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Study: Is modernity leading to a growing Cognitive Divide?

Subject during EEG study. Courtesy of Sapiens Labs

Has Modern Experience Changed The Human Brain? (NPR):

“The brain has evolved over evolutionary time scales of millions of years. So, what is the likelihood that the relatively recent advent of reading and writing, or motorized transport, or the Internet, could have changed our brains? Read the rest of this entry »

Study identifies brain circuits enabling four-year-olds to “put themselves in other people’s shoes”

Thanks to a critical fibre connection in the brain (green), four-year-old kids can start to understand what other people think. Courtesy of Max Planck Institute.

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A remarkable milestone occurs in children around their fourth birthdays: They learn that other people can have different thoughts than they do. A recent study is the first to examine the specific brain changes associated with this developmental breakthrough. Read the rest of this entry »

Eight research teams working with DARPA to discover best ways to activate neuroplasticity and accelerate learning

DARPA Funds Brain-Stimulation Research to Speed Learning (DoD news):

“The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working with seven U.S. universities and elements of the Air Force and Army on research that seeks to stimulate the brain in a non-invasive way to speed up learning.

DARPA announced the Targeted Neuroplasticity Training, or TNT, program Read the rest of this entry »

MIT Solve launches Brain Health Challenge: How can every person improve their brain health and mental resilience?

As a Judge and member of the Challenge’s Leadership Team, let me share some relevant news for sharp brains worldwide: MIT Solve (a recent MIT offshoot to identify and accelerate scalable social solutions) has just launched a Brain Health Challenge to address the key question: How can every person improve their brain health and mental resilience?

Summary: Brain and mental well-being are critical to the health and happiness of the 7.5 billion people who inhabit our planet. The way we feel, solve problems, and interact with one another all depend on the health of our brains. Unfortunately, Read the rest of this entry »

5 trends shaping the future of brain enhancement and neuropsychology

Presentation by Alvaro Fernandez at the New York Neuropsychology Group (NYNG) 2017 Annual Spring Conference.

Description: Hundreds of companies around the globe–now including Elon Musk’s Neuralink and even Facebook–are researching and developing new ways to help brain owners be smarter, sharper, and healthier. What explains this flurry of activity, and where may it be headed? What are the opportunities and challenges for the Neuropsychologists of the Future? We will structure the conversation around five emerging and thought-provoking statements:

1. There are 7.5 billion human brains out there, and everyone needs help

2. Lifelong neuroplasticity means all those brains can “sculpt” themselves

3. Mobile, sensing, wearable technologies, coupled with artificial intelligence (AI), provide a new platform to harness that neuroplasticity for good

4. Entrepreneurship and investments are fueling accelerated growth

5. Professionals are stepping up to help educate consumers and patients.

To learn more, read Five reasons the future of brain enhancement is digital, pervasive and (hopefully) bright and explore these 25 Key Resources to Improve Brain Health and Mental Health.

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