beat): ”…it’s unlikely to move the needle because, unlike previous national projects, it lacks adequate funding and actionable objectives that can capture the imagination of innovators and the public at large…Is there an alternative approach? Yes. Start with the societal goal in mind, and chart the most likely path to make a groundbreaking difference there…Although the BRAIN Initiative is often compared to the moon project, perhaps the better opportunity would be for it to draw inspiration from JFK’s fitness initiative. In announcing that program, President Kennedy said, “The strength of our democracy and our country is really no greater in the final analysis than the well-being of our citizens.” Read full article
We have received several good questions about the new eCourse How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach, so here are some answers.
Q: How many hours may it take me to complete the course?
A: Around 10–12 hours total. The four lectures, combined, last 8 hours, and we recommend Read the rest of this entry »
By: Dr. Philip Toman
In June of this year, SharpBrains hosted its third annual online “virtual summit” on our evolving understanding of how the human brain works, and how it can be made to work better. As readers of this blog know, SharpBrains is a US-based market research firm and think tank dedicated to studying the scientific, social, and business trends associated with brain health and performance. As always, the summit featured a range of contributions from scientists and business leaders whose common interest is in gathering, compiling and applying knowledge about the brain.
The foundational conviction of the summit organizers and attendees is that Read the rest of this entry »
Reminder: Join Live Q&A with Dr. Paul Nussbaum by clicking HERE, today November 22nd at 11am Pacific Time/ 2pm Eastern Time. Chat about about a holistic approach to brain health with clinical neuropsychologist Dr. Paul Nussbaum, author of Save Your Brain, recently named a Best Book on Brain Fitness by AARP. You can also learn more about the Brain Fitness Q&A Series.
Transcripts of previous Q&A Sessions:
Below you can find the full transcript of our engaging Q&A session yesterday on lifelong cognitive fitness, “mental capitalism”, and more, with Alvaro Fernandez, co-author of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness, moderated by Harry Moody, Director of Academic Affairs at AARP.
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Just a quick note to announce that next Tuesday, November 15th, SharpBrains.com will be hosting two great resources:
1– Grand Rounds Blog Carnival: the weekly collection of what’s best in the health and medical blogosphere (see great latest edition Here). If you want to contribute your own blog post, please do so via this Contact Us form.
2– Live Q&A Session with Alvaro Fernandez, coauthor of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness (recently selected as one of the Best Books on Brain Fitness by AARP). Session will take place at 11am Pacific Time/ 2pm Eastern Time, and will be moderated by Harry Moody, Director of Academic Affairs at AARP. To learn more click Here.
Please make sure to visit us Tuesday!
By: Alvaro Fernandez
Yesterday we had a fun session on Brain Fitness during the Neuroleadership Summit taking place now in San Francisco, exploring opportunities to enhance performance and health of leaders and workforces by deploying both old tools (like breathing and meditation) and new ones (such as biofeedback and database-driven personalized brain training solutions). Here are a couple of the main ideas I wanted to introduce:
A. Let’s define Brain Fitness as an “integrated approach to enhance brain functionality”, combining as appropriate lifestyle, invasive and non-invasive options. “Brain fitness” is above all an outcome, a culture, similar to “physical fitness” (jokingly, I also said that “brain fitness” is the part of “physical fitness” that “physical fitness” doesn’t yet know what to do with)
B. Then, the question becomes, “what are the most important brain functions to enhance/ develop/ maintain?”. Here I shared the following results Read the rest of this entry »