Should heads of state and candidates to high office pass a cognitive/ mental fitness test?
Shutterstock Is it fair to question a presidential candidate’s mental fitness? (Salon): “My heart sank as he floundered his way through his responses, fumbling with his notes, uncharacteristically lost for words. He looked tired and bewildered,” Ron Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan, wrote of his father’s performance during the first 1984 presidential debate. At the time, there had long been rumors that Reagan was suffering from cognitive impairment — perhaps Alzheimer’s Disease — and as he struggled during the first debate against his Democratic opponent, former Vice Pres...
Source: SharpBrains - May 27, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Alzheimers-disease Cognitive-impairment mental health mental illness mental-fitness Source Type: blogs

Mindstrong Health raises $100M to transform how we measure and promote mental health
Mindstrong scores $100M to monitor wellness via smartphone behaviors (MobiHealth News): This morning digital mental health platform Mindstrong scored a whopping $100 million in Series C funding. While Mindstrong has a history of solid funding rounds, this amount will more than double its total funding. In 2017 it got its first $14 million cash infusion. That was followed by a $15 million Series B funding round in June of 2018, which got a $31 million add-on in January of 2019, bringing the company’s total funding to just under $60 million before this news. The company was first founded in 2014, but it made a splash i...
Source: SharpBrains - May 26, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology digital biomarkers measure mental health Mindstrong Health promote mental health smartphone Thomas Insel Source Type: blogs

Brain Teaser: What shirt size you need?
You have been invited to a fundraising gala at your old college (via Zoom of course) and decide that this black-tie event demands a super white Italian shirt, like the one you bought years ago for your wedding. When you find and bravely try the wedding shirt on (size 16), your wife notices that the collar suffocates you — you DO need about 1/4″ more space everywhere in-between your neck and the collar all around your neck. So you’ll need a new shirt. What size shirt do you need to buy?  PS1: In case you don’t know, shirt size 16 means that a tape wrapped around your neck and two fingers positio...
Source: SharpBrains - May 22, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Maria Lando Tags: Brain Teasers Education & Lifelong Learning brain puzzles for adults brain-teaser-games cognitive-skills Source Type: blogs

Brain Teaser: How to choose the right shirt size
You have been invited to a fundraising gala at your old college (via Zoom of course) and decide that this black-tie event demands a super white Italian shirt, like the one you bought years ago for your wedding. When you find and bravely try the wedding shirt on (size 16), your wife notices that the collar suffocates you — you DO need about 1/4″ more space everywhere in-between your neck and the collar all around your neck. So you’ll need a new shirt. What size shirt do you need to buy?  PS1: In case you don’t know, shirt size 16 means that a tape wrapped around your neck and two fingers positio...
Source: SharpBrains - May 22, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Maria Lando Tags: Brain Teasers Education & Lifelong Learning brain puzzles for adults brain-teaser-games cognitive-skills Source Type: blogs

Kaiser Permanente offers Calm mental fitness app at no cost to millions of members
Meditation app Calm is now free for Kaiser Permanente’s millions of members (CNBC): Kaiser Permanente is trying to give its 12.4 million members a little bit of calm. Starting Tuesday, the health-care provider is allowing patients to download the Calm meditation app for free as part of a way to help customers manage anxiety as they deal with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Calm is the most-popular health and fitness app on Google-powered devices and No. 2 on the iPhone, according to App Annie. Paid subscriptions normally cost $70 a year … Calm was seeing surging growth even before the coronavirus fo...
Source: SharpBrains - May 21, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Peak Performance Technology -google app Apple Calm coronavirus pandemic iPhone Kaiser-Permanente meditation meditation app mental-fitness neurotechnologie Source Type: blogs

Three Ss to reduce the stress of “homeschooling” our kids: Simplify, Structure, Support
With nationwide school closures in effect, many parents are now monitoring homeschooling while at the same time trying to make a living in the midst of an economic crisis. In this environment of broken routine and uncertainty, chances are your child is showing big feelings and challenging behaviors. In my work as a school psychologist, I’ve been hearing from parents that despite their best efforts, their children are struggling with meeting homeschool expectations. Kids who never showed behavioral or emotional challenges are experiencing issues, and kids who had some struggles before are showing an uptick of challeng...
Source: SharpBrains - May 20, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Science Center Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning behavior empathy homeschooling problem-solving skills psychologist reduce stress school-psychologist social-emotional skills Source Type: blogs

A limerick a day hopefully keeps the neurologist away
– Hat tip to Barbara Arrowsmith-Young Mark Rosenzweig’s classic 1996 paper on neuroplasticity: Psychobiology of plasticity: effects of training and experience on brain and behavior (Behavioural Brain Research): Abstract: Supporting Hebb’s 1949 hypothesis of use-induced plasticity of the nervous system, our group found in the 1960s that training or differential experience induced neurochemical changes in cerebral cortex of the rat and regional changes in weight of cortex. Further studies revealed changes in cortical thickness, size of synaptic contacts, number of dendritic spines, and dendritic branch...
Source: SharpBrains - May 15, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Brain-Plasticity enriched-environment limerick Neurochemical neuroplasticity Source Type: blogs

Portable brain assessment device by Headsafe secures 510(k) FDA clearance
__ FDA Clears Nurocheck, Portable Device to Quickly Assess Brain Health (MS News Today): “A portable device that can quickly measure electrical activity in the brain and relay it to doctors via a smartphone app, called the Nurochek system, has been cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as a medical device. Its developer, Headsafe, plans to it soon make this brain assessment system available for use with patients in the U.S., ages 14 and older.” The Announcement: Headsafe Announces FDA Clearance and U.S. Launch of its NUROCHEK Portable Brain Assessment System (press release): &l...
Source: SharpBrains - May 14, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology 510(k) clearance app brain brain health technology brain-assessment EEG electrical activity FDA Food and Drug Administration Headsafe neurological testing Nurochek portable Source Type: blogs

Free webinar next Tuesday, May 19th, on neurotech and wearables for brain health
Heads-up about an online event next week that may well interest some of you. What: Alvaro Fernandez and Ricardo Gil da Costa will give an outlook on the brain devices industry and hardware technologies, with a deep look into this kind of wearables and the capabilities that human brain could achieve. When: Tuesday, May 19th, 2020. 7am San Francisco/ 10am Miami/ 4pm Madrid How: You can register Here (free). The Speakers: For 19 years, Dr. Ricardo Gil-da-Costa’s pursuit of how the mind and brain work led him to behavioral field studies in Africa and Central America and neurophysiology laboratory research from Harvard U...
Source: SharpBrains - May 13, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain devices brain devices industry brain health human-brain neurotech Neurotechnology wearables webinar Source Type: blogs

Big Ten Conference announces “Mental Health and Wellness Cabinet” and Calm app rollout
__ Big Ten Conference Announces Mental Health Initiatives (press release): “The Big Ten Conference formally announced today, in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Month, the formation of the Big Ten Mental Health and Wellness Cabinet, which includes representatives from all 14 Big Ten institutions, as well as sport affiliate members Johns Hopkins (women’s and men’s lacrosse) and Notre Dame (men’s hockey). In conjunction with today’s announcement, the Big Ten Conference is pleased to share that all Big Ten student-athletes, coaches, full-time members of university athletic departments and...
Source: SharpBrains - May 11, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Peak Performance Technology app Big Ten Conference Calm lower stress mental fitness app mental health Mental Health Awareness Month mental-fitness Source Type: blogs

Q & A with Rick Hanson on Neurodharma, brain science, personal practice and well-being
Psychologist and neuroscience expert Rick Hanson studies the mental resources that promote resilience, from calm and gratitude to confidence and courage. According to Hanson, the coronavirus crisis is exposing some of our psychological vulnerabilities, and reminding us how important it is to nurture our social and emotional strengths. In his new book, Neurodharma, Hanson writes about how we can cultivate more equanimity, wisdom, and moral action using meditation and other practices. As he illustrates with neuroscience research, practicing positive states of being like these can lead to physical changes ...
Source: SharpBrains - May 8, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Science Center Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness brain brain-science coronavirus coronavirus crisis meditation mental resources mind mindfulness neurobiology Neurodharma psychologist resilience Rick Hans Source Type: blogs

Kernel launches Neuroscience as a Service (NaaS) built on non-invasive brain recording technology
Kernel Sound ID is designed to help decode and visualize what a person is hearing __ A Neuroscientist’s Thoughts On Kernel’s Announcement: “Kernel, the neurotech company founded by Bryan Johnson, just released a wave of new information about the technology they have been building over the past half-decade. With this announcement, we finally get a glimpse into the secretive company’s plans. We knew that they had ditched their intentions of pursuing invasive brain recording techniques, leaving that all to Neuralink, a similarly minded effort launched by serial entrepreneur Elon Musk. There were rumour...
Source: SharpBrains - May 7, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Peak Performance Technology brain recording Kernel magnetoencephalography NaaS near-infrared spectroscopy Neuralink Neuroscience as a Service psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Trend: Growing interest in digital mental health among insurers and medical care providers
__ In Mental Health Play, UnitedHealth’s Optum May Buy Virtual Provider AbleTo (Forbes): “UnitedHealth Group’s Optum medical provider unit may increase its investment in AbleTo, a provider of virtual behavioral healthcare services. Such a deal, which some reports say could be an outright acquisition, would be significant because it’s further acknowledgement by health insurers that managing medical care isn’t enough to make sure patients are getting the right care, in the right place and at the right time. Insurers and medical care providers increasingly are working to address social determinan...
Source: SharpBrains - April 30, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology AbleTo behavioral healthcare COVID-19 mental illness Optum UnitedHealth-Group virtual virtual behavioral healthcare Source Type: blogs

Lessons from Covid-19: Could a New Normal lead to better brains, bodies and societies?
 Image courtesy of Pixabay __ In the age of Covid-19, what is the new normal? How many of us have been experiencing the heady cocktail of confusion, anxiety, and even some surprising moments of respite from our recent-past busy rise-and-grind, hustle culture routines? Our social media feeds are filled with urgent and often conflicting imperatives to change our routines and to direct increased vigilance: don’t touch your face, wash our hands-don’t be obsessive though; cover our coughs with your elbow-not a tissue; social distance-with no interaction, or maybe with some interaction, just watch for your loca...
Source: SharpBrains - April 29, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness anxiety confusion COVID-19 Emory-University mental health Neuroethics new normal Source Type: blogs

How to Boost Brain Health … right now
? How to Boost Brain Health … right now from SharpBrains __ Here’s the presentation by our very own Alvaro Fernández Ibáñez during the virtual event Find Wellbeing During Covid19 on Tuesday, April 28th. When: Tuesday, April 28th, 9am — 6pm US Pacific Time (San Francisco time zone) Where: Online What: Find Wellbeing During Covid19 — Discover 200+ Free and Discounted Tools to help you find some relief and emerge even stronger. Learn more HERE The Event in Context: 3 ways to protect your mental health during –and after– COVID-19 Exploring the human brain and...
Source: SharpBrains - April 28, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness boost brain health COVID-19 find wellbeing mental health Source Type: blogs

Five quick brain teasers to flex those Attention and Working Memory mental muscles
. __ Looking for some fun cognitive stimulation to kickstart the week? Below you’ll find a few brain teasers to challenge your atten­tion and your work­ing mem­ory–the abil­ity to keep infor­ma­tion in your mind while manipulating multiple units of information at the same time. Given them a try … they are not as easy as they may sound 1. Say the days of the week back­wards, then in alpha­bet­i­cal order. 2. Say the months of the year in alpha­bet­i­cal order. Too easy? Well, try doing so back­wards, in reverse alphabetical order. 3. Find the sum of...
Source: SharpBrains - April 27, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Caroline Latham Tags: Brain Teasers adults attention-training brain games for adults brain teasers for adults brain teasers for teens brain-teaser brain-teaser-games cognitive cognitive-abilities cognitive-ability mental muscles mind-teasers puzzle ga Source Type: blogs

Update: Moderate lifetime drinking may lead to lower Alzheimer-related beta amyloid deposits in the brain
__ Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter. #1. First of all, it’s not all bad news this month. Study finds that moderate lifetime drinking may lead to lower Alzheimer-related beta amyloid deposits in the brain #2. And, talk about personalized medicine! This fascinating study showing how brain imaging (fMRI) + machine learning + intensive, non-invasive neurostimulation = targeted treatments that can maximize efficacy and minimize side effects: Reinventing depression treatment via transcranial magnetic brain stimulation (TMS) #3. Also, not a minute too soon … Meditation apps have gone m...
Source: SharpBrains - April 24, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Brain Teasers Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology Adderall Alzheimer-disease Alzheimers-disease beta-amyloid brain teaser for adults Brain-Imaging brain-teaser Source Type: blogs

Tuesday April 28th, online: Explore strategies and tools to boost mental wellbeing during (and after) Covid-19
Heads-up about a very timely virtual event next week. When: Tuesday, April 28th, 9am — 6pm US Pacific Time (San Francisco time zone) Where: Online What: Find Wellbeing During Covid19 — Discover 200+ Free and Discounted Tools to help you find some relief and emerge even stronger How: Learn More and Register HERE Confirmed Speakers include: Nichol Bradford — Find Wellbeing Tech Right Now — CEO & Founder of the Willow Group and the Executive Director and co-founder of the Transformative Technology Lab Jack Kornfield — Find Peace Right Now — Author, Buddhist practitioner and ...
Source: SharpBrains - April 23, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology Covid19 mental health mental hygiene mental wellbeing neurotechnologies neurotechnologiy non-invasive neurotech non-invasive neurotechnologies Source Type: blogs

Reinventing depression treatment via transcranial magnetic brain stimulation (TMS)
Deirdre Lehman with Nolan Williams, who oversaw this clinical trial of a potential treatment that uses transcranial magnetic stimulation. In the photo, Williams and Lehman demonstrate how a patient is positioned and the equipment is used. Credit: Steve Fisch. ___ Stanford researchers devise treatment that relieved depression in 90% of participants in small study (press release): “A new form of magnetic brain stimulation rapidly relieved symptoms of severe depression in 90% of participants in a small study conducted by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine … In transcranial magnetic stimulat...
Source: SharpBrains - April 22, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology antidepressant treatments brain stimulation cognitive side effects depression magnetic brain stimulation neurological disorders noninvasive brain stimulation noninvasive neurotechnolo Source Type: blogs

Three tips for wise minds to calm coronavirus anxiety
__ In the early days of COVID-19, we faced many difficult decisions in everyday life: trying to weigh risk and decide whether to meet up or stay home, send kids to school or visit the gym. Now that my home state of California has its “shelter in place” order—and many other cities and states are in various stages of lockdown—a waiting period has taken shape. In some ways, this is a relief—our minds get decision fatigue in the face of so many choices. Now we have our instructions, which are restrictive but useful to our brains. But many other types of uncertainty still remain, about th...
Source: SharpBrains - April 21, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Science Center Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness anxiety book CBT cognitive-behavioral-therapy coronavirus anxiety COVID-19 minds psychotherapist shelter in place uncertainty wise minds workbook Source Type: blogs

Digital health start-ups raised a record $3.1 billion in Q1; focus will likely evolve from providers to consumers and employers
__ Digital health firms raised record sums before Covid-19 hit (MedCity News): “Digital Health startups raised a record-breaking $3.1 billion in the first quarter of 2020, according to a report released Monday by Rock Health. But now faced with a global pandemic, the trend is unlikely to continue… Investors tended to prefer higher-value, late-stage investments, according to the report. The average deal sized jumped from $19.5 million last year to $29 million, and nearly a third of the deals were series C or later … Interestingly, the majority of startups that raised funding focused on healthcare pr...
Source: SharpBrains - April 20, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Consumers COVID-19 digital brain health digital health digital mental health employers healthcare-providers Rock Health startups Source Type: blogs

Brain teaser to stimulate your mental imagery, spatial rotation … and appetite
__ Here’s a fun puzzle that a friend shared over zoom a few days ago. Challenge: How can you cut a cake into eight equal pieces with only three cuts? Note: The cake in the puzzle is not necessarily the one pictured above Imagine your own cake. Check the answer below only after you’ve tried… To find the answer, you need to use your mental imagery and rotation skills while generating and testing your hypotheses, visualizing potential ways to solve this brain teaser. In doing so –good news!– you are working out your visual cortex in the occipital lobes, your somatosensory cortex in your parietal...
Source: SharpBrains - April 17, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Caroline Latham Tags: Brain Teasers Cognitive Neuroscience brain games for adults brain teaser for adults brain-teaser brain-teaser-games cognitive-abilities mental imagery puzzle puzzle games for adults puzzles spatial rotation Source Type: blogs

Tres h ábitos de higiene mental para vencer al COVID-19 y crear un futuro más saludable
Image: REUTERS/Lee Smith ___ ¿Cuántos de nosotros estamos experimentando estos días un cóctel de confusión, ansiedad y estrés? ¿Cuántos incluso sentimos sorprendentes momentos de respiro y de aprecio por lo que tenemos, por lo que somos? En una encuesta publicada el 2 de Abril por la Kaiser Family Foundation, el 45% de los estadounidenses dice que la crisis está perjudicando su salud mental – más aún, el 19% dice sentir un “gran impacto” negativo. Y es bastante posible que esta situación sea peor en países como Espa...
Source: SharpBrains - April 16, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Cerebro COVID-19 estrés higiene mental salud mental Source Type: blogs

Study finds mixed results of Adderall as cognitive enhancer (seems to boost emotion more than cognition)
__ Over the past 15 years there has been growing awareness that many college students without an ADHD diagnosis use ADHD drugs. On some campuses, rates of self-reported non-medical use have exceeded 30% of students. The primary reason students report taking ADHD drugs is to enhance their academic performance. And, the strong majority of students — over 80% in a study I conducted — believe it is helpful for this purpose. Furthermore, students who report problems with attention are more likely to report non-medical use than other students; this suggests that some self-medicate to address their perceived attention...
Source: SharpBrains - April 15, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness academic-performance. Adderall ADHD-drugs cognition cognitive-functioning college college students emotion mental health neurocognitive Source Type: blogs

Three mental hygiene habits to beat Covid-19 and set up a healthier New Normal
Image: REUTERS/Lee Smith ___ How many of us right now are experiencing a heady cocktail of confusion, anxiety and even some surprising moments of respite from our pre-COVID-19, always-on-the-go culture? In a new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 45% of Americans felt that the coronavirus crisis is harming their mental health (19% felt it had a “major impact”). Our traditional media and social media feeds are filled with urgent and often conflicting imperatives to change our routines and be constantly vigilant. The online onslaught of rapidly updating media stories reporting worst-case scenarios can...
Source: SharpBrains - April 14, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Professional Development Technology coronavirus crisis COVID-19 mental hygiene World Economic Forum Source Type: blogs

Meditation apps have gone mainstream in the covid-19 era
__ 1. Best meditation apps: practice mindfulness with Headspace, Calm and more (TechRadar): “The best meditation apps could help you to sleep better, reduce your stress levels and find some much-needed inner peace. But given the situation right now with Covid-19, even if meditation apps just give you a break from the news and a chance to chill out for ten minutes, they’re more than worth it. Headspace, one of the most popular meditation apps around, first launched 10 years ago. Since then, hundreds of other meditation apps have been created and that means finding the best meditation app for you can be overwhelm...
Source: SharpBrains - April 13, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Peak Performance Technology Balance Buddhify Calm COVID-19 digital health digital therapeutics Headspace Headspace Health Insight Timer meditation apps me Source Type: blogs

The frontal lobes, the little brain down under and “Stayin’ Alive” (3/3)
__ [Editor’s note: Continued from Exploring the human brain and how it responds to stress (1/3) and On World Health Day 2020, let’s discuss the stress response and the General Adaptation Syndrome (2/3)] More on the Cortex, the Limbic System, and Stress: The cortex is made up of four major sections, arranged from the front to the back. These are called the frontal, parietal, occipital, and temporal lobes. Each of the four lobes is found in both hemispheres, and each is responsible for different, specialized cognitive functions. For example, the occipital lobe contains the primary visual cortex, and the temporal ...
Source: SharpBrains - April 9, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Jerome Schultz Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness amygdala brain Cerebral Cortex cognition Cognitive-functions emotion frontal-lobes Limbic-System prefrontal-cortex Source Type: blogs

Transcending Maslow ’s famous “hierarchy of needs” through Maslow’s own research on Peak Experiences
Heaven, so to speak, lies waiting for us through life, ready to step into for a time and to enjoy before we have to come back to our ordinary life of striving. And once we have been in it, we can remember it forever, and feed ourselves on this memory and be sustained in times of stress. —Abraham Maslow, Toward a Psychology of Being (1962) After completing Motivation and Personality in 1954, Maslow turned his attention to a particular characteristic of self-actualizing people that long fascinated him. Many of the self-actualizing people he studied tended to sound like traditional mystics, describing unusual moments of...
Source: SharpBrains - April 8, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Scott Barry Kaufman Tags: Author Speaks Series Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning hierarchy of needs Maslow Peak Experiences self-actualization Transcend Source Type: blogs

On World Health Day 2020, let ’s discuss the stress response and the General Adaptation Syndrome (2/3)
The hypothalamus–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis acts to release cortisol into the blood stream, as cortisol calls the body into action to combat stress. When high amounts of cortisol interact with the hypothalamus, the HPA axis will slow down its activity. The amygdala detects stress, while the prefrontal cortex regulates our reactions to stress. Source: Bezdek K and Telzer E (2017) Have No Fear, the Brain is Here! How Your Brain Responds to Stress. Front. Young Minds. 5:71. doi: 10.3389/frym.2017.00071 _______ [Editor’s note: Continued from yesterday’s Exploring the human brain and how it responds to...
Source: SharpBrains - April 7, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Jerome Schultz Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness #WorldHealthDay brain burnout cognition Cortisol GAS General Adaptation Syndrome homeostasis memory neurobiology neurological exhaustion Stress Source Type: blogs

Exploring the human brain and how it responds to stress (1/3)
__ Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere. — Erma Bombeck The brain is the control center for all of our thoughts, actions, attitudes, and emotions. It’s the pilothouse on the riverboat of our lives. It’s Mission Control for all of our flights into space or time. It’s the air traffic controller that helps us navigate and reroute our paths based on incoming and outgoing information and how we’re feeling about it at the time. It’s the John Williams of our personal symphony. It’s the Mother Ship to our Starfleet; it’s … (Uh, s...
Source: SharpBrains - April 6, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Jerome Schultz Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness human-brain neurological neuropsychologist Stress Stress Response Source Type: blogs

Tease your brain with these eight fun riddles
__ Q: My first thought after congratulating myself on being so clever about something? A: “How can I have been so dumb about that for so long!” Q: Who is harder to forgive than anyone, for truly dumb behaviour? A:  Oneself Q: How can you tell that a man is sure he is respected, even revered, by his peers? A: When expressing himself, he always uses “We”, “You”, & “They” — rarely “I”! Q: Why did the café customer drop his sugar into the ashtray? A: Because earlier at breakfast he had spread butter on his trousers. Q: What is the surest way to a...
Source: SharpBrains - April 2, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Keith Perreur-Lloyd Tags: Brain Teasers Education & Lifelong Learning brain-teaser riddles tease your brain Source Type: blogs

Move, Nourish, Connect, Be: Four daily habits to protect our mental well-being while sheltering in place
__ It’s a crazy time. Here in the California, we are sheltering-in-place, leaving the house only for essentials like groceries and medical care. And while we’re all (appropriately) focused on caring for the physical health of ourselves, our families, our communities, and society at large, our mental, emotional, and social health needs are quickly emerging as profoundly important, as well. I’m executive director of Open Source Wellness, which brings people together to learn and practice the behaviors that generate human health and well-being. Our core idea is that community is a form of medicine. And ...
Source: SharpBrains - April 1, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Science Center Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness behavioral pharmacy coronavirus outbreak emotional mental mental health mental hygiene mental well being physical-health psychologist shelter in place social Source Type: blogs

Will these five NeuroRights help harness emerging neurotechnologies for the common good?
__ Data for Good: Biological Scientist, DSI Member Rafael Yuste on the Ethical Development of Neurotechnology (Columbia University release): “Brain-computer interfaces may soon have the power to decode people’s thoughts and interfere with their mental activity. Even now the interfaces, or BCIs, which link brains directly to digital networks, are helping brain-impaired patients and amputees perform simple motor tasks such as moving a cursor, controlling a motorized wheelchair, or directing a robotic arm. And noninvasive BCI’s that can understand words we want to type and place them onto screens are being d...
Source: SharpBrains - March 31, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Algorithmic Bias Brain-Computer Interfaces free-will Mental Augmentation mental privacy neurorights neurotechnologies Neurotechnology oath Personal Identity Rafael Yuste techn Source Type: blogs

Transcending Maslow ’s hierarchy of needs via Maslow’s own research on Peak Experiences
Heaven, so to speak, lies waiting for us through life, ready to step into for a time and to enjoy before we have to come back to our ordinary life of striving. And once we have been in it, we can remember it forever, and feed ourselves on this memory and be sustained in times of stress. —Abraham Maslow, Toward a Psychology of Being (1962) After completing Motivation and Personality in 1954, Maslow turned his attention to a particular characteristic of self-actualizing people that long fascinated him. Many of the self-actualizing people he studied tended to sound like traditional mystics, describing unusual moments of...
Source: SharpBrains - March 31, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Scott Barry Kaufman Tags: Author Speaks Series Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning hierarchy of needs Maslow Peak Experiences self-actualization Transcend Source Type: blogs

The FDA clears Somryst, Pear ’s digital therapeutic to treat chronic insomnia
__ Pear gets FDA clearance for insomnia therapeutic (MedCity News): “Pear Therapeutics received marketing authorization for its third product — a digital therapeutic intended to treat chronic insomnia. Called Somryst, the app is available by prescription only. It consists of a nine-week program that includes cognitive behavioral therapy and restricting sleep to a limited window of time … The company’s submission included data from two randomized controlled trials, including a study of 1,100 adults reporting chronic insomnia that used Somryst for nine weeks. They saw a significant reduction in insom...
Source: SharpBrains - March 30, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology chronic insomnia cognitive-behavioral-therapy depression digital therapeutic FDA Pear Therapeutics precertification Somryst Source Type: blogs

Study: Moderate lifetime drinking may lead to lower Alzheimer-related beta amyloid deposits in the brain
Conclusions: In this study, we observed in middle- and old-aged individuals with neither dementia nor alcohol-related disorders that moderate lifetime alcohol intake was associated with lower cerebral AB deposition compared to a lifetime history of not drinking. Moderate lifetime alcohol intake may have a beneficial influence on AD by reducing pathological amyloid deposition rather than amyloid-independent neurodegeneration or cerebrovascular injury. The Study in Context: Report: 35% of worldwide dementia cases could be prevented by modifying these 9 modifiable risk factors Study: Drinking up to 5–8 glasses of wine...
Source: SharpBrains - March 27, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Alzheimer-disease Alzheimers beer beta amyloid deposits brain protein dementia hard liquor mental acuity moderate drinking MRI neurodegeneration PET wine Source Type: blogs

Update: Four tips to practice good mental hygiene during the coronavirus outbreak
__ Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter, featuring this time 14 timely news and resources for mental health and brain health innovation. First of all, let’s remain safe, healthy, and centered during the current health crisis by following these tips provided by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley: 1. Stay calm and focused 2. Pay attention to those doing the right thing 3. Show gratitude 4. Remember our common bonds 1) “Of course, all of these guidelines don’t supplant the importance of practicing good hygiene. We need to continue to frequently wash our hands and avoid...
Source: SharpBrains - March 25, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology adhd brain brain health Brain Teasers brain-functions chronic pain coronavirus outbreak cross-train the brain dementia innovation LivaNova Medt Source Type: blogs

Upcoming: Virtual book tour to explore the frontier of Emotional Intelligence and Technology
__ Dear SharpBrains community, I hope you’re staying healthy and safe. As you may know, my memoir, Girl Decoded, published by Penguin Random House, comes out on April 21st. I’d planned numerous events across the U.S. and abroad to share my story with all of you. But, in light of the global health crisis surrounding COVID-19, everything is rightfully canceled. In this time when we need to socially distance, I know I’m craving human connection more than ever. I still want to connect with you all on the themes discussed in my book. Join me as I kick off my virtual book tour!  Starting tomorrow...
Source: SharpBrains - March 24, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Rana el Kaliouby Tags: Author Speaks Series Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Technology AI book brain-book emotional-intelligence entrepreneur Girl Decoded Rana el Kaliouby scientist Source Type: blogs

Meet the Top 50 finalists for the Global Teacher Prize 2020!
__ Dear friends of the Global Teacher Prize, We hope you, and your family, are well and keeping safe during these strange times. We have just announced the Global Teacher Prize Top 50 Finalists for 2020. As we live through this pandemic and global education systems adapt to a new and unfamiliar terrain, the one voice that should never be drowned out is that of the teacher.  Now, more than ever, we must shine a light on the world’s teachers. Over the last few weeks, in a world turned upside down, we’ve been daily reminded how much we rely on them. And so, we plan to continue sh...
Source: SharpBrains - March 23, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: The Varkey Foundation Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning Global Teacher Prize Global Teacher Prize 2020 GTP teachers Varkey Foundation Source Type: blogs

Fast Forward to 2040: How to prepare for the new era in brain enhancement that will change the way we think, work, and heal
Decades from now when our augmented brains have enhanced our cognitive function and transformed nearly every aspect of our lives, many of us will look back and wonder why we didn’t do more to prepare for these inevitable changes. Government leaders may grapple with the runaway effects of AI and brain enhancement on geopolitics. Companies that fail to incorporate neurotechnologies and BCI into their operational flow could lose significant market share and be forced to scramble in an attempt to regain a foothold in an industry they once dominated. Workers who don’t heed the warnings to re-skill or upskill may fin...
Source: SharpBrains - March 19, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tan Le Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology Adam Gazzaley AI book brain brain-enhancement brainpower cognitive-function Ed Boyden enhance the brain Fourth Industrial Revolution healthcare Source Type: blogs

Sports teams find creative ways to cross-train the brain off-field
__ HOW TO TRAIN THE BRAIN: COGNITIVE TRAINING IN LACROSSE (US Lacrosse Magazine): “Bonnie Rosen has always been interested in finding a training method that extends beyond the lacrosse field. That pursuit has taken her beyond the restraints of physical training in its entirety. The Temple women’s lacrosse coach uses virtual reality technology as an alternative way to train her team, part of an innovative wave of cognitive exercising that flexes muscles oft-forgotten about — in the brain … the Owls fundraised to purchase 10 Oculus Go headsets last January, then purchased one newer model — the ...
Source: SharpBrains - March 18, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Professional Development brain training Cognitive-Training Decision-making FITLIGHT lacrosse NeuroTrainer Oculus Go prefrontal-cortex sports train the brain virtual-reality Source Type: blogs

Four tips to practice good mental hygiene during the coronavirus outbreak
__ Just a few days ago my son’s college, the University of Washington, announced it would be cancelling all in-person classes and finals to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. One confirmed on-campus case prompted the university’s response. Though the university will incur high costs—they have to deep-clean the whole campus, for example—I, for one, am truly grateful for their swift action and putting students first. It’s one of the many ways that I feel cared for in the midst of this crisis, and one of many caring acts that I expect to see in the weeks ahead. Why expect more cooperatio...
Source: SharpBrains - March 17, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Science Center Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness coronavirus coronavirus outbreak emotional reactivity fear good hygiene Gratitude handwashing mental hygiene mindfulness social hygiene stay calm stay focus Source Type: blogs

Eight brain tech insights and a special offer to honor Brain Awareness Week 2020
Discussion Guide (opens PDF) Language: English. Other editions: Español, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese 4) Fun brain teasers for teens and adults of any age (free): Finally, we can also celebrate Brain Awareness Week this week by challenging our minds safely at home or at a sanitized office with one brain teaser per day or, why not, trying them all at once ? Here’s a selection of seven fun brain teasers, puzzles & games that SharpBrains readers (primarily adults, but younger minds too) have enjoyed the most since 2010: Seven fun brain teasers to honor our unique Brains an...
Source: SharpBrains - March 16, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain capacities brain health brain stimulation brain-tech digital revolution digital therapeutics mental health neuro-wellness neuromodulation Neurotechnology non-invasive neur Source Type: blogs

Seven fun brain teasers to honor our unique Brains and Minds during Brain Awareness Week 2020
Let’s celebrate Brain Awareness Week next week, March 16–22nd, by challenging our minds safely at home or at a sanitized office with one brain teaser per day or, why not, trying them all at once Here’s a selection of seven fun brain teasers, puzzles & games that SharpBrains readers (primarily adults, but younger minds too) have enjoyed the most since 2010.   Ready. Set. Go! On Monday, #1: Test your stress level and see if you’re in the right mental state for the busy week. And here are some tips to handle stress better if you need to after taking the test … On Tuesday, #2: Tell us,...
Source: SharpBrains - March 13, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain Teasers Education & Lifelong Learning baw baw2020 brain teasers for adults brain-awareness-week brain-puzzles fun brain teaser puzzle games puzzle games for adults Source Type: blogs

Will better neurotech regulations be enough to address privacy, effectiveness and potential harm concerns?
How to address privacy, ethical and regulatory issues: Examples in cognitive enhancement, depression and ADHD from SharpBrains See above the fascinating presentations by Dr. Anna Wexler, Dr. Karen Rommelfanger and Jacqueline Studer on privacy and ethics during the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit. We still lack clear standards and taxonomies for neurotechnology but several initiatives are underway to anticipate and address the challenges. One important take-away is that it is important to be aspirational and pragmatic rather than “legalistic” — by considering diverse policy and industry perspectives, striv...
Source: SharpBrains - March 12, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology effectiveness Neuroethics neurotech neurotech regulation Neurotechnology privacy Source Type: blogs

To screen, or not to screen (for dementia), that is still the question
A leading group of medical experts on Tuesday declined to endorse cognitive screening for older adults, fueling a debate that has simmered for years. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said it could neither recommend nor oppose cognitive screening, citing insufficient scientific evidence of the practice’s benefits and harms and calling for further studies. The task force’s work informs policies set by Medicare and private insurers. Its recommendations, an accompanying scientific statement and two editorials were published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The task force’s ne...
Source: SharpBrains - March 11, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Judith Graham at Kaiser Health News Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Alzheimer’s Disease Annual Wellness Visit cognition cognitive decline cognitive-abilities Cognitive-impairment cognitive-screening dementia geriatric psychiatrists geriatricians JAMA Jou Source Type: blogs

Medtronic might acquire LivaNova ’s neuromodulation business
__ Is Medtronic eyeing LivaNova for a takeover? (MASS Device): “Some industry analysts are speculating that Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) might want to acquire LivaNova (NSDQ:LIVN) for its neuromodulation business … “While we think that this deal could make sense since it would bolster MDT’s neuromodulation business and since we believe that LIVN is undervalued particularly considering its pipeline, we think it is far from a certainty,” Needham & Co. analyst Mike Matson wrote separately on Friday. “We think the deal as described above would be positive for MDT,” Matson wrote. “MD...
Source: SharpBrains - March 9, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain stimulation deep-brain-stimulation LivaNova Medtronic neuromodulation neuromodulation market vagal nerve stimulation Source Type: blogs

Does music facilitate or impair cognitive task performance? It depends …
__ Does Music Boost Your Cognitive Performance? (Scientific American): “Music makes life better in so many ways. It elevates mood, reduces stress and eases pain. Music is heart-healthy, because it can lower blood pressure, reduce heart rate and decrease stress hormones in the blood. It also connects us with others and enhances social bonds. Music can even improve workout endurance and increase our enjoyment of challenging activities … But is listening to music the smart choice for students who want to optimize their learning? A new study by Manuel Gonzalez of Baruch College and John Aiello of Rutgers Universit...
Source: SharpBrains - March 6, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning cognitive-abilities cognitive-functioning cognitive-tasks music Source Type: blogs

Study: A brief sleep intervention can bring measurable and sustained benefits to children with ADHD
__ Sleep problems are common in children with ADHD, are more persistent than in the general population, and often exacerbate difficulties associated with ADHD. For example, poor sleep can enhance difficulties with attention and concentration that most youth with ADHD experience. Research has shown that brief sleep interventions can improve sleep in youth without ADHD who experience sleep difficulties. However, until recently, there have been no randomized controlled trials on the impact of brief sleep interventions in youth with both ADHD and sleep difficulties. A study published in the British Medical Journal in 2015, and...
Source: SharpBrains - March 4, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness concentration poor sleep randomized controlled trials sleep intervention sleep problems Source Type: blogs

Four ways hiking promotes cognitive and emotional health
__ I’m a hiker—“born to hike,” as my husband likes to joke. It does my heart and soul good to strap on a pack and head out on a trail, especially when I’m alone and can let my mind wander where it will. The experience of hiking is unique, research suggests, conveying benefits beyond what you receive from typical exercise. Not only does it oxygenate your heart, it helps keep your mind sharper, your body calmer, your creativity more alive, and your relationships happier. And, if you’re like me and happen to live in a place where nearby woods allow for hiking among trees, all the better: Ev...
Source: SharpBrains - March 3, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Science Center Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness attention overload cognitive-health creativity emotional-health exercise hiking mental fatigue mind mood relationships research sharper Source Type: blogs