With the explosion in digital entertainment options over the past several decades and the more recent restrictions on outdoor and in-person social activities, parents may worry that excessive engagement with digital technology could have long-term effects on their children’s mental health.
A new study published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, however, found little evidence for an increased association between adolescents’ technology engagement and mental health problems over the past 30 years. The data did not consistently support the suggestion that the technologies we worry about most (e.g., smartphones) are becoming more harmful… [Read more…] about Study: Social media and general tech engagement not found to “fry” teenagers’ brains
UCLA on Tuesday said it is launching a three-year study to better understand how factors such as sleep, physical activity, heart rate and daily routines impact symptoms of depression and anxiety.
UCLA is working with Apple to design the study, which will use data collected by the iPhone, Apple Watch and Beddit sleep-tracker … involves 150 participants recruited from among UCLA Health patients. From there, the next phases of the research will expand out to 3,000 participants from both the hospital and the student body. Study participants will download an app onto their iPhones, then receive a Beddit sleep monitor and an Apple Watch, which they can use throughout the study.
Time to wrap-up another stimulating month with SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter, featuring this time a range of promising news for everyone with a (human) brain 🙂
New tech for brain health:
- Neuroengineering meets neuroethics to address treatment-resistant depression
- Study: Hearing aids may help older adults delay dementia, depression, anxiety, and falls
- Four guidelines for smart use of smartphones
New brain and mind research:
- Reminder: A brain-friendly lifestyle is the best approach to delay cognitive decline and dementia
- Study challenges the “seductive” amyloid hypothesis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD)
- Study finds a key ingredient in mindfulness training: Acceptance (not acquiescence)
New thinking to shape education and healthcare:
- What are the ethics of discouraging much-needed innovation given potential privacy concerns?
- Help select the campaign sticker for Brain Awareness Week 2020
- SharpBrains y El Cerebro Que Cura se presentan en Madrid
- Growing concern and hope about astronauts’ cognitive health during spaceflight
Finally, a few riddles to tease your brain:
- Nine great riddles about Life and Death
- Seven sharp riddles to celebrate Thanksgiving in perfect harmony
Have a great Thanksgiving and December,
The SharpBrains Team
Technology can be bad for us—for example, when social media gives us FOMO (fear of missing out) or traps us in filter bubbles that prevent us from seeing multiple points of view on important issues. As a society, we are increasingly concerned that technologies like smartphones and social media result in more social comparison, bullying, and loneliness—all stumbling blocks to happiness. Technology seems to be bad for our happiness when it interferes with the mental, social, emotional, and behavioral processes that contribute to well-being.
But we often fail to realize (and discuss) the ways that technology can also support happiness and well-being—for example [Read more…] about Four guidelines for smart use of smartphones
We hope you enjoy this slidedeck supporting a fascinating talk at the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: The Future of Brain Health (March 7–9th). Full recordings are available for purchase here.
8–8.30am. Outsmarting Smart Technology to Reclaim our Health and Focus
- Dr. Margaret Morris, clinical psychologist, author of Left to Our Own Devices and former senior researcher at Intel
A new report (opens PDF) created by the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Neurotechnologies, Empowering 8 Billion Minds: Enabling Better Mental Health for All via the Ethical Adoption of Technologies, proposes a framework to address privacy, trust and governance issues in the use of technologies for mental healthcare.
Mental health disorders are among the leading causes of mortality and could cost the global economy $16 trillion by 2030. By collecting and analysing data to inform treatment, it is easier for more people to access information and engage with professionals. While technologies, including smartphones, wearable sensors and artificial intelligence, are successfully meeting the current gaps in care, there are risks [Read more…] about New report: Empowering 8 Billion Minds via Ethical Development and Adoption of Neurotechnologies