Story description (CNN Money): Ned Sahin is founder and CEO of neurotechnology start-up Brain Power, whose tool “Empower Me” uses smart glasses like Google Glass to coach those with autism. It helps schoolchildren learn social and cognitive skills and can even guide adults through an interview process. Brain Power’s product is sold to many schools in the U.S. but may never make it to market in Switzerland [Read more…] about Debate: What are the ethics of discouraging much-needed innovation given potential privacy concerns?
Thank you to all the Brain Awareness Week enthusiasts who entered our 2020 Brain Awareness Week Sticker Design Contest! The Dana Foundation received many wonderful and creative design submissions, and we’re pleased to announce that we’ve narrowed it down to our five finalists. Now it’s YOUR turn to choose the winning design! [Read more…] about Help select the campaign sticker for Brain Awareness Week 2020
Vascular Health at Age 36 Tied to Brain Health at 70 (Medpage Today):
“A longitudinal study shed light on just how early people may want to start doing something to reduce their dementia risk decades in the future.
Each 1% increase in Framingham vascular risk score at age 36 was associated with 9% higher white matter hyperintensity volume … (however) Vascular risk scores were not linked to beta-amyloid status at any point. [Read more…] about Study challenges the “seductive” amyloid hypothesis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD)
Is This the Future of Mental Health? (USC Viterbi School of Engineering):
“Brain–machine interfaces (BMIs) provide a direct pathway to the brain to translate brain signals into actions … Below, Shanechi (Note: Maryam Shanechi, PhD, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering) answers some questions about her work and what the future might hold for our understanding and treatment of mental disorders.
What potential does this hold for the future not just of mental health, but of understanding our brains as a whole?
Neuropsychiatric disorders are a major cause of disability worldwide with depressive disorders being the most disabling among them. About 30% of major depression patients are treatment-resistant – that’s about 5 million people in the US alone. [Read more…] about Neuroengineering meets neuroethics to address treatment-resistant depression
We are proud that Amazon India has selected The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age as part of its Kindle Weekly Deal running from October 13th to the 17th — when many bestselling eBooks will be discounted to just 49 rupees.
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After a very busy month, it’s time now for SharpBrains e‑newsletter to summarize the latest initiatives, tools and ideas for lifelong brain health and mental fitness — and to share a few puzzles and illusions to tease your brain.
A growing number of classrooms in China are equipped with artificial-intelligence cameras and brain-wave trackers. Video: Crystal Tai for The Wall Street Journal.
New neuro-infused education and healthcare initiatives:
- China is harnessing brain-wave trackers and artificial-intelligence to raise better (and more compliant?) students
- Report calls for wide classroom-based adoption of ten brain fitness programs designed to improve foundational executive functions
- The National Health Service (NHS) in the UK considers adding a 5‑minute cognitive test to its annual health check-up
- CVS Health: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) apps may help you more than sleeping pills
New neurotech and digital health tools:
- What does the Facebook acquisition of CTRL-Labs mean for Neurotechnology and Augmented & Virtual Reality?
- Startup Aural Analytics raises $4.3M to monitor neurological health by analyzing speech patterns
- Will personalized meditation apps be able to replicate the experience of working with a coach?
- IBM, VA and Total Brain to test digital mental health platform for veterans and reservists
New thinking on brain and mental health:
- Two great professional development opportunities with renowned neuropsychologist Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg
- Apple/ Eli Lilly’s bet: Wearable and mobile consumer devices may well help us detect cognitive impairment and dementia
- May “industry review boards” contribute to the wider adoption of virtual and augmented reality for physical and mental health?
Finally, a few fun brain teasers for adults and kids alike 🙂
- Tease your brain with the Hermann Grid illusion
- Brain teaser to test your pattern recognition: Fill the void
- Math brain teaser requiring no math — just perception and cognition
Have a great month of October,
The SharpBrains Team