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Challenging the outdated “fixed brain” dogma, the cognitive training market keeps growing

brain-scan-impairedThis Man’s Brain Recov­ery Has Baf­fled Sci­en­tists And Pro­vided Hope For Oth­ers (The Telegraph):

…The odds of sur­viv­ing a coma are noto­ri­ously hard to pre­dict, brain injury being the most com­plex of prob­lems afflict­ing the most com­plex organ in the body…In Lewis’s case, it took a vil­lage to rebuild his mind Read the rest of this entry »

Trust, but verify: How big data can augment brain health clinical research

LumosityBrainGames Can the secrets to human cog­ni­tion be found in Lumosity’s brain-training games? (Wash­ing­ton Post):

Google was a pio­neer in the field of big data and sci­ence a few years ago when it began to pub­lish flu trends based on what peo­ple were search­ing for online. Some of its researchers are now work­ing on a way to pin­point adverse events with med­ica­tions based on search data…Much of the ini­tial work with Lumosity’s data aims to Read the rest of this entry »

Harnessing brain training games to better research, prevent and treat Alzheimer’s Disease

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Brain Train­ing Data­base: Trea­sure Trove for Pre­clin­i­cal Alzheimer’s Research? (Alzforum):

Some researchers think brain games in general—which adapt to each user’s cog­ni­tive ability—may one day serve as cog­ni­tive diag­nos­tics to Read the rest of this entry »

Spiegel invests in brain training startup NeuroNation (Germany)

BrainTrainingSpiegel picks up stake in Berlin brain-training startup Neu­roNa­tion (Ven­ture Cap­i­tal Post):

Berlin-based brain-training startup Neu­roNa­tion has received a seven-figure invest­ment from pub­lish­ing firm Spiegel.net (part of the largest Ger­man media group). Read the rest of this entry »

Cogmed, emWave, brainHQ, Lumosity and “I have seen the results I wanted”

Ques­tion by Veron­ica Yin:
Cogmed has the high­est sur­vey results for “I have seen the results I wanted.” I had never heard of it before. emWave comes a close sec­ond, and I hadn’t heard of it either. And then brainHQ and Lumos­ity are well ahead of gen­eral brain games. What do you rec­om­mend for a busy mom and lawyer in my 50s? And for my teenage kids? Read the rest of this entry »

Transcript: Q&A with Alvaro Fernandez about The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness

Alvaro Fernandez

Alvaro Fer­nan­dez

You can now read the full tran­script of yesterday’s Q&A ses­sion on a vari­ety of brain health and fit­ness top­ics, from mem­ory improve­ment to heart rate mon­i­tors, exer­cise, med­i­ta­tion, “Grain Brain,” brain train­ing, and more. A cou­ple of good exchanges:

Ques­tion by Stephen Jep­son
What spe­cific phys­i­cal activ­i­ties con­tribute to the great­est changes in the brain in the short­est period of time? Once the neu­ro­ge­n­e­sis and neu­ro­plas­tic­ity that results from those changes has occurred what must one do to main­tain that growth? Read the rest of this entry »

The big picture about Lumosity, Posit Science and Emotiv

You can now enjoy the slide deck from this ses­sion, which took place at the 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Sep­tem­ber 19-20th). Read the rest of this entry »

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