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Update: How to hold off Alzheimer’s Disease 8+ Years (even APOE4 carriers)

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Time for Sharp­Brains’ June 2014 e‑newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of insights, sci­ence reports, upcom­ing events, and fun brain teasers.

First of all, let us high­light what may well become the research find­ing of the year. As you can read in Men­tal stim­u­la­tion over genet­ics: How to hold off Alzheimer’s Dis­ease 8+ Years, “For APOE4 car­ri­ers with high life­time intel­lec­tu­al enrich­ment, the onset of cog­ni­tive impair­ment was approx­i­mate­ly 8.7 years lat­er com­pared with low life­time intel­lec­tu­al enrich­ment.”

Should­n’t accu­mu­lat­ing find­ings like this inform human cap­i­tal and health poli­cies across the whole lifes­pan, and also how all of us lead our lives, har­ness­ing neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty the right way to max­i­mize men­tal per­for­mance at any age and to delay decline and dis­ease?

New think­ing

New research

New tech­nolo­gies

Upcom­ing events

Brain teasers

That’s all for today. Have a great sum­mer!

Harnessing brain training games to better research, prevent and treat Alzheimer’s Disease

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Brain Train­ing Data­base: Trea­sure Trove for Pre­clin­i­cal Alzheimer’s Research? (Alz­fo­rum):

Some researchers think brain games in general—which adapt to each user’s cog­ni­tive ability—may one day serve as cog­ni­tive diag­nos­tics to Read the rest of this entry »

Rosetta Stone as provider of “technology-based language-learning, reading and brain fitness solutions”

Rosetta StoneVery inter­est­ing to see how Roset­ta Stone, giv­en its recent acqui­si­tion of Viv­i­ty Labs (devel­op­er of Fit Brains mobile cog­ni­tive games) now iden­ti­fies itself as a ” a lead­ing provider of tech­nol­o­gy-based lan­guage-learn­ing, read­ing and brain fit­ness solu­tions.” Read the rest of this entry »

Rosetta Stone to buy Vivity Labs, developer of Fit Brains brain training games

Rosetta StoneRoset­ta Stone to Acquire Fit Brains Cre­ator Viv­i­ty Labs, Will Enter Fast-Grow­ing Brain-Train­ing Mar­ket (press release):

  • There is a remark­able over­lap between lan­guage learn­ers and peo­ple who are look­ing to boost their cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties,” said Steve Swad, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Roset­ta Stone. “Indeed, our research sug­gests that a sig­nif­i­cant per­cent­age of peo­ple who pur­chased a lan­guage-learn­ing prod­uct in the past year also Read the rest of this entry »

Can brain training work? Yes, if it meets these 5 conditions

brain exerciseIn 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 the rest of this entry »

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