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Brain Training vs Facebook/ Social Media: 1 — 0

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Does Reg­u­lar Brain Train­ing Keep Sele­na Gomez at the Peak of Her Career? (YCB):

Sele­na Gomez hit the head­lines this week when she revealed to ELLE Mag­a­zine that, despite being one of the world’s most influ­en­tial celebri­ties online with 142 mil­lion fol­low­ers on Insta­gram alone, she actu­al­ly has no social media or pho­to edit­ing apps on her smart­phone.

In fact, the only app she does have is Peak, a pop­u­lar brain-train­ing app.

The Peak app has already reached 40 mil­lion down­loads world­wide, and Sele­na Gomez is just part of a grow­ing trend of 20-some­things who are now using apps and games like this for fun, self-improve­ment and relax­ation, rather than just pas­sive­ly brows­ing online con­tent.”

News in Context:

Tara Thiagarajan, Founder & Chief Scientist of Sapien Labs, on why she stays off social media

Ques­tion: First of all, if I may, what do you do to stay sharp 🙂

Answer: I stay off social media almost entire­ly and also try hard not to get caught up with the dai­ly news cycle; this helps me get to more focused states where I can keep con­cen­tra­tion on long-form con­tent with greater depth. I also pay atten­tion to diet (no sug­ar), reg­u­lar exer­cise and med­i­ta­tion.

–> Keep read­ing the inter­view over at Medi­um with this great pio­neer work­ing on ways to democ­ra­tize access to neu­ro­science and neu­rotech in order to improve brain­health and men­tal health world­wide.

Tara Thiagarajan, Founder of Brainnovations Winner Sapien Labs, on building a global platform for brain research that truly captures the diversity of humanity

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What sur­prised you the most from the Judges’ ques­tions and feed­back dur­ing the Brain­no­va­tions Pitch Con­test?

I was pleas­ant­ly sur­prised to see the sig­nif­i­cant range and depth of knowl­edge shown by the judg­ing pan­el, lead­ing to very spe­cif­ic and use­ful ques­tions around the key chal­lenges to build our glob­al research plat­form.

In a nut­shell, what is the core idea behind Sapi­en Labs?

The core idea is to fur­ther our under­stand­ing of the large dif­fer­ences between indi­vid­ual brains in order to man­age our brain health and brain states bet­ter. Read the rest of this entry »

What cognitive skills are for (or, is the Internet making us dumber?)

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(Click on the image above to play with the “giga­pan” NASA  built using 36,000 “self­ies”)

NASA Releas­es Earth Day ‘Glob­al Self­ie’ Mosa­ic (press release):

For Earth Day this year, NASA invit­ed peo­ple around the world to step out­side to take a “self­ie” and share it with the world on social media. NASA released Thurs­day a new view of our home plan­et cre­at­ed entire­ly from those pho­tos Read the rest of this entry »

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