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Study: A personalized, multi-modal brain fitness program can help grow hippocampal volume and improve brain function

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– Fig­ure 2. MRI scans showed an 8.6% growth in the vol­ume of the hip­pocam­pus (HC) in one patient. (A): Base­line Brain MRI. (B): Post-pro­gram Brain MRI. ©: High­er mag­ni­fi­ca­tion of base­line hip­pocam­pal vol­ume. (D): High­er mag­ni­fi­ca­tion of the post-pro­gram hip­pocam­pal vol­ume

Can the brain shrink­age that hap­pens to us with aging be reversed? Can we actu­al­ly grow back our brain and boost our mem­o­ry in our 60s and 70s?

The answers seem to be Yes and Yes Read the rest of this entry »

Can you grow your hippocampus? Yes. Here’s how, and why it matters

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A pair of thumb-sized struc­tures deep in the cen­ter of the human brain are crit­i­cal for our abil­i­ty to learn and remem­ber. Thanks to their shape, each of them is called hip­pocam­pus — which means sea­horse in Greek. These brain areas have the unique capac­i­ty to gen­er­ate new neu­rons every day. In fact, recent human stud­ies have shown that Read the rest of this entry »

200+ Experts to Shape the Future of Brain Health & Neurotechnology, Gathered Around a Virtual Table

Wash­ing­ton, C. Novem­ber 3rd, 2015. The 2015 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (Novem­ber 17–19th, 2015) will fea­ture over 30 of the world’s top sci­en­tists and inno­va­tors work­ing on ways to enhance brain health and brain fit­ness via lifestyle and emerg­ing neu­rotech­nolo­gies.

The Sharp­Brains Sum­mit is unique in its impres­sive abil­i­ty to unite a diverse col­lec­tion of cut­ting-edge thinkers in a vir­tu­al con­fer­ence that is shared glob­al­ly with­out a hitch,” says Dr. Adam Gaz­za­ley, Direc­tor of the Neu­ro­science Imag­ing Cen­ter at UCSF.

How can con­sumers and pro­fes­sion­als har­ness this opportunity–mobile and web-based cog­ni­tive assess­ment and train­ing meth­ods, wear­ables, brain stim­u­la­tion, car-based sen­sors, and more–to bet­ter mon­i­tor and enhance brain health, and to improve work and life? Keep read­ing the press release (If you’re a reporter look­ing to cov­er the event, please con­tact us).

Best practices to navigate and implement the emerging brain health toolkit

Please con­sid­er join­ing us at Sharp­Brains’ upcom­ing vir­tu­al con­fer­ence (Novem­ber 17–19th), which will fea­ture this fan­tas­tic ses­sion:

Tuesday November 17th, 12.30 — 1.30pm. Best prac­tices to nav­i­gate and imple­ment the emerg­ing brain health toolkit.

Two well-rec­og­nized prac­ti­tion­ers, at UMass and Wal­ter Reed, will describe their respec­tive well­ness and rehab ini­tia­tives, focus­ing on the prac­ti­cal con­sid­er­a­tions to nav­i­gate, select, and imple­ment the grow­ing array of tech­nol­o­gy-enabled brain health and behav­ioral health assess­ments and inter­ven­tions.

  • Chair: Dr. Michael O’Donnell, Edi­tor-In-Chief of the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Health Pro­mo­tion
  • Dr. Dou­glas Ziedo­nis, Pro­fes­sor and Chair of the Depart­ment of Psy­chi­a­try at the Uni­ver­sity of Mass­a­chu­setts Med­ical School
  • Kate Sul­li­van, Direc­tor of the Brain Fit­ness Cen­ter at Wal­ter Reed Nation­al Mil­i­tary Med­ical Cen­ter

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What’s in it for me: Ten critical questions to navigate media coverage of latest scientific findings

research_actionHere at Greater Good, we cov­er research into social and emo­tion­al well-being, and we try to help peo­ple apply find­ings to their per­son­al and pro­fes­sion­al lives. We are well aware that our busi­ness is a tricky one.

Sum­ma­riz­ing sci­en­tif­ic stud­ies and apply­ing them to people’s lives isn’t just dif­fi­cult for the obvi­ous rea­sons, like Read the rest of this entry »

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