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Evidence review finds that computer-based cognitive training can significantly improve memory in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS)

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Com­put­er-Based Cog­ni­tive Train­ing Improves Mem­o­ry Domains in Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis (Neu­rol­o­gy Advi­sor):

Com­put­er-based cog­ni­tive train­ing may assist in improv­ing mem­o­ry in patients with mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis (MS), accord­ing to a sys­tem­at­ic review pub­lished in Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis and Relat­ed Dis­or­ders.

A total of 9 stud­ies report­ing the use of com­put­er-based cog­ni­tive train­ing in patients with MS were includ­ed in Read the rest of this entry »

Research trend: Combining brain stimulation with cognitive training to enhance attention and memory

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In 47 CE, Scri­bo­nius Largus, court physi­cian to the Roman emper­or Claudius, described in his Com­po­si­tiones a method for treat­ing chron­ic migraines: place tor­pe­do fish on the scalps of patients to ease their pain with elec­tric shocks. Largus was on the right path; our brains are com­prised of elec­tri­cal sig­nals that influ­ence how brain cells com­mu­ni­cate with each oth­er and in turn affect cog­ni­tive process­es such as mem­o­ry, emo­tion and atten­tion.

The sci­ence of brain stim­u­la­tion – alter­ing elec­tri­cal sig­nals in the brain – has, need­less to say, changed in the past 2,000 years. Today we have a hand­ful of Read the rest of this entry »

The ultimate in transfer from brain training to real-world outcomes: Reducing the risk of at-fault accidents by almost 50%

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Can you train your brain to dri­ve longer into your gold­en years? (CTV News):

For the elder­ly, the loss of a driver’s licence could mean the end of inde­pen­dence and the begin­ning of a decline in health, with far-reach­ing con­se­quences in their dai­ly lives…New assis­tive dri­ving tech­nolo­gies seem like an obvi­ous solu­tion in the years to come, but buy­ing new vehi­cles can be too expen­sive; while options like going for adult dri­ving lessons can be too great a blow to some seniors’ pride. Now, sci­en­tists claim that there’s anoth­er option avail­able to help old­er dri­vers main­tain their abil­i­ties on the road. Read the rest of this entry »

To maximize cognitive benefits, study suggests you exercise brain and body at the same time

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Phys­i­cal and men­tal mul­ti­task­ing may boost mem­o­ry, study sug­gests (UCLA research alert):

Per­form­ing mem­o­ry train­ing exer­cis­es at the same time as ped­al­ing a sta­tion­ary bike led to bet­ter gains in mem­o­ry than doing the train­ing exer­cis­es after work­ing up a sweat, accord­ing to a 55-per­son study led by UCLA researchers. The find­ings sug­gest that exer­cise may tem­porar­i­ly make it eas­i­er for the brain to cre­ate new mem­o­ries Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 moments from the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit/ Slidedecks & Recordings are Available

Reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants @ 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (Decem­ber 5–7th, 2017)

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Whew.

What a rich and diverse 3-day con­ver­sa­tion on the future of brain health and brain enhance­ment among 50+ Speak­ers and 200+ par­tic­i­pants in 24 coun­tries.

From the dozens of fas­ci­nat­ing insights and moments, here are some our favorites:

(Note: slid­edecks are now freely avail­able; ses­sion record­ings require reg­is­tra­tion and login cre­den­tials)

1. That mas­ter­ful 40-minute overview by Dr. Tom Insel on the past, present and future of men­tal health (view slid­edeck Here)

2. Dis­cussing with Akili’s Eddie Mar­tuc­ci the FDA impli­ca­tions from the sig­nif­i­cant research find­ings released just the day before (view slid­edeck Here)

3. Explor­ing the rev­o­lu­tion in brain health assess­ments (view slid­edeck Here), as cov­ered in the arti­cle Firms Race to Find New Ways to Scan Brain Health at Web­MD

4. Dis­cov­er­ing the lat­est in EEG, vir­tu­al reality/ aug­ment­ed real­i­ty, and pho­to­bio­mod­u­la­tion with experts at UCSF, Emo­tiv, Stan­ford, AUG­MEN­Tx ad VieLight ((view main slid­edeck Here)

5. Pre­view­ing why Lumos­i­ty is get­ting into Mind­ful­ness (view slid­edeck Here; final pre­sen­ta­tion)

6. Con­sid­er­ing the ethics of dif­fer­ent meth­ods of cog­ni­tive enhance­ment, includ­ing the grow­ing use of con­sumer-dri­ven brain stim­u­la­tion (view slid­edeck Here)

7. Learn­ing about the largest new Ran­dom­ized Con­trolled Tri­al on the impact of lifestyle fac­tors such as exer­cise and nutri­tion on healthy brain aging (view slid­edeck Here)

8. Dis­cussing the upbeat find­ings about edu­ca­tion and cog­ni­tive train­ing from a just-pub­lished study involv­ing 200,000+ peo­ple! (view slid­edeck Here)

– Judg­ing Pan­el for the Brain­no­va­tions Pitch Con­test

9. Explor­ing the next 80 years of brain enhance­ment and Human Com­put­er Inter­faces with neu­ro­engi­neer Ran­dal Koene (view slid­edeck for all pm ses­sions Here)

10. Hear­ing the great ques­tions and feed­back by Judges dur­ing the Brainnova­tions pitch con­tests to mea­sure brain health and to improve it, to har­ness Big Data, to boost work­place pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and resilience (view slid­edecks Here, Here, Here and Here)

 

In sum­ma­ry, Brain Health and Men­tal Health will look very dif­fer­ent in 2020 than they do today. And not a minute too soon, since the needs and the gaps are so large.

Hap­py Hol­i­days, Hap­py Hanukkah, Mer­ry Christ­mas, and Hap­py and Pros­per­ous 2018  to you and to your fam­i­ly at home and at work,

Alvaro Fer­nan­dez on behalf of the Sharp­Brains Team

 

PS1: Sum­mit Par­tic­i­pants already have full access to all record­ings click­ing above or HERE (one-year access to 50+ Speak­ers, 15+ Hours), using same log-in cre­den­tials pro­vid­ed dur­ing the Sum­mit.

PS2: If you didn’t par­tic­i­pate in the Sum­mit but want access all record­ings, they are avail­able for pur­chase HERE ($150; 10%-off dis­count-code: sharp2018)

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