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Ambitious International Brain Initiative (IBI) launched to advance global neuroscience research

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Decod­ing the Brain Goes Glob­al With the Inter­na­tion­al Brain Ini­tia­tive (Sin­gu­lar­i­ty Hub):

… it’s per­haps fit­ting that mankind is now unit­ing to under­stand the organ that fun­da­men­tal­ly makes us human: our brain. First envi­sioned in 2016 through a series of dis­cus­sions on the “grand chal­lenges” in neu­ro­science at Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­si­ty, the Inter­na­tion­al Brain Ini­tia­tive (IBI) “came out” this week in a for­ward-look­ing paper in Neu­ron.

Rather than each coun­try for­mu­lat­ing their own brain projects inde­pen­dent­ly, the project argues, it’s high time for the world to come togeth­er and share their find­ings, resources, and exper­tise across bor­ders. By unit­ing efforts, Read the rest of this entry »

Study finds combined pharma + non-pharma treatment most beneficial to help youth with ADHD address long-term academic difficulties

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Aca­d­e­m­ic dif­fi­cul­ties are one of the most impor­tant adverse con­se­quences of ADHD, and they fre­quent­ly con­tribute to par­ents’ deci­sion to seek treat­ment for their child. Whether treat­ment con­sis­tent­ly yields a pos­i­tive impact on long-term aca­d­e­m­ic suc­cess is thus an impor­tant issue; how­ev­er, the answer to this ques­tion has been some­what con­tro­ver­sial. Read the rest of this entry »

Brain teaser: Will you finish your thesis on time?

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Imag­ine spend­ing the sum­mer pol­ish­ing your PhD the­sis in the library. Every day you take the sub­way, a train going up North to the uni­ver­si­ty.

One day you real­ize that the trains going South can bring you to the beach. Noth­ing is wrong with some leisure. You cal­cu­late that if you spend half of the remain­ing sum­mer vaca­tion in the library that should be enough to fin­ish the the­sis. To spice up the sum­mer, Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. Army develops novel way to analyze brain imaging data and shape emerging non-invasive neurotechnology

Aggre­gate dis­tri­b­u­tion of cor­ti­cal brain-wave activ­i­ty, orga­nized by stan­dard fre­quen­cy bands, across a range of depths. Cred­it: U.S. Army

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Army devel­ops big data approach to neu­ro­science (press release):

A big data approach to neu­ro­science promis­es to sig­nif­i­cant­ly improve our under­stand­ing of the rela­tion­ship between brain activ­i­ty and per­for­mance.

To date, there have been rel­a­tive­ly few attempts to use a big-data approach with­in the emerg­ing field of neu­rotech­nol­o­gy. Read the rest of this entry »

How to remember what you read: Eight tips to improve reading speed and cognitive ability

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You read a lot. Now, do you remem­ber much of what of you read?

Whether it is books, blog, mag­a­zines, or pro­fes­sion­al man­u­als, we still need to read. Now and in years ahead. And, much of it is non­fic­tion mate­r­i­al, where it’s cru­cial to first under­stand and then remem­ber what you are read­ing. Read the rest of this entry »

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