“Cognitive impairment following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is common, often adversely affecting quality of life for those 1.7 million Americans who experience a TBI each year. Researchers at [Read more…] about Study: Disruptions in brain connectivity may explain TBI-related cognitive deficits
First ADHD brain wave test approved by FDA (CBS News):
“Diagnosing someone with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is often a tricky science because it relies heavily on psychiatric and behavioral examinations. For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a device that [Read more…] about FDA clears use of EEG-based ADHD test
Satellite Navigations Could Blind Drivers On Road (BioScholar):
“Driving with a satellite navigation can make you blind to pedestrians, because trying to hold an image of the screen in your mind makes you ignore what is in front of your eyes, a new study has revealed. Focusing on [Read more…] about Driving with satellite navigation contributes to inattentional blindness
Dr. Bayer will discuss Adding Brain to Behavioral Healthcare, as part of the session Where will neuroplasticity-based interventions be accessed, and how will they be regulated and paid for? at the upcoming 2012 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (June 7–14th, 2012).
Gregory Bayer, new CEO of Brain Resource’s US operations, served most recently as the Chief Executive Officer of OptumHealth Behavioral Solutions, a division of UnitedHealth Group [Read more…] about Dr. Gregory Bayer on Adding Brain to Behavioral Healthcare
Kate Sullivan will run an educational workshop on How to Set Up a Brain Fitness Center to Enhance Cognitive Retraining and Rehabilitation, at the upcoming 2012 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (June 7–14th, 2012).
Description: Learn the nuts and bolts of opening a rehab-oriented “brain fitness center”, including staffing, measurement of behavioral/ cognitive outcomes, [Read more…] about Walter Reed’s Kate Sullivan on How to Set Up a Brain Fitness Center to Enhance Cognitive Retraining and Rehabilitation
Excellent article about an emerging “small revolution” in mental health care:
Marientina Gotsis, media lab manager at USC, started thinking about designing apps with therapeutic potential when she realized that her phone had joined her wallet and keys on the small list of things she never left home without. “It’s what keeps people connected, functional, feeling safe and entertained. So why not use what people hold on to close to deliver behavioral interventions?”
It’s the kind of innovation that Kathleen Carroll, a psychology professor at Yale, says may be a “small revolution” in mental health care. These apps are part of the “brain fitness” industry, a category that includes computerized memory exercises and cognitive-impairment assessment programs, and that SharpBrains, a company that analyzes the industry, estimates to have grown 35 percent in 2009, to $295 million.
The idea of getting counseling from a computer or smartphone may seem strange, but it’s been in the works for years. In 2006, the British National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommended two programs, Fear Fighter and Beating the Blues, as first-line treatments for mild-to-moderate anxiety and depression.
Full article deserves reading: Get Therapy through your iPhone (The Daily Beast)