“Brain scans of adolescents who are heavy users of smartphones, tablets and video games look different from those of less active screen users, preliminary results from an ongoing study funded by the National Institutes of Health show [Read more…] about Large NIH study to collect and share data on the impact on kids’ brains of screen time and other social, behavioral, physical and environmental factors
Music seems to be a social glue. Think of how love songs enhance our romantic feelings, how marching bands intensify our affinity for the home team, or how huge rock concerts make us feel one with a crowd of thousands. Music has some special power to increase our sense of connection and help us affiliate with others.
But why? What’s happening in our brains that makes an isolated set of sounds resonate in these ways? A new neuroscience study aimed to find out. [Read more…] about How do you respond to unfamiliar music?
Time for SharpBrains eNewsletter, bringing you the latest in in brain health and mental health research, tools and thinking.
Also, a quick heads-up for those based in the UK: the Imperial College Centre for Neurotechnology will host a keynote by Alvaro Fernandez in London on Wednesday, May 30th, titled Why the Future of Brain Enhancement & Mental Health is Digital & Pervasive (free; requires registration). Other upcoming events here.
- Study finds continued birth of new neurons (neurogenesis) well into our 70s
- The more hours you sit per day, the smaller your medial temporal lobe (MTL) seems to become, brain scans show
- Study combines MRI brain scans with statistics to better predict cognitive problems after stroke
- Meditation app Calm said to be raising $25M to become the “Nike of the mind”
- Mindstrong Health identifies digital biomarkers of cognitive function using smartphone data
- Wearable brain scanners to enable broader, easier, cheaper access to neuroimaging
- Combining brain stimulation with cognitive training to enhance attention and memory
- Evidence review finds that computer-based cognitive training can significantly improve memory in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Despite growing evidence against supplements making brain/ memory improvement claims, sales keep growing
Finally, please Save the Date for the second edition of the Brainnovations Pitch Contest on December 5th, 2018. Given the success of the inaugural event last year (details here), the 2018 SharpBrains Virtual Summit will host a second contest for 12 startups to pitch their innovative solutions to all Summit participants and to distinguished Judges –our very own “Sharp Tank.”
Have a great month of May,
The SharpBrains Team
Try adding 3 and 8 in your head.
That was easy. Now, trying adding 33 and 88. That was probably more difficult. Finally, try adding 333 and 888.
Time for SharpBrains’ October e‑newsletter, this time discussing a range of research findings and technologies revolutionizing brain and mental health.
New thinking about cognition, brain and mind:
- Study suggests the real deficit underlying Attention Deficit Disorders is not Attention, but Working Memory (and this is why we asked you try adding 333 and 888…)
- Johns Hopkins study shows how brain training, if correctly targeted, can enhance cognitive and brain performance
- We better train the mind as we train the body: with cross-training and in good company
Emerging toolkit for brain health & enhancement:
- Next: Brain scans to identify children at high risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) before symptoms appear
- Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) can reduce fatigue in patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Australian neurotech firm raises $4m to develop neurofeedback-based headband aimed at helping kids with autism relax and better engage
News about the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5–7th):
- Neuroengineering pioneer Randal Koene to discuss neural interfaces
- Meet 40 Experts and Innovators shaping Brain Health & Enhancement on December 5–7th
- Reminder: the Brainnovations Pitch Contest is accepting submissions until tomorrow October 31st, 11 PM US Pacific Standard Time. We are looking for startups worldwide, founded no earlier than 2012, for-profit or non-profit, working on ways to harness brain research and emerging technologies to help every person thrive in the digital age.
- Check out the latest Agenda & Register
And finally, a couple of fun brain teasers to start the week of the right foot:
Have a great month of November!
The SharpBrains Team
MS risk in children spotted with MRI brain scans (Yale News):
“By the time multiple sclerosis (MS) is diagnosed in children, it may be difficult to prevent the disabilities and relapses that come with the disease. In a new Yale School of Medicine study, researchers examined MRI brain scans to identify children at high risk of developing MS before symptoms appear, which [Read more…] about Next: Brain scans to identify children at high risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) before symptoms appear
“Researchers have used brain scans and artificial intelligence to spot differences in how key areas of infant brains synchronise, allowing them to accurately predict which babies would develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as a toddler…The research, led by scientists from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Washington University, comes hot on the heels of an earlier study that used two scans taken at 6 and 12 months to make a similar prediction.
Not only has this new method reduced the number of scans required to make the [Read more…] about Study combines neuroimaging with machine learning to predict, with 96% accuracy, whether high-risk 6‑month-old babies will develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by age 2