Study shows mental agility game slows cognitive decline in older people (Iowa Now): “Wolinsky and colleagues separated 681 generally healthy medical patients in Iowa into four groups—each further separated into those 50 to 64 years of age and those over age 65. One group was given computerized crossword puzzles, while three other groups were exposed to a video game called Read the rest of this entry »
GreatCall® and Posit Science® Partner to Offer Mobile Brain Exercises on the Jitterbug Cell Phone (press release):
“The two games, named “Quick Match” and “Make a Pair,” aim to improve memory and cognitive thinking for GreatCall customers, and come preloaded on all Jitterbug Plus cell phones at no extra cost or monthly service fee. Posit Science’s brain exercises are built on Read the rest of this entry »
Below you can find the full transcript of our engaging Q&A session today with David DiSalvo, author of What makes your brain happy and why you should do the opposite, moderated by Alvaro Fernandez. You visit previous Q&A Sessions Here.
Full Transcript (Lightly edited) of Live Q&A held on December 9th, 2-3pm ET
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Below you can find the full transcript of our engaging Q&A session yesterday on lifelong cognitive fitness, “mental capitalism”, and more, with Alvaro Fernandez, co-author of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness, moderated by Harry Moody, Director of Academic Affairs at AARP.
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By: Luc P. Beaudoin
SharpBrains served a highly thought-provoking and informative 2011 Virtual Summit on Retooling Brain Health for the 21st Century over 3 days, March 30th — April 1st. Here is a brief distillation of the large number (40+) of presentations.
1.The range and variety of presentations left no room for doubt that the digital brain health market is concerned with much more than improving cognitive performance and preventing/treating disease. There is a need for many tools in each of the following categories: Read the rest of this entry »
By: Alvaro Fernandez
We are pleased to make eleven important announcements about the upcoming 2011 SharpBrains Virtual Summit…eleven additional reasons to consider registering and joining our event and community next week.
- Intel Corporation, the “Sponsors of Tomorrow™”, and Lumos Labs have become Summit Gold Sponsors.
- SharpBrains will issue a Certificate of Attendance to participants (20 hours of continuing education).
- Jamie Wilson shares 20 reasons why virtual conferences are the future.
- NIH/ NIA Program Chief Molly Wagster will discuss the new NIH Toolbox for Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function.
- Yaakov Stern (Columbia), David Darby (CogState), Keith Wesnes (United BioSource) and Jeffrey Kaye (Orcatech) will explore The Role of Cognitive Health Monitoring Systems.
- Alvaro Fernandez (SharpBrains) and Muki Hansteen-Izora (Intel Corporation) will analyze The State of Innovation and Emerging Marketplace.
- You can still Register and obtain a complimentary copy of SharpBrains’ market report The State of the Brain Fitness Market 2010 (which includes market data, vendor analysis, innovation case studies, research briefs, and more.)
- Michael Merzenich (UCSF), Alvaro Pascual-Leone (Harvard), Walter Greenleaf (VirtuallyBetter) and Kate Sullivan (Walter Reed) will discuss how Innovation gets From Lab to Marketplace.
- Lumos Labs, Brain Resource, Cogmed, Baycrest, CogniFit, and Posit Science will present their latest tools and solutions during Expo Day.
- A total of 19 excellent Summit Partners help us expand Summit’s reach and influence.
- We are planning April/ May social gatherings for Summit participants in 5 cities: San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington DC, NYC, and Toronto, and will help facilitate gatherings in any city/ region with at least 10 Summit participants.
Please visit the 2011 SharpBrains Summit website to Learn More and Register.
Also, please follow us via Twitter and spread the word about the Summit using hashtag #svs11
We look forward to “meeting” many of you next week! Please remember you can enter discount code sharp2011 in order to get 15% off registration fees.
By: Dr. Pascale Michelon
Do you remember the IMPACT study published in 2009? It was a randomized clinical trial with healthy older adults that compared a computer-based cognitive program that trains auditory processing (Brain Fitness Program, Posit Science) with educational video programs (control group). People who used the program improved in the trained tasks, which was not that surprising, but there was also a clear benefit in auditory memory, which wasn’t directly trained.
A 2011 paper reports the 3-month follow-up results of the IMPACT study. The 487 participants in the original study were 65 and older. Training was 1 hour a day, 4 to 5 days a week, for a total of 40 hours in 8 to 10 weeks. There was no contact with the researchers between the initial training study and the follow-up study.
The results showed that 3 months after the initial training most of the improvement observed in the training group was still present, although not as strongly. Read the rest of this entry »