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Neuroplasticity, Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News


Update: ¿Habla Español? Know someone who’d enjoy a great brain book in Spanish?

Portada_ComoInvertirEnSuCerebroTime for SharpBrains’ February e-Newsletter, this time featuring the global launch of our new book, in Spanish, Cómo invertir en su cerebro: Una guía Sharp­Brains para mejo­rar su mente y su vida, available already as a soft-cover and e-book!

–> If you speak Spanish, please get a copy for yourself. También puede ver el video de la charla de presentación aquí (comienza en el minuto 5), y leer el artículo Esculpir el cerebro, mucho más allá de un sueño de Ramón y Cajal.

–> If you don’t speak Spanish, please share this with someone who does…we believe he or she will love the book! We’ve been working quite hard over the last year to deliver a great adaptation of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness to “la lengua de Cervantes” — the jury is now out.

Some other news…

Brain Health Science & Practice:

Digital Brain Health Industry & technology:

Finally, please keep in mind that March 10-16th is 2014 Brain Awareness Week. Let’s all find a way to celebrate and invest in our most precious resource!


On the perceived memory, cognitive benefits of playing casual video games

Bejeweled BlitzPsychologists Find the Perceived Benefits of Casual Video Games Among Adults (press release):

“New research from psychologists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst finds that while a majority of adults cite the ability to compete with friends as their primary reason for playing online casual video games, they report differing perceived benefits from playing Read the rest of this entry »

BrainTech: Six Take-aways on Neuroplasticity and Cognitive training

braintechIsrael’s first international BrainTech conference took place this week, on October 14 and 15th. It was organized by Israel Brain Technologies (IBT), a non-profit organization whose mission is to position Israel as a global brain technology and research center. The conference included talks representing multiple stakeholders in the neurotechnology sector worldwide – patients, clinicians, academic leaders, public officials, entrepreneurs and industry executives. An important session in the conference was the BrainBlitz – a roundtable session where different brain technology topics were discussed in smaller interest groups.

Our table, devoted to Neuroplasticity and Cognitive training, Read the rest of this entry »

(Some) New Yorker articles are bogus

Scarecrow-or-strawmanI love reading the New Yorker. I have written before about bogus brain games, and about bogus brain training claims. We have published a 10-question checklist to help consumers make informed decisions.

All this is to say I was surprised to read a recent New Yorker blog article titled “Brain games are bogus.” If you are going to make such strong claims, you need to back them up with serious due diligence and analysis, and explain to readers what Read the rest of this entry »

New & Excellent Review of Computerized Cognitive Training with Older Adults

“Within 20 years, older adults will account for almost 25% of the U.S. population. From a healthcare perspective, a major concern with an aging population is a higher prevalence of age-related impairment in cognitive function. This expanding aging population highlights the need to identify quick, effective, low-cost solutions to delay pathological cognitive decline associated with aging. Developing interventions that can preserve cognitive function can also help to maintain quality of life and independence well into old age. With the help of new technology, Read the rest of this entry »

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