Digital Mental Health: the Hurt, the Hype, the Hope
Kickstarted with a keynote by scientist/ policy-maker/ entrepreneur Dr. Tom Insel,  the Summit hosted a Brainnovations Pitch Contest (details HERE) to discuss the latest technologies for Brain Health & Enhancement. 12 selected startups pitched their innovative approach and solutions to our distinguished Judges –our very own “Sharp Tank”– and to all Summit participants. 8.30–9.15am. Digital Mental Health: the Hurt, the Hype, the Hope (recording requires registration; view slidedeck above or Here) Dr. Tom Insel, President and Co-Founder...
Source: SharpBrains - July 18, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology digital health digital mental health Mental-Health Mindstrong Health Tom Insel Source Type: blogs

Save the Date for the 2018 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: December 4 –6th
?” 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 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 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/ t...
Source: SharpBrains - July 16, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology adhd Alzheimers-disease biofeedback brain check-up cognitive-decline depression digital neurotechnologies Neurotechnology noninvasive substance-abuse tDCS Source Type: blogs

Mental athletes gathering in Boston for the USA Memory Championship
___ Memory Contest Comes To MIT, Where Brain Scientists Explain Why Training Works (WBUR): “For the last few months, 13-year-old Claire Wang of Los Angeles has been training her memory with playing cards, phone numbers, software — “whatever I can get my hands on,” she says. She’s been buffing up her skills to compete in an annual sporting tournament where the athletes are not physical but mental. Known as the USA Memory Championship, the competition is in its 20th year and hosted for the first time this Saturday at MIT, which is also home to one of the biggest collections of brain scientists i...
Source: SharpBrains - July 13, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning memory memory contest mental athletes training USA Memory Championship Source Type: blogs

Study finds clear –yet surprisingly different–benefits in 3 types of meditation-based mental training
___ As citizens of the 21st century, we face many problems that come with an industrialized and globalized world. I’m not a lawyer or a politician, but a psychologist and neuroscientist. So research on how to train helpful mental and social capacities is my way to contribute to a more healthy, communal, and cooperative civilization. For the past five years, that research has taken the form of the ReSource Project, one of the longest and most comprehensive studies on the effects of meditation-based mental training to date. Lots of research treats the concept of meditation as a single practice, when in fact medita...
Source: SharpBrains - July 11, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Magazine Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness affective attention behavior brain cognitive-abilities compassion higher-level meditation meditation-based mental-training mindfulness Psychology ReSource Source Type: blogs

Technology and the Cognition Crisis
___ “Our lives on this planet have improved in so many amazing ways over the last century. On average, we are now healthier, more affluent and literate, less violent and longer living. Despite these unprecedented positive changes, clear signs exist that we are in the midst of an emerging crisis–one that has not yet been recognized in its full breadth, even though it lurks just beneath the surface of our casual conversations and swims in the undercurrents of our news feeds. This is not the well-known crisis that we’ve induced upon the earth’s climate, but one that is just as threatening to our future...
Source: SharpBrains - July 10, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Adam Gazzaley Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness artificial intelligence brains cognition cognition crisis human intelligence human mind mental capacity Source Type: blogs

To thrive in tomorrow ’s economy, workers need to boost lifelong cognitive abilities
___ The Cognitive Limits of Lifelong Learning (Project Syndicate): “As new technologies continue to upend industries and take over tasks once performed by humans, workers worldwide fear for their futures. But what will really prevent humans from competing effectively in the labor market is not the robots themselves, but rather our own minds, with all their psychological biases and cognitive limitations… Lifelong learning is supposed to provide the intellectual flexibility and professional adaptability needed to seize opportunities in new and dynamic sectors as they emerge, as well as the resilience to handle s...
Source: SharpBrains - July 5, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Peak Performance Professional Development cognitive limitations cognitive-abilities intellectual flexibility labor market Lifelong-learning minds psychological biases robots work Source Type: blogs

Meta-analysis finds sustained benefits of neurofeedback for kids with ADHD
___ In neurofeedback treatment for ADHD, individuals learn to alter their typical pattern of brainwave activity, i.e., EEG activity, to one that is consistent with a focused and attentive state. This is done by collecting EEG data from individuals as they focus on stimuli presented on a computer screen. Their ability to control the stimuli, e.g., keeping the smile on a smiley face keeping a video playing, depends on their maintaining an EEG state that reflects focused attention. Over time, most individuals better at this. Supporters of neurofeedback argue that learning to alter EEG activity and focus better during training...
Source: SharpBrains - July 3, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology ADHD-symptoms brainwave EEG activity meta-analysis Neurofeedback training Source Type: blogs

Update: 200 common prescription medications increase depression risk
___ Dear reader, Time for SharpBrains e-newsletter. It’s been a busy month, once again bringing to the forefront the limitations of our current healthcare system and, on the positive side, the growing opportunities to improve Brain Health and Mental Health for all, if we pay attention to (and act on) latest research, thinking and tools. New research: When Healthcare ignores Mental Health: 200 common prescription medications increase depression risk Report finds only 35% of Canadian youth get the physical activity recommended for brain health Study finds training-induced neuroplasticity even in patients with chronic...
Source: SharpBrains - June 28, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain-enhancement Brain-health Brain-Plasticity Calm depression risk Dreem FDA gamification Headspace healthcare Mental-Health mind-teasers MindMaze neuroplascitiy optic Source Type: blogs

Sleep-focused neurotech firm Dreem raises $35M from Johnson & Johnson Innovation and Bpifrance
___ Dreem Announces $35 Million Financing from lead investors Johnson & Johnson Innovation and Bpifrance (press release): “Dreem, a neurotechnology company, today announced the closing of a new round of funding, raising $35 million USD to rapidly accelerate product development, invest in strategic research and development, and advance the future of sleep technology. Last year, Dreem introduced a comprehensive solution to address a suite of sleep problems and enhance the quality of rest during the night. The Dreem headband monitors brain activity to track sleep accurately and uses auditory stimulation as a medium ...
Source: SharpBrains - June 27, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Bpifrance Dreem Johnson & Johnson Innovation neurotech Neurotechnology sleep technology Source Type: blogs

Want to feel more Calm, get some Headspace, and practice Mindfulness Daily?
This study was the first to show that a brief two-week mindfulness training app can change a person’s biological response to stress,” says lead author Emily K. Lindsay, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pittsburgh. When we learn acceptance, she and her colleagues explain, we may be better able to acknowledge but disengage from difficult experiences—like cringe-worthy judgment from others. This study suggests that the benefits of mindfulness aren’t just from improved attention, but from the gentle, nurturing attitude we cultivate toward ourselves. Mindfulness apps under the microscope Less s...
Source: SharpBrains - June 25, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Magazine Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Peak Performance Technology brain-training-app Calm digital Headspace Lumosity meditation mindfulness mindfulness apps Mindfulness Daily mindfulness-based Source Type: blogs

Report finds only 35% of Canadian youth get the physical activity recommended for brain health
___ Getting kids outside and active could help with brain health: Participaction report (The Globe and Mail): “The physical benefits of kids leading an active lifestyle, including better heart health and a decreased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, are well known. But a growing body of research suggests there are significant mental benefits as well, whether it’s lowering stress levels or helping to treat anxiety and depression. A new report released by Participaction on Tuesday draws attention to this link, and by doing so, hopes to encourage kids in Canada to get moving more. The Report Card on Physical Act...
Source: SharpBrains - June 22, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness anxiety brain-function Brain-health Canada depression diabetes heart heart health improve-cognition lifestyle mental benefits Mental-Health stress-levels Source Type: blogs

Here ’s a landscape of new ideas harnessing digital tech to upgrade cognitive and mental healthcare
Digital Mental Health: the Hurt, the Hype, the Hope + Brainnovations Session 1 from SharpBrains We hope you enjoy this slidedeck supporting great forward-looking ideas shared by pioneers at Mindstrong Health, Savonix, HealthTech Connex and NeuraMetrix during the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5–7th, 2017). And please learn more and consider reserving your spot @ 2018 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Investing in Brain Health for All (December 4–6th, 2018). (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - June 20, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology HealthTech Connex Mindstrong Health NeuraMetrix Savonix Source Type: blogs

Is your brain ready for Monday? Tease your mind with these four optical illusions
___ A great way to learn more about our brains and minds is to look at how we can trick them–that is, to see how we react to brain teasers and visual illusions. Below are four fun optical illu­sions that let us learn­ about our visual system…ready? (answers and explanations at the bottom) ___ 1. Are the two orange circles above of the same size? . 2. Are there gray dots at the intersections of the white lines below? .   3. Does Lincoln’s face look normal? . 4. Where is the baby? .   ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS 1. The Ebbinghaus Illusion The two orange circ...
Source: SharpBrains - June 18, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Pascale Michelon Tags: Brain Teasers Cognitive Neuroscience frontal cortex mind-teasers occipital lobe optical-illusions parietal--lobe temporal lobe visual-illusions Source Type: blogs

Here ’s a landscape of new ideas harnessing digital tech to upgrade cognitive and mental healthcare
Digital Mental Health: the Hurt, the Hype, the Hope + Brainnovations Session 1 from SharpBrains We hope you enjoy this slidedeck supporting great forward-looking ideas shared by pioneers at Mindstrong Health, Savonix, HealthTech Connex and NeuraMetrix during the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5–7th, 2017). And please learn more and consider reserving your spot @ 2018 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Investing in Brain Health for All (December 4–6th, 2018). (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - June 17, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology HealthTech Connex Mindstrong Health NeuraMetrix Savonix Source Type: blogs

When Healthcare ignores Mental Health: 200 common prescription medications increase depression risk
Conclusions and Relevance: In this cross-sectional survey study, use of prescription medications that have depression as a potential adverse effect was common. Use of multiple medications was associated with greater likelihood of concurrent depression. The Study in Context: Reinventing Brain Medicine, Pharma adopts Digital Therapeutics: Evidence-based videogames, smartphone apps, and sensors Study shows how online mindfulness interventions can reduce work-related rumination and fatigue, and improve sleep quality Six tips to build resilience and prevent brain-damaging stress (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - June 15, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness adults beta-blockers depression healthcare medications Mental-Health prescription prescription medications Source Type: blogs

FDA clears MindMaze GO neurorehabilitation platform, easing access to continued outpatient therapy
___ MindMaze Consolidates First-ever FDA Approval for Inpatient and Outpatient Neurorehabilitation Therapy (press release): “MindMaze, a leader in braintech, has today announced that it has obtained FDA clearance to launch its portable neurorehabilitation product, MindMotion GO, in the United States. Together with MindMotion PRO (which received FDA clearance in 2017), MindMotion GO is the next offering in the company’s continuum of care, providing gamified neurorehabilitation therapy. “Now that both MindMotion products have FDA clearance, MindMaze delivers a full spectrum of neuro-care solutions for both ...
Source: SharpBrains - June 13, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Uncategorized Brain-health braintech cognitive-rehabilitation disability FDA innovation inpatient MindMaze MindMotion neurological neurological deficits neurorehabilitation Source Type: blogs

From Angry Birds to brain mapping: The Gamification of Neuroscience
Mouse Retinal Neurons (Type 25), per EyeWire Museum ___ A Quarter Million Gamers Helped Build This Incredibly Detailed Map of the Brain (SingularityHub): “In 2012, when Angry Birds was in its prime, Seung had an inspiration. “What if,” he wondered, “we could capture even a small fraction of the mental effort that goes into Angry Birds (for brain mapping)? Think of what we could do.” Although the initial idea was to use deep learning-based AI tools to reconstruct the neurons, humans were—and still are—better at spotting the patterns of neuronal branches and connectors than machines....
Source: SharpBrains - June 11, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology AI angry birds brain mapping Connectome deep learning digital EyeWire game mental effort Source Type: blogs

Why the Future of Brain Enhancement and Mental Health is Digital and Pervasive
from SharpBrains ___ It was a great pleasure to share latest data and insights with a fantastic community of researchers, engineers, innovators and investors, hosted by the Imperial College Centre for Neurotechnology in London. Hope you enjoy the slides! Talk 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 disc...
Source: SharpBrains - June 8, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain-enhancement Brain-health digital future innovation Mental-Health Neurotechnology pervasive Source Type: blogs

Study finds training-induced neuroplasticity even in patients with chronic traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Conclusions: These findings suggest that training?induced brain plasticity continues through chronic phases of TBI and that brain connectivity and cortical thickness may serve as markers of plasticity. The Study in Context: How learning changes your brain Can brain training work? Yes, if it meets these 5 conditions What are cognitive abilities and how to boost them? Solving the Brain Fitness Puzzle Is the Key to Self-Empowered Aging 20 Must-Know Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity and Improve Brain Health   ? (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - June 6, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness brain change Brain-Plasticity BrainHealth Cognitive-Training connectivity cortical-thickness healthy adult brain improve-brain-health reduce depression Traumatic-Brain-Injury Source Type: blogs

Study finds the limits of putting oneself in another ’s shoes (instead, ask and listen)
___ I still remember the time I tried to comfort one of my best friends when her father died. Because I’d lost my own parents years before, I thought I understood her pain. But, when I offered sympathy, she balked. Her father’s death had been transcendent, filled with love and family connection. She didn’t feel pain; she felt at peace. Trying to see where another person is coming from is often touted as a key to empathy. If we imagine ourselves in their shoes, the thinking goes, we’ll be able to predict their feelings and their behavior, bridging the gap between self and other. This is considered a ...
Source: SharpBrains - June 4, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Magazine Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness empathy intuition mind perspective-taking predictions Psychology theory-of-mind Source Type: blogs

Lifestyle and neurotechnology over genetics
?” Dear colleague, It’s remarkable how quickly things are changing, finally, in brain health and mental health — see for example what’s new with Interaxon, Akili, NeuraMetrix, Apple, Calm, Halo Neuroscience, Mindstrong Health, Novartis, Pear Therapeutics, and lifelong neurogenesis, all in the last 6 months! Please enjoy the May edition of SharpBrains eNewsletter below, and consider joining the SharpBrains Virtual Summit this December to discuss the latest and help shape the next New research: Cognitive training, diet, exercise, and vascular management seen to improve cognition ...
Source: SharpBrains - May 31, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Professional Development Technology Akili Apple Brain-health Brain-Imaging Calm Cognitive-Training dementia diet exercise Genetics Halo Neuroscience Interaxon lifestyle Mindstrong Source Type: blogs

Learn More 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/ t...
Source: SharpBrains - May 28, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Peak Performance Professional Development Technology adhd Alzheimers-disease biofeedback brain check-up cognitive-decline depression digital neurotechnologies Source Type: blogs

Reminder: The Future of Mental Health & Brain Enhancement @ London, next Wednesday, May 30th
___ 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 - May 25, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain-enhancement Centre for Neurotechnology future Imperial College London Mental-Health Source Type: blogs

New book highlights continued brain development throughout adolescence, even into our 20s
– Dr. Sarah-Jane Blakemore _____ Neuroscientist Probes Myths About the Teenage Brain (Education Week): “We often think early childhood is this dramatic window of learning and development in the brain, and you’re highlighting adolescence as a different kind of window. Can you talk a little bit about that? I was told when I was an undergraduate that the human brain pretty much stopped developing after mid-childhood. From [magnetic resonance imaging] of living brains, we’ve discovered that that’s not true at all—in fact, the brain continues to develop right throughout childhood and adolesce...
Source: SharpBrains - May 23, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning adolescence brain development magnetic resonance imaging teenage-brain Source Type: blogs

Physical exercise doesn ’t slow down dementia once it appears, study shows
Conclusion: A moderate to high intensity aerobic and strength exercise training programme does not slow cognitive impairment in people with mild to moderate dementia. The exercise training programme improved physical fitness, but there were no noticeable improvements in other clinical outcomes. The Study in Context: Solving the Brain Fitness Puzzle Is the Key to Self-Empowered Aging 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 Report: 35% of worldwide dementia cases could be prevented by modifying thes...
Source: SharpBrains - May 21, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness aerobic-exercise clinical outcomes Cognitive-impairment dementia Physical-Fitness Source Type: blogs

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