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Help select the campaign sticker for Brain Awareness Week 2020

Thank you to all the Brain Aware­ness Week enthu­si­asts who entered our 2020 Brain Aware­ness Week Stick­er Design Con­test! The Dana Foun­da­tion received many won­der­ful and cre­ative design sub­mis­sions, and we’re pleased to announce that we’ve nar­rowed it down to our five final­ists. Now it’s YOUR turn to choose the win­ning design! Read the rest of this entry »

Awesome: Brain scans shed light on the brain networks supporting Awe

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When was the last time you expe­ri­enced awe?

Per­haps you were stopped in your tracks by a beau­ti­ful vista on a recent hike, or cap­ti­vat­ed by a paint­ing at your local art muse­um, or moved to tears at a con­cert or church. Or maybe you were just sit­ting on your couch breath­less­ly watch­ing an episode of Plan­et Earth. What­ev­er it was, you prob­a­bly weren’t think­ing much about your­self or your to-do list.

What makes awe so trans­port­ing, over­whelm­ing, even mys­ti­cal at times? Researchers explored this ques­tion in a recent study pub­lished in the jour­nal Human Brain Map­ping (details below) by exam­in­ing what the brain is doing when peo­ple have an awe expe­ri­ence. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Strenuous physical exercise may lead to cognitive –not just physical– fatigue

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Too Much Exer­cise Can Tire Our Brains Out, Too (Dis­cov­er Mag­a­zine D‑brief):

For years, the Nation­al Insti­tute of Sports, Exer­cise and Per­for­mance (INSEP) in France had been study­ing an unusu­al phe­nom­e­non. If an athlete’s work­out reg­i­ments were ramped up, it didn’t always lead to a bet­ter per­for­mance — even if that ath­lete felt like they were work­ing hard­er than before.

The orga­ni­za­tion called this phe­nom­e­non over­reach­ing, and knew what the phys­i­cal symp­toms were. But the orga­ni­za­tion want­ed to know if any symp­toms of fatigue were appear­ing in the brain, too. New research says yes. Read the rest of this entry »

Navigating the Brain/ Mind Innovation Landscape

Hop­ing you enjoy this slid­edeck sup­port­ing a mar­ket and inno­va­tion overview pre­sent­ed and dis­cussed dur­ing the 2019 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit: The Future of Brain Health (March 7–9th).  Full record­ings are avail­able for pur­chase here.

11am-Noon. Nav­i­gat­ing the Brain/ Mind Inno­va­tion Land­scape & Book pre­sen­ta­tion El Cere­bro Que Cura (The Brain That Heals)

  • Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO and Edi­tor-in-Chief at Sharp­Brains

Limitless evidenceless trend: The growth of nootropic supplements

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The all-too-under­stand­able urge to buy a bet­ter brain (Vox):

… unfor­tu­nate­ly, Bradley Coop­er is part­ly to blame for the boom of the edi­ble brain-improve­ment indus­try.

In 2011, he starred in Lim­it­less, a movie about a man who takes a spe­cial pill and becomes smarter and more capa­ble than any­one else on Earth. I’m jok­ing about the cul­tur­al sig­nif­i­cance of this movie, but I’m also not. It was a wild card and an unex­pect­ed hit, and it main­streamed an idea that had already been tak­ing hold among Sil­i­con Val­ley bio­hack­ers and human opti­miza­tion zealots. Read the rest of this entry »

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