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Neuroplasticity, Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News


Large study with twins highlights the limited role of genetics in mental health and the importance of effective early interventions for ADHD


Mul­ti­ple stud­ies have indi­cat­ed that, on aver­age, youth with ADHD have poor­er out­comes in young adult­hood in mul­ti­ple areas com­pared to their unaf­fect­ed peers.

A lim­i­ta­tion of these stud­ies, how­ev­er, is that they have not typ­i­cal­ly dis­tin­guished between indi­vid­u­als whose ADHD per­sists into adult­hood from those where the con­di­tion remits. Read the rest of this entry »

Lifestyle and neurotechnology over genetics

Dear col­league,

It’s remark­able how quick­ly things are chang­ing, final­ly, in brain health and men­tal health — see for exam­ple what’s new with Inter­ax­on, Akili, Neu­raMetrix, Apple, Calm, Halo Neu­ro­science, Mind­strong Health, Novar­tis, Pear Ther­a­peu­tics, and life­long neu­ro­ge­n­e­sis, all in the last 6 months!

Please enjoy the May edi­tion of Sharp­Brains eNewslet­ter below, and con­sid­er join­ing the Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit this Decem­ber to dis­cuss the lat­est and help shape the next 🙂

New research:

New tools:


Have a great month of June,


The Sharp­Brains Team

Question: Do genes determine the fate of our brains?


Answer: No, not even close. Thanks to life­long neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty, our lifestyles are as impor­tant as our genes–if not more–in how our brains grow and our minds evolve.

Keep read­ing 20 Must-Know Facts To Har­ness Neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty And Improve Brain Health over at The Cre­ativ­i­ty Post.

Mental stimulation over genetics: How to hold off Alzheimer’s Disease 8+ Years (even APOE4 carriers)

Alzheimers DiseaseFeed­ing the Brain’s Curios­i­ty Helps Delay Alzheimer’s, Study Says (Bloomberg):

Peo­ple genet­i­cal­ly prone to Alzheimer’s who went to col­lege, worked in com­plex fields and stayed engaged intel­lec­tu­al­ly held off the dis­ease almost a decade longer than oth­ers, a study found. Read the rest of this entry »

Scanning healthy brains to understand and enhance our minds

myelinbrainThe Brain, in Exquis­ite Detail (The New York Times):

  • Each of the 1,200 sub­jects whose brain data will form the final data­base will spend a good 10 hours over two days being scanned and doing oth­er tests. The sci­en­tists and tech­ni­cians will then spend at least anoth­er 10 hours ana­lyz­ing and stor­ing each person’s data to build some­thing that neu­ro­science does not yet have: a base­line data­base for struc­ture and activ­i­ty in a healthy brain that can be cross-ref­er­enced with per­son­al­i­ty traits, cog­ni­tive skills and genet­ics. And it will be online, in an inter­ac­tive map avail­able to all…The data­base and brain map are a part of the Human Con­nec­tome Project, a rough­ly $40 mil­lion five-year effort sup­port­ed by the Nation­al Insti­tutes of Health…She said the cen­tral ques­tion the data might help answer was, “How do dif­fer­ences between you and me, and how our brains are wired up, relate to dif­fer­ences in our behav­iors, our thoughts, our emo­tions, our feel­ings, our expe­ri­ences?”

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