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Virtual reality games and related neurotechnologies spark a new generation of dementia & cognitive tests

The Sea Hero Quest vir­tu­al real­i­ty game is played on a Sam­sung Gear VR head­set. Source: Glitch­ers Ltd.

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The Vir­tu­al Real­i­ty Game Gath­er­ing Data for Demen­tia Researchers (Bloomberg):

Nav­i­gat­ing an ice-walled lake or scour­ing a swamp for a hid­den mon­ster may sound like a fun premise for a vir­tu­al-real­i­ty video game. But there’s a seri­ous pur­pose behind the new game Sea Hero Quest VR: help­ing neu­ro­sci­en­tists design a new test for demen­tia. Read the rest of this entry »

Hourglass: Biology of Aging blog carnival

Wel­come to the 8th edi­tion of Hour­glass, the blog car­ni­val devot­ed to biogeron­tol­ogy. Enjoy!

Use It or Lose It

Exis­tence is Won­der­ful,
by Anne C.
Nei­ther A Tran­shu­man­ist Nor a “Pes­simist”, And That’s Okay
“I can’t sur­vive cog­ni­tive­ly in envi­ron­ments that force every­thing into false dichotomies, and nobody should feel hurt, slight­ed, or bit­ter because of my doing what I need to do for the sake of being able to actu­al­ly use my brain.”
“Just because I think superla­tiv­i­ty tends to dis­tort dia­logue and make it dif­fi­cult to focus on what can actu­al­ly be done in the real world does not mean I dis­par­age the pow­er of human imag­i­na­tion or our capac­i­ty to change things for the bet­ter.”

Cog­ni­tive Enhance­ment, Health and Assess­ments

Ouroboros,
by Chris Patil
Bet­ter think­ing through chem­istry
“I sus­pect that the struc­ture of argu­ments about cog­ni­tive enhance­ment will mir­ror those of future debates regard­ing lifes­pan exten­sion.”
Fight Aging,

by “Rea­son”


A View of the Enhance­ment Debate
“A great many peo­ple grow up with what they know — hav­ing things far bet­ter than their par­ents, despite the efforts of past lud­dites who strived to block advance­ments — and then spend the rest of their lives fight­ing against vision­ar­ies who are try­ing to make things even bet­ter.”
Sharp­Brains,
by Alvaro Fer­nan­dez
Ten Reflec­tions on Cog­ni­tive Health and Assess­ments
“Cog­ni­tive health is a crit­i­cal fac­tor in over­all health­care, but is often approached in a frag­ment­ed, non-sys­tem­at­ic way. We lack of a com­mon frame­work and tax­on­o­my to define the prob­lem and iden­ti­fy solu­tions and inter­ven­tions to mea­sure and help main­tain cog­ni­tive health across the lifes­pan.”

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