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Study debunks 4 common myths about brain training and lifelong cognitive enhancement

If the media is your main source of information about brain training and cognitive enhancement, you will probably believe the following:

1) All brain training is the same…

2) …and it simply doesn’t work.

3) Commercial brain training programs, especially, don’t work.

4) How could they work? Genetics is destiny, aging is a predetermined process…so by age 60 or 70 or 80, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”

If you tracked and analyzed the scientific literature around cognitive training, cognitive therapies, biofeedback, meditation, brain reserve and neuroplasticity in general, you’d know those 4 beliefs are wrong. They are myths that prevent a more nuanced conversation about brain-enhancing lifestyles and about the emerging brain training and neurotechnology toolkit.

Good news is, a just-published study should help debunk those myths–especially with regards to computerized cognitive training–and provide a better Read the rest of this entry »

20 Must-Know Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity and Improve Brain Health

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June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, so let me share these 20 Must-Know Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity & Improve Brain Health that come from the hundreds of scientific and medical studies we analyzed  Read the rest of this entry »

April 21st virtual lecture to discuss 25 Must-Know Facts about Brain Health, Neuroplasticity and Technology

BrainFitnessJigsaw_webDear SharpBrains friend,

As Dr. Robert Bilder, Tan Le and myself finalize the curriculum for the upcoming virtual lecture on April 21st, we are working hard to select the key brain-related facts that everyone should truly understand in order to navigate the growing stream of news articles, research reports and marketing claims. Focusing on 25 fundamental facts (instead of the 50 initially envisioned) will enable us to discuss each in more depth, empowering participants with more clear and solid take-aways.

With those 25 Must-Know Facts we will zoom into the most significant (and often overlooked) areas in the brain fitness jigsaw puzzle you can see above. We won’t discuss generalities, we will discuss specifics about:Online_Class-banner_25-facts

  • How the brain works, and what neuroplasticity is
  • What new scientific findings mean (and what they don’t mean)
  • Key guidelines for aerobic exercise, nutrition, mental stimulation, stress management, socialization
  • The do’s and don’ts in leveraging technology for meditation, reframing, bio/ neurofeedback, cognitive training
  • How to self-monitor, find individual priorities, prioritize options

We hope you will be able to register and join us! (use this 20%-off discount when you register: SB20)

Finally, let me answer a few questions we have received from many interested participants:

  1. Will I be able to ask questions? Yes, of course. We want this to be a very interactive session, and to respond to your specific questions. We will reserve at least 30 minutes for Q&A.
  2. What if I can’t attend the lecture live? Everything will be recorded (both the lecture and the Q&A) so registered participants will be able to access it later, starting the day after the webinar.
  3. If I register, when do I gain access to all those recordings from the 2015 SharpBrains Virtual Summit that you are offering on a complimentary basis? Once you register to the April 21st virtual lecture, you will receive an email within 24 hours with instructions to access all online recordings (15+ hours; 30+ amazing speakers…the regular price of these recordings is $125, so we hope as many of you as possible can benefit from this one-time opportunity).

Cheers, and hope to “see you” soon!

What piece of the Brain Health Puzzle are you missing? Read and share $1 e-book in honor of Brain Awareness Week

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In honor of Brain Awareness Week –starting today!– we’d like to bring your attention to a great book for anyone interested in distinguishing between the myths and realities of neuroplasticity and brain health.  Read the rest of this entry »

Scaling up meditation and mindfulness via wellness programs and biofeedback sensors

Enjoy this great ses­sion held at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit, fea­tur­ing:

  • Dr. Dou­glass Ziedo­nis, Pro­fes­sor and Chair of the Depart­ment of Psy­chi­a­try at UMass Med­ical School
  • Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, Pres­i­dent of the Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foundation
  • Ariel Garten, CEO of InteraXon
  • Dr. Evian Gor­don, Exec­u­tive Chair­man of Brain Resource
  • Chair: Rajiv Pant, Chief Tech­nol­ogy Offi­cer of The New York Times

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