Envisioning The Future With Inventor Cori Lathan (NPR): “Computers were created to be useful tools, but all too often it’s still a chore to get technology to do our bidding…For example, working as an engineer with astronauts at NASA, Lathan realized that the physical challenges of living in space in some ways mirror the challenges of living with a disability on Earth. [Read more…] about The future of intuitive technology and neurocognitive care?
“Although approved for use for treating traumatic brain injury (TBI) in nearly 60 countries, use of citicoline in a randomized trial that included more than 1,200 participants with TBI did not result in improvement in functional and cognitive status, according to a study appearing in the November 21 issue of JAMA.
“Despite considerable advances in emergency and critical care management of TBI as well as decades of research on potential agents for neuroprotection or enhanced recovery, no effective pharmacotherapy has yet been identified [Read more…] about On the limits of Citicoline and the need for comprehensive brain injury rehabilitation
“Despite the need for more research, Giffords’ story shows the potential of the treatments now available. But according to Susan Connors, the president of the Brain Injury Association of America, what treatment you receive depends heavily on your state, insurance plan (or lack of one), hospital and the people advocating for you.” [Read more…] about Brain Injury Care: Treatment and Reimbursement Challenges
“In 2007, with roadside bombs exploding across Iraq, Congress moved to improve care for soldiers who had suffered one of the war’s signature wounds, traumatic brain injury.
Lawmakers passed a measure requiring the military to test soldiers’ brain function before they deployed and again when they returned. The test was supposed to ensure that soldiers received proper treatment.
Instead, an investigation by ProPublica and NPR has found, the testing program has failed to deliver on its promise, offering soldiers the appearance of help, but not the reality. [Read more…] about Report: Cognitive Testing Program Fails Soldiers, Leaving Brain Injuries Undetected
Let’s explore some high-quality new resources, announcements and studies in this June edition of the monthly SharpBrains eNewsletter. The field is clearly on the move!
Portraits of the Mind: Several sharp brains (Rick, Karen, John, thanks!) strongly recommend the recent book “Portraits of the Mind: Visualizing the Brain from Antiquity to the 21st Century” (which includes the image on the left) as great reading and as a beautiful coffee table book.
Promoting Healthy, Meaningful Aging Through Social Involvement: The current issue of Cerebrum includes the excellent in-depth article on the value of volunteering program Experience Corps to promote healthy and meaningful aging through social involvement.
Working memory training can improve fluid intelligence: Finally, a powerful voice of common sense. A new scientific study concludes that “cognitive training can be effective and long-lasting, but there are limiting factors that must be considered to evaluate the effects of this training, one of which is individual differences in training performance. We propose that future research should not investigate whether cognitive training works, but rather should determine what training regimens and what training conditions result in the best transfer effects, investigate the underlying neural and cognitive mechanisms, and finally, investigate for whom cognitive training is most useful.”
Lumos Labs raises $32.5m: Lumos Labs, the company behind lumosity.com, has just raised the single largest amount of funding in the space.
Developing a Research Agenda for Serious Games: The recent trade book Computer Games and Instruction brings together the leading edge perspectives of over a dozen scientists in the area of videogames and learning, including this very insightful analysis by Harvard’s Chris Dede.
In the News: Brief articles in the New York Times and a very powerful analysis in The New York Review of Books provide useful clues about Brain Calisthenics, Bilingual Brains, and Debunking Myths on Mental Illness.
Emerging Military Applications: 2 recent announcements show, in a military context, innovative ways to enhance brain functioning and performance both to help “normal” and “clinical” (post-TBI) populations.
Yesterday I had the chance to chat with Yaakov Stern, leading Cognitive Reserve researcher at Columbia University, and then with a group of 25 lifelong learners in Arizona who attended a brain fitness class (hello, Robert and friends!) based on our consumer guide The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness. On reflection, I found both conversations to be very stimulating for the same reason: they were forward-looking, focused not so much on status quo but on how emerging research, technology and trends may impact our society and lives in years to come. Let’s continue the conversation. Let me share the 10 main trends that we analyzed/ forecasted in our book, and then ask you, sharp readers, to add your own 2 cents to the discussion. [Read more…] about Top 10 Brain Training Trends — Putting our Cognitive Reserve to Work