“For the first time ever, researchers have managed to reduce people’s risk for dementia — not through a medicine, special diet, or exercise, but by having healthy older adults play a computer-based brain-training game. [Read more…] about ACTIVE study: Well-targeted brain training might significantly reduce dementia risk
Time for SharpBrains’ January e‑newsletter, featuring a wealth of brain health insights, neuroscience research reports, a landmark action by the Federal Trade Commission…and some quick brain teasers. Enjoy!
- Brain health research study by AARP: Consumers pursue brain training to support a more enjoyable, self-managed life
- Can self-monitoring help promote academic success, and reduce ADHD symptoms, in college students with ADHD
- Studies point toward clear benefits to cultivating mindfulness in the workplace
- In the New Year, toss a coin or trust Dr. Oz for medical advice?
- To help children with ADHD improve academic performance, combine medication AND behavioral treatment
- Harnessing a virtual reality brain training game to diagnose mild cognitive impairment
- New book on neuroplasticity by Norman Doidge: The Brain’s Way of Healing
- New online course: How to Navigate Conventional and Complementary ADHD Treatments for Healthy Brain Development (10%-off discount code: sharp2015)
- Are neuromarkers on the cusp of transforming education and mental health?
- General Chiarelli: “We have a totally dysfunctional research system (for brain and mental health)”
- The Federal Trade Commission orders Focus Education to stop making unsubstantiated brain training claims
- Trend: Mobile apps to improve vision via perceptual learning
- E‑therapy stepping up to fill mental health gaps
- For college students, mental health screening kiosks offer ‘Check-Up from the Neck Up’
- Dealing with opportunities and challenges from mood-altering consumer wearables
- Expanding the brain health toolkit with mobile neurobehavioral tests — aka a “brain thermometer”?
- Virtual Expo day: Digital Artefacts (BrainBaseline), HeartMath, Sleep Genius, The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation
Finally, when you have a few minutes you may want to try these quick brain teasers to test your cognitive skills…and your cognitive biases.
Have a great month of February!
“Geek researchers demonstrated the potential of a virtual supermarket cognitive training game as a screening tool for patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) among a sample of older adults…
In an article published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, the researchers [Read more…] about Study: Harnessing a virtual reality brain training game to diagnose mild cognitive impairment (MCI)
Time for SharpBrains’ January 2012 eNewsletter, featuring in this occasion multiple thought-provoking perspectives on how emerging neuroscience can and should make us rethink prevailing practices in education, healthy aging and preventive medicine.
- The Future of Preventive Brain Medicine: Breaking Down the Cognition & Alzheimer’s Disease Alphabet Soup, by Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa
- When 1 + 1 = 5: Dyscalculia and Working Memory, by Dr. Tracy Alloway
- New Review of Neurofeedback Treatment for ADHD — Current State of the Science, by Dr. David Rabiner
- The Business and Ethics of the Brain Fitness Boom, by Alvaro Fernandez
- (How to contribute articles like these to SharpBrains.com)
- Brain function can start declining as early as age 45
- Education for Mental Fitness: “A Sharper Mind, Middle Age and Beyond”
- Lifelong cognitive exercise may ward off Alzheimer’s protein beta amyloid
- Cognitive Training & Brain Teasers Can Increase Openness Among Older Adults
- Cognitive Training in Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
- Does Nintendo Brain Age work as a brain training game?
- Brain Injury Care: Treatment and Reimbursement Challenges
- The Ten Habits of a Sharp Brain
- Brain Teasers and Games, for Kids and Adults
- Upcoming Talk & Book Signing in Washington, DC
Have a great month of February.
A new study tries to, but unfortunately doesn’t, answer that question. Study: Brain Training Game Improves Executive Functions and Processing Speed in the Elderly: A Randomized Controlled Trial (PLoS ONE).
“Conclusions: Our results showed that playing Brain Age for 4 weeks could lead to improve cognitive functions (executive functions and processing speed) in the elderly. This result indicated that there is a possibility which the elderly could improve executive functions and processing speed in short term training. The results need replication in large samples. Long-term effects and relevance for every-day functioning remain uncertain as yet.” [Read more…] about Research: Does Nintendo Brain Age work as a brain training game?
Round-up of interesting recent news on cognitive health and fitness: the field is in motion.
2) Cognitive tests are the best way to select medical studentsÃ‚Â (EurekAlert)
3) High blood pressure hard on the aging brainÃ‚Â (Reuters)
4) Alzheimer’s tests beneficial for seniorsÃ‚Â (Atlanta-Journal Constitutional)
5) Dementia-Dreading Baby Boomers Spur Race to Invent Brain GamesÃ‚Â (Bloomberg)
6) Vivity Labs launches Fit Brains brain-training game siteÃ‚Â (VentureBeat)Ã‚Â
7) Depression and Alzheimer’sÃ‚Â (NHS Choices)
For selected quotes and comments, [Read more…] about Cognitive Health News Round-Up