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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Applied Neuroscience and Neurotechnology

After a very busy month, it’s time now for Sharp­Brains e‑newsletter to sum­ma­rize the lat­est ini­tia­tives, tools and ideas for life­long brain health and men­tal fit­ness — and to share a few puz­zles and illu­sions to tease your brain.

A grow­ing num­ber of class­rooms in Chi­na are equipped with arti­fi­cial-intel­li­gence cam­eras and brain-wave track­ers. Video: Crys­tal Tai for The Wall Street Jour­nal.

New neuro-infused education and healthcare initiatives:

New neurotech and digital health tools:

New thinking on brain and mental health:

Finally, a few fun brain teasers for adults and kids alike 🙂

 

Have a great month of Octo­ber,

 

The Sharp­Brains Team

IBM, VA and Total Brain to test digital mental health platform for veterans and reservists

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IBM unveils GRIT, a dig­i­tal solu­tion devel­oped in part­ner­ship with the Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Affairs, to help vet­er­ans in tran­si­tion (press release):

IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today the launch of GRIT, a dig­i­tal solu­tion for vet­er­ans, active-duty ser­vice mem­bers, and reservists that pro­vides a mobile expe­ri­ence to help them under­stand and strength­en their men­tal fit­ness, social con­nec­tions, and over­all well-being. Read the rest of this entry »

Smart brains up in Canada: 11 early-stage neurotech entrepreneurs receive award by The Ontario Brain Institute (OBI)

A record 11 Ontario inno­va­tors award­ed $50,000 to become Ontario Neu­rotech Entre­pre­neurs (press release):

The Ontario Brain Insti­tute [OBI] today announced the 2017 win­ners of its pio­neer­ing Ontario Neu­rotech (ONtre­pre­neurs) pro­gram to help ear­ly-stage entre­pre­neurs take their ideas “from the lab to the mar­ket­place.”

Since 2012, the ONtre­pre­neurs pro­gram has award­ed $50,000 to each win­ner and has sup­port­ed 34 entre­pre­neurs to-date. The pro­gram flows direct­ly from OBI’s man­date to unlock the huge com­mer­cial and med­ical poten­tial from what is already one of the largest com­mu­ni­ties of brain sci­en­tists in the world. One new ben­e­fit, through a col­lab­o­ra­tion with IBM Cana­da, is the oppor­tu­ni­ty to access the entre­pre­neur­ial ser­vices offered through IBM Glob­al Entre­pre­neur Pro­gram Read the rest of this entry »

Fully concentrated on task at hand? Then your computer won’t distract you

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Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 8,055,722

Today we high­light a fas­ci­nat­ing patent by IBM that lever­ages brain mon­i­tor­ing (includ­ing EEG feed­back) to sup­press dis­tract­ing notifications–hopefully such a sys­tem will become avail­able soon!  Read the rest of this entry »

Update: New tools, research and thinking to promote Brain Health in the Digital Age

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The Times They Are a‑Changin.

In a recent sur­vey, 91% of those polled said that “Doc­tors should mon­i­tor cog­ni­tive health sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly, espe­cial­ly when pre­scrib­ing new medica­ments.

This is impor­tant news, as any­one who has expe­ri­enced neg­a­tive side-effects, cog­ni­tive or oth­er­wise, knows.

We need to upgrade our brain health sys­tem to reflect the real­i­ties, chal­lenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties in the 21st cen­tu­ry, in the midst of the Dig­i­tal Age we live in.

Where should we start? In this edi­tion of Sharp­Brains’ e‑newsletter, let’s take a look at some emerg­ing tools, sci­en­tif­ic stud­ies and fresh ideas. Hap­py read­ing, and have a great Fall:

New tools

New research

New thinking

 

About SharpBrains

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