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New Summit Speakers: Thomas Insel (NIMH), Catherine Madison (CPMC), Rajiv Pant (NYT), and Mark Baxter (Rosetta Stone)

We are proud to announce four excel­lent addi­tions to the quite stel­lar Speaker ros­ter at the upcom­ing 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28-30th):

  • Dr. Thomas Insel, Direc­tor of the National Insti­tute for Men­tal Health, will share his vision for a bet­ter brain health &  men­tal health sys­tem, and issue a call to action and inno­va­tion to get there
  • Dr. Cather­ine Madi­son, Direc­tor of the new Ray Dolby Brain Health Cen­ter, will dis­cuss how front-line pro­fes­sion­als can improve stan­dards of cog­ni­tive care today
  • Rajiv Pant, Chief Tech­nol­ogy Offi­cer at The New York Times, will chair a fas­ci­nat­ing ses­sion on how to scale up med­i­ta­tion and mind­ful­ness via well­ness pro­grams and biofeed­back sensors
  • Mark Bax­ter, Head of Prod­uct (Fit­Brains) at Rosetta Stone, will show how big data and videogames can help detect sub­tle changes in cog­ni­tion and per­son­al­ize cog­ni­tive stimulation

2014_SharpBrains_Virtual_Summit_Shaping the Practice and the Future of Brain Fitness—> Learn more about the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28-30th). You can reg­is­ter with a 10% dis­count using pro­mo­tional code: sharp2014. Please join us!

How to harness videogames and big data to personalize cognitive training

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That will be the focus of the sec­ond ses­sion at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Octo­ber 28-30th, 2014). We hope you can join us!

How to har­ness videogames and big data to deliver per­son­al­ized cog­ni­tive training

  • Dr. Joe Hardy, ‎VP of R&D at Lumos Labs
  • Dr. Daphne Bave­lier, Head of the Bave­lier Brain & Learn­ing Lab at the Uni­ver­sity of Geneva
  • Ita­mar Lesu­isse, CEO of Peak
  • Aki Niko­laidis, NSF Fel­low at the Uni­ver­sity of Illi­nois Cham­paign Urbana
  • Chair: Zack Lynch, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Neu­rotech­nol­ogy Indus­try Organization

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Sneak peak into the Preliminary Agenda @ 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

2014_SharpBrains_Virtual_Summit_Shaping the Practice and the Future of Brain FitnessHeads-up: If you want to join 20+ con­firmed world-class speak­ers and 100+ pro­fes­sion­als at the fore­front of brain health and applied neu­ro­science, please Reg­is­ter now and help us final­ize the fas­ci­nat­ing Sum­mit Agenda:

Tues­day, Octo­ber 28, 2014

  • 8:15–9:45am. The State of the Brain Fit­ness Move­ment: demo­graphic, sci­en­tific, and mar­ket trends, explained
  • 10:00–11:30am. Inno­v­a­tive part­ner­ships to improve life­long learn­ing, brain health, and cus­tomer satisfaction
  • 12.30-2pm. How to har­ness videogames and big data to deliver per­son­al­ized cog­ni­tive training
  • 3–4:30pm. Max­i­miz­ing the men­tal health and per­for­mance of lead­ers, athletes…and astronauts

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London, July 17th: Upgrading Education and Health in light of Neuroscience — The Frontier of Gaming?

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We are delighted to invite Sharp­Brains friends to dis­cover the future of applied neu­ro­science and gam­ing at a cock­tail evening  in Lon­don on Thurs­day July 17th, hosted by Brain­bow in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Strate­gic North and Sharp­Brains. 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!

Train your brain with targeted videogames, not with crossword puzzles

cognition-road-tour-combinedStudy 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 »

Debunking 10 Brain Fitness and Brain Training Myths during Brain Awareness Week

brain fitness mythsIn honor of Brain Aware­ness Week, let’s debunk ten myths about brain fit­ness and brain train­ing that remain sur­pris­ingly popular.

Top 10 brain fit­ness and brain train­ing myths, debunked:

Myth 1. Genes deter­mine the fate of our brains.
Fact: Life­long brain plas­tic­ity means that our lifestyles and behav­iors play a sig­nif­i­cant role in how our brains (and there­fore our minds) phys­i­cally evolve.

Myth 2. We are what we eat. Read the rest of this entry »

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