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Witnessing an explosion of consumer-facing neurotechnologies to (potentially) harness lifelong neuroplasticity

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Last week I shared some key scientific, technological and investment trends revolutionizing Brain Health, based on my participation at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, and promised a second article more focused on the technology side of things.

Here it is 🙂

Just a few weeks after the SharpBrains Summit I also attended CES 2017. While I enjoyed the myriad emerging technologies –autonomous vehicles, robotics, drones, augmented and virtual reality headsets, voice activated everything– I was mostly struck by a firm named Halo Neuroscience. They have a fascinating wearable product, Halo Sport, claiming to accelerate gains in strength, explosiveness, endurance, and muscle memory, improving the brain’s response to athletic training. It uses tDCS (transcranial direct current stimulation), essentially priming movement-related circuits of the brain to become more receptive to stimuli, helping the brain wire in the practice for improved future response.

The cutting edge of applied neuroplasticity

Both conferences allowed me to see the cutting edge of Read the rest of this entry »

Forget thinking vs. feeling dichotomy. Think/ feel holistic brain functioning

brain teasers cognitive stimulationMental Math and the Fine-Tuning of Emotions (The Dana Foundation)

“You often hear the word “calculating” used to describe someone who always seems to act deliberately, guided by reason rather than emotion. The idea behind this characterization is that human nature straddles a deep divide between thinking and feeling, but current research suggests otherwise. Brain-imaging studies, in particular, reveal an overlap between the sites in the brain that make it possible for us to perform mental arithmetic and those that enable us to regulate our emotions. In fact, these two dissimilar-seeming functions are housed in the same neighborhood of the cerebral cortex. But they don’t just reside near each other—they actually work together. “It’s possible that training the brain with mental math strengthens the capacity for emotional reappraisal, or perhaps continually running the process of emotional reappraisal increases the ability for mental calculations of other kinds like mental arithmetic.”

To learn more:

Brain Health in the Digital Age

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— Alvaro Fernandez at UBC, November 4th. Courtesy by Howard Eaton.

Presentation delivered by Alvaro Fernandez at UBC Robson Square in Vancouver, on November 4th, hosted by the Watson Centre for Brain Health.

Description: Brain health is a rapidly evolving field, with digital platforms starting to revolutionize all aspects of prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Discover how the growing demand for “brain fitness” and the growing supply of innovative digital solutions is creating a multi-billion global market for web-based, mobile and biometrics-based tech­nol­ogy to assess, mon­i­tor and enhance cog­ni­tion and brain func­tion­ing.

Reminder: Sharp brains in Vancouver, November 3rd and 4th

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Quick reminder: Our Founder and Editor-in-Chief Alvaro Fernandez will give a couple talks in Vancouver, Canada, on November 3rd and 4th. Both are free and open to the public thanks to local sponsors and partners. Read the rest of this entry »

November 4th in Vancouver: The Future of Brain Fitness – How Digital Platforms Sharpen Your Brain

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Quick heads-up: Our Founder and Editor-in-Chief Alvaro Fernandez will give an additional talk while in Vancouver, Canada, on November 4th (on top of How to Optimize Brain Health at Any Age, on the 3rd).

Title: The Future of Brain Fitness – How Digital Platforms Sharpen Your Brain Read the rest of this entry »

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