Until recently, mental health was a relative blip on the radar of venture capitalists. But over the past few years, and particularly since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, private investors have made a dramatic run for this space, pouring $3.1 billion into mental health ventures by the third quarter of 2021 alone, according to Rock Health, a seed fund that supports startups working in digital health. That represents a third of all digital health funding for 2021, more than 7 times the amount of funding placed in such ventures in 2015. [Read more…] about APA: With digital mental health going mainstream, will/ should psychologists be able to “prescribe” interventions?
Depression affects visual perception (press release by University of Helsinki):
Researchers specialised in psychiatry and psychology at the University of Helsinki investigated the effects of depression on visual perception. The study confirmed that the processing of visual information is altered in depressed people, a phenomenon most likely linked with the processing of information in the cerebral cortex. [Read more…] about Study: Depression affects visual perception … making it more accurate
Videogame Technology Could Bring Biofeedback Therapy to the Living Room (The Wall Street Journal):
For decades, use of biofeedback to help sufferers of anxiety, among other psychological conditions, has largely been limited to clinical settings with expensive—and somewhat tedious—medical equipment. Now, with an assist from developers of virtual-reality games, effective therapeutic biofeedback is becoming more affordable, accessible and engaging.
Tests of a new generation of products that combine advances in wearable biometric sensors with the immersive—and fun—qualities of virtual-reality gaming have increasingly demonstrated effectiveness in helping anxious subjects achieve states of calm, among other therapeutic uses.
As citizens of the 21st century, we face many problems that come with an industrialized and globalized world. I’m not a lawyer or a politician, but a psychologist and neuroscientist. So research on how to train helpful mental and social capacities is my way to contribute to a more healthy, communal, and cooperative civilization.
For the past five years, that research has taken the form of the ReSource Project, one of the longest and most comprehensive studies on the effects of meditation-based mental training to date. Lots of research treats the concept of meditation as a single practice, when in fact meditation encompasses a diversity of mental practices that train different skills and different parts of the brain. Our goal was to study the specific effects of [Read more…] about Study finds clear–yet surprisingly different–benefits in 3 types of meditation-based mental training
I still remember the time I tried to comfort one of my best friends when her father died. Because I’d lost my own parents years before, I thought I understood her pain. But, when I offered sympathy, she balked. Her father’s death had been transcendent, filled with love and family connection. She didn’t feel pain; she felt at peace. [Read more…] about Study finds the limits of putting oneself in another’s shoes (instead, ask and listen)
- What: Neuropsychology of the future and how we can prepare for it today
- When: Saturday May 6th, 2017, 10 am – 1 pm
- Where: Podell Auditorium in Bernstein Pavilion, Mount Sinai Beth Israel 10 Nathan D Perlman Place NY, NY 10003
Please join prominent neuropsychologists and industry leaders to explore the future of neuropsychology and how you can harness recent findings and technologies to prepare for [Read more…] about May 6th, New York City: Anticipating and Shaping the Neuropsychology of the Future