“Our digital lives make concentration difficult…A group of Cambridge university researchers believes to have developed a “fun” solution to this modern problem. By playing a “brain training” game, called Decoder, players can increase their concentration. [Read more…] about Brain training seen as promising non-pharmacological method to enhance attention in healthy young adults
Neurofeedback (NF) is an approach for treating ADHD in which individuals receive real-time feedback on their brainwave activity and taught to alter their typical EEG pattern to one that is consistent with a more focused and attentive state.
While considerable research supports the effectiveness of neurofeedback for many children with ADHD, relatively few studies have directly compared neurofeedback to ADHD medication. [Read more…] about Neurofeedback or medication to treat ADHD?
More research needed on use of ‘smart drugs’ by healthy people (Medical News):
“Drugs such as methylphenidate and modafinil, marketed as Ritalin and Provigil respectively, are used by some healthy individuals in order to boost their cognitive performance, despite a general lack of knowledge about [Read more…] about Growing awareness of the opportunities and risks posed by pharmacological cognitive enhancement (aka “smart drugs”)
Will 2015 be the year our smartphones link up to our brains? (Popular Science):
“Thync bills itself first and foremost as a neuroscience company. Its sole product—slated for release later this year—is a smartphone-controlled wearable device that will allow the user to actively alter his or her brain’s electrical state through transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). The big idea: [Read more…] about Open question: Can coffee & Ritalin’s mental effects be delivered, safely, over a smartphone?
ADHD medication enhances the risk of heart problems in children (Science Nordic):
“The risk of developing heart problems is twice as big for children taking medicine for Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) when compared to children not receiving the medicine…The study builds on data from 714,000 children [Read more…] about Study: Use of methylphenidate-based ADHD medication increases the risk of heart problems
“Smart” drugs, like Ritalin, also known as nootropics, are known to increase a person’s attention span, memory and ability to stay alert. As a result, they have become increasingly abused by students seeking an extra edge in their studies. According to a report from The Partnership at Drugfree.org and the MetLife Foundation, approximately 1.3 million American teenager [Read more…] about Use and misuse of ADHD drugs and nootropics among teenagers and toddlers