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Tara Thiagarajan, Founder & Chief Scientist of Sapien Labs, on why she stays off social media

Ques¬≠tion: First of all, if I may, what do you do to stay sharp ūüôā

Answer: I stay off social media almost entire­ly and also try hard not to get caught up with the dai­ly news cycle; this helps me get to more focused states where I can keep con­cen­tra­tion on long-form con­tent with greater depth. I also pay atten­tion to diet (no sug­ar), reg­u­lar exer­cise and med­i­ta­tion.

‚Äď> Keep read¬≠ing the inter¬≠view over at Medi¬≠um with this great pio¬≠neer work¬≠ing on ways to democ¬≠ra¬≠tize access to neu¬≠ro¬≠science and neu¬≠rotech in order to improve brain¬≠health and men¬≠tal health world¬≠wide.

Tara Thiagarajan, Founder of Brainnovations Winner Sapien Labs, on building a global platform for brain research that truly captures the diversity of humanity


What sur­prised you the most from the Judges’ ques­tions and feed­back dur­ing the Brain­no­va­tions Pitch Con­test?

I was pleas­ant­ly sur­prised to see the sig­nif­i­cant range and depth of knowl­edge shown by the judg­ing pan­el, lead­ing to very spe­cif­ic and use­ful ques­tions around the key chal­lenges to build our glob­al research plat­form.

In a nut­shell, what is the core idea behind Sapi­en Labs?

The core idea is to fur¬≠ther our under¬≠stand¬≠ing of the large dif¬≠fer¬≠ences between indi¬≠vid¬≠ual brains in order to man¬≠age our brain health and brain states bet¬≠ter. Read the rest of this entry ¬Ľ

Monthly e-newsletter: Do you actually like that song or do you merely think you do?

Time for Sharp¬≠Brains‚Äô Novem¬≠ber e-newslet¬≠ter, explor¬≠ing the fron¬≠tiers in applied brain sci¬≠ence and start¬≠ing this time with a fas¬≠ci¬≠nat¬≠ing study and ini¬≠tia¬≠tive.

New thinking

Emerging toolkit for brain health & enhancement:

News about the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5‚Äď7th):

‚Äď Judg¬≠ing Pan¬≠el for the Brain¬≠no¬≠va¬≠tions Pitch Con¬≠test


Have a great month of December…and see many of you at the vir­tu­al sum­mit next week!

With 210 par¬≠tic¬≠i¬≠pants reg¬≠is¬≠tered so far‚Äďand many already intro¬≠duc¬≠ing each oth¬≠er via our pri¬≠vate LinkedIn group‚Äďwe know it‚Äôs going to be fun and worth¬≠while ūüôā

The Sharp­Brains Team

Top Resources for Educators on Learning and the Brain


In my pre¬≠vi¬≠ous post 10 Brain Train¬≠ing Tips To Teach and Learn I promised to share some of the resources‚Äďbooks, con¬≠fer¬≠ences, and web¬≠sites‚Äď that inform my under¬≠stand¬≠ing of teach¬≠ing, learn¬≠ing and the brain. Here‚Äôs an updat¬≠ed list: Read the rest of this entry ¬Ľ

5 Must-Read Articles, and an Online Course, to Help Children with ADHD


‚Äď Dr. David Rabin¬≠er, Research Pro¬≠fes¬≠sor in the Depart¬≠ment of Psy¬≠chol¬≠o¬≠gy and Neu¬≠ro¬≠science at Duke Uni¬≠ver¬≠sity and founder of the Atten¬≠tion Research Update.

Giv­en the ongo­ing changes and con­tro­ver­sies sur­round­ing ADHD diag­no­sis and treat­ment, let us high­light 5 key arti­cles writ­ten by Duke University’s Dr. David Rabin­er to sum­ma­rize recent sci­en­tif­ic find­ings and their impli­ca­tions, plus a very rel­e­vant online course to help par­ents and pro­fes­sion­als help chil­dren with ADHD.

1. Study finds large gaps between research and prac¬≠tice in ADHD diag¬≠no¬≠sis and treat¬≠ment

  • Key insight: Evi¬≠dence-based guide¬≠lines from the Amer¬≠i¬≠can Acad¬≠e¬≠my of Pedi¬≠atrics on the eval¬≠u¬≠a¬≠tion and treat¬≠ment of ADHD are fre¬≠quent¬≠ly not fol¬≠lowed. Many chil¬≠dren are diag¬≠nosed with ADHD in the absence of clear¬≠ly meet¬≠ing DSM diag¬≠nos¬≠tic cri¬≠te¬≠ria, and behav¬≠ioral treat¬≠ment is rarely rec¬≠om¬≠mend¬≠ed.
  • Key data point: Pedi¬≠a¬≠tri¬≠cians pre¬≠scribed ADHD med¬≠ica¬≠tion to rough¬≠ly 93% of youth diag¬≠nosed with ADHD. Doc¬≠u¬≠men¬≠ta¬≠tion that behav¬≠ioral treat¬≠ment was rec¬≠om¬≠mend¬≠ed, how¬≠ev¬≠er, was present in only 13% of the charts.

Read the rest of this entry ¬Ľ

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