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May e-newsletter: MIT Solve launches Brain Health Challenge, asking “How can every person improve their brain health and mental resilience?”

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Time for SharpBrains’ May e-newsletter, highlighting what’s new in brain health and mental performance, and featuring a very relevant MIT initiative and a thought-provoking study on the “Cognitive Divide.”

New thinking

 

New research

 

New tools

 

Have a great month of June and, for those based in the US, a great Memorial Day weekend,

 

The SharpBrains Team

MIT Solve launches Brain Health Challenge: How can every person improve their brain health and mental resilience?

As a Judge and member of the Challenge’s Leadership Team, let me share some relevant news for sharp brains worldwide: MIT Solve (a recent MIT offshoot to identify and accelerate scalable social solutions) has just launched a Brain Health Challenge to address the key question: How can every person improve their brain health and mental resilience?

Summary: Brain and mental well-being are critical to the health and happiness of the 7.5 billion people who inhabit our planet. The way we feel, solve problems, and interact with one another all depend on the health of our brains. Unfortunately, Read the rest of this entry »

5 trends shaping the future of brain enhancement and neuropsychology

Presentation by Alvaro Fernandez at the New York Neuropsychology Group (NYNG) 2017 Annual Spring Conference.

Description: Hundreds of companies around the globe–now including Elon Musk’s Neuralink and even Facebook–are researching and developing new ways to help brain owners be smarter, sharper, and healthier. What explains this flurry of activity, and where may it be headed? What are the opportunities and challenges for the Neuropsychologists of the Future? We will structure the conversation around five emerging and thought-provoking statements:

1. There are 7.5 billion human brains out there, and everyone needs help

2. Lifelong neuroplasticity means all those brains can “sculpt” themselves

3. Mobile, sensing, wearable technologies, coupled with artificial intelligence (AI), provide a new platform to harness that neuroplasticity for good

4. Entrepreneurship and investments are fueling accelerated growth

5. Professionals are stepping up to help educate consumers and patients.

To learn more, read Five reasons the future of brain enhancement is digital, pervasive and (hopefully) bright and explore these 25 Key Resources to Improve Brain Health and Mental Health.

Study: Physically-active video games (‘exergames’) boost cognition more than physical activity alone

Active gaming is good for brain health and memory, finds study (University of Manchester release):

“Video games which involve physical activity significantly boost our brain health as we get older, according to new research led by University of Manchester experts.

Study authors Dr Emma Stanmore and Joseph Firth say systems that use physical activity for gaming such as Wii, and Xbox Kinect can boost brain functioning in people with Read the rest of this entry »

25 Key Resources to Improve Brain Health and Mental Health

Dear SharpBrains reader,

We have compiled 25 important resources discussed during the 2015 and 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summits–where hundreds of professionals from 15+ countries met (virtually) to reinvent brain health in the digital age.

We hope these resources prove to be valuable to everyone working on ways to improve brain health and mental health. Please enjoy these 25 Key Resources to Improve Brain Health and Mental Health.

Kind regards,

Alvaro Fernandez & The SharpBrains Team

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