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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 »

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 »

Update: The Neurotech Revolution Could Lead To ‘Frankenstein’ Brains. Here’s How We Avoid It

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Time for Sharp­Brains’ August e-newslet­ter, this time start­ing with a con­ver­sa­tion whose time has come…

New thinking:

Year 2030, your col­lege-age daugh­ter, who has nor­mal hear­ing, has been pound­ing on you to get the lat­est hear­ing aid that allows one to can­cel out noise on demand, ampli­fy select­ed ambi­ent con­ver­sa­tions at will, and can eas­i­ly con­nect to the music store. Should you buy one for her? Maybe you should buy one not only for her, but also for you as you enter your 60s? Keep read­ing The Neu­rotech Rev­o­lu­tion Could Lead To ‘Franken­stein’ Brains. Here’s How We Avoid It

New research:

New tools:

Upcoming events (and discount codes):

 

Have a great Sep­tem­ber!

 

The Sharp­Brains Team

$3 million available for innovative solutions aimed at older adults via The Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI)

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Cen­tre for Aging + Brain Health Inno­va­tion announces up to $3 mil­lion in fund­ing avail­able to sup­port indus­try inno­va­tions in the field of aging and brain health (press release):

The Cen­tre for Aging + Brain Health Inno­va­tion (CABHI) announced today the sec­ond round of fund­ing avail­able through its Indus­try Inno­va­tion Part­ner­ship Pro­gram (I2P2). This pro­gram is designed to enable 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

Dan­ny Dankn­er

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

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