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Save the Date for the 2018 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: December 4–6th

Imag­ine a free “annu­al brain check-up” — what may it look like, and how can it lead into per­son­al­ized inter­ven­tions to improve func­tion and prevent/ delay/ treat cog­ni­tive decline and Alzheimer’s Dis­ease?

Imag­ine a videogame cleared by the FDA to treat ADHD, depres­sion, or sub­stance abuse — how will doc­tors pre­scribe it, patients access it, and insur­ers pay for it?

Imag­ine being respon­si­ble for the health & well­ness of a mil­lion peo­ple — how will you edu­cate them to nav­i­gate most-like­ly-to-help inter­ven­tions, such as breathing/ exercise/ meditation/ apps/ biofeedback/ tDCS to reg­u­late stress?


The 2018 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (Decem­ber 4–6th, 2018)  will fea­ture over forty of the world’s top experts, inno­va­tors and investors aim­ing to improve brain health and per­for­mance for all in light of grow­ing neu­ro­science and dig­i­tal tech.

Learn More and Reserve your Spot HERE

Meta-analysis finds sustained benefits of neurofeedback for kids with ADHD

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In neu­ro­feed­back treat­ment for ADHD, indi­vid­u­als learn to alter their typ­i­cal pat­tern of brain­wave activ­i­ty, i.e., EEG activ­i­ty, to one that is con­sis­tent with a focused and atten­tive state.

This is done by col­lect­ing EEG data from indi­vid­u­als as they focus on stim­uli pre­sent­ed on a com­put­er screen. Their abil­i­ty to con­trol the stim­uli, e.g., keep­ing the smile on a smi­ley face keep­ing a video play­ing, depends on their main­tain­ing an EEG state that reflects focused atten­tion.

Over time, most indi­vid­u­als bet­ter at this. Sup­port­ers of neu­ro­feed­back argue that learn­ing to alter EEG activ­i­ty and focus bet­ter dur­ing train­ing even­tu­al­ly gen­er­al­izes to real-world tasks that require strong atten­tion skills, e.g., read­ing, home­work, etc.

Although many experts remain skep­ti­cal of this approach, despite numer­ous sup­port­ive stud­ies, a recent­ly pub­lished meta-analy­sis of neu­ro­feed­back treat­ment pro­vides impor­tant new sup­port. Read the rest of this entry »

Update: 200 common prescription medications increase depression risk

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Dear read­er,

Time for Sharp­Brains e-newslet­ter.

It’s been a busy month, once again bring­ing to the fore­front the lim­i­ta­tions of our cur­rent health­care sys­tem and, on the pos­i­tive side, the grow­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties to improve Brain Health and Men­tal Health for all, if we pay atten­tion to (and act on) lat­est research, think­ing and tools.

New tools:

 

Final­ly, we invite you to tease your mind with these four opti­cal illu­sions. Sur­pris­ing, aren’t they?

Have a great month of July,

 

The Sharp­Brains Team

Sleep-focused neurotech firm Dreem raises $35M from Johnson&Johnson Innovation and Bpifrance

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Dreem Announces $35 Mil­lion Financ­ing from lead investors John­son & John­son Inno­va­tion and Bpifrance (press release):

Dreem, a neu­rotech­nol­o­gy com­pa­ny, today announced the clos­ing of a new round of fund­ing, rais­ing $35 mil­lion USD to rapid­ly accel­er­ate prod­uct devel­op­ment, invest in strate­gic research and devel­op­ment, and advance the future of sleep tech­nol­o­gy. Last year, Dreem intro­duced a com­pre­hen­sive solu­tion to address a suite of sleep prob­lems and Read the rest of this entry »

Want to feel more Calm, get some Headspace, and practice Mindfulness Daily?

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Let me ask again…want to feel more Calm, get some Head­space, and prac­tice Mind­ful­ness Dai­ly?

There are apps for that—hundreds of them, besides the three I just men­tioned.

These apps make a promise: Rather than invest­ing count­less hours and dol­lars in mind­ful­ness class­es or mind­ful­ness-based ther­a­py, we can choose to med­i­tate from the com­fort of our smart­phones. Users are flock­ing to mind­ful­ness apps in hopes of cul­ti­vat­ing kind atten­tion to their own thoughts and feel­ings, and of reap­ing the men­tal and phys­i­cal ben­e­fits that go along with mind­ful­ness.

But do they work? What does sci­ence say about mind­ful­ness apps? Read the rest of this entry »

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