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

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

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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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