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Survey: How can we improve The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness?

If you have read The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age (in English, Spanish, Japanese or Polish), did you enjoy it?

If so, what did you enjoy the most? If you didn’t enjoy it, what can we change in future editions of the book to deliver real value to you? Please answer this question and a few other to help us better understand your thoughts and beliefs about brain health, and how we may be able to serve you better (should take no more than 5 minutes to complete it):

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Survey: Would you take a brief assessment every year as an “annual mental check-up”?

surveyPlease answer this question and a few other to help us better understand your thoughts and beliefs about brain health, and how we may be able to serve you better (should take no more than 5 minutes to complete it):

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Update: From smart homes to smart people – where digital health meets brain fitness

Who said, “So for me the most exciting takeaway from this year’s CES (Consumer Electronics Show)  isn’t the smart car or the smart home, it’s the smart person…” You can find the answer, and many insights on brain health innovation, by reading Sharp­Brains’ January 2013 eNewslet­ter. Enjoy!

Note: We’ll host a 90- minute webinar on Wednesday, February 6th, to discuss the main analysis and forecasts from SharpBrains’ new market report “The Dig­i­tal Brain Health Mar­ket 2012–2020: Web-based, mobile and biometrics-based tech­nol­ogy to assess, mon­i­tor and enhance cog­ni­tion and brain functioning,” and to connect them with main take aways from CES 2013 and the just finished World Economic Forum.

–> To learn how to access the webinar and the report,  click HERE

Quick poll: 71% respondents would take an “annual mental check-up”

Reinforcing the results from the more extensive survey included in our new market report, 71% respondents to a quick LinkedIn poll we just run say they would  take a brief assessment every year as an “annual mental check-up.”

A few sample comments: Read the rest of this entry »

Agenda @ 2012 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (June 7-14th)

82% of respon­dents to a 2012 Sharp­Brains sur­vey (n=3,165) agreed/ strongly agreed with “Adults of all ages should take charge of their own “brain fit­ness” with­out wait­ing for their doc­tors to tell them to,” and 77% agreed/ strongly agreed with “I would per­son­ally take a brief assess­ment every year as an “annual men­tal check-up.” This grow­ing aware­ness demands new ways to har­ness neu­ro­plas­tic­ity across the lifes­pan to opti­mize health, pro­duc­tiv­ity and qual­ity of life, and high­lights mar­ket oppor­tu­ni­ties. Click Here to see full Summit agenda, including 35+ speakers, 6 product presentation/ demos and 5 educational workshops.

Update: Global Consortium for Neurocognitive Fitness Innovation

As mentioned before, the World Economic Forum asked me to write “an 800 words summary of your most compelling actionable idea on the challenges of gerontology”, in preparation for the Inaugural Summit of the Global Agenda that will take place November 7 to 9th in Dubai.A good number of SharpBrains readers and clients offered their insights – and expressed an interest in reading the draft. So below you have – a proposal to create a Global Consortium for Neurocognitive Fitness Innovation, building on our existing market research and advisory services work. Your thoughts?

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The Context

Growing Demands on Our Brains: Picture 6.7 billion Primitive Brains inhabiting a Knowledge Society where lifelong learning and mastering constant change in complex environments are critical for productive work, health and personal fulfillment.

Welcome to Planet Earth, 2008.

Further stretched by increased longevity: Now picture close to 1 billion of those brains over the age of 60 – and please remember that, less than 100 years ago, life expectancy was between 30 to 40 years. The rapidly evolving Knowledge Society is placing new and enormous demands on our “primitive” human brains. And the longer our lifespans, the more obvious the “cognitive gap”. Hence, from a health point of view, the growing Read the rest of this entry »

Cognitive Assessments: HeadMinder, ANAM, and more

Just saw a very interesting press release regarding computer-based neurocognitive assessments – a critical part of the brain fitness puzzle. How long will it take before consumers can have access to a reliable and credible annual “mental check-up”/ cognitive baseline?

HeadMinder Cognitive Stability Index: Computerized Neurocognitive … (Press release)

– “The HeadMinder web-based Cognitive Stability Index (CSI) has proven more useful for blast-concussion detection than the ANAM computerized test battery the DoD currently employs. The CSI provides an immediate solution to clear the backlog of 400,000 IED-exposed service members in less than two years.”

– “The CSI is a 30-minute, Internet-based, computerized test that provides automated, objective measures of attention, memory, response speed, and processing speed for initial evaluation of cognitive functioning. The CSI produces standardized reports that enable triage and decision-making appropriate to a user’s qualifications – from medic to neuropsychologist to neurologist and other treatment team members.”

We covered this emerging type of assessments in the article Computerized Cognitive Assessments: opportunities and concerns

– “In fact, one of the Read the rest of this entry »

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