Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e-newsletter. This time we focus on how much the brain health and behavioral health fields are changing, as they upgrade traditional toolkits with digital platforms to better monitor, assess and enhance cognition. Often driven by a growing consumer demand for improved brain fitness, as you can see in this 3-minute clip (opens YouTube video).
We are proud to report that our latest market report is proving to be valuable to a range of executives and innovators working along those lines, as you can read here.
Have a great month of April!
Mastering emotions by sharpening memory? It just might work (Los Angeles Times):
“Emotional regulation — the ability to take negative feelings and recognize, accept and channel them properly — is an Achilles’ heel for many people, but especially for those with anxiety-related disorders, Read the rest of this entry »
MIND Institute researchers receive $1 million grant to study cognitive training in children with fragile X (UC Davis Health System News):
“Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute will examine whether children and youth with fragile X syndrome can improve their working memory, cognition and behavior by using an online computer-based cognitive training program, through a new $1 million grant from The John Merck Fund.
To conduct the innovative study, the researchers will travel to the homes of school-aged children around the country to instruct their families on how to use the program and deliver the intervention, called Cogmed, software designed to improve working memory that is marketed by Pearson Education.” Keep reading here.
–> We identified Cogmed/ Pearson as one of the Top 10 Companies to Watch in 2013–2014 based on the analysis in our latest market report.
(Editor’s Note: every month we host an online Q&A with participants in the e-course How To Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach. This is the lightly edited and anonymized transcript from the January Q&A session; the February Q&A will take place on Tuesday, February 12th)
OK, ready to go! Happy 2013 again. You can start writing your questions and comments in the box at the bottom, and hit Send.
Which activities or games or websites do you recommend to improve memory? Read the rest of this entry »
Time for SharpBrains’ July 2012 eNewsletter, featuring in this occasion an in-depth article on why and how to Invest in Brain Health to Drive Innovation and Prosperity, by Veronika Litinski.
- Invest in Brain Health to Drive Innovation and Prosperity, by Veronika Litinski
- Understanding, and Nurturing, Resilience, by Andrew Zolli
- How Do Words, such as Yes and No, Change Our Brains and Lives?, by Dr. Andrew Newberg and Mark Waldman
- Study: Adaptive Working Memory Training Can Reduce ADHD-related Off-Task Behavior, by Dr. David Rabiner
- Promoting Mental Agility through Cognitive Control and Mental Representation, by Judith Tingley, PhD
New Research and Resources:
Have a great month of August!
By: Dr. David Rabiner
For a number of reasons, there remains an important need to develop research supported treatments for ADHD in addition to medication and behavior therapy.
Regarding medication, not all children benefit from taking it, some experience intolerable side effects, and many continue to struggle even when medication provides some benefit. Behavior therapy can be difficult for parents and teachers Read the rest of this entry »
The neuroscience of language, consciousness, and communication raises many fundamental questions, the answers to which consistently defy definition. For example: when we speak, where do our words come from? Our brain, or our mind? And what do we mean by mind? Similar dilemmas arise when we try to study the nature of consciousness. What is it, and where is it? Is it generated solely by neural activity, or is it a separate force that influences the activity of the brain? Hypotheses abound, but nobody seems to know for certain.
However, we do have a few clues that illuminate the relationship between the brain, the mind, and Read the rest of this entry »