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Who will be the personal brain trainers of the future?

brainBrain-fit­ness indus­try caters to wor­ried boomers (Crain’s):

Mr. Fernandez…compares the brain-fit­ness indus­try of today with the phys­i­cal-fit­ness indus­try of half a cen­tu­ry or more ago. Where­as once there were no health clubs or per­son­al train­ers, today they’re ubiq­ui­tous. “Who will be the per­son­al brain train­ers of the future?” he says. “Are they going to be doc­tors, life coach­es, neu­ropsy­chol­o­gists? Will health clubs Read the rest of this entry »

Addressing cognitive deficits due to ADHD or leukemia/ brain tumor treatments

fog brainThe Sci­ence Behind ‘Brain Train­ing’ (The Atlantic):

Julie Schweitzer, direc­tor of the ADHD Pro­gram at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia in Davis’s MIND Insti­tute, con­duct­ed a ran­dom­ized study of chil­dren diag­nosed with ADHD. When pub­lished in July 2012 in the jour­nal Neu­rother­a­peu­tics, Schweitzer’s study found that chil­dren Read the rest of this entry »

What Summit Speakers and Participants Say About Brain Check-ups, Cognitive Wellness, and More

On Sep­tem­ber 19–20th, 2013, over 30+ speak­ers at the fron­tier of Brain, Health and Inno­va­tion will engage with over 200 pro­fes­sion­als in North Amer­i­ca and abroad. You can check out the quite amaz­ing Speak­er Bios and Sum­mit Agen­da. Also, as part of Sharp­Brains’ new inter­view series, here’s what sev­er­al Sum­mit Speak­ers and Par­tic­i­pants have to say about the oppor­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges at hand:

Corinna_LathanCori Lath­an: It’s time for an annu­al brain check-up, a “brain ther­mome­ter”

Q: Where do you see clear “low-hang­ing fruit” to enhance behav­ioral and brain health based on neu­ro­science and inno­va­tion?
A: An annu­al brain check-up or “brain ther­mome­ter” that tracks cog­ni­tive health the way we cur­rently track many oth­er health indi­ca­tions like weight and blood pres­sure. Read the rest of this entry »

Brain training going mainstream: new center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Brain TrainingCre­at­ing a gym for the mind (The Boston Globe):

Although scoffed at for years, such “train­ing” — which tra­di­tion­al­ly has meant spe­cial­ized com­put­er games but now includes a more com­pre­hen­sive, whole-body approach — is gain­ing cur­ren­cy as a viable treat­ment Read the rest of this entry »

Why, to improve memory, we need to think of the brain as a system

(Edi­tor’s Note: every month we host an online Q&A with par­tic­i­pants in the e‑course How To Be Your Own Brain Fit­ness Coach. This is the light­ly edit­ed and anonymized tran­script from the Jan­u­ary Q&A ses­sion; the Feb­ru­ary Q&A will take place on Tues­day, Feb­ru­ary 12th)

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OK, ready to go! Hap­py 2013 again. You can start writ­ing your ques­tions and com­ments in the box at the bot­tom, and hit Send.

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Ques­tion 
Which activ­i­ties or games or web­sites do you rec­om­mend to improve mem­o­ry? Read the rest of this entry »

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