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Belén Guerra-Carrillo to speak about Cognition, Learning and How to Conduct a 200,000-participant Study at the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

Proud to confirm a new excellent Speaker @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th).

Belén Guerra-Carrillo is an NSF fellow and a doctoral student at UC Berkeley in Prof. Silvia Bunge’s Building Blocks of Cognition Lab. She is particularly interested in the neural and cognitive mechanisms that give rise to changes that occur as a result of learning, and uses multiple methodologies–eye-tracking, neuroimaging, big data and more– to gain a richer picture of how and when these changes take place, as well as the factors that may influence individual learning trajectories, as evidenced by the fascinating recent study published just two weeks ago and outlined below.

UC Berkeley study links cognitive longevity to higher education (The Daily Californian):

“A study led by campus researchers found that higher levels of education are linked to later ages of peak cognitive performance…The team was able to use anonymous data gathered from almost 200,000 subscribers to Lumosity, an online cognitive training program, whose users consented that their results could be used for scientific research. Lumosity became involved in the study through its Human Cognition Project, which aims to provide researchers with cognitive data from Lumosity’s training tools Read the rest of this entry »

“We need low-cost monitoring technologies to track cognitive processes and capabilities at an individual level” — Danny Dankner, CEO and co-founder of Applied Cognitive Engineering

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Question: Danny, please share 1-2 major brain health needs you observe right now whose solution demands a creative and significant tech-enabled innovation.

Answer: We need low-cost monitoring technologies to track cognitive processes and capabilities at an individual level. This would be critical to trace and diagnose deteriorating processes, especially among the “worried well” and older adults.

What advice would you give an entrepreneur launching an innovation to address that?

The same advice I’d give any entrepreneur: make sure you address a real need, be focused, shorten development cycles and work as close as possible to prospective customers. Of course you also need to assemble a group of capable and connected people which you are comfortable working with.

Finally, please share something exciting you’re working on.

We have been developing cognitive simulation systems to train and improve on-field decision-making performance  among competitive football (“soccer” in the US) players, and it’s exciting to start to see tangible results. For example, the Cologne Sport University just released this fascinating study about the efficacy of the Football IntelliGym, led by Prof. Daniel Memmert–the head of the sports cognition department there.

— Danny Dankner, a serial entrepreneur, is the CEO and co-founder of Applied Cognitive Engineering Ltd (ACE), a leader in the field of cognitive training for competitive athletes. Previously he was on the founding team of Kinetica Internetting Solutions, and led strategic initiatives at MobileSpear and Scepia Internet Solutions. Danny is a founding member of Tel Aviv University’s entrepreneurship forum and serves as board member of the Global Entrepreneurship Network Israel. He will serve as a Judge in the first Brainnovations Pitch Contest hosted by the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5-7th, 2017).

— Brainnovations Judging Panel

Executive Functions in Health and Disease: New book to help integrate Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology

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Neuroscience used to be the monopoly of a few elite universities located in a handful of countries. Neuropsychology used to be a quaint niche discipline relatively unconnected to the larger world of neuroscience and content in its methods with paper-and-pencil tests. Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Physically-active video games (‘exergames’) boost cognition more than physical activity alone

Active gaming is good for brain health and memory, finds study (University of Manchester release):

“Video games which involve physical activity significantly boost our brain health as we get older, according to new research led by University of Manchester experts.

Study authors Dr Emma Stanmore and Joseph Firth say systems that use physical activity for gaming such as Wii, and Xbox Kinect can boost brain functioning in people with Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Computerized cognitive training may help patients with mild cognitive impairment (less so once diagnosed with dementia)

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Brain Gain: Computerized Training May Boost Cognition in MCI (Medscape):

“Computerized cognitive training (CCT) for patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) appears to have a beneficial effect on global cognition, memory, and attention and improves psychosocial functioning, including depressive symptoms, Read the rest of this entry »

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