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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 »

Are you familiar with these research findings and technologies revolutionizing Brain & Mental Health?

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Try adding 3 and 8 in your head.

That was easy. Now, trying adding 33 and 88. That was probably more difficult. Finally, try adding 333 and 888.

Time for SharpBrains’ October e-newsletter, this time discussing a range of research findings and technologies revolutionizing brain and mental health.

New thinking about cognition, brain and mind:

Emerging toolkit for brain health & enhancement:

News about the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th):

And finally, a couple of fun brain teasers to start the week of the right foot:

 

Have a great month of November!

The SharpBrains Team

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 »

Update: New book by Daniel Goleman & Richard Davidson describes how long-term meditation can improve our minds, brains, and bodies

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Time for SharpBrains’ September e-newsletter, this time discussing a range of topics from meditation research to the first FDA-cleared digital therapeutic to upcoming events at the frontier of applied brain science. Also, a warning: Parents, coaches, teachers, –you can read why below–  let’s find safer sports for kids to play than American football.

New research

New tools

New thinking

Upcoming events

 

Have a great month of October!

The SharpBrains Team

 

Playing American football before age 12 is linked to long-term neuropsychiatric and cognitive problems

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Tackle football before age 12 may boost risks of cognitive, mood disorders (Ars Technica):

“Taking hard knocks early in life could shove football players toward neurological problems later, a new study suggests.

Among 214 former amateur and professional male football players, those who started playing early—particularly before the age of 12—had greater risks of reporting depression and impaired behavioral regulation and executive function around their 50s, researchers found Read the rest of this entry »

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