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Study shows how practicing gratitude can help train your brain and improve mental health over time

With the rise of managed health care, which emphasizes cost-efficiency and brevity, mental health professionals have had to confront this burning question: How can they help clients derive the greatest possible benefit from treatment in the shortest amount of time? Read the rest of this entry »

Why “Untrained Brains Are A Bit Like Puppies,” And How To Put Together the Building Blocks of a Smarter, Happier Mind

As a child, I was convinced that my dad just went to work to play. My father was a neuroscientist at Baylor University, and his office was full of brightly colored blocks to test intelligence, books by MC Escher to study perception, and even a soundproof room covered in blue foam that I thought was for gymnastics Read the rest of this entry »

Top 30 Highlights from the 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: The latest on Brain Research, Health and Innovation

2013 SharpBrains SummitOver 30 speakers and 170 registered participants discussed the latest on brain research, health and innovation at the fourth annual SharpBrains Virtual Summit, held in September 2013. Here are some of the fascinating highlights* that can help identify emerging opportunities and prepare for significant changes likely to occur in the next 3-5 years.

What surprised/ impressed us the most (in brackets, the Speaker who prompted the highlight):

  1. How the Human Brain Project is building a comprehensive brain simulation web portal for hundreds of neuroscientists to find principles that can not only optimize brain health but also computing, manufacturing and IT networks. (Sean Hill)
  2. How different Brain Health will look in 2020. i.e. we may well see a “self-administered annual brain health check-up” (Alvaro Fernandez) building on current tablet-based cognitive baseline tests. (Joan Severson)
  3. Two billion people worldwide suffer from brain based health and productivity challenges, and many could benefit from evidence-based interventions delivered over the web via computers/ mobile. (Alvaro Fernandez)
  4. The increasing role positive psychology is playing in leadership and wellness initiatives of large organizations. Many companies are using meditation programs at work, helping place the human brain at the center of the human resources equation. (Hyong Un)
  5. How health providers can expand focus to include emotional and cognitive health. Kaiser Permanente’s simple and powerful posters are beautiful and inspiring. (Alexandra Morehouse) Read the rest of this entry »

Three Insights from the Frontiers of Positive Psychology

future-300x225In late June, the third World Congress on Positive Psychology convened leading scientists to explore the keys to a happy and meaningful life. Here are three of the most striking and practical insights from the conference. Read the rest of this entry »

How Do Words, such as Yes and No, Change Our Brains and Lives?

The neuroscience of language, consciousness, and communication raises many fundamental questions, the answers to which consistently defy definition. For example: when we speak, where do our words come from? Our brain, or our mind? And what do we mean by mind? Similar dilemmas arise when we try to study the nature of consciousness. What is it, and where is it? Is it generated solely by neural activity, or is it a separate force that influences the activity of the brain? Hypotheses abound, but nobody seems to know for certain.

However, we do have a few clues that illuminate the relationship between the brain, the mind, and Read the rest of this entry »

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