UCLA on Tuesday said it is launching a three-year study to better understand how factors such as sleep, physical activity, heart rate and daily routines impact symptoms of depression and anxiety.
UCLA is working with Apple to design the study, which will use data collected by the iPhone, Apple Watch and Beddit sleep-tracker … involves 150 participants recruited from among UCLA Health patients. From there, the next phases of the research will expand out to 3,000 participants from both the hospital and the student body. Study participants will download an app onto their iPhones, then receive a Beddit sleep monitor and an Apple Watch, which they can use throughout the study.
Kaiser Permanente is trying to give its 12.4 million members a little bit of calm.
Starting Tuesday, the health-care provider is allowing patients to download the Calm meditation app for free as part of a way to help customers manage anxiety as they deal with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Calm is the most-popular health and fitness app on Google-powered devices and No. 2 on the iPhone, according to App Annie. Paid subscriptions normally cost $70 a year … Calm was seeing surging growth even before the coronavirus forced Americans to shelter in place and led to skyrocketing unemployment. The San Francisco-based start-up was valued by investors last year at $1 billion, two years after being named Apple’s app of the year back in 2017. The app has been downloaded over 80 million times.
Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter exploring the latest digital brain health technologies, neuroscience findings and insights for lifelong brain health and mental health.
- Survey of key scientific, technological and investment trends revolutionizing Brain Health in our Digital Age
- Is Your iPhone Really Frying Your Brain? Five Things You Need To Know
- The Canadian Centre for Aging & Brain Health Innovation (CC-ABHI) is looking for trial partners to test innovative solutions
- Consumers experiment with transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) with no regulatory oversight
- Brain scans mapping language and memory areas can help guide epilepsy-related surgeries
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) + Medication outperforms CBT alone to treat ADHD symptoms among adults. At the same time…
- To reduce heart disease and stroke risks, regulate stress and improve brain health
- UT Dallas researcher secures $2.7m grant to better monitor and address TBI-related cognitive and functional deficits
- The Mediterranean Diet seen to substantially reduce brain shrinkage among older adults
- Both maternal and parental obesity linked to young children’s neurodevelopmental delays
- Ten Important Signals to help reinvent Brain Health in the Digital Age & serve the needs of an Aging Population
- 50 Finalists from 37 countries shortlisted for the $1M Global Teacher Prize
- The One New Year’s Resolution To Help You Keep All Your New Year’s Resolutions
- Forget thinking vs. feeling dichotomy. Think/ feel holistic brain functioning
Finally, here you are a fun brain teaser to challenge your frontal lobes.
We hope you enjoy all the neuro-stimulating reading 🙂
The SharpBrains Team
“…since the announcement of the first iPhone ten years ago this week, concerns about devices turning their users into mindless drones seem to have reached a fever pitch. So is the internet really bad for your brain? Here’s what we know…“The average IQ of the population at large has been increasing every 10 years,” says Alvaro Fernandez, who runs Sharp Brains, an applied neuroscience company. “IQ is not the only thing that matters, but if something was very, very harmful for our brains, we would have already noticed it there.”
“We have to be very careful with children,” Alvaro concedes. “[Smart devices] can create an addiction if they are exposed too early. Adults also have to prevent constant distractions.”
To learn more:
“What do you get when you mix Google Glass and EEG? That’s the question that the people at Ottawa-based Personal Neuro (Devices) are on their way to answering… [Read more…] about Combining Google Glass and mobile EEG headsets
A couple of very interesting recent announcements show (in a military context) how well-targeted brain training can complement and augment existing approaches, both to help “normal” and “clinical” populations, in ways that silo-based, rear-mirror thinking often misses: [Read more…] about Brain Training to Enhance Performance, both post-Traumatic Brain Injury and for the workplace