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Neuroplasticity as seen by one of its earliest scientist proponents: Neuroscience pioneer Santiago Ramón y Cajal

— One of Ramón y Cajal’s iconic images, showing a Purkinje neuron with its treelike structure

A couple of weeks ago The New York Times published an excellent article about the life and work of neuroscience Read the rest of this entry »

New brain imaging methods help detect giant, superconnected neurons such as this one (in a mouse’s brain)

A Giant Neuron Has Been Found Wrapped Around the Entire Circumference of the Brain (Science Alert):

“For the first time, scientists have detected a giant neuron wrapped around the entire circumference of a mouse’s brain, and it’s so densely connected across both hemispheres, it could finally explain the origins of consciousness. Read the rest of this entry »

Is your smartphone frying your brain? (Nope…but we better prevent constant distractions)

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Is Your iPhone Really Frying Your Brain? Five Things You Need To Know (Forbes):

“…since the announcement of the first iPhone ten years ago this week, concerns about devices turning their users into mindless drones seem to have reached a fever pitch. So is the internet really bad for your brain? Here’s what we know…”The average IQ of the population at large has been increasing every 10 years,” says Alvaro Fernandez, who runs Sharp Brains, an applied neuroscience company. “IQ is not the only thing that matters, but if something was very, very harmful for our brains, we would have already noticed it there.”

(but)

“We have to be very careful with children,” Alvaro concedes. “[Smart devices] can create an addiction if they are exposed too early. Adults also have to prevent constant distractions.”

To learn more:

Announcement: Five new excellent Speakers @ 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

We are delighted to announce five new excellent Speakers at the upcoming 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Reinventing Brain Health in the Digital Age (December 6-8, 2016):

  • Mary Stuart, Senior Writer/Analyst at The MedTech Strategist
  • Dr. Andrea Serino, Head of Neuroscience at MindMaze
  • Linda Raines, CEO of the Mental Health Association of Maryland
  • Karen Olsen, Executive Director of the Center for the Future of Public Education
  • David Coleiro, Partner at Strategic North

You can explore the Summit Agenda here, and Register here. Please consider joining us and help reinvent brain health in the digital age!

UNICEF launches interactive digital brain development tool for young children

children-brain-developmentUNICEF and H&M Foundation launch an interactive digital brain development tool for young children (press release):

“A digital tool that interactively shows how games and play stimulate brain development during early childhood launches today. The interactive Read the rest of this entry »

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