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Aetna Behavioral Health leaders to speak at 2013 Sharp­Brains Sum­mit

We’re glad to announce two more excel­lent speak­ers at the 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit, Sep­tem­ber 19-20th.

Louise MurphyLouise Mur­phy, MA, LPC, CEAP is the Head of Aetna Behav­ioral Health in Hart­ford, CT. Louise led the team that launched Aetna’s EAP brand in July 2004, and con­tin­ues to spear­head devel­op­ment of new pro­grams and prod­ucts for both the EAP and Behav­ioral Health divi­sion. Louise is a grad­u­ate of the Uni­ver­sity of Hous­ton, where she received her Mas­ters in Clin­i­cal Psy­chol­ogy as well as her under­grad­u­ate degree in Indus­trial and Orga­ni­za­tional Psy­chol­ogy. Read the rest of this entry »

Why I Wrote The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

We have always thought that “our brain shapes us.” I wrote my new book, The Woman Who Changed Her Brain (May 2012; Free Press, Foreword by Norman Doidge), to prove that the reverse is equally true. I wanted to demonstrate how “we can shape our brains.”

Imagine having a brain that is capable and incapable at the same time. Growing up, I had severe learning disabilities. I lived in a world that was confusing and incomprehensible. As I was to later discover, a critical part of my brain was not working properly, the end result being that all language was experienced as foreign and my translator was Read the rest of this entry »

Is ADHD overdiagnosed? Findings from a new study in Germany

Is ADHD overdiagnosed? Despite widespread concerns that this occurs, a study that specifically addresses this issue has not been conducted in the US. Thus, although it is well established that many children with ADHD are never identified or treated, the extent to which children are incorrectly diagnosed with ADHD is not known. Read the rest of this entry »

Luria Congress on Modern Neuropsychology

Given how influential Alexander Luria’s work was and still is on many topics we discuss often here at SharpBrains.com, let us highlight the upcoming Luria Congress/ Moscow International Congress (yes, in Moscow) dedicated to the 110th anniversary of Alexander Romanovich Luria’s birth.  Read the rest of this entry »

Update: On Brain Training, Positive Psychology and the FDA

Time for the September edi­tion of the monthly Sharp­Brains eNewslet­ter, start­ing with a good brief New Scientist article, Maker of cognitive training game seeks FDA approval: Imag­ine walk­ing away from a doctor’s office with a pre­scrip­tion to play a video game. Brain Plas­tic­ity, the devel­oper of a cog­ni­tive train­ing game, has begun talks with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to mar­ket the game as a ther­a­peu­tic drug.

A Course Correction for Positive Psychology: A Review of Martin Seligman’s Latest Book: As pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can Psy­cho­log­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tion in 1998, Mar­tin Selig­man chal­lenged the psy­cho­log­i­cal com­mu­nity to rad­i­cally change its approach. For too long, he charged, psy­chol­ogy had been pre­oc­cu­pied solely with reliev­ing symp­toms of men­tal ill­ness; instead, he believed it should explore how to thrive in life, not just sur­vive it.

Study: Cognitive Markers or Biomarkers to manage Cognitive Health across the Lifespan? Mea­sur­ing people’s changes in cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties is a bet­ter pre­dic­tor of Alzheimer’s dis­ease than changes in bio­mark­ers, researchers from the Ben­ito Menni Com­plex Assis­ten­cial en Salut Men­tal, Barcelona, Spain, reported in Archives of Gen­eral Psy­chi­a­try, a JAMA journal.

Brain Training for Babies: Hope, Hype, Both? We should expect that the brain of a baby could be eas­ily trained. This is what Wass and his col­leagues recently demon­strated in a new study with 11-month-old babies.

Brain Development Through Bilingual Education and Activities Requiring Self-Control: Kids who learn two lan­guages young are bet­ter able to learn abstract rules and to reverse rules that they’ve already learned.

Who Says This is The Classroom of the Future? What if we ques­tioned the very premise behind nam­ing some class­rooms the “class­rooms of the future” sim­ply because they have been adding tech­nol­ogy in lit­er­ally mind­less ways?

AARP’s Best Brain Fitness Books: We are hon­ored to announce that AARP has included our very own book The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness (182 pages; $14.95) in its new List of Best Books on Brain Fit­ness.

Interactive Human Brain in 3D: Here’s a cool inter­ac­tive Human Brain in 3D you can play with.

Have a great month of October and, as always, feel free to share this enewslet­ter with friends and col­leagues.

PS: Did you miss the 2011 SharpBrains Summit: Retooling Brain Health for the 21st Century (Mar 30 – Apr 1, 2011)? Here you can learn more about how to access the recordings.

Learning with Video Games: A Revolution in Education and Training?

In recent years, we have witnessed the beginnings of a revolution in education.  Technology has fundamentally altered the way we do many things in daily life, but it is just starting to make headway in changing the way we teach.  Just as television shows like Sesame Street enhanced the passive learning of information for kids by teaching in a fun format, electronic games offer to greatly enhance the way kids and adults are taught by actively engaging them in the process. Read the rest of this entry »

7 Key Lessons from the 2011 SharpBrains Summit: Retooling Brain Health for the 21st Century

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 »

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