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Youth unemployment can lead to long-term cognitive and emotional scars

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Youth unem­ploy­ment pro­duces mul­ti­ple scar­ring effects (British Pol­i­tics & Policy):

Being unem­ployed when young leads to a higher like­li­hood of long-term ‘scar­ring’ in later life in terms of sub­se­quent lower pay, higher unem­ploy­ment and reduced life chances accord­ing to much research…There is also evi­dence of greater men­tal health prob­lems in their 40s or 50s Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Sports-related concussions can impact academic performance, especially in high school

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Con­cus­sions Are Hav­ing An Alarm­ing Impact On The Aca­d­e­mics Of Stu­dents (Reuters):

Stud­ies in the last five years have focused largely on the ath­letic side of the equa­tion — “tak­ing them off the field, not putting them back on the field with symp­toms, but this is really look­ing at the stu­dent side of the equa­tion,” said Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Are neuromarkers on the cusp of transforming education and mental health?

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Brain Scans May Help Pre­dict Future Prob­lems, And Solu­tions (NPR):

Brain scans may soon be able to help pre­dict a person’s future — some aspects of it, anyway.

Infor­ma­tion from these scans increas­ingly is able to sug­gest whether a child will have trou­ble with Read the rest of this entry »

Debate: Is there a link between ADHD and Creativity?

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The Cre­ative Gifts of ADHD (SciAm Beau­ti­ful Minds blog):

In his 2004 book “Cre­ativ­ity is For­ever“, Gary Davis reviewed the cre­ativ­ity lit­er­a­ture from 1961 to 2003 and iden­ti­fied 22 reoc­cur­ring per­son­al­ity traits of cre­ative people…In her own review of the cre­ativ­ity lit­er­a­ture, Bon­nie Cra­mond found that many of these same traits over­lap to a sub­stan­tial degree with behav­ioral descrip­tions of Atten­tion Deficit Hyper­ac­tive Dis­or­der (ADHD)– includ­ing Read the rest of this entry »

Can neuroplasticity-based interventions address tinnitus-related cognitive deficits?

Tinnitus_manTin­ni­tus: Turn­ing Down the Vol­ume (Med­Page Today):

The drug D-cycloserine was no more effec­tive than placebo when used with a computer-based cog­ni­tive train­ing pro­gram for reliev­ing per­sis­tent ear ring­ing in patients with tin­ni­tus in a small clin­i­cal study, but patients did report fewer cog­ni­tive dif­fi­cul­ties… Read the rest of this entry »

Barbara Arrowsmith Young: Every kid should practice stress reduction and targeted cognitive exercises at school

Bar­bara Arrow­smith Young

What is your cur­rent job title and orga­ni­za­tion, and what excites you the most about work­ing there?
As dis­cussed in The Brain that Changes Itself and in my own book, The Woman Who Changed Her Brain, I launched the Arrow­smith Pro­gram, a suite of cog­ni­tive exercises–now in more that 60 schools–designed to strengthen weak cog­ni­tive areas that under­lie a num­ber of spe­cific learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and disabilities.

I did so based on my jour­ney to over­come my own severe spe­cific learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties Read the rest of this entry »

Silvia Damiano (About my Brain Institute): Why not democratise access to neuroscience?

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What is your cur­rent job title and orga­ni­za­tion, and what excites you the most about work­ing there?
I am the CEO of the About my Brain Insti­tute, based in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, with activ­i­ties in Europe and North Amer­ica. What excites me the most is work­ing with the young tal­ent in my organ­i­sa­tion, as a great way to keep my brain young and con­tin­u­ously learning.

Please tell us about your inter­est in brain health and per­for­mance. What areas are you most inter­ested in? What moti­vated you to pur­sue work in your field?
I had my own brain scanned last year and, being in the lead­er­ship space for so many years, I thought, this is great, but why not democ­ra­tise access to neu­ro­science? I believe that Read the rest of this entry »

New market report on Pervasive Neurotechnology & Intellectual Property

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