By: Alvaro Fernandez
Hundreds of companies and science labs around the globe are researching the inner workings of the human brain and mind, and developing new ways to help brain owners be smarter, sharper, and healthier for longer.
What explains this flurry of activity? Read the rest of this entry »
By: Alvaro Fernandez
If the media is your main source of information about brain training and cognitive enhancement, you will probably believe the following:
1) All brain training is the same…
2) …and it simply doesn’t work.
3) Commercial brain training programs, especially, don’t work.
4) How could they work? Genetics is destiny, aging is a predetermined process…so by age 60 or 70 or 80, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”
If you tracked and analyzed the scientific literature around cognitive training, cognitive therapies, biofeedback, meditation, brain reserve and neuroplasticity in general, you’d know those 4 beliefs are wrong. They are myths that prevent a more nuanced conversation about brain-enhancing lifestyles and about the emerging brain training and neurotechnology toolkit.
Good news is, a just-published study should help debunk those myths–especially with regards to computerized cognitive training–and provide a better Read the rest of this entry »
By: Apoorv Mathur
Last week I shared some key scientific, technological and investment trends revolutionizing Brain Health, based on my participation at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, and promised a second article more focused on the technology side of things.
Here it is 🙂
Just a few weeks after the SharpBrains Summit I also attended CES 2017. While I enjoyed the myriad emerging technologies –autonomous vehicles, robotics, drones, augmented and virtual reality headsets, voice activated everything– I was mostly struck by a firm named Halo Neuroscience. They have a fascinating wearable product, Halo Sport, claiming to accelerate gains in strength, explosiveness, endurance, and muscle memory, improving the brain’s response to athletic training. It uses tDCS (transcranial direct current stimulation), essentially priming movement-related circuits of the brain to become more receptive to stimuli, helping the brain wire in the practice for improved future response.
The cutting edge of applied neuroplasticity
Both conferences allowed me to see the cutting edge of Read the rest of this entry »
The Trouble with Mindfulness Apps (Mindful):
“Be prepared to be bored.
This is the gist of one of the notifications you receive before you try the body scan meditation from Mindful Mood Balance, a web-based program currently being piloted in Read the rest of this entry »
Lumosity’s Stumble Reveals How We Think About Thinking (BuzzFeed News):
“The ads were pervasive, popping up on CNN, Fox News, NPR, and Google searches. And they were persuasive: Playing Lumosity games would do your brain good…But these claims sounded a little too rosy to the Federal Trade Commission, which Read the rest of this entry »