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Neuroplasticity, Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News


May Update: Brain Training in Mental Health Toolkits for Prevention and Rehabilitation

The use of a variety of brain training interventions is growing in the area of mental health. Emerging evidence suggests that in the near future targeted brain training may even be used to prevent substance abuse. For example, training working memory may reduce sub­stance abusers’ discounting of long-term rewards and punishments — such discounting is one of the reasons why people susceptible to addictions do not benefit from traditional informational/ educational approaches to drug prevention.

Let’s explore some expanding applications of brain training, and much more, in this latest edition of the monthly Sharp­Brains eNewslet­ter.

Brain Training and Mental Health

ADHD: Brain Training, Neurofeedback, Diet, and More: What can be done to fight ADHD and improve the lives of peo­ple suf­fer­ing from it?

Neuroplasticity in the Brain of Children with Neurological Disorders: Brain train­ing may be an option for chil­dren suf­fer­ing from Tourette Syndrom to help reduce the symp­toms.

Brain Training and Schizophrenia: Social cog­ni­tive train­ing programs can boost schizophrenics’ skills social skills.

Rethinking the Classification of Mental Illness: How can we rethink the clas­si­fi­ca­tion of psy­chopathol­ogy (via the new DSM-5) to reflect our current understanding of the brain as a dynamic system?

Upcoming events: Cognitive Remediation in Psychiatry (June 10th, NYC), Entertainment Software and Cognitive Neurotherapeutics Society (September 19-20, San Francisco).


Lifestyle for Brain Health

More Friends, Bigger Brain: The num­ber of friends you have could be pre­dicted by the size of our amygdala!

Music and Dementia: Play­ing music pro­tects the brain later on. Music may also be used to teach new facts to people suffering from dementia.

Exercise and Overweight Children: Aerobic exercise can boost overweight children executive functions.

The Brain Grows With Practice…: We know that when the brain mas­ters a new skill, targeted brain areas/ circuits get enlarged. We now know that those areas and circuits even­tu­ally shrink back to nor­mal, but performance gain can be maintained!


Food for Thought

What is Brain Fitness? What are Emerging Opportunities to Retool Brain Health? Here are the answers by seven 2011 SharpBrains Summit Speakers.

Navigate through the 30 most popular articles of last year in to learn more about the brain and how to maintain/ enhance brain functioning across the lifespan..

Brain Teaser

Can you lis­ten to these laughs and distinguish whether it is a human or a com­puter laughing? Also, given how good laughing is…how about trying this to find out how much stressed you are? You may be surprised.


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