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Outsmarting Smart Technology to Reclaim our Health and Focus

We hope you enjoy this slid­edeck sup­port­ing a fas­ci­nat­ing talk at the 2019 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit: The Future of Brain Health (March 7–9th).  Full record­ings are avail­able for pur­chase here.

8–8.30am. Out­smart­ing Smart Tech­nol­o­gy to Reclaim our Health and Focus

  • Dr. Mar­garet Mor­ris, clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist, author of Left to Our Own Devices and for­mer senior researcher at Intel

Let’s discuss how to Outsmart Smart Technology to Reclaim our Health and Focus

I’m excit­ed to share that the upcom­ing 2019 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit will fea­ture, on May 8th, a fas­ci­nat­ing pre­sen­ta­tion and dis­cus­sion with Dr. Mar­garet Mor­ris, who spent 13 years as a researcher at Intel and recent­ly wrote a very time­ly book — Left to Our Own Devices: Out­smart­ing Smart Tech­nol­o­gy to Reclaim Our Rela­tion­ships, Health, and Focus (MIT Press, 2018).

Please learn more about the fan­tas­tic Sum­mit Agen­da and con­sid­er join­ing us!

To bet­ter under­stand Dr. Mor­ris’ work and insights you can read this great book review over at Psy­chi­atric Times:

Mor­ris is a skill­ful sto­ry­teller and takes that chal­lenge to task. Across eight easy-to-read chap­ters, she illus­trates how peo­ple, most like­ly younger users, “hack” tech­nolo­gies to fos­ter con­nec­tion, mind­ful­ness, and well-being. The chap­ters are cen­tered around a col­lec­tion of per­son­al nar­ra­tives from peo­ple who per­son­al­ized their dig­i­tal devices and expe­ri­ence pos­i­tive results. Mor­ris records these sto­ries with a gen­tle, engag­ing, and upbeat tone that requires no for­mal back­ground in either men­tal health or tech­nol­o­gy … This book is a good read for today’s dig­i­tal health ini­tia­tives and for clin­i­cians hop­ing to keep up to date in cur­rent trends in men­tal health tech­nol­o­gy. It reminds us that putting a device in a patient’s hands will often lead to out­comes that we could nev­er have imag­ined. It also pokes holes in the once reign­ing view that robot­ics and chat­bots are dehu­man­iz­ing and anti­so­cial. If any­thing, the nar­ra­tives sug­gest that tech­nol­o­gy can help patients mon­i­tor their emo­tion­al states and improve shar­ing and con­nec­tions. The book under­scores how use­ful it is to study how patients use apps in real-world set­tings and to learn from their lived expe­ri­ences.


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Mind-Controlled Videogames Become Reality

Mind-Con­trolled Videogames Become Real­i­ty (The Wall Street Jour­nal):

- Pic­ture this: You put on a head­set and relax your mind. Soon you begin con­trol­ling an object with your thoughts.

- Among the offer­ings avail­able in the com­pa­ny’s app store are desk­top games like “Mind­Hunter,” Read the rest of this entry »

2011 SharpBrains Summit Meeting Report: Retooling Brain Health for the 21st Century

After months of hard work by six par­tic­i­pants @ 2011 Sharp­Brains Sum­mit, we are hon­ored to pub­lish this Meet­ing Report to help gen­er­ate a broad­er con­ver­sa­tion on what we believe is one of the main oppor­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges of our times: How to Retool Brain Health for the 21st Cen­tu­ry. This Meet­ing Report has been pre­pared by: Alvaro Fer­nan­dez (Sharp­Brains),  Luc P. Beau­doin (Simon Fras­er Uni­ver­si­ty), Muki Hansteen-Izo­ra (Intel Cor­po­ra­tion), Mar­garet E. Mor­ris  (Intel Cor­po­ra­tion), Joshua R. Stein­er­man (ProG­evi­ty Neu­ro­science), Peter J. White­house (Case West­ern Reserve Uni­ver­si­ty), and is ful­ly acces­si­ble Here.

You will find many valu­able rec­om­men­da­tions, such as “repeat­ed, fre­quent, assess­ment (of brain func­tion) over time (i.e., mon­i­tor­ing) with the use of con­sumer-fac­ing tech­nolo­gies is prefer­able to a sin­gle assess­ment”, and deep insights such as “But it was report­ed (that brain train­ing can work) to be pos­si­ble when basic “con­di­tions for trans­fer” are met, such as prop­er iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of deficit in tar­get pop­u­la­tion and suf­fi­cient train­ing “dose” Sev­eral speak­ers con­fessed to be “shocked” by the strength of the neg­a­tive claims made by the “BBC brain train­ing” Nature paper in spite of the “home­o­pathic dos­ing” of the inter­ven­tion.”  Read the rest of this entry »

Council Update: Upcoming call, industry news, and more

(You can learn more about the Sharp­Brains Coun­cil Here. If you par­tic­i­pat­ed in the 2011 Sharp­Brains Sum­mit and want to join Coun­cil on a com­pli­men­ta­ry basis before 01/31, please con­tact us.)

Dear Coun­cil Mem­bers,

First of all, have an excel­lent 2012. Here you have a few impor­tant updates, includ­ing our first con­fer­ence call in 2012: Read the rest of this entry »

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