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Study suggests the real deficit underlying Attention Deficit Disorders is not Attention, but Working Memory

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Many parents have observed that their child with ADHD stays attentive and engaged during ‘high interest’ activities, e.g., while playing video games, but has considerable problems staying focused on less inherently engaging tasks, e.g., doing schoolwork. This discrepancy in attention during preferred and non-preferred activities has led some to Read the rest of this entry »

Brainy Innovation Tips from Edward Kliphuis, Investment Director with Merck Ventures

Edward Kliphuis

Question: Edward, 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 to target depression, stress and fatigue in a quantifiable manner (ie. no wellness-like claims, but real data supporting an improvement in the aforementioned indications). Treatments and early detection too.

Also, ways  to monitor longitudinal cognitive abilities (ie. person-specific brain function over the course of a number of years). Done on a wider population this could provide insights into the impact of certain external factors such as food, air quality, etc.

 

Question: And what advice would you give an entrepreneur launching an innovation to address those needs–for the approach to be successful and sustainable?

Answer: Focus on the right model from day one: You need to identify right away the best approach for the opportunity at hand — for example, regulated medical approach vs. general wellness? Both are viable but going from unregulated to regulated is hardly possible whereas the opposite is viable (although creates a risk of off-label use…)

 

— Edward Kliphuis is an Investment Director with Merck Ventures BV, the Corporate Venture Capital arm of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. He is responsible for the New Businesses fund, which invests globally in transformational ideas driven by great entrepreneurs. The New Businesses fund seeks to invest in strategic opportunities beyond Merck’s current businesses, make cross over investments between businesses and invest in digitization opportunities. The total volume of the corporate venture fund is €300 million. 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

5 quick brain teasers to sharpen two key cognitive skills: attention and working memory

Looking for some fun–and free–cognitive stimulation over the weekend? Here you have a few quick brain teasers to challenge your atten­tion and your work­ing mem­ory (work­ing mem­ory is the capacity to keep infor­ma­tion in your mind while working on processing and integrating it)

Please give them a try…they are not as easy as they may seem 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Parents’ educational and income levels (not breastfeeding per se) account for the brain development gains in breastfed children


Study shows no long-term cognitive benefit to breastfeeding (CNN):

“While the medical benefits of breastfeeding for helping newborns fight infections and helping pre-term infants get stronger are fairly well established, the long-term impact is much less so…a new study published in the journal Pediatrics finds that breastfeeding has little impact on long-term cognitive development and behavior. Read the rest of this entry »

Brain Teaser to test your pattern recognition and other cognitive skills: The Empty Triangle

Please enjoy this fun brain teaser, provided by puzzle master Wes Carroll.

The Empty Triangle:

Pattern Recognition Test - Empty Triangle

Question:

Which number should be placed in the empty triangle?  Read the rest of this entry »

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