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El Cerebro Que Cura: Descubre la mejor forma de mantener un cerebro sano como fuente de salud

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Álvaro Fer­nán­dez, CEO de Sharp­Brains, estu­vo recien­te­mente en Abante para pre­sen­tarnos “El cere­bro que cura: Des­cubre la mejor for­ma de man­ten­er un cere­bro sano como fuente de salud“, el libro que escribió jun­to a Álvaro Pas­cual-Leone, neu­ro­cien­tí­fi­co de la Uni­ver­si­dad de Har­vard, y a David Bartrés-Faz, pro­fe­sor de la Fac­ul­tad de Med­i­c­i­na y Cien­cias de la Salud de la Uni­ver­si­tat de Barcelona. Read the rest of this entry »

The NeuroGeneration and Humankind’s Quest to Enhance the Brain

Some peo­ple may be uneasy with the idea of “brain enhance­ment,” but the quest to boost our brain­pow­er is noth­ing new; it is an essen­tial part of human nature. Ever since Homo sapi­ens emerged near­ly 200,000 years ago, we have been search­ing for ways to upgrade the hard­ware and wet­ware in our heads, and we’ve been cre­at­ing and using tools to help us do it—physical and cog­ni­tive tools that help us solve prob­lems and com­plete tasks more effi­cient­ly, tools that extend our nat­ur­al abil­i­ties and allow us to do things that weren’t pos­si­ble before. Lan­guage, num­bers, sci­ence, education—these are all tools we’ve devel­oped to improve our men­tal capac­i­ties.

Our most pow­er­ful tool for nav­i­gat­ing the ever-chang­ing world, how­ev­er, is the brain itself. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Having ADHD costs $1.1 million in lower lifetime earnings, even when “treated”

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Rel­a­tive­ly few stud­ies have exam­ined the impact of child­hood ADHD on long-term finan­cial out­comes, even though becom­ing self-sup­port­ing and attain­ing finan­cial inde­pen­dence is an impor­tant devel­op­men­tal task.

An espe­cial­ly com­pre­hen­sive look at this issue is pro­vid­ed in a study by Pel­ham et al pub­lished recent­ly in the Jour­nal of Con­sult­ing and Clin­i­cal Psy­chol­o­gy.

The Study:

Par­tic­i­pants were 364 adults who were diag­nosed with ADHD in child­hood along with 264 demo­graph­i­cal­ly matched con­trols. Read the rest of this entry »

Trend: Growing interest in (and questions around) brain training centers for kids with special needs

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Par­ents pay thou­sands for ‘brain train­ing’ to help kids with ADHD and autism. But does it work? (NBC News):

…As the num­ber of chil­dren diag­nosed with ADHD and autism surges in the U.S., accord­ing to fed­er­al data, and as par­ents become exas­per­at­ed with treat­ments that don’t work or involve med­ica­tions that car­ry the risk of side effects, neu­rotech­nol­o­gy indus­try ana­lysts pre­dict the demand for pro­grams like these will only grow Read the rest of this entry »

12 quick brain puzzles to welcome a sharp new year

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Q: What is by far the most out­stand­ing and sur­pris­ing of all humankind’s suc­cess­es?
A: Wak­ing up in the morn­ing.

Q: Of our many tools, which is one of the most pow­er­ful, and yet the most pli­able?
A: Sta­tis­tics.

Q: Who insists that mind­less obe­di­ence is a sign of intel­li­gence?
A: All of us — when refer­ring to our pets. Read the rest of this entry »

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