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Top Resources for Educators on Learning and the Brain

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In my pre­vi­ous post 10 Brain Train­ing Tips To Teach and Learn I promised to share some of the resources–books, con­fer­ences, and web­sites– that inform my under­stand­ing of teach­ing, learn­ing and the brain. Here’s an updat­ed list: Read the rest of this entry »

Study shows how online mindfulness interventions can reduce work-related rumination and fatigue, and improve sleep quality

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Work these days often comes with long hours, emo­tion­al­ly drain­ing col­leagues, and com­plex prob­lems that require an enor­mous amount of men­tal ener­gy. So it’s no sur­prise that many of us have a hard time leav­ing work-relat­ed thoughts at the office.

Sur­veys have shown that between 16 and 25 per­cent of the work­force have reg­u­lar issues of not being able to switch off and are upset or dis­tressed by work-relat­ed thoughts,” says Mark Crop­ley, a pro­fes­sor of health psy­chol­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Sur­rey. That can lead to a host of men­tal and phys­i­cal health issues, includ­ing dif­fi­cul­ty focus­ing and depres­sion. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Must-Read Articles, and an Online Course, to Help Children with ADHD

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– Dr. David Rabin­er, Research Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Psy­chol­o­gy and Neu­ro­science at Duke Uni­ver­sity and founder of the Atten­tion Research Update.

Giv­en the ongo­ing changes and con­tro­ver­sies sur­round­ing ADHD diag­no­sis and treat­ment, let us high­light 5 key arti­cles writ­ten by Duke University’s Dr. David Rabin­er to sum­ma­rize recent sci­en­tif­ic find­ings and their impli­ca­tions, plus a very rel­e­vant online course to help par­ents and pro­fes­sion­als help chil­dren with ADHD.

1. Study finds large gaps between research and prac­tice in ADHD diag­no­sis and treat­ment

  • Key insight: Evi­dence-based guide­lines from the Amer­i­can Acad­e­my of Pedi­atrics on the eval­u­a­tion and treat­ment of ADHD are fre­quent­ly not fol­lowed. Many chil­dren are diag­nosed with ADHD in the absence of clear­ly meet­ing DSM diag­nos­tic cri­te­ria, and behav­ioral treat­ment is rarely rec­om­mend­ed.
  • Key data point: Pedi­a­tri­cians pre­scribed ADHD med­ica­tion to rough­ly 93% of youth diag­nosed with ADHD. Doc­u­men­ta­tion that behav­ioral treat­ment was rec­om­mend­ed, how­ev­er, was present in only 13% of the charts.

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Neurotech start-up Rythm raises $11 million more to develop and commercialize sleep-monitoring headband Dreem

Dreem machine: Rythm rais­es $11 mil­lion and launch­es $500 sleep-mon­i­tor­ing head­band (Ven­ture­Beat)

Found­ed out of France in 2014, Rythm is now based in San Fran­cis­co, where it has been work­ing toward bring­ing its Dreem machine head­band to market…In a nut­shell, Rythm touts itself as a neu­rotech­nol­o­gy com­pa­ny that’s set­ting out to “enhance” your sleep, Read the rest of this entry »

Improving driving safety with alarms triggered by impending sleep state, detected via brain signals: Key Neurotech Patent #11

sleep state alarm

– Illus­tra­tive image from U.S. Patent No. 6,497,658

As men­tioned, we are fea­tur­ing a foun­da­tion­al Per­va­sive Neu­rotech patent a day, from old­er to new­er by issue date. Today we are shar­ing a 2002 patent core to the field of dri­ving safe­ty.

U.S. Patent No. 6,497,658: Alarm upon detec­tion of impend­ing sleep state

  • Inventor(s): Michael F. Roizen, Lawrence J. Got­tlieb, Avery Tung
  • Tech­nol­o­gy Cat­e­go­ry: EEG
  • Issue Date: Decem­ber 24, 2002

SharpBrains’ Take:

The ‘658 patent presents EEG tech­nol­o­gy applied to the field of sleep, with an appli­ca­tion geared less towards improved sleep states and more towards increased vig­i­lance dur­ing awake but sleepy states that may be nec­es­sary for exam­ple with vehi­cle oper­a­tors. Read the rest of this entry »

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