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Time for Sharp­Brains’ Feb­ru­ary e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of neu­ro­science and neu­rotech­nol­ogy news and brain health insights.

New research


New think­ing


New tools


Have a great month of March!

Gaiam and Reebok entering mental fitness market via InteraXon Muse partnerships


Inter­aXon Teams Up with Reebok & Gaiam To Bring Brain Fit­ness to the Masses (mobilesyrup):

Many of us lead lives so hec­tic we hardly have time to hit the tread­mill never mind take a deep breath and relax. How­ever, the boom­ing yoga indus­try (worth $27 bil­lion dol­lars at last count) proves that mind­ful­ness and med­i­ta­tion are an impor­tant part of a com­pre­hen­sive fit­ness regime. In an effort to Read the rest of this entry »

Good interview (in Spanish) about lifelong brain health and mental fitness

AlvaroFernandezIbanez_picÁlvaro Fer­nán­dez Ibáñez: “Cor­riendo creamos más neu­ronas que andando” (La Vanguardia):

- ¿Por qué inver­tir en nue­stro cere­bro es un buen nego­cio?
Porque lo igno­ramos hasta que es demasi­ado tarde, hasta que uno tiene alzheimer o una depre­sión crónica. Pero cualquier per­sona puede mejo­rar cosas de su cere­bro. Y esto tiene dos grandes ven­ta­jas: mejo­rar nue­stro rendimiento nos sirve para apren­der cosas más rápido o para mane­jar el estrés Read the rest of this entry »

Matthew Barrett: Human memory is not a recording device

Matthew Barrett

Matthew Bar­rett

What excites you the most about your job?
As a Pro­fes­sor and the founder of Brain Train­ers Men­tal Fit­ness LLC, I love see­ing how the right infor­ma­tion can have a life-changing effect on people.

Please tell us about your inter­est in applied brain sci­ence. What areas are you most inter­ested in? What moti­vated you to pur­sue work in your field?
I’m an edu­ca­tor first and fore­most: I like to see peo­ple empow­ered with clear, accu­rate, and use­ful infor­ma­tion about their brains. Just under­stand­ing more about diet, exer­cise and sleep could rev­o­lu­tion­ize our soci­ety. Beyond edu­ca­tion, I’m espe­cially inter­ested in biofeed­back, neu­ro­feed­back, mind­ful­ness, men­tal ath­let­ics, and lucid dreaming.

What are 1–2 key things you’d like every per­son to under­stand regard­ing his/ her own brain and mind, that you think is com­monly mis­rep­re­sented or not addressed in the pop­u­lar media?

Peo­ple just expect too much of human mem­ory. It’s not a record­ing device. I can’t count the num­ber of times some­one has come to me think­ing there was some­thing “wrong” with their mem­ory, only to describe lim­i­ta­tions that are per­fectly nor­mal. I’m con­sid­er­ing putting this on my tomb­stone: “There is noth­ing wrong with you!” Read the rest of this entry »

Teresa Kennedy: Total health includes physical AND mental fitness

Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy. Photo Credit: Dwayne Watkins

Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy. Photo Credit: Dwayne Watkins

What excites you the most about your job?
As Pres­i­dent of Power Liv­ing Enter­prises, it excites me that we are improv­ing people’s lives through our mind-body train­ing, coach­ing and con­sult­ing ser­vices, as well as the con­tent we create.

Please tell us about your inter­est in applied brain sci­ence. What areas are you most inter­ested in? What moti­vated you to pur­sue work in your field? 
The brain has always been fas­ci­nat­ing to me. I’m approach­ing it from the mind-body train­ing and con­tent stand­point. I have an MBA from Har­vard and also founded the first yoga stu­dio in Harlem 12 years ago. I blend the two now by train­ing exec­u­tives in mind­ful­ness, lead­er­ship and well­ness. Read the rest of this entry »

Brain Spa Trend: Travel for Mental Fitness

Inter­est­ing trend mini-report pre­pared by Inter­Con­ti­nen­tal Hotels Group, quot­ing Sharp­Brains data. Trends that will influ­ence 2012 (IHG press release):

BRAIN SPA: The desire to learn more will influ­ence des­ti­na­tion deci­sions. Brain Spa looks at our grow­ing appetite to expand and keep our intel­lect in good health – in fact we are pre­pared to travel for it. Forbes has tipped the mar­ket for goods and ser­vices that claim to enhance IQ as the next tril­lion dol­lar indus­try and Brain Fit­ness soft­ware is already worth $265 mil­lion in the US. The mar­ket for goods and ser­vices respond­ing to the new demand for men­tal stim­u­la­tion is expected to grow between $1 bil­lion to $5 bil­lion by 2015.”

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Update: The Future of Preventive Brain Medicine

Time for Sharp­Brains’ Jan­u­ary 2012 eNewslet­ter, fea­tur­ing in this occa­sion mul­ti­ple thought-provoking per­spec­tives on how emerg­ing neu­ro­science can and should make us rethink pre­vail­ing prac­tices in edu­ca­tion, healthy aging and pre­ven­tive medicine.


Fea­tured Perspectives:

New Research: 



Finally, you may want to read our answers to the many excel­lent ques­tions we received about the upcom­ing Online Course: How to Be Your Own Brain Fit­ness Coach in 2012. 80 indi­vid­u­als have reg­is­tered so far, rep­re­sent­ing a fas­ci­nat­ing diver­sity of back­grounds: health and med­ical pro­fes­sion­als, edu­ca­tors, busi­ness exec­u­tives, traders, con­sul­tants, coaches, soft­ware engi­neers, ther­a­pists,  and more. Please remem­ber that early-bird rates end on Tues­day, Jan­u­ary 31st!

Have a great month of February.


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