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Brain teasers and tips to stay sharp in between jobs (and when you have one too)

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7 WAYS TO STAY PRODUCTIVE WHEN YOU’RE IN BETWEEN JOBS (Fast Company):

“Sure, you didn’t plan on being on permanent vacation, a.k.a. unemployed, but here you are. And believe it or not, this can be a blessing in disguise…

3. VOLUNTEER AT AN UPCOMING INDUSTRY CONFERENCE.
Research any associations in your industry that might have an upcoming luncheon, conference, or networking event. Reach out to the coordinators to see if you could use your expertise at their next event…

5. STAY SHARP.
Exercise your mind with Read the rest of this entry »

For college students, mental health screening kiosks offer ‘Check-Up from the Neck Up’

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A ‘Check-Up from the Neck Up’ — Mental Health Screening Kiosks at Drexel (Drexel Now):

“During their time in college, most students learn the importance of looking out for their own health.

However, some miss the connection that their mental well-being is just as important as keeping a regular exercise regimen or eating the right diet Read the rest of this entry »

(Some) New Yorker articles are bogus

Scarecrow-or-strawmanI love reading the New Yorker. I have written before about bogus brain games, and about bogus brain training claims. We have published a 10-question checklist to help consumers make informed decisions.

All this is to say I was surprised to read a recent New Yorker blog article titled “Brain games are bogus.” If you are going to make such strong claims, you need to back them up with serious due diligence and analysis, and explain to readers what Read the rest of this entry »

Maximizing brain fitness and mental well-being improves both public health and individual quality of life

 We’re having a good conversation among SharpBrains Summit participants, prompted by the blog post Lifelong brain wellness and performance–not medical disease–drives growing demand for digital brain health solutions. In what is a beautiful example of the need to see both the forest and the trees Read the rest of this entry »

The Business and Ethics of the Brain Fitness Boom – Part 4: The Future

Building Blocks for a Better Future

The best alternative for tomorrow should be better than the best alternative available today. How do we get there, when “cognition” and “brain fitness” remain elusive concepts in popular culture? I believe that the lack of public education is the major obstacle that limits the brain fitness field’s potential to deliver real-world benefits, since only informed demand will ensure the ongoing development of rational, structured “rules of the road.” What could be done to address this and other particular obstacles? Read the rest of this entry »

The Business and Ethics of the Brain Fitness Boom – Part 3: The Real Need

Engaging people where they are in the life-course

Eighty percent of the 38,000 adults over age 50 who were responders in the 2010 AARP Member Opinion Survey indicated “staying mentally sharp” was their top ranked interest and concern (Dinger, 2010). What exactly does this phrase mean? And what role can technology play in “staying mentally sharp”? Intel CEO Paul Otellini has said, “You have to start by thinking about what people want to do… and work backward.” Read the rest of this entry »

The Business and Ethics of the Brain Fitness Boom – Part 2: The Ethics

The terminology “fundamental attribution error” describes the tendency to overvalue personality-based explanations for observed human behaviors, while undervaluing situational explanations for those behaviors.  I believe that a primary reason behind many perceived and real ethical challenges in the brain fitness field is due not so much to certain stakeholders’ lack of personal or professional ethics, but derives from the flawed societal construct that underpins current, relevant innovations. To improve the ethics of the brain fitness business and its application (and empower consumers’ informed decision making), there must first be agreement about a meaningful, appropriate way to analyze and guide innovation. This is the crux of the problem. The current medical model is not up to the task at hand, since it is heavily skewed toward invasive drugs and devices driven by disease-based models, and fails to leverage Read the rest of this entry »

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