First of all, an announcement. We are starting a Virtual Internship Program @ SharpBrains, allowing full-time undergrad and grad students and postdocs to lead 100-hour projects jointly defined by themselves and by SharpBrains. Interested candidates should Contact Us indicating a) a preliminary project proposal (200 words or less), and b) brief bio and qualifications (200 words or less). Internships don’t require travel and will be paid in-kind, with access to SharpBrains reports and conference recordings. SharpBrains will select a limited number of Interns based on fit between candidates’ proposal and bio and SharpBrains mission and activities.
Let’s now explore the latest edition of the monthly SharpBrains eNewsletter, starting with a comprehensive perspective on the educational value and limitations of videogames, written by Marshall Weinstein, a senior at Johns Hopkins University who will be a SharpBrains Intern during the Fall.
Transcendental Meditation and Working Memory Training To Enhance Executive Functions: Two very interesting new research studies…but please don’t miss the thought-provoking comments by reader Jay Kay.
Unlocking Dyslexia in Japanese: New clues emerge based on the observation that some dyslexics have an easier time with visual languages like Japanese and Chinese.
Does ADHD medication treatment in childhood increase adult employment?: A very insightful commentary by Dr. David Rabiner.
Boomers’ Ability to Make Financial Decisions Often Declines With Age: A new report by Canadian bank BMO illustrates the need for innovative brain fitness interventions focused on maintaining targeted cognitive functionality. What the report presents as inexorable decline, it is not.
Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness, Testing and Prevention: New data reinforce the need to pay serious attention to lifestyle-based and non-invasive cognitive and emotional health interventions, and the need to personalize interventions.
Thinking globally to improve mental health: The National Institutes of Health and the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases announce a Grand Challenges in Global Mental Health Initiative. We will keep you posted on this.
Have a great month of August and, as always, feel free to share this enewsletter with friends and colleagues… and with potential candidates for the new Virtual Internship Program @ SharpBrains!