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What are the most promising lifestyle and tech options to harness lifelong neuroplasticity?

What are the most promis­ing lifestyle and tech options to har­ness life­long neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty, and what are key road­blocks ahead? (record­ing requires reg­is­tra­tion; view slid­edeck above or Here)

  • Dr. Álvaro Pas­cual-Leone, Direc­tor of the Beren­son-Allen Cen­ter for Non­in­va­sive Brain Stim­u­la­tion at Beth Israel Dea­coness Med­ical Cen­ter
  • Dr. David Bartrés-Faz, Prin­ci­pal Inves­ti­ga­tor of the Barcelona Brain Health Ini­tia­tive (BBHI)
  • Dr. Simone Schurle, Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor for Respon­sive Bio­med­ical Sys­tems at the Swiss Fed­er­al Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy
  • Chaired byDr. David Bach, Founder and Pres­i­dent of the Platy­pus Insti­tute

Slid­edeck above sup­port­ed ses­sion held dur­ing the 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit: Brain Health & Enhance­ment in the Dig­i­tal Age (Decem­ber 5–7th).

Enhancing brains the tried-and-true way: 50 Finalists shortlisted for the $1M Global Teacher Prize

Con­grat­u­la­tions to the Top 50 2018 Final­ists!

Now in its fourth year, the US $1 mil­lion Glob­al Teacher Prize award is the largest prize of its kind, and was set up to rec­og­nize one excep­tion­al teacher who has made an out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the pro­fes­sion as well as to shine a spot­light on the impor­tant role teach­ers play in soci­ety. Read the rest of this entry »

Kids for life? Pros and cons of lifelong neuroplasticity, as seen via our emotional development

– Win­dows of plas­tic­i­ty in brain devel­op­ment. Adapt­ed from Hen­sch T.K. (2005). Crit­i­cal peri­od plas­tic­i­ty in local cor­ti­cal cir­cuits. Nature Reviews Neu­ro­science, 6(11), 877–888

The Brain’s Emo­tion­al Devel­op­ment (Dana Foundation’s Cere­brum):

Humans are like­ly the most emo­tion­al­ly reg­u­lat­ed crea­tures on earth. Com­pared to oth­er ani­mal species, we can mod­u­late and mod­i­fy emo­tion­al reac­tions and expe­ri­ences, even very intense ones, through a large and sophis­ti­cat­ed emo­tion reg­u­la­tion reper­toire that includes skills of dis­trac­tion, reap­praisal, lan­guage, pre­dic­tion, social inter­ac­tion, sup­pres­sion, and more. At times, these skills require effort, and at oth­er times, they seem reflex­ive and auto­mat­ic. Read the rest of this entry »

Will we soon have an “annual brain check-up” — and what may it look like?

Will we soon have an “annu­al brain check-up” — and what may it look like? Under what con­di­tions may spe­cif­ic brain training/ enhance­ment meth­ods work? How can we best har­ness both human neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty and arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence (AI) to thrive in the 21st Cen­tu­ry? Which com­pa­nies, tech­nolo­gies and solu­tions are gain­ing the most trac­tion so far, and what are some best prac­tices for appro­pri­ate use?


The 2017 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit (Decem­ber 5–7th, 2017) will fea­ture over thir­ty of the world’s top experts and inno­va­tors work­ing on ways to enhance our brain health and per­for­mance in light of emerg­ing neu­ro­science and dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies. Addi­tion­al­ly, and for the first time, it will host a Brainnova­tions Pitch Con­test to fos­ter col­lab­o­ra­tive prob­lem-solv­ing between sci­en­tists, prac­ti­tion­ers, tech­nol­o­gists and entre­pre­neurs.

The Sum­mit Agen­da will explore in depth the 5 core themes dis­cussed in the arti­cle Five rea­sons the future of brain enhance­ment is dig­i­tal, per­va­sive and (hope­ful­ly) bright:

1. 7.5 bil­lion human brains need help to thrive in the Dig­i­tal Age

2. Life­long neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty means all those brains can be enhanced

3. Mobile, sens­ing, wear­able tech­nolo­gies, cou­pled with arti­fi­cial intel­li­gence (AI), pro­vide a new plat­form to har­ness that neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty

4. Entre­pre­neur­ship and invest­ments are fuel­ing accel­er­at­ed growth

5. Pro­fes­sion­als are step­ping up to help ensure appro­pri­ate use

 

–> Learn More & Reg­is­ter HERE.

(10%-off pro­mo­tion­al code for Sharp­Brains read­ers: sharp2017)

Final days to submit scalable & non-pharmacological Brain Health proposals to MIT Solve’s Brain Health Challenge

Insuf­fi­cient brain health­care is one of the most per­va­sive and mul­ti-faceted prob­lems our world faces today. From the young to the old, the rich to the poor, those liv­ing in dense cities to iso­lat­ed farm­lands, any­one can be affect­ed by brain health prob­lems. Yet, cur­rent solu­tions to this prob­lem are lim­it­ed. While some inno­va­tions have made sig­nif­i­cant strides towards improved brain health, there is a press­ing need for stronger pri­or­i­ti­za­tion of cog­ni­tive health­care and more proac­tive inno­va­tion towards pre­ven­ta­tive treat­ments. Read the rest of this entry »

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