On one of our “walk and talks” around the lush trails of Rock Creek Park in DC surrounded by bikers, runners, cars and the occasional deer, Wendy and Lisa talked about aging. Wendy’s mother, who had her children in her early 20s, was still joining the family’s grueling summer hikes with her children and nine grandchildren well into her 60s. Wendy mused about how much older she would be when their kids could have their own kids. It dawned on her that her health was not just a here and now issue, but an investment in that future. We agreed to help each other cultivate the habits and make time to build strength as well as reserves, both physical and mental, for the long-term. Their goal: to enjoy being active in their 40s and 50s while also laying the groundwork to continue being active into their 60s, 70s, and beyond. [Read more…] about New book provides practical guidance for women (and men) to rebalance our lifestyles and build Cognitive Reserve
Evidence That Computerized Cognitive Training Works (Psychology Today)
“Many people use computerized cognitive training with the hopes of preventing mental decline or improving mental performance. But do these brain training games actually work? [Read more…] about Evidence review: Cognitive training & remediation works, especially in schizophrenia and healthy aging
These are the 10 most popular SharpBrains resources in 2015, spanning a wide range of brain, health & neurotechnology topics and available in multiple platforms:
2. Brain Health in the Pervasive Neurotechnology Era (Slidedeck)
4. Why We Need to Retool “Use It Or Lose It”: Healthy Brain Aging (ICAA article)
5. Under what conditions does brain training work? (Slidedeck)
7. Review of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness (Scientific American blog) — The book is now available in English, Spanish, Japanese and Polish!
8. How Does a Child’s Brain Learn? (Slidedeck)
9. Solving the Brain Fitness Puzzle Is the Key to Self-Empowered Aging (Generations article)
10. 25 Key References to Navigate the Brain Health and Neurotechnology Revolution ( SharpBrains article)
We hope you enjoy them, and share your favorites with other sharp friends and colleagues! To stay on top of new articles and resources, you can follow us via Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and our eNewsletter.
And, if you are looking for some additional cognitive stimulation, check out these great brain teasers, games and illusions, for adults of any age!
The SharpBrains Team
Our newest Sponsor, brainHQ, is a brain training system built by Posit Science to help people be at their best throughout their lives. Under the leadership of CEO Henry Mahncke and CSO Dr. Michael Merzenich, their team of experts designs, tests, and refines online exercises that effectively address cognitive issues related to healthy aging as well as a broad range of other conditions.
Thank you for helping us produce a superb 2015 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, focused this year on better ways to monitor and enhance brain health in the pervasive neurotech era! (November 17–19th)
We are proud to release today what we believe is our best market intelligence report so far, tracking how fully automated applications designed to assess, monitor and/ or enhance cognition and brain functioning are transforming brain health, and health overall.
Here are a few examples of what we mean by Digital Brain Health, selected from among the 5 Market Leaders and 10 Companies to Watch in 2013/2014 identified through our comprehensive analysis.
- A 30-minute online brain health assessment and personalized brain fitness program used by large companies like Nationwide Insurance and Accenture to improve employee’s productivity and mental wellness
- An online cognitive training program offered by several large AAA chapters to members age 50+ to improve driving safety
- A computerized cognitive behavioral therapy offered by the NHS in the UK as a first-line intervention for anxiety and depression
- A fully digital headset and platform that measures basic brain states (such as level of attention) and is being used to help people meditate better and reduce ADHD symptoms
- An iPad-based assessment that tracks cognitive performance over time to help detect concussions among football/ hockey players and military personnel [Read more…] about New market report analyzing the growing Digital Brain Health market 2012–2020
Time for SharpBrains’ January 2012 eNewsletter, featuring in this occasion multiple thought-provoking perspectives on how emerging neuroscience can and should make us rethink prevailing practices in education, healthy aging and preventive medicine.
- The Future of Preventive Brain Medicine: Breaking Down the Cognition & Alzheimer’s Disease Alphabet Soup, by Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa
- When 1 + 1 = 5: Dyscalculia and Working Memory, by Dr. Tracy Alloway
- New Review of Neurofeedback Treatment for ADHD — Current State of the Science, by Dr. David Rabiner
- The Business and Ethics of the Brain Fitness Boom, by Alvaro Fernandez
- (How to contribute articles like these to SharpBrains.com)
- Brain function can start declining as early as age 45
- Education for Mental Fitness: “A Sharper Mind, Middle Age and Beyond”
- Lifelong cognitive exercise may ward off Alzheimer’s protein beta amyloid
- Cognitive Training & Brain Teasers Can Increase Openness Among Older Adults
- Cognitive Training in Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
- Does Nintendo Brain Age work as a brain training game?
- Brain Injury Care: Treatment and Reimbursement Challenges
- The Ten Habits of a Sharp Brain
- Brain Teasers and Games, for Kids and Adults
- Upcoming Talk & Book Signing in Washington, DC
Have a great month of February.