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Survey of key scientific, technological and investment trends revolutionizing Brain Health in our Digital Age

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Last year I got very interested in the functioning of the human brain and the science behind mindfulness and learning [1], so was quite excited  to attend the SharpBrains Virtual Summit [2] in December, indulging in the latest trends in applied neuroscience and digital innovation.

The Summit focused on the theme of reinventing brain health in the digital age, and brought together leading researchers, entrepreneurs, financiers and policymakers passionate with the mission of moving neuroscience and cognitive research from science labs towards applications in Health, Wellness and Education. Here’s a summary of the many things I discovered. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Mindful meditation works. Now, how to navigate the most popular options?

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Many beginner meditators, myself included, start out with a mindful breathing meditation: one breath in, one breath out, the mind wanders, you bring it back.

Armed with an app guiding me through Read the rest of this entry »

Update: New tools, research and thinking to promote Brain Health in the Digital Age

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The Times They Are a-Changin.

In a recent survey, 91% of those polled said that “Doctors should monitor cognitive health systematically, especially when prescribing new medicaments.

This is important news, as anyone who has experienced negative side-effects, cognitive or otherwise, knows.

We need to upgrade our brain health system to reflect the realities, challenges and opportunities in the 21st century, in the midst of the Digital Age we live in.

Where should we start? In this edition of SharpBrains’ e-newsletter, let’s take a look at some emerging tools, scientific studies and fresh ideas. Happy reading, and have a great Fall:

New tools

New research

New thinking

 

New book on how to practice mindfulness meditation with humor and playfulness

JoyonDemandFrom the outside, meditation appears to be a thoroughly serious endeavor. You have to sit down, dutifully count your breaths and rein in your wandering mind, and practice this every day whether it’s fun or not.

But that isn’t Chade-Meng Tan’s approach to mindfulness. The founding chair of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, which started as a mindfulness class at Google and now trains employees around the world, Tan lives by the motto that “life is too important to be taken seriously.” And he adopts the same attitude toward cultivating mindfulness—outlined in his new book, Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within.

While Tan acknowledges that there are other routes to mastering meditation (including sheer discipline and will), his focus is on joy. The book Read the rest of this entry »

Learning how to mindfully navigate mindfulness apps

mindfulness appThe Trouble with Mindfulness Apps (Mindful):

“Be prepared to be bored.

This is the gist of one of the notifications you receive before you try the body scan meditation from Mindful Mood Balance, a web-based program currently being piloted in Read the rest of this entry »

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2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Reinventing Brain Health in the Digital Age

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