We need a different, two-pronged approach to address the Brain Health for Life challenge: instead of trying to treat diseases, we need to focus on promoting brain health, educate and empower the public to adopt lifelong healthy lifestyles in order to minimize the risk of developing psychiatric and neurological diseases. In parallel, we need to gain a deeper understanding of brain resilience and its mechanisms, to be able to design interventions to promote it and delay the onset of clinical manifestations of disease and the consequent disability. [Read more…] about Save the Date: Promoting Brain Health for Life, December 15–16th, online
An aspiring clarinetist begins by getting a sense of the way the instrument’s sounds are produced by the air she blows through it. A driver must be acquainted with various vehicle fundamentals, such as adding gas, accelerating, and reading the speedometer. It is no different with the brain. Maximizing your brain’s health and performance begins with a basic understanding of how it works and how it evolves across the lifespan.
The human brain evolved to help us operate in complex, changing environments by continually learning and adapting. Successfully doing so involves [Read more…] about 4 Essential (and Overlooked) Facts About Your Brain and Your Mind
In a modern society we are confronted with a wide range of increasingly abstract and interconnected problems. Successfully dealing with such an environment requires a highly fit brain, capable of adapting to new situations and challenges throughout life. Consequently, we expect cross-training the brain to soon become as mainstream as cross-training the body is today, going beyond unstructured mental activity and [Read more…] about Can brain training work? Yes, if it meets these 5 conditions
In an increasingly knowledge-based and innovation-driven economy, human brains—not financial capital—are becoming the primary drivers of business success. Engaged, creative citizens and workers mean the difference between success and failure at the organizational and societal levels.
Looking at the problem from the perspective of brain health, there are [Read more…] about Invest in Brain Health to Drive Innovation and Prosperity
Time for SharpBrains’ February 2012 eNewsletter, featuring in this occasion multiple and complementary perspectives on how to harness neuroplasticity: with enthusiasm, BOTH physical AND cognitive exercise, and (once tools become better standardized and widely available) brain-based personalized medicine.
- To Harness Neuroplasticity, Start with Enthusiasm, by Dr. Helena Popovic
- Q&A with Dr. Yaakov Stern on Brain Reserve, Exercise, Cognitive Training, Angry Birds, YMCA and more
- 3‑part series written by Dr. Evian Gordon to summarize and build on the Personalized Medicine World Congress 2012:
- The State of Personalized Medicine: The Role of Biomarkers
- Personalized Medicine in Psychiatry: from DSM to brain-based RDoC, iSPOT‑D and biomarkers
- Working with Healthcare Stakeholders towards Brain-Based Personalized Medicine
- To Be (Your Connectome), or Not to Be (Your Genome), by Dr. Sebastian Seung
- Enhance Metacognition and Problem-Solving by Talking Out Loud to Yourself, by Dr. Judith Tingley
- Final Meeting Report @ 2011 SharpBrains Summit: Retooling Brain Health for the 21st Century, by Alvaro Fernandez, Dr. Luc Beaudoin, Muki Hansteen-Izora, Margaret Morris, Dr. Joshua Steinerman, Dr. Peter Whitehouse.
- (Want to contribute articles like these? Learn details here)
What’s New and Meaningful:
- Learning to Cope with Google/ Information Overload
- An Emerging Era of Big Data (in Mental Health too)
- When and Why Should Drivers with Cognitive Impairment Stop Driving
- Diagnosing early Alzheimer’s and Mild Cognitive Impairment
- Global Population Ageing: Peril or Promise? (New WEF eBook)
- Luria Congress on Modern Neuropsychology
- Syllabus for online course, How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach (starts March 7th)
- Save The Date (June 7–8th, 2012), 28 Confirmed Speakers: 2012 SharpBrains Virtual Summit — Optimizing Health through Neuroplasticity & Digital Innovation
Finally, let us mention that Brain Awareness Week is approaching (March 12–18th, 2012), and that you can now add comments to SharpBrains articles via Facebook (see below). Looking forward to a great month of March!
Very significant findings reported today. Keeping brain sharp may ward off Alzheimer’s protein (Reuters):
“People who challenge their brains throughout their lifetimes — through reading, writing and playing games — are less likely to develop protein deposits in the brain linked with Alzheimer’s, researchers said on Monday.” [Read more…] about Lifelong cognitive exercise may ward off Alzheimer’s protein beta amyloid