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Akili Interactive Labs raises $30.5 million to develop FDA-approved brain training videogame for ADHD

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Videogame Mak­er Seeks to Treat ADHD (The Wall Street Jour­nal):

Doc­tors don’t usu­al­ly pre­scribe videogame play. But one com­pa­ny, which has just raised $30.5 mil­lion from ven­ture-cap­i­tal investors, hopes to change that.

Boston-based Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs Inc. is devel­op­ing a videogame it believes could replace pills as a treat­ment for atten­tion-deficit hyper­ac­tiv­i­ty dis­or­der. Read the rest of this entry »

Cognitive Enhancement via Magic Pills? likely not soon

Excel­lent Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can cov­er sto­ry:

Tur­bocharg­ing the Brain–Pills to Make You Smarter?

Will a pill at break­fast improve con­cen­tra­tion and memory—and will it do so with­out long-term detri­ment to your health?”

Their answer, in short: not real­ly, not any­time soon.

I couldn’t agree more. Let’s pay real atten­tion to non-inva­sive options to aug­ment cog­ni­tion, from exer­cise to cog­ni­tive train­ing and med­i­ta­tion.

For more con­text, you may enjoy my recent arti­cle Prepar­ing Soci­ety for the Cog­ni­tive Age, pub­lished in Fron­tiers in Neu­ro­science.

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