The 2011 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (March 30th — April 1st) gathered more than 260 research and industry leaders from 16 countries for 3 days to discuss the changing landscape of Brain Health and Cognitive Fitness. It was a great success! Find the key lessons and take-home points from the Summit in these 2 articles by Drs. Jamie Wilson and Luc Beaudoin, respectively: 10 Emerging Themes: Why Brain Health Status Quo is Not an Option and 7 Key Lessons from the SharpBrains Summit.
Consider this: “Collaboration is emerging in ways that were unthinkable only a few years ago. Researchers are opening up their data and methodologies to gain insights from one another. Commercial organizations are partnering via digital channels, content syndication and other areas of best practice. Social entrepreneurs and local practitioners are sharing motivational tips and educational resources in their efforts to build programs from the bottom up. Open innovation is driving a better marketplace for consumers. All these collaborative efforts are the seeds of successful innovation, and despite still being in the foothills, it would seem better to go hand in hand, than taking a lonely road.”
We hope the articles of this free newsletter will help you think about the future and your own role in shaping it as a professional and/ or a lifelong learner.
Brain and Neuroplasticity
Meditation and the Brain: This article by Greater Good Magazine discusses how meditating can increase the density of gray matter in brain regions associated with memory, stress, and empathy.
The Benefits of a One-Time Cognitive Training Program: They last but wane over time as shown in the 3‑month follow-up results of the IMPACT study.
Can Direct Brain Stimulation Boost Performance? The answer seems to be yes, according to three studies using different types of electrical/magnetic brain stimulation.
How the Brain of a Blind Person Rewires Itself: The brain areas devoted to vision in people with eye sight turn out to be responding to speech in blind people.
How are Young Brains Affected by Stress? An interesting article from the Dana Foundation on the consequences of early life stress.
Can weight loss boost memory? The memory of obese patients undergoing gastric-bypass surgery is shown to improve 12 weeks after surgery.
The Inner Savant In All of Us: Scott Kaufman interviews Dr. Treffert, expect on savantism and autism, technical consultant to the award-winning movie Rain Man, to discuss the hidden brain potentials that may lie dormant in all of us.
Assessments and Remediation
Driving Safely after a Stroke: Scores for 3 simple cognitive tests were found to predict the actual driving evaluation outcome of many people after a stroke.
Schizophrenia Research is Leading the Way: An interesting review of the different cognitive remediation techniques used with people suffering from schizophrenia.
Virtual Reality Games for Stroke Patients: Promising results show that virtual reality and other video games involving motion can enhance motor improvement after a stroke.
Children’s Self Control and Creativity: Two Seeds of Intelligence: An excerpt from the book Brain Rules for Baby, by John Medina, that provides a good summary of the cognitive science findings shedding light on how a baby’s brain grows from 0 to 5.
Integrative Neuroscience, Personalized Medicine: This book takes an in depth and hard look at the current status and future direction of treatment predictive markers in Personalized Medicine for the brain.
The Longevity Project: UC-Riverside researchers Howard Friedman and Leslie Martin draw key lessons from an eight-decade-long Stanford University Terman study of 1,500 people.
Exploiting Technology and Collaboration to Enable Quality Aging. In this essay, extracted from the book Longevity Rules, Joseph Coughlin explores the role that technology can play in aging well.
Brain Games to Test Your Memory: Discover how well you can remember random words and names.
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