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Next in Human Resources: Seeing cognitive diversity as an asset to build on, not a problem to avoid

brains_neurodiversityNeurodiversity: The Benefits of Recruiting Employees with Cognitive Disabilities (Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge):

There’s a new frontier in diversity programs focused not on race or gender but on cognitive ability.

The growing interest in neurodiversity—hiring people with cognitive disabilities like Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)—is motivated by companies looking to tap into Read the rest of this entry »

Upcoming talks: ESCoNS2, Harvard, WEF, Neurogaming, mesh13

speakerHeads up: these are some of the talks I’ll be giving over the next few months. If you’re a SharpBrains friend and speaking at/ attending any, please let me know so we can connect.

> March 15-17, Los Angeles: Marriage of Science & Industry – How to create a sustainable business model that proves end-user value, at ESCoNS2 (Entertainment Software and Cognitive Neurotherapeutics Society)

> April 1st, Boston: Health from the Neck Up, a guest lecture at Harvard extension course Mind, Brain, Health, and Education (MBHE): The Sciences of Development, Learning, and Well-being

> April 23-25, Lima, Peru: World Economic Forum on Latin America 2013

> May 1-2, San Francisco: Think, Think, Think: Cognitive Gaming Platforms, at Neurogaming

> May 15-16, Toronto:  The Web as a Gym for the Brain, at mesh13  Read the rest of this entry »

Top 40 Brain Fitness & Training Questions/ Course Registration Ends this Sunday

Let us share below a list of 40 common brain fitness, brain health, brain training questions that we will make sure to address during the upcoming online course, How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach in 2012 (starts March 7th). The questions are sequenced by their approximate order of appearance in the syllabus. We look forward to an engaging, interactive and valuable experience! ***Please remember that course registration ends on Sunday, March 4th.***

Top 40 Brain Fitness & Training Questions

  1. How can one define brain fitness
  2. What is link between stress, focus and memory
  3. Does “brain age” even exist
  4. How to enhance overall mental productivity, vs just IQ
  5. Is there some “ceiling” to my improvement or can I always try more things
  6. How brain functions evolve with age. What improves, what declines, what should I be paying attention to Read the rest of this entry »

Research: Could studying the placebo effect change the way we think about medicine?

The Power of Nothing: Could studying the placebo effect change the way we think about medicine? (The New Yorker):

“For years, Ted Kaptchuk performed acupuncture at a tiny clinic in Cambridge, a few miles from his current office, at the Harvard Medical School. He opened for business in 1976, having just returned from Asia, where he had spent four years honing his craft. Not long after he arrived in Boston, he treated an Armenian woman for chronic bronchitis. A few weeks later, the woman returned with her husband and told Kaptchuk that he had “cured” her.” Read the rest of this entry »

Alzheimer’s Disease: New Survey and Research Study on Awareness, Testing and Prevention

Very interesting new data reinforcing two main themes we have been analyzing for a while:
1) We better start paying serious attention (and R&D dollars) to lifestyle-based and non-invasive cognitive and emotional health interventions, which are mostly ignored in favor of invasive, drug-based options
2) Interventions will need to be personalized. The study below analyzes data at the country level, but the same logic applies to the individual level

Many fear Alzheimer’s, want to be tested: survey (Reuters):

– “The telephone survey of 2,678 adults aged 18 and older in the United States, France, Germany, Spain and Poland was conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and Read the rest of this entry »

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