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Large study to study impact on early brain development of financial assistance to low-income mothers
In this study, we examined associations between socioeconomic status (SES) and amygdala volume by age across childhood and adolescence to test whether socioeconomic disadvantage would be associated with larger amygdala volume at younger ages but with smaller amygdala volume at older ages. We then examined whether SES and amygdala volume were associated with children’s levels of anxiety and depression. Participants were 3- to 21-year-olds from the Pediatric Imaging, Neurocognition, and Genetics study (N = 1,196), which included structural magnetic resonance imaging. A subsample (n = 327; 7–21 years of age) compl...
Source: SharpBrains - May 18, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Baby’s First Years brain-development Cerebral Cortex cognitive-development emotional-development employment memory-skills Mental-Health poverty Stress Source Type: blogs

Presentation on Neuroscience, Education and Lifelong Learning (in Spanish)
? Tema: Cómo preparar la mente de nuestros alumnos para el siglo XXI…comenzando por el cerebro de sus profesores y padres Descripción: Conferencia de Álvaro Fernández Ibáñez, basada en el libro Cómo invertir en su cerebro: Una guía SharpBrains para mejorar su mente y su vida, dentro del ciclo “Neurociencia y Educación” patrocinado por Ikasgiltza, la asociación de cooperativas laicas de enseñanza en el País Vasco. Sobre el ponente: Experto a nivel internacional citado por medios como el New York Times o el ...
Source: SharpBrains - May 16, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning aprendizaje Cerebro educación enseñanza innovación mente neurociencia Source Type: blogs

Could technology help cure depression among older adults? (Short answer: Yes)
___ Why technology — not medication — is the future of treating older adults with depression (McKnight’s Long-term Care News): “The go-to treatment for many cases of depression is medication. Unfortunately, this treatment option can cause as many issues as the problem it is trying to solve. Antidepressants can put residents at greater risk of falls, negative health complications and other poor conditions. Some studies indicate that antidepressants may not be effective for most older Americans. Medication adherence is another significant challenge. According to a study by Topolovec-Vranic, et al., &l...
Source: SharpBrains - May 14, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology antidepressants Brain-Fitness cognitive disabilities cognitive-decline depression LeadingAge medication memory-loss older-adults treat depression Source Type: blogs

Six tips for social-emotional learning (SEL) to transfer into real-world skills
___ Social-emotional learning (SEL) teaches the key attitudes and skills necessary for understanding and managing emotions, listening, feeling and showing empathy for others, and making thoughtful, responsible decisions. For five years, I was an educator in the field teaching mindfulness and emotional skills to teenagers at six different high schools. Over and over, I saw the power of mindfulness to transform the inner lives of students. Students became less stressed, more self-regulated, and more thoughtful toward their classmates. But I also saw that students did not understand how to connect these new skills and experie...
Source: SharpBrains - May 11, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Magazine Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning curricula development emotional skills Emotions empathy Greater-Good mindfulness Project Wayfinder self-regulation social-emotional-learning Stress training Source Type: blogs

Initial study finds promise and limitations in using virtual reality (VR) to treat ADHD
In conclusion, while I commend the authors for this initial effort to examine the use of VR in ADHD treatment, there is much work remaining to establish whether this a viable approach. Taking a cue from the VR treatments developed for anxiety disorders, where VR is used to expose clients to ‘environments’ that elicit anxiety, it may be fruitful to use a virtual classroom environment to train attention during more meaningful academic tasks. For example, it may be possible to combine neurofeedback with a virtual classroom to provide feedback to children on their attention level as the ‘teacher’ presen...
Source: SharpBrains - May 9, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology AD/HD-treatments anxiety attention-training behavior-therapy Cognitive-Training medication methylphenidate Neurofeedback psychiatric disorders Psyc Source Type: blogs

Cognitive training, diet, exercise, and vascular management seen to improve cognition even in people with genetic predisposition for dementia (APOE e4)
CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE: Healthy lifestyle changes may be beneficial for cognition in older at-risk individuals even in the presence of APOE-related genetic susceptibility to dementia. Whether such benefits are more pronounced in APOE e4 carriers compared with noncarriers should be further investigated. The findings also emphasize the importance of early prevention strategies that target multiple modifiable risk factors simultaneously. News in Context: Study: 46.7 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease brain pathology today, so it’s urgent to prevent or at least delay progression to clinical disease Wha...
Source: SharpBrains - May 7, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness APOE APOE ε4 allele apolipoprotein E at risk cardiovascular cognition Cognitive-impairment Cognitive-Training dementia diet exercise FINGER neuropsychological neuropsychological-tests Source Type: blogs

Coming soon: Assessing your mental health while you talk on a phone, type on a keyboard, or scroll through a website
___ Tech Watches You for Digital Symptoms of Brain Disorders (IEEE Spectrum): The medical professionals tasked with caring for our minds don’t have an easy job. To diagnose people with neuropsychiatric diseases, doctors can perform brain scans, but such scans are expensive and the results are sometimes inscrutable. The other options include conducting time-­consuming cognitive tests, or relying on doctors’ own subjective analyses. Seeing an opportunity, a number of startups have devised quantitative methods to diagnose diseases or assess mental health while patients complete routine activities, like talking...
Source: SharpBrains - May 4, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Professional Development Technology Cognitive-tests diseases medical Mental-Health Mindstrong Health NeuraMetrix neuropsychiatric neurotechnologies Neurotechnology WinterLight Labs Source Type: blogs

May 8th: How Neurotech Innovation Leads to New Healthcare Realities @ Horasis Global Meeting in Cascais, Portugal
Heads-up: the 2018 Horasis Global Meeting will host a session on How Innovation Leads to New Healthcare Realities, and our very own Alvaro Fernandez will discuss the latest in neurotechnology, brain & mental health and also set the stage for the upcoming launch of the Portuguese editionof The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age (also available in Spanish, Japanese and Polish). Description: Innovation in health-care is advancing globally, offering transformative change. In an aging society we might consider better palliative care most important – bu...
Source: SharpBrains - May 2, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology aging Brain-health Cascais healthcare Horasis Horasis Global Meeting innovation Mental-Health neurotech Neurotechnology Portugal sharpbrains gu Source Type: blogs

Brain imaging show that patients with Alzheimer ’s disease can still remember and enjoy their favorite songs
___ Music Activates Regions of the Brain Spared by Alzheimer’s Disease (University of Utah): “Ever get chills listening to a particularly moving piece of music? You can thank the salience network of the brain for that emotional joint. Surprisingly, this region also remains an island of remembrance that is spared from the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at the University of Utah Health are looking to this region of the brain to develop music-based treatments to help alleviate anxiety in patients with dementia. Their research will appear in the April online issue of The Journal of Prevention of ...
Source: SharpBrains - April 30, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness anxiety brain Brain-Imaging connectivity dementia fMRI music Source Type: blogs

tDCS coming to an Equinox gym near you: Good, Bad or Depends?
___ Brain-Zapping Workout Tech Is Coming to an Equinox Near You (Gizmodo): “Athletes are generally willing to entertain any scientific-sounding trend that promises an edge. For reference: Michael Phelps and cupping or Shaquille O’Neal’s energy-enhancing bracelets. Which is probably why Equinox jumped at the chance to offer Halo Neuroscience’s brain-zapping, supposedly performance-enhancing headsets as part of its advanced personal training program at 22 of its fitness clubs around the U.S., beginning this month. Halo’s headsets employ a technology called transcranial direct current stimul...
Source: SharpBrains - April 27, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Peak Performance Professional Development Technology brain brain-zapping Equinox gym Halo Neuroscience headsets human performance neuroimaging tDCS Transcranial-direct-current-stimulation Source Type: blogs

Update: Study finds continued birth of new neurons (neurogenesis) well into our 70s
___ Time for SharpBrains eNewsletter, bringing you the latest in in brain health and mental health research, tools and thinking. Also, a quick heads-up for those based in the UK: the Imperial College Centre for Neurotechnology will host a keynote by Alvaro Fernandez in London on Wednesday, May 30th, titled Why the Future of Brain Enhancement & Mental Health is Digital & Pervasive (free; requires registration). Other upcoming events here. New research: Study finds continued birth of new neurons (neurogenesis) well into our 70s The more hours you sit per day, the smaller ...
Source: SharpBrains - April 25, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology app brain Brain-health brain-scans brain-stimulation Brainnovations Cognitive-Training meditation Mental-Health Neurogenesis Neurotechnology smartphone Source Type: blogs

Study combines MRI brain scans with statistics to better predict cognitive problems after stroke
Conclusions: The brain health index is a new image analysis approach that may usefully capture combined visible brain damage in large-scale studies of ageing, neurovascular and neurodegenerative disease. The Study in Context: Next: Brain scans to identify children at high risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) before symptoms appear 25 Key Resources to Improve Brain Health and Mental Health Five reasons the future of brain enhancement is digital, pervasive and (hopefully) bright 10 neurotechnologies about to transform brain enhancement and brain health What are cognitive abilities and how to boost them? Solving ...
Source: SharpBrains - April 23, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology atrophy brain health index Brain-health brain-injury cerebral small vessel diseases cognition computer-assisted image processing magnetic resonance imaging stroke Source Type: blogs

May 30th: The Future of Mental Health & Brain Enhancement @ Imperial College, London
___ Heads-up: the Imperial College Centre for Neurotechnology will host a keynote by Alvaro Fernandez on Wednesday, May 30th, titled Why the Future of Brain Enhancement & Mental Health is Digital & Pervasive. Description: As seen in patent and investment trends, research findings and consumer/patient behaviors, Mental Health and Brain Enhancement are rapidly evolving in transformational ways which some call “empowering” and some “controversial.” Alvaro Fernandez, Editor-in-Chief of independent market research firm SharpBrains, will present and discuss the latest market data and forecas...
Source: SharpBrains - April 20, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology alvaro-fernandez brain-enhancement Centre for Neurotechnology future Imperial College London Mental-Health Source Type: blogs

Save the Date for Brainnovations Pitch Contest on December 5th
Given the success of the first Brainnovations Pitch Contest last year (details here), the 2018 SharpBrains Virtual Summit will host a second Brainnovations edition, for 12 selected startups to pitch their innovative solutions to to all Summit participants and to our distinguished Judges –our very own “Sharp Tank”: Dr. Hagit Alon, VP Scientific Affairs at Joy Ventures Dr. David Barash, Chief Medical Officer at the GE Foundation Nichol Bradford, Co-Founder and ED of the Transformative Tech Lab John Cammack, Angel Investor Ariel Garten, Founder and Chie...
Source: SharpBrains - April 18, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain-tech Brainnovations Neurotechnology Pitch Contest Source Type: blogs

The more hours you sit per day, the smaller your medial temporal lobe (MTL) seems to become, brain scans show
—– In the study, both (A) Total medial temporal lobe (MTL) and (B) parahippocampal thickness correlated inversely with hours of sitting/day, controlling for age. Reference: Siddarth P et al (2018), Sedentary behavior associated with reduced medial temporal lobe thickness in middle-aged and older adults. PLOS ONE 13(4): e0195549. Sitting is bad for your brain — not just your metabolism or heart (UCLA release): “UCLA researchers recruited 35 people ages 45 to 75 and asked about their physical activity levels and the average number of hours per day they spent sitting over the previous week. Each person...
Source: SharpBrains - April 17, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness aerobic fitness aging brain brain-scan cognitive-decline dementia medial temporal lobe memory Physical-activity sedentary behavior sitting Source Type: blogs

Mindstrong Health identifies digital biomarkers of cognitive function using smartphone data
___ mHealth Research on Mental Health Taps Into One’s Tapping Habits (mHealth Intelligence): “Healthcare providers looking to use mHealth in behavioral health treatment have long struggled to make the technology unobtrusive. But recent research suggests that remote monitoring of people with mental health issues could be done by analyzing their smartphone habits. A recent report in the journal NPJ Digital Medicine suggests that a smartphone app that collects user activity in the background can help telemental healthcare providers measure that user’s daily habits and detect when those habits deviate. By com...
Source: SharpBrains - April 13, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology assess cognitive function Behavioral Health cognitive-function digital digital biomarkers healthcare mental healthcare mHealth Mindstrong Health neuropsychological neuropsycholo Source Type: blogs

Study finds continued birth of new neurons (neurogenesis) well into our 70s
___ New brain memory cells develop well into old age (Reuters): “Well into our 70s, we continue to develop new cells in an area of the brain responsible for new memories and exploration of new environments, scientists report. “These new brain cells sustain our abilities to make new memories, learn, and cope with the environment, and they are important for emotional responses,” Dr. Maura Boldrini from Columbia University in New York City told Reuters Health by email…Even the oldest brains produced new brain cells. The number of developing and immature brain cells remained stable across the age range...
Source: SharpBrains - April 11, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness angiogenesis Brain-Fitness cognitive-fitness Cognitive-impairment Neurogenesis Neurons neuroplasticity neuropsychiatric Source Type: blogs

Imagine …and Save the Date for the 2018 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: December 4–6th
Imagine a videogame cleared by the FDA to treat ADHD, depression, or substance abuse — how will doctors prescribe it, patients access it, and insurers pay for it? Imagine a free “annual brain check-up” — what may it look like, and how can it lead into personalized interventions to improve function and prevent/ delay/ treat cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s Disease? Imagine being responsible for the health & wellness of a million people — how will you educate them to navigate most-likely-to-help interventions, such as breathing/ exercise/ meditation/ apps/ biofeedback/ ...
Source: SharpBrains - April 10, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Professional Development Technology 2018 brain health for all Brain-health sharpbrains SharpBrains Summit Source Type: blogs

Meditation app Calm said to be raising $25M to become the “Nike of the mind”
___ This meditation app is now worth $250 million and has Trump-related stress to thank (CNBC): “Meditation start-up Calm was so successful during a chaotic and stressful 2017 that Apple recognized it as the app of the year. “Well done, Calm,” Apple said in December. Now the San Francisco-based company, which to date has only raised $1.5 million in seed financing, is being rewarded by investors. Insight Venture Partners is leading a funding round that values Calm at about $250 million, according to sources familiar with the matter. The total funding will exceed $25 million, said the sources, who asked not...
Source: SharpBrains - April 9, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Apple Calm digital health Insight Venture Partners meditation app mind Nike of the mind Source Type: blogs

Evidence review finds that computer-based cognitive training can significantly improve memory in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS)
___ Computer-Based Cognitive Training Improves Memory Domains in Multiple Sclerosis (Neurology Advisor): “Computer-based cognitive training may assist in improving memory in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a systematic review published in Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders. A total of 9 studies reporting the use of computer-based cognitive training in patients with MS were included in this systematic review. For inclusion, each study was required to have reported both pre- and post-cognitive training neuropsychological assessment scores. In addition, each study was required to include an int...
Source: SharpBrains - April 6, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Cognitive-Training Computer-based cognitive rehabilitation meta-analysis multiple-sclerosis neuropsychological neuropsychological assessment Neuropsychological performance Systematic Source Type: blogs

Despite the growing evidence against supplements making brain/ memory improvement claims, sales keep growing
___ Why you shouldn’t bother with memory or brain health supplements (Consumer Reports): “The signs of memory loss can be bewildering and scary: misplaced keys, a forgotten street name, that task you suddenly can’t remember. It’s no wonder that, according to the Nutrition Business Journal, sales of supplements touted as memory boosters nearly doubled between 2006 and 2015. But according to a review of studies published in December, there’s virtually no good evidence that such products can prevent or delay memory lapses, mild cognitive impairment or dementia in older adults … A 2017...
Source: SharpBrains - April 4, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness brain-supplements Cognitive-impairment dementia ginkgo-biloba memory boosters memory enhancing memory supplements memory-loss Source Type: blogs

Research trend: Combining brain stimulation with cognitive training to enhance attention and memory
This article was originally published at Aeon and has been republished under Creative Commons. Related: Solving the Brain Fitness Puzzle Is the Key to Self-Empowered Aging Important insights on the growing home use of tDCS brain stimulation: older-than-expected users, positive self-reported results for treatment of depression but negative for self-enhancement, and a couple areas of concern (severe burns, frequency) Five reasons the future of brain enhancement is digital, pervasive and (hopefully) bright Session on the future of brain health, brain training and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) at t...
Source: SharpBrains - April 2, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tessa Abagis Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain-stimulation cognition cognitive-skills Cognitive-Training improve-cognition tDCS Transcranial-direct-current-stimulation working-memory-training Source Type: blogs

Wearable brain scanners to enable broader, easier, cheaper access to neuroimaging
Credit: University of Nottingham ___ This Brain Scanner Is Way Smaller Than fMRI but Somehow 1,000% Creepier (Gizmodo): “It may look like something befitting Halloween’s Michael Myers, but the device pictured above is actually a breakthrough in neuroscience—a portable, wearable brain scanner that can monitor neural activity while a person is moving… It uses a technology called magnetoencephalography, or MEG, which measures magnetic signals generated by the brain’s electrical currents at the scalp. With mathematical analysis, those fields can be used to create a 3D map of brain function with m...
Source: SharpBrains - March 30, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology brain-function brain-scan Connectome magnetoencephalography MEG neural-activity neuroimaging neurotech Neurotechnology wearable Source Type: blogs

Update: Large study finds that consistent use of ADHD medication may stunt growth by 2 inches (5 centimeters)
___ Time for SharpBrains’ eNewsletter, bringing you latest news around medication, brain training, supplements, mind-wandering, digital therapeutics, wearables, and more — and also a few quick brain teasers to wrap-up. New research: Consistent use of ADHD medication may stunt growth by 2 inches, large study finds Mind-wandering may help enhance creativity, job performance and general well-being, studies show The ultimate in transfer from brain training to real-world outcomes: Reducing the risk of at-fault accidents by almost 50% New thinking: AARP, TINA.org and the National Consumers League join forces to ch...
Source: SharpBrains - March 28, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Brain-Training digital therapeutics enewsletter medication mind-wandering neurotechnologies Neurotechnology supplements wearables Source Type: blogs

Fun brain teasers for kids and adults: Which train is going the “wrong” way? And, where is that bus going?
___ In the image above, courtesy of Heathrow Express. you can see 27 trains on the tracks. Quick — can you spot the  outlier? (Not necessarily “wrong”, just different from all other trains) Solution Notice the solution below. The flat caboose car gives away the train’s direction, heading east instead of west, as opposed to all other trains: _______ Second brain teaser Now challenge your mind with this logic brain teaser — Which direction is the bus below going?  Assuming it is moving forward, in which direction do you think it’s traveling, right or left? Please try answering o...
Source: SharpBrains - March 26, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain Teasers Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning adults Brain-games brain-teaser bus free-brain-teasers fun kids quick brain teasers trains Source Type: blogs

AARP, TINA.org and the National Consumers League join forces to challenge Prevagen memory improvement claims
Credit: TINA.org _____ Prevagen Memory Study Falls Short (Truth in Advertising): “In 2011, four years after launching Prevagen, Wisconsin-based Quincy Bioscience embarked on a study to prove that the active ingredient in the supplement — apoaequorin — improves memory. It did not yield the results Quincy was hoping for. In fact, the Madison Memory Study failed to show a statistically significant improvement in the treatment group over the placebo group — scientist speak for Prevagen wasn’t any better than a placebo at improving memory. But rather than pack it in and start afresh with a new stud...
Source: SharpBrains - March 23, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness AARP apoaequorin improve-memory National Consumers League Prevagen TINA Source Type: blogs

DARPA invests in nonsurgical neurotechnologies for eventual use in healthy human subjects
___ Nonsurgical Neural Interfaces Could Significantly Expand Use of Neurotechnology (DARPA News): “Over the past two decades, the international biomedical research community has demonstrated increasingly sophisticated ways to allow a person’s brain to communicate with a device, allowing breakthroughs aimed at improving quality of life, such as access to computers and the internet, and more recently control of a prosthetic limb. The state of the art in brain-system communications has employed invasive techniques that allow precise, high-quality connections to specific neurons or groups of neurons. These techniqu...
Source: SharpBrains - March 21, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Peak Performance Professional Development Technology biomedical DARPA device EEG electroencephalogram invasive N3 Neurons Neurotechnology noninvasive Nonsurgical prosthetic tDCS Transcranial-direct- Source Type: blogs

Reinventing Brain Medicine, Pharma adopts Digital Therapeutics: Evidence-based videogames, smartphone apps, and sensors
___ From app store to drug store, digital health is redefining pharma’s pipeline (STAT): “The pitches always sounded promising: A new software app could track glucose levels for people with diabetes or soothe the brains of insomniacs. Most pharma executives would politely smile and nod, but then park their money somewhere else. Not anymore. Backed by a growing body of evidence, software is itself becoming a prescription for diseases ranging from depression to heart disease, and drug companies are starting to take notice. In the past couple years, many have quickly ramped up their investments in digital startups...
Source: SharpBrains - March 19, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Akili behavior brain brain-enhancement brain-function depression digital brain health digital health digital startups digital therapeutics evidence-based insomniac Mindstron Source Type: blogs

Consistent use of ADHD medication may stunt growth by 2 inches, large study finds
Conclusions Three broad conclusions can be drawn from this study. First, there was substantial persistence of ADHD symptoms into adulthood. Although not mean youth with ADHD continue to struggle with ADHD as adults, this is not a condition that most children simply outgrow. Rather, it is likely to be a chronic condition that must be managed effectively over time. Keeping effective treatment in place over many years, while extremely challenging, may often be necessary. Second, although the benefits of medication treatment on ADHD symptoms dissipate, the impact on adult stature persists. Consistent medication treatment throu...
Source: SharpBrains - March 16, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness ADHD-symptoms ADHD-Treatment behavior-therapy Community Care medication-treatment MTA Study psychosocial stature Source Type: blogs

Consistent use of ADHD medication may stun growth by 2 inches, large study finds
Conclusions Three broad conclusions can be drawn from this study. First, there was substantial persistence of ADHD symptoms into adulthood. Although not mean youth with ADHD continue to struggle with ADHD as adults, this is not a condition that most children simply outgrow. Rather, it is likely to be a chronic condition that must be managed effectively over time. Keeping effective treatment in place over many years, while extremely challenging, may often be necessary. Second, although the benefits of medication treatment on ADHD symptoms dissipate, the impact on adult stature persists. Consistent medication treatment throu...
Source: SharpBrains - March 16, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness ADHD-symptoms ADHD-Treatment behavior-therapy Community Care medication-treatment MTA Study psychosocial stature Source Type: blogs

The ultimate in transfer from brain training to real-world outcomes: Reducing the risk of at-fault accidents by almost 50%
___ Can you train your brain to drive longer into your golden years? (CTV News): “For the elderly, the loss of a driver’s licence could mean the end of independence and the beginning of a decline in health, with far-reaching consequences in their daily lives…New assistive driving technologies seem like an obvious solution in the years to come, but buying new vehicles can be too expensive; while options like going for adult driving lessons can be too great a blow to some seniors’ pride. Now, scientists claim that there’s another option available to help older drivers maintain their abilities o...
Source: SharpBrains - March 14, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain-game Brain-Training checklist cognifit cognitive training games Cognitive-Training driving mental-abilities older-drivers Posit-Science train-your-brain UFOV useful-fi Source Type: blogs

Mind-wandering may help enhance creativity, job performance and general well-being, studies show
This study suggests that mind-wandering is not something that is inherently bad for our happiness,” write the authors. Instead, “Sadness is likely to lead the mind to wander and that mind-wandering is likely to be [emotionally] negative.” A review of the research on mind-wandering came to a similar conclusion: Mind-wandering is distinct from rumination and therefore has a different relationship to mood. Can we actually direct our mind-wandering toward more positive thoughts and away from rumination? It turns out that we can! One study found that people who engaged in compassion-focused meditation practice...
Source: SharpBrains - March 12, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Magazine Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning better moods cognition creativity mind-wandering productivity well-being Source Type: blogs

Selection of articles and brain teasers to celebrate Brain Awareness Week 2018
___ Please join us next week in celebrating Brain Awareness Week 2018  (March 12–18th), the annual global campaign organized by the Dana Foundation to increase public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research. You can attend some of the many activities worldwide (here’s the BAW’s International Calendar of events), and also enjoy and share some of our most popular articles and brain teasers: 1. Top Brain Teasers, Games and Illusions, for Teens and Adults of Any Age 2. How learning changes your brain 3. To harness neuroplasticity, start with enthusiasm 4. The ...
Source: SharpBrains - March 9, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain Teasers Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning baw baw18 brain-awareness-week Brain-health dana-foundation neuroplasticity Source Type: blogs

The NIH starts spending $1.5 billion in new Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neuro-technologies (BRAIN) projects
___ NIH Starts to Spend $4.8 Billion in “Extra” Cures Drug Research Money (P&T Community): “The National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched 110 new brain research projects in the fiscal year ending last September (2017) with the first portion of the $1.5 billion over 10 years it will hopefully receive from the 21st Century Cures Act, which spread a total of $4.8 billion over four NIH programs. That is money over and above the NIH annual appropriation from Congress. The other three “Innovation Funds” are: Precision Medicine, Cancer Moonshot, and Regenerative Medicine. The $1.5 billion in n...
Source: SharpBrains - March 7, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Alzheimers brain clinical-trials Innovation Funds Moonshot National-Institutes-of-Health Neuro-technologies neurotechnologies NIH Pfizer Source Type: blogs

Forget the Oscars — the Greater Goodies honor Ten Films that Highlight the Growth Mindset, Resilience, Purpose and more
___ Everyone’s talking about yesterday’s Academy Awards—and so we thought we’d give out our own version of the Oscars, the Greater Goodies. Whereas the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes achievements in acting, directing, editing, and so on, the Greater Good staff picked our winners for their ability to illustrate specific keys to human well-being, such as growth mindset, resilience, purpose, and forgiveness. Some of the movies are action-filled blockbusters, like Wonder Woman or Star Wars: The Last Jedi; others are quiet independent f...
Source: SharpBrains - March 5, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Magazine Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Black Panther Coco films forgiveness Greater Goodies growth-mindset humanity movies Oscars purpose resilience The Last Jedi The Shape of Water well-being wonder Wonder Source Type: blogs

Let ’s improve Brain Health Literacy during Brain Awareness Week 2018
___ Please join us in getting ready to celebrate Brain Awareness Week 2018 (March 12–18th), the annual global campaign organized by the Dana Foundation to increase public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research. To learn about activities in your area, please visit BAW’s International Calendar of events. And remember you don’t need to travel anywhere to improve your brain health literacy and to adopt smarter, brain-friendly habits. Here are ten useful facts and tips coming from the hundreds of scientific studies analyzed to prepare the book The SharpBr...
Source: SharpBrains - March 2, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness baw18 brain Brain Teasers Brain-Fitness Brain-health Brain-Plasticity brain-supplements brain-teaser brains exercise facts improve-brain-health Lifelong N Source Type: blogs

Next in clinical practice: Automated real-time detection of seizures via wearable EMG devices
CONCLUSIONS: The performance of the wearable EMG device fulfilled the requirements of patients: it detected GTCS with a sensitivity exceeding 90% and detection latency within 30 seconds. CLASSIFICATION OF EVIDENCE: This study provides Class II evidence that for people with a history of GTCS, a wearable EMG device accurately detects GTCS (sensitivity 93.8%, false alarm rate 0.67/d). The Study in Context 10 neurotechnologies about to transform brain enhancement and brain health Five reasons the future of brain enhancement is digital, pervasive and (hopefully) bright Monitoring neurological activity to detect epil...
Source: SharpBrains - February 28, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology automated clinical practice diagnostic electromyography false alarms latency medication neurology real-time detection seizure detection sensitivity wearable wearable EMG Source Type: blogs

News you can use: To improve memory, exercise brain and body at the same time
___ Time for SharpBrains’ eNewsletter  tracking the latest thinking, research and tools for brain health. This month we feature five fascinating interviews at the frontier of applied neuroscience and a recent study suggesting that “Performing memory training exercises at the same time as pedaling a stationary bike led to better gains in memory than doing the training exercises after working up a sweat…” Enjoy the read! New thinking: A conversation with Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg on Creativity, Neuroscience, and Technological Innovation Neuropsychologist Amy Serin would like to see everyone avoid t...
Source: SharpBrains - February 27, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Author Speaks Series Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Peak Performance Technology Albert Kwon Amy Serin augmented reality Brain Teasers Brain-health brain-research brain-teaser Brain-Training Source Type: blogs

Learn about cognition and mental self-rotation with these quick brain teasers
___ Mental self-rotation is the cognitive skill to imagine yourself in space and to imagine yourself moving — such as when you reading a map or finding your car in the parking lot. Imagine that you plan to go to a new Whole Foods store. You wonder whether going North on Big Bend Avenue you would have to make a right or a left turn onto Forsyth Blvd to get to Whole Foods. You then look at the map that your spouse has laid out on the table. It turns out that the map is upside down so your perspective is not aligned with the one shown on the map (see Figure 1 below to the right, box A). How do you decide ...
Source: SharpBrains - February 26, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Pascale Michelon Tags: Brain Teasers Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning brain-teaser cognition mental-self-rotation Source Type: blogs

Learn about cognition and mental self-rotation with this quick brain teasers
___ Mental self-rotation is the cognitive skill to imagine yourself in space and to imagine yourself moving — such as when you reading a map or finding your car in the parking lot. Imagine that you plan to go to a new Whole Foods store. You wonder whether going North on Big Bend Avenue you would have to make a right or a left turn onto Forsyth Blvd to get to Whole Foods. You then look at the map that your spouse has laid out on the table. It turns out that the map is upside down so your perspective is not aligned with the one shown on the map (see Figure 1 below to the right, box A). How do you decide ...
Source: SharpBrains - February 26, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Pascale Michelon Tags: Brain Teasers Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning brain-teaser cognition mental-self-rotation Source Type: blogs

To maximize cognitive benefits, study suggests you exercise brain and body at the same time
Conclusion: These findings indicate that a 4-week simultaneous memory training and aerobic exercise program is sufficient to improve memory, attention, and reasoning abilities in older adults. The Study in Context: How learning changes your brain Can you grow your hippocampus? Yes. Here’s how, and why it matters What are cognitive abilities and how to boost them? Solving the Brain Fitness Puzzle Is the Key to Self-Empowered Aging Great news: The New York Times acknowledges that (as clearly documented for 10+ years) Exercise and Brain Training are BOTH crucial for Lifelong Brain Fitness Study: To improve brain healt...
Source: SharpBrains - February 23, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness aerobic-exercise Alzheimer’s Disease cognitive-decline Cognitive-Training dementia Memory-Training Physical-activity subjective memory complaints Source Type: blogs

A conversation with Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg on Creativity, Neuroscience, and Technological Innovation
___ Dear Elkhonon, a pleasure to have you with us. Let’s get out the gate by discussing how are new ideas born — for example, how exactly did you first think about writing your new book, Creativity: The Human Brain in the Age of Innovation? Originally, I set out to write a book about how the brain deals with novelty — a long-standing focus of my own research. But the more I thought about it, the more the subject of creativity was coming up, so I decided to tackle novelty and creativity at the same time. Do we need yet another book on Creativity? We absolutely do. Creativity is not just an individual feat;...
Source: SharpBrains - February 22, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Author Speaks Series Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning book cognitive novelty creative creativity Elkhonon-Goldberg human-brain innovation mental-autopilot neural neural organization neurobiological prefronta Source Type: blogs

With two new funding mechanisms, The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative reaches out of neuroscience to expand its Neurodegeneration Challenge Network
___ RFA Now Open: CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network (Chan Zuckerberg Initiative release): “The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invites applications to join the CZI Neurodegeneration Challenge Network, an interdisciplinary collaborative initiative to increase understanding of the fundamental biology of neurodegenerative disorders. Applications are being accepted for two funding mechanisms: CZI Ben Barres Early Career Acceleration Awards: investigator awards for early career academic investigators, especially those who are new to the field of neurodegeneration CZI Collaborative Science Awards: awards for small group ...
Source: SharpBrains - February 21, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Chan Zuckerberg Chan Zuckerberg Initiative computational machine-learning neurodegeneration Neurodegeneration Challenge Network neurodegenerative disorders Source Type: blogs

Neuropsychologist Amy Serin, Co-Founder of Brainnovations Winner The Touchpoint Solution, would like to see everyone avoid the detrimental effects of an overactive stress response
Dr. Serin, what surprised you the most from the Judges’ questions and feedback during the Brainnovations Pitch Contest? It was great that at least one of the judges had already purchased and started using our product so we could delve into the nuances of our technology quickly. And I was thrilled that all judges saw the possibilities to create significant global impact. In a nutshell, what is the core idea behind TouchPoints? Too many people suffer too much stress, often leading to sleeplessness, cravings, anger, poor focus, poor performance, and feeling overwhelmed. TouchPoints aim at reducing stress by delivering h...
Source: SharpBrains - February 20, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology anger bi-lateral stimulation Brainnovations circadian rhythm regulation conscious capitalism corporate-wellness cravings EMDR eye movement desensitization and reprocessing Source Type: blogs

Top Brainnovations harnessing Big Data: WEKIT, Sapien Labs, MyndYou
? Top Brainnovation harnessing Big Data (full recording requires registration; view slidedeck above or Here). The three Finalists were: WEKIT — Wearable Experience for Knowledge Intensive Training – pitch by Paul Lefrere, Innovation Lead Sapien Labs (WINNER) – pitch by Tara Thiagarajan, Founder & Chief Scientist MyndYou – pitch by Shira Yama Nir, Project Manager Judged by: Bill Tucker, Senior Advisor to the K12 Education Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Eduardo Brice&ntil...
Source: SharpBrains - February 16, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology big data brain Brainnovations MyndYou Sapien Labs WEKIT Source Type: blogs

From Mental Health to Behavioral Health …and back?
___ Know Thyself: Well-Being and Subjective Experience (Cerebrum): “Ancient Greek philosophers were fond of the aphorism, “know thyself,” inscribed above the entrance of one of the Temples of Apollo at Delphi. One expression of this tradition, variably attributed to Socrates and Plato, is that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Another, attributed to Aristotle, is “to know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.” And, according to Socrates, the path to such self-knowledge is through inner reflection, or what we now call introspection. Thousands of years later, professions arose...
Source: SharpBrains - February 15, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness behavioral Behavioral Health cognitive-behavioral conscious Consciousness Emotions introspection Mental-Health mind pharmaceutical self-knowledge subcortical subjective experience wisd Source Type: blogs

New and great book by Steven Pinker reminds us that Technology is not destroying our Minds (but there ’s always more Enlightened ways to harness it)
5 signs the world’s improving, according to Bill Gates’s new favorite book ever (Market Watch): “Bill Gates has long been a huge fan of Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker and his book, “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.” In fact, last year the Microsoft founder hailed it as the most inspiring book he has ever read, and he urged college grads to read it. Well, Pinker apparently has managed to top himself with his new book, “Enlightenment Now,” which is “like ‘Better Angels’ on steroids,” according to Gates … As a taste...
Source: SharpBrains - February 14, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Technology abstract thought analytical thinking average IQ average IQ score Bill Gates brains classroom Enlightenment Enlightenment Now Nutrition Steven-Pinker Source Type: blogs

NHS Choices helps improve brain health and science literacy by reporting findings in context — as seen in this brain training & schizophrenia example
Conclusion offered by NHS Choices) This study showed some promising initial findings for a new way of managing auditory hallucinations in people with schizophrenia. It may be possible for people to be able to learn how to better control and cope with the sounds they hear by using a process of computer feedback. But this was only a pilot study and wasn’t designed to fully evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment. To do this would require: A much larger number of participants to see whether the effects could be consistently detected and not down to chance. A control group. It may be helpful to compare the results w...
Source: SharpBrains - February 13, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology auditory auditory hallucinations Brain-Training fMRI fMRI neurofeedback literacy neurocognitive neuroimaging NHS NHS Choices schizophrenia video-game Source Type: blogs

Next: Measuring the impact of space flight on cognitive performance and brain fitness
___ The flight that brings space weightlessness to Earth (BBC Future): “Five, four, three, two, one…” Not many aircraft captains give their passengers a rocket launch-style countdown before take-off, but this is no ordinary plane. For starters, everyone on board, apart from the crew, is a scientist and has passed a full medical check – including a heart assessment. This is not a trip for nervous fliers…Klein is wearing a cap covered in electrodes to measure his brain’s activity while he and two others react to audio signals, use a keyboard, and solve a mathematical equation during the ...
Source: SharpBrains - February 12, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Alzheimer-disease Brain flow Brain-Fitness brain’s activity cognitive-performance dementia electrodes microgravity Physical-Fitness rocket launch Source Type: blogs

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. (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - February 9, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology diet exercise meditation social-media Source Type: blogs