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Why brain training needs to be better targeted, and more widely available

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ADHD, sub­stance abuse and con­duct dis­or­der develop from the same neu­rocog­ni­tive deficits (Med­ical Xpress):

Researchers at the Uni­ver­sity of Mon­treal and CHU Sainte-Justine Research Cen­tre have traced the ori­gins of ADHD, sub­stance abuse and con­duct dis­or­der, and found that they develop from the same neu­rocog­ni­tive deficits, which in turn explains why they often occur together Read the rest of this entry »

Physical exercise as ADHD treatment: Necessary but not sufficient

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Can exer­cise reduce behav­ior prob­lems and enhance cog­ni­tion in chil­dren with ADHD?

Results from mul­ti­ple stud­ies indi­cate that exer­cise mit­i­gates aging-related declines in cog­ni­tive func­tion­ing and that it may enhance cog­ni­tive func­tion­ing in older adults. Exer­cise has also been shown to be Read the rest of this entry »

On brain development, socioeconomic status and parenting styles

wheelRich Man, Poor Man: Socioe­co­nomic Adver­sity and Brain Devel­op­ment (Cerebrum):

..While early expo­sure to addi­tional lan­guages or music may lead to ben­e­fi­cial changes in brain devel­op­ment, early adver­sity can like­wise have impor­tant but detri­men­tal effects on the brain. For exam­ple, Read the rest of this entry »

Is working memory training the priority for ADHD patients?

ADHD Attention Deficit DisorderThere are sev­eral rea­sons why it is impor­tant to develop evidence-based ADHD treat­ments in addi­tion to med­ica­tion and behav­ior therapy.

Not all chil­dren ben­e­fit from med­ica­tion, some expe­ri­ence intol­er­a­ble side effects, and many con­tinue to strug­gle despite the ben­e­fits pro­vided by med­ica­tion. Read the rest of this entry »

NIH Director’s Award Winner to speak at 2013 SharpBrains Summit

Bruce WexlerWe’re glad to announce one more excel­lent speak­er at the 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit, Sep­tem­ber 19-20th.

A Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chi­a­try at Yale Uni­ver­sity, Dr. Bruce Wexler won the NIH Director’s Award for high impact, high inno­va­tion, par­a­digm chang­ing med­ical research, 2012–2016. Dr. Wexler is founder and chief sci­en­tist of C8 Sci­ences, Read the rest of this entry »

Update: A Fresh Look at Enhancing Brain & Mental Health Across the Lifespan

kid brainTime for Sharp­Brains’ May 2013 e-newsletter, which fea­tures a vari­ety of arti­cles offer­ing a more opti­mistic and evidence-based approach to brain and men­tal health than cur­rent practices.

First of all, let us high­light that Sci­en­tific Amer­i­can just pub­lished an excel­lent review of our new book. The author sums it up by say­ing that “…I wish I had read this awe­some guide when I was much younger…I find the emerg­ing field of neu­ro­plas­tic­ity immensely excit­ing, and guides like this one are both hope­ful and rea­son­able.” As a reader points out, the word “awe­some” does not appear often in science-oriented publications…so we are espe­cially proud to see the book merit such treatment.

New think­ing:

New sci­ence:

New tools:

That’s it for now. Have a stim­u­lat­ing June!

The future of intuitive technology and neurocognitive care?

accelespellEnvi­sion­ing The Future With Inven­tor Cori Lathan (NPR): “Com­put­ers were cre­ated to be use­ful tools, but all too often it’s still a chore to get tech­nol­ogy to do our bidding…For exam­ple, work­ing as an engi­neer with astro­nauts at NASA, Lathan real­ized that the phys­i­cal chal­lenges of liv­ing in space in some ways mir­ror the chal­lenges of liv­ing with a dis­abil­ity on Earth. Read the rest of this entry »

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