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Anticipating the Privacy and Informed Consent issues of the Neurotechnology Era

EEGwomanIn con­junc­tion with the new National Geo­graphic pro­gram “Break­through: Decod­ing the Brain,” com­ing this Sun­day, Novem­ber 15, at 9 pm ET, I was asked to pro­vide my per­spec­tive on a very provoca­tive question:

What if sci­en­tists were able to implant or erase mem­o­ries? For some, like those suf­fer­ing from PTSD this could be life-changing, or do you think this is sci­en­tific inno­va­tion gone too far?

The ques­tion is very timely. Read the rest of this entry »

To maintain lifelong mental acuity, avoid early retirement and repetitive jobs

retirement_roadThis is your brain on retire­ment — not nearly as sharp, stud­ies are find­ing (The Wash­ing­ton Post):

Retir­ing at 55 and spend­ing the rest of your life relax­ing on the front porch may sound appeal­ing, but if you want your brain to keep work­ing, it’s prob­a­bly not a good idea. Mount­ing evi­dence shows that stay­ing in the work­force into old age is good not only for our bank accounts, but also for our health and men­tal acu­ity Read the rest of this entry »

How to mea­sure and improve brain-based out­comes that mat­ter in health care


Please con­sider join­ing us at Sharp­Brains’ upcom­ing vir­tual con­fer­ence (Novem­ber 17-19th), which will include this fan­tas­tic session:

Tues­day Novem­ber 17th, 10.00 — 11.30am. How to mea­sure and improve brain-based out­comes that mat­ter in health care.

Pio­neers advanc­ing health research, pre­ven­tion and treat­ment will help us under­stand emerg­ing best prac­tices where tar­geted assess­ments and inter­ven­tions can trans­fer into sig­nif­i­cant health­ and qual­ity of life outcomes.

  • Chair: Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, Pres­i­dent of the Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foundation
  • Dr. Madeleine S Good­kind, staff psy­chol­o­gist at New Mex­ico VA Health Care System
  • Michael Meagher, Pres­i­dent of Cogniciti
  • Chris Berka, CEO and Co-Founder of Advanced Brain Mon­i­tor­ing (ABM)
  • Dr Tej Tadi, Founder and CEO of MindMaze

Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Why do (some) college students misuse ADHD medication?


The use of ADHD meds with­out a pre­scrip­tion, i.e., non­med­ical use, is a large and per­haps grow­ing prob­lem on col­lege cam­puses nation­wide. Although the per­cent of stu­dents who engage in non­med­ical use of ADHD meds varies widely across dif­fer­ent schools, rates exceed­ing 30% have been reported at some cam­puses. Read the rest of this entry »

Tuesday in Washington, DC: The Neurotechnology Revolution



The Neu­rotech­nol­ogy Revolution

Tues­day, Sep­tem­ber 29, 2015   12–1.30pm

A col­lab­o­ra­tion between

Potomac Insti­tute for Pol­icy Stud­ies and SharpBrains


Descrip­tion: Rev­o­lu­tions in neu­rotech­nol­ogy will soon influ­ence every aspect of human life. Neu­rotech­nol­ogy can be used to fur­ther under­stand the nat­ural processes of the brain, study and treat neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­ders and injuries, and enhance neural capa­bil­i­ties, result­ing in increased human intel­li­gence and effi­ciency. Out­side of the realm of health, it can be used in social con­texts to improve over­all qual­ity of life. Read the rest of this entry »

Smart brains in action: 17 Sustainable Develoment Goals (SDGs) To Build A Better World

SDGsYou may have already seen in the news that the U.N. Dreams Big: 17 Huge New Goals To Build A Bet­ter World (NPR):

At the United Nations Gen­eral Assem­bly this week­end in New York, U.N. mem­ber states are set to adopt the new Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment Goals. The goals are meant to guide devel­op­ment pri­or­i­ties around the globe over the next 15 years Read the rest of this entry »

Preliminary Agenda Announced @ 2015 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (November 17-19th)

PervasiveNeurotechnology_imageOur brain is at the core of every­thing we do, from the every-day deci­sions we make to the epic emo­tions we feel when we fall in love. And neurotechnologies–especially those that, being dig­i­tal, are emi­nently scal­able, and that, being non-invasive, pose few if any neg­a­tive side-effects–are poised to become ubiq­ui­tous, per­va­sive. It shouldn’t be a sur­prise that indi­vid­u­als and insti­tu­tions world­wide are spend­ing over $1.5 bil­lion a year in web-based, mobile and biometrics-based brain health solu­tions, or that non-invasive neu­rotech patent fil­ings are soar­ing in num­ber — from 800 in 2010 to 1,600 in 2014—showing vari­ety of appli­ca­tions, from car-based sen­sors detect­ing and min­i­miz­ing inat­ten­tive dri­ving, to vir­tual real­ity sys­tems dis­cern­ing consumer’s cog­ni­tive and emo­tional responses, to audio head­sets that can detect one’s mood and adjust music accordingly.

How can we har­ness the oppor­tu­nity to bet­ter mon­i­tor and enhance our most pre­cious asset–our brains and minds—and to improve our lives? Keep explor­ing the Sum­mit Agenda




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