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
You may find that too much media coverage on how to take good care of our brains is confusing, if not potentially misleading. In The True Story — is mental exercise good, bad, or irrelevant, Dr. Pascale Michelon dissects for you a recent large study which was largely reported as bad news when in fact it brings good news (no miracles, but good news). We hope you enjoy her insightful analysis — and all the excellent articles that follow in the September edition of our monthly eNewsletter covering cognitive health and brain fitness topics. Please remember that you can use the box in the right column to subscribe and receive this newsletter via email.
Do you Mind
Dear sapiens sapiens, do you mind: Dr. Joshua Steinerman encourages you to ask yourself the tough questions: Do you mind your brain? Do you know your noggin’? Can you claim cerebral ownership or is your mental a rental? Plus, why we need a new lexicon for positive cognition interventions.
Time for a Cognitive Reserve Day: with 36 million people worldwide with dementia today and related care costs around 1 percent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP), and growing fast, may it be time to complement World Alzheimer’s Day with Word Cognitive Reserve’s Day?
Food for Thought
Debunking learning styles: a recent article in The New York Times debunks many old myths about learning and learning styles, summarizing emerging cognitive neuroscience findings.
Science for the People: quick now — think of a question, any question, that comes to mind. Chances are some one in the excellent roster of 28 science bloggers who took part in SharpBrains’ edition of Scientia Pro Publica blog carnival answered it.
Food for Thought — II
‘Western’ Style Diet Increases Risk of ADHD: Dr. David Rabiner reports how, on the one hand, a recent large study tracking 1172 Australian adolescents and their parents found that dietary factors can play an important role in the development of attention deficits, at least for some children.
A Controlled Trial of Herbal Treatment for ADHD: on the other hand, Dr. Rabiner adds, a recent randomized-controlled trial supports the idea that appropriately prepared and targeted herbal compounds have the potential to be therapeutic and reduce attention deficit symptoms.
Shaping the Future
Q&A about the new SharpBrains Council for Brain Fitness Innovation: we have received many good questions about the new SharpBrains Council … here you are our answers.
Meet the Experts: since 2006 we have interviewed dozens of experts on the future of cognitive enhancement and mental health, building up the foundation for the type of innovation the SharpBrains Council wants to foster. Here you can find what 26 leading-edge scientists and experts believe and why.
Getting therapy through your iPhone: The Daily Beast (a great new media outlet) just published this excellent article on an emerging “small revolution” in mental health care.
Brain Teaser: are you ready to test your mental rotation skills?
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