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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 »

If you play chess, then take up hiking

newsHeads up on a cou­ple of good arti­cles, one shar­ing great brain fit­ness tips based on the mate­r­ial dis­cussed dur­ing our 2013 Sum­mit, the other ana­lyz­ing the growth of cog­ni­tive train­ing ser­vice Lumosity.

7 Ways to Opti­mize Your Brain (Huff­in­g­ton Post):

  • 3. Cross-train your brain. The say­ing “use it or lose it” clearly applies to brain fit­ness. It’s vital to con­stantly step out of your com­fort zone. Read the rest of this entry »

How can Big Data help upgrade brain care?

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 »

Top 30 Highlights from the 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: The latest on Brain Research, Health and Innovation

2013 SharpBrains SummitOver 30 speak­ers and 170 reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants dis­cussed the lat­est on brain research, health and inno­va­tion at the fourth annual Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit, held in Sep­tem­ber 2013. Here are some of the fas­ci­nat­ing high­lights* that can help iden­tify emerg­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties and pre­pare for sig­nif­i­cant changes likely to occur in the next 3–5 years.

What surprised/ impressed us the most (in brack­ets, the Speaker who prompted the high­light):

  1. How the Human Brain Project is build­ing a com­pre­hen­sive brain sim­u­la­tion web por­tal for hun­dreds of neu­ro­sci­en­tists to find prin­ci­ples that can not only opti­mize brain health but also com­put­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing and IT net­works. (Sean Hill)
  2. How dif­fer­ent Brain Health will look in 2020. i.e. we may well see a “self-administered annual brain health check-up” (Alvaro Fer­nan­dez) build­ing on cur­rent tablet-based cog­ni­tive base­line tests. (Joan Sev­er­son)
  3. Two bil­lion peo­ple world­wide suf­fer from brain based health and pro­duc­tiv­ity chal­lenges, and many could ben­e­fit from evidence-based inter­ven­tions deliv­ered over the web via computers/ mobile. (Alvaro Fer­nan­dez)
  4. The increas­ing role pos­i­tive psy­chol­ogy is play­ing in lead­er­ship and well­ness ini­tia­tives of large orga­ni­za­tions. Many com­pa­nies are using med­i­ta­tion pro­grams at work, help­ing place the human brain at the cen­ter of the human resources equa­tion. (Hyong Un)
  5. How health providers can expand focus to include emo­tional and cog­ni­tive health. Kaiser Permanente’s sim­ple and pow­er­ful posters are beau­ti­ful and inspir­ing. (Alexan­dra More­house) Read the rest of this entry »

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