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14 new Speakers, including Rutger’s April Benasich and EMOTIV’s Olivier Oullier, at the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th)

Proud to announce excellent additions to the stellar Speaker Roster at the upcoming 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Health & Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5-7th).

As director of the Infancy Studies Laboratory at the Rutgers Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience,  Dr. April Benasich’s research focuses on brain development in infancy and early childhood, specifically the neural processes necessary for normal language and cognitive development. She uses a mix of cutting-edge technologies, including measurement of auditory evoked brain potentials (EEG/ERPs) and naturally sleeping MRI/fMRI, that add converging noninvasive physiological measures to her lab’s extensive behavioral battery.

Dr. Olivier Oullier, just appointed as the new President of EMOTIV, is a neuroscientist, strategist, and contributor to Fortune Magazine, He is the former Head of Strategy in Global Health and Healthcare and Member of the Executive Committee of the World Economic Forum, where he was in charge of an international project on value-based care involving more than 50 global companies and organizations. Olivier is a Full Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at Aix-Marseille University and taught at the Universities of Oxford and Geneva’s executive education programs.

And, pitching the latest thinking and solutions for brain health and performance, during the Brainnovations Pitch Contest we will see (you can check out their bios here): Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Is modernity leading to a growing Cognitive Divide?

Subject during EEG study. Courtesy of Sapiens Labs

Has Modern Experience Changed The Human Brain? (NPR):

“The brain has evolved over evolutionary time scales of millions of years. So, what is the likelihood that the relatively recent advent of reading and writing, or motorized transport, or the Internet, could have changed our brains? 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 »

How to Optimize Brain Health at Any Age

Left to right: Howard Eaton, Alvaro Fernandez, Mark Watson.

Left to right: Howard Eaton, Alvaro Fernandez, Mark Watson.

Presentation delivered by Alvaro Fernandez at the Vancouver JCC, on November 3rd, hosted by Eaton Arrowsmith.

Description: Just like the rest of our body, the brain requires care, attention and proper exercise. Yet, we often ignore this most vital organ because few know where to begin. Based on The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age, named a Best Book by AARP, co-author Alvaro Fernandez will discuss exactly how to “use it or lose it,” offering a ground breaking new approach to harness neuroplasticity and improve brain health and performance at any age, from children to younger and older adults.

To maintain lifelong mental acuity, avoid early retirement and repetitive jobs

retirement_roadThis is your brain on retirement — not nearly as sharp, studies are finding (The Washington Post):

“Retiring at 55 and spending the rest of your life relaxing on the front porch may sound appealing, but if you want your brain to keep working, it’s probably not a good idea. Mounting evidence shows that staying in the workforce into old age is good not only for our bank accounts, but also for our health and mental acuity Read the rest of this entry »

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