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The Federal Trade Commission vs Lumosity: What does it mean for the brain training market?

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Despite all the noise around brain train­ing, we must be care­ful not to con­fuse com­merce with sci­ence. It is impor­tant to remem­ber that the Fed­er­al Trade Com­mis­sion (FTC), which reg­u­lates mar­ket­ing claims and com­mu­ni­ca­tions in the Unit­ed States, issues legal rul­ings against spe­cif­ic com­mer­cial behav­iors.  Read the rest of this entry »

New course to provide an updated review of conventional & complementary ADHD treatments

Dear Sharp­Brains read­er,

I hope you are doing well.

I am writ­ing to let you know about an upcom­ing online course on how to nav­i­gate ADHD treat­ments that I am devel­op­ing with Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, founder of the Sharp­Brains ser­vice track­ing applied brain sci­ence. The course will take place this May, and is intend­ed to equip par­ents and allied pro­fes­sion­als with the infor­ma­tion they need to Read the rest of this entry »

Announcement: New online course to Navigate Conventional and Complementary ADHD Treatments for Healthy Brain Development

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Dear col­leagues and friends,

?We are pleased to announce an excit­ing col­lab­o­ra­tion between Sharp­Brains and the Atten­tion Research Update to offer a new online course in May 2015, designed to equip par­tic­i­pants with the under­stand­ing and infor­ma­tion required to nav­i­gate and pri­or­i­tize ADHD treatments–both con­ven­tion­al and complementary–to max­i­mize healthy brain devel­op­ment for chil­dren with ADHD.

Course descrip­tion: Every par­ent whose child has been diag­nosed with ADHD should learn how to sys­tem­at­i­cal­ly nav­i­gate and mon­i­tor the range of poten­tial ADHD treat­ments based on the lat­est sci­en­tif­ic evi­dence. This course will pro­vide the nec­es­sary infor­ma­tion, frame­works and toolk­its to make well-informed deci­sions, in con­junc­tion with pro­fes­sion­al advice, about med­ica­tion, behav­ioral ther­a­py, exer­cise, neu­ro­feed­back, work­ing mem­o­ry train­ing, med­i­ta­tion, diet and sup­ple­ments.

Who this is for: This new course can be a valu­able resource for par­ents whose child has been diag­nosed with ADHD and also for pro­fes­sion­als seek­ing to stay updat­ed.

Dr. David RabinerThe Fac­ulty:

  • Dr. David Rabin­er, founder of the Atten­tion Research Update, is an Asso­ciate Dean and a Research Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Psy­chol­ogy and Neu­ro­science at Duke Uni­ver­sity.
  • Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, named a Young Glob­al Leader by the World Eco­nomic Forum, is the co-author of The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age (2013).

–> To Learn More and Reg­is­ter, please vis­it the course page:

How to Nav­i­gate Con­ven­tion­al and Com­ple­men­tary ADHD Treat­ments for Healthy Brain Devel­op­ment

Friends of Sharp­Brains can reg­is­ter with a 10% dis­count using pro­mo­tion­al code: sharp2015

Wish­ing you and yours an excel­lent 2015,

- The Sharp­Brains Team

Open question: How to personalize brain training based on age, personality, biology, and more?

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Brain Train­ing Goes to School (Web­MD):

Kristy Lea was search­ing for a way to help her 5‑year-old son improve his ADHD, and she want­ed to reserve med­ica­tion as a last resort…Increasingly, ther­a­pists, school sys­tems, and par­ents are turn­ing to brain-train­ing games to help chil­dren with learn­ing chal­lenges.

If you look at the [sci­en­tif­ic research], the results are kind of all over the place. Read the rest of this entry »

Study finds n‑back cognitive training can increase fluid intelligence (especially outside the USA)

workingmemoryImprov­ing flu­id intel­li­gence with train­ing on work­ing mem­o­ry: a meta-analy­sis (Psy­cho­nom­ic Bul­letin & Review):

…due to the broad inter­est in cog­ni­tive train­ing, lab­o­ra­to­ries around the world are inves­ti­gat­ing the effects of train­ing and trans­fer. In fact, the first study of n‑back train­ing on Gf (flu­id intel­li­gence) was con­duct­ed in Switzerland…and from our own expe­ri­ences con­duct­ing research both inter­na­tion­al­ly and in the U.S., we have anec­do­tal­ly observed Read the rest of this entry »

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