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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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