Coder, entrepreneur and teenager Emma Yang launches $50k Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for app to help improve Alzheimer ’s patients’ daily lives
___ A 14-Year-Old Made An App To Help Alzheimer’s Patients Recognize Their Loved Ones (Fast Company): “When Emma Yang was 7 or 8 years old, her grandmother became increasingly forgetful. Over the next few years, those memory problems, caused by early Alzheimer’s disease, worsened. Yang, who learned to code at an early age, decided to create an app to help… In her app under development, called Timeless, Alzheimer’s patients can scroll through photos of friends and family, and the app will tell them who the person is and how they’re related to the patient using facial recognition tech. If...
Source: SharpBrains - January 24, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology -memory-problems AI Alzheimer’s Disease crowdfunding facial recognition memory-loss Timeless Source Type: blogs

With pharma exiting Alzheimer ’s research, new hope (and urgency) seen in the combination of brain training and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)
This study is examining the combination of two novel interventions – transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and cognitive remediation therapy – to protect against AD in patients with depression or mild cognitive impairment. The study is funded by Brain Canada and carried out by researchers in CAMH’s Geriatric Psychiatry Division in collaboration with Baycrest, St. Michael’s Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and University Health Network. The Study in Context Solving the Brain Fitness Puzzle Is the Key to Self-Empowered Aging Important insights on the growing home use of tDCS...
Source: SharpBrains - January 22, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Alzheimers brain Brain-Fitness Brain-Training brain-training-exercises cognitive remediation cognitive-reserve dementia electrical stimulation mental-exercises Pfizer pharmace Source Type: blogs

Researchers stress need for neurotechnologies to protect the mental dimension of individuals and groups, especially mental privacy and integrity
Image: Ars Electronica | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) ___ From Healthcare to Warfare: How to Regulate Brain Technology (University of Basel press release): “The term “dual-use” refers to technology that can be used for both beneficial (i.e., medical) and harmful (i.e., military of terroristic) aims. Until recently, most dual-use technology emerged especially in virology and bacteriology. In the last years, however, military-funded research has entered the domain of neuroscience and neurotechnology. This has resulted in a rapid growth in brain technology prototypes aimed at modulating the emotions, cognition, and beha...
Source: SharpBrains - January 19, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Peak Performance Technology behavior bioethics brain technology cognition dual-use technology Emotions healthcare military Neuroethics neurotech warfare Source Type: blogs

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)
This study provides the largest and most comprehensive survey to-date of users of consumer tDCS devices. Obtaining a deeper knowledge of what drives home users—to purchase and use a consumer tDCS device (or for many, to cease to use it)—has important implications, both for ongoing debates about the ethical implications of the home use of tDCS, as well as for discussions of the regulation of direct-to-consumer neurotechnology. Thus, the present study not only provides an empirical foundation on which to base policy recommendations, but also offers a concrete, empirical perspective on a debate that has too-often ...
Source: SharpBrains - January 18, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain-stimulation Consumer neurotechnology Direct-to-consumer neuroscience do it yourself Neuroethics non-invasive tDCS Transcranial-direct-current-stimulation Source Type: blogs

On the value and the limits of cognitive screening, as seen in President Trump ’s examination
DISCUSSION: Among cognitively normal older adults MoCA performance remains relatively stable over time, however across the older adult age-span MoCA performance declines in a linear fashion. These results will help clinicians better understand the normal course of MoCA change in older adults while researchers may use these results to inform sample size estimates for intervention studies. Cognitive monitoring and testing in the near future: The FDA clears two computerized cognitive tests to assist in medical evaluations following brain injury or concussion Biopharma embraces digital cognitive assessments to identify ...
Source: SharpBrains - January 17, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Age-associated Alzheimer’s Disease cognition Cognitive variability cognitive-decline cognitive-function cognitive-screening executive brain function Intraindividual change memory impairment Source Type: blogs

Eight Tips To Understand and Remember What You Read — Especially As You Read Nonfiction
___ Despite Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and television, (or perhaps precisely because of all of them) traditional reading is still an important skill. Whether it is magazines, professional manuals or fascinating books, people still need to read, now and in years ahead. And much of it is nonfiction material, where it’s important to really understand and then remember what you are reading. An unfortunate reason why many people don’t read much these days is that they don’t read well. Reading, for them, is slow, hard work and they don’t remember as much as they should. They often have to read...
Source: SharpBrains - January 16, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Bill Klemm Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning attention-span Bill-Klemm brain-tips comprehension consolidation distractions Internet knowledge long-term-memory memorization multi-tasking phonics reading reading-profici Source Type: blogs

At the frontier of neuroenginnering, brain health  and cognitive enhancement with Kernel, UT-Dallas, The Arrowsmith Program and The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF)
Last December 7th selected Summit Sponsors and Partners showcased their most promising brain health & enhancement initiatives and solutions. From tomorrow’s neuroengineering to today’s brain health (view slidedeck for all pm sessions Here) Dr. Randal Koene, Lead Scientist at Kernel, discusses future directions of neuroenginnering and human computer interfaces. Dr. Leanne Young, Executive Director of the Brain Performance Institute at UT-Dallas Center for BrainHealth presents the new 62,000-square-foot Brain Performance Institute. Debbie Gilmore, Executive ...
Source: SharpBrains - January 12, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Peak Performance Professional Development Technology Brain-health cognitive-enhancement Kernel neuroenginnering The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation The Arrowsmith Program UT-D Source Type: blogs

Nissan is developing brainwave technology to read and augment driver ’s mind (not replace it)
___ This car tech makes you a better driver by reading your mind. We gave it a test drive (The Washington Post): “Might the car of the future be able to read your mind? At CES, the big tech trade show, cars dominated much of the conversation. But one experience stood out because it was so far-out: I donned an experimental cap from Nissan that interpreted signals from my brain with the goal of making me a better driver. ..brain data is useful for cars with semiautonomous capabilities, says Lucian Gheorghe, the Nissan scientist behind this tech. Certain brain waves, researchers have found, can be interpreted as a signa...
Source: SharpBrains - January 11, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology AI brain-reading brain-reading technology brain-waves brainwave CES Lucian Gheorghe mind Nissan semiautonomous Source Type: blogs

UCSF, Stanford, VieLight & Lumos Labs at the frontier of brain health   &  enhancement
On December 7th selected Summit Sponsors and Partners showcased their most promising brain health & enhancement initiatives and solutions. At the frontier with Neuroscape, VR/ AR and Photobiomodulation (recordings require registration; view slidedeck for all am sessions Here) Adam Gazzaley, UCSF Professor of Neurology, presents Neuroscape Dr. Walter Greenleaf, Medical VR/ AR Expert at Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab, provides an overview of health applications of virtual & augmented reality (VR/AR) Dr. Lew Lim, Founder & CEO of Vielig...
Source: SharpBrains - January 10, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology augmented reality brain-enhancement Brain-health Brain-Training lumos-labs mindfulness Neuroscape Photobiomodulation Stanford UCSF VieLight vir Source Type: blogs

Jan Samzelius, CEO of Brainnovations Winner NeuraMetrix, encourages pioneers to focus on “simple, elegant solutions to big problems”
What surprised you the most from the Judges’ questions and feedback during the Brainnovations Pitch Contest last month? Even with only a brief presentation the judges immediately got the potential impact of our technology to measure and monitor brain health and began to think about other applications for us – several we had not thought about. That was fun. In a nutshell, what is the core idea behind NeuraMetrix? Typing Cadence is among the strongest habit we have. If the brain is attacked by a disease, the habit will begin to break – very slowly and in very small increments. Our way of measuring...
Source: SharpBrains - January 9, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Alzheimer’s Disease biotech brain diseases brain health application Brain-health Brainnovations CNS CNS diseases depression diagnostics disease management drug trials earl Source Type: blogs

Neural Analytics raises $15M to commercialize non-invasive, ultrasound-based, brain health monitoring device
___ Neural Analytics, Inc. Raises $15 Million in Series B Financing (press release): “Neural Analytics, Inc., a medical device company developing and commercializing technology to measure, diagnose, and track brain health, today announced that it has raised $15 million in Series B financing led by Alpha Edison…The Lucid Transcranial Doppler Ultrasound System (Lucid System) uses ultrasound to assess the brain’s blood vessels from outside the body. This analysis is non-invasive, can be performed in the physician’s office, and helps the physician diagnose brain disorders. The system is FDA-cleared and...
Source: SharpBrains - January 8, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Alpha Edison blood vessels brain Brain-health cerebral vasculature Department of Defense FDA Lucid System Neural Analytics non-invasive Transcranial Source Type: blogs

Beam Riders, MyCognition, The Touchpoint Solution: Top  Brainnovations to boost Workplace Productivity and Resilience
Top Brainnovation to boost Workplace Productivity and Resilience (recording requires registration; view slidedeck Here). The three Finalists were: Beam Riders – pitch by Jafar Sabbah, Founder & CEO MyCognition – pitch by Martina Ratto, Cognitive Scientist The Touchpoint Solution (WINNER) – pitch by Dr. Amy Serin, Neuropsychologist & Co-Founder Judged by: Ariel Garten, Founder and Chief Evangelism Officer at InteraXon; Charlie Hartwell, Operating Partner at Bridge Builders Collaborative; Kath...
Source: SharpBrains - January 5, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Peak Performance Professional Development Technology Beam Riders Brainnovations MyCognition productivity resilience The Touchpoint Solution workplace Source Type: blogs

Pear Therapeutics raises $50M to develop and market a portfolio of digital therapeutics for mental health
___ Pear Therapeutics rakes in $50M to develop additional digital therapeutics (MobiHealthNews): “Boston- and San Francisco-based Pear Therapeutics, maker of a prescription digital therapeutic platform, announced today the closure of $50 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Singapore-based investment company Temasek, with participation from returning investors 5AM Ventures, Arboretum Ventures, and JAZZ Venture Partners, as well as new partners Novartis, EDBI, and the Bridge Builder’s Collaborative…Pear is best known for reSET, the first prescription digital therapeutic cleared by the FD...
Source: SharpBrains - January 4, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology 5AM Ventures Arboretum Ventures Bridge Builders Collaborative digital health digital mental health digital therapeutic digital therapeutics EDBI Expedited Access Pathway FDA Jaz Source Type: blogs

The State of Mindfulness Science: 10 Key Research Findings to Encourage and Guide your Meditation Practice in 2018
___ During the past two decades, more and more scientists have studied mindfulness—a Buddhist-inspired collection of practices aimed at helping us to cultivate moment-to-moment awareness of ourselves and our environment. Their early findings triggered an enormous amount of enthusiasm for meditation. Sometimes, however, journalists and even scientists (who should know better) have overstated the physical and mental health benefits, which has fed growing skepticism about mindfulness. Indeed, the science behind mindfulness meditation has often suffered from poor research designs and small effect sizes, as 15 psychologis...
Source: SharpBrains - January 3, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Magazine Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness attention bias meditation Mental-Health mindfulness mindfulness science physical-health relationships Resiliency Stress Source Type: blogs

WEKIT, Sapien Labs, MyndYou: Top  Brainnovations harnessing Big Data
Top Brainnovation harnessing Big Data (recording requires registration; view slidedeck above or Here). The three Finalists were: WEKIT — Wearable Experience for Knowledge Intensive Training – pitch by Paul Lefrere, Innovation Lead Sapien Labs (WINNER) – pitch by Tara Thiagarajan, Founder & Chief Scientist MyndYou – pitch by Shira Yama Nir, Project Manager Judged by: Bill Tucker, Senior Advisor to the K12 Education Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Eduardo Briceño, CE...
Source: SharpBrains - January 3, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology big data brain Brainnovations MyndYou Sapien Labs WEKIT Source Type: blogs

Click Therapeutics, AUGMENTx, Sincrolab: Top Brainnovations to improve Brain Health & Performance
Top Brainnovation to improve Brain Health & Performance (recording requires registration; view slidedeck above or Here). The three Finalists were: Click Therapeutics – pitch by David Klein, Co-Founder & CEO AUGMENTx (WINNER) – pitch by Dr. Albert Kwon, Co-Founder & CEO Sincrolab – pitch by Ignacio de Ramon, Co-Founder & CEO Judged by: Alexandra Morehouse, Chief Marketing Officer at Banner Health; Colin Milner, Founder and CEO of the International Council on Active A...
Source: SharpBrains - January 2, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Professional Development Technology AUGMENTx brain Brainnovation Brainnovations Click Therapeutics improve-brain-health Sincrolab Source Type: blogs

Happy New Year, ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!
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Source: SharpBrains - January 1, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning Happy New Year Source Type: blogs

Savonix, HealthTech Connex, NeuraMetrix: Top Brainnovations to measure Brain Health & Performance
 Top Brainnovation to measure Brain Health & Performance (recording requires registration; view slidedecks above or Here). The three Finalists were: Savonix– pitch by Greg Wong, VP Product Management HealthTech Connex – pitch by Dr. Ryan D’Arcy, President & Chief Scientific Officer NeuraMetrix (WINNER) – pitch by Jan Samzelius, Co-Founder & CEO Judged by: Dr. Adam Haim, Chief of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs at the National...
Source: SharpBrains - December 29, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Brainnovation Brainnovations HealthTech Connex measure brain health NeuraMetrix Savonix Source Type: blogs

Digital Mental Health: the Hurt, the Hype, the Hope, with Dr. Tom Insel
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 - December 28, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Professional Development Technology digital health digital mental health Mental-Health Mindstrong Health Tom Insel Source Type: blogs

How will the Clinicians, Patients and Consumers of the Future ensure appropriate use of brain enhancement methods encompassing lifestyle, supplements, brain training, meditation, bio/ neurofeedback, tDCS and more?
 (recording requires registration; view slidedeck above or Here) Dr. Eddie Martucci, Co-Founder and CEO of Akili Interactive Labs Dr. Anna Wexler, science writer, filmmaker and postdoc fellow at the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at UPenn’s Perelman School of Medicine Dr. Olivier Oullier, President of EMOTIV  Dr. Peter Reiner, Co-Founder of the National Core for Neuroethics at the University of British Columbia Chaired by: Dr. Alison Fenney, Executive Director of the Neurotechnology Industry Organization (NIO) Slidedeck above supported session held d...
Source: SharpBrains - December 27, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Akili Akili Interactive Labs brain-enhancement Brain-Training Clinicians Consumers Emotiv ethics future lifestyle meditation Neuroethics Neurofeedback NIO patients sup Source Type: blogs

How can we harness digital technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) to scale up brain research, assessments and interventions?
How can we harness digital technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) to scale up brain research, assessments and interventions?  (recording requires registration; view slidedeck above or Here) Dr. Oliver Harrison. Chief Executive of the Health Moonshot at Telefónica Innovation Nancy Briefs, President and CEO of Digital Cognition Technologies  Emma Yang, 9th grader, Creator of Timeless app and MIT Solver Belén Guerra-Carrillo, NSF Fellow and graduate student researcher at University of Califonia, Berkeley Chaired by: Kayt Sukel, science writ...
Source: SharpBrains - December 26, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology AI artificial intelligence assessments Berkeley brain-research digital Digital Cognition Technologies digital health Health Moonshot innovation Interventions MIT Solver Tele Source Type: blogs

Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad!
– Traditional Christmas tree in Ibirapuera Park, São Paulo, Brazil (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - December 25, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning Feliz Navidad Happy Holidays Merry Christmas Source Type: blogs

What are the most promising lifestyle and tech options to harness lifelong neuroplasticity?
What are the most promising lifestyle and tech options to harness lifelong neuroplasticity, and what are key roadblocks ahead? (recording requires registration; view slidedeck above or Here) Dr. Álvaro Pascual-Leone, Director of the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Dr. David Bartrés-Faz, Principal Investigator of the Barcelona Brain Health Initiative (BBHI) Dr. Simone Schurle, Assistant Professor for Responsive Biomedical Systems at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Chaired by: Dr. David Bach, Found...
Source: SharpBrains - December 22, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Peak Performance Professional Development Technology Barcelona Brain Health Initiative Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center brain-stimulation Lifelong Neuroplasticity Source Type: blogs

Study finds limited benefits from cognitive bias modification (CBM) training, calls for further research
Faces along a positive-neutral to negative-neutral spectrum, and a sad face, from Peters et al. (2017)‘s CBM for facial interpretation training. Credit: University of Bristol Could cognitive interventions be useful in treating depression? (Science News): “A new study by experimental psychologists from the University of Bristol has examined whether cognitive bias modification (CBM) for facial interpretation, a digital health intervention that changes our perception for emotional expressions from negative to positive, might be useful in treating depression. We all occasionally focus on the negative rather th...
Source: SharpBrains - December 21, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology biomedical-research CBM CBM training Cognitive Bias Modification depression digital health digital health intervention Experimental Psychology facial interpretation mood disorders Source Type: blogs

Slidedeck: What do 7.5 billion human brains need to thrive in the Digital Age, and what are key opportunities to better equip them?
What do 7.5 billion human brains need to thrive in the Digital Age, and what are key opportunities to better equip them? (full recording requires registration; slidedeck available above and Here) Álvaro Fernández, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of SharpBrains Sarah Lenz Lock, Senior Vice President for Policy at AARP and Executive Director of the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH) Dr. April Benasich, Director of the Baby Lab at the Rutgers Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Chaired by: Dr. Cori Lathan, Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Council ...
Source: SharpBrains - December 20, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology AARP Behavioral Neuroscience Brain-health brains digital age Future of Human Enhancement Global Council on Brain Health Rutgers sharpbrains World-E Source Type: blogs

Top 10 moments from the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit/ Slidedecks & Recordings are Available
Registered participants @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5–7th, 2017) _____ Whew. What a rich and diverse 3-day conversation on the future of brain health and brain enhancement among 50+ Speakers and 200+ participants in 24 countries. From the dozens of fascinating insights and moments, here are some our favorites: (Note: slidedecks are now freely available; session recordings require registration and login credentials) 1. That masterful 40-minute overview by Dr. Tom Insel on the past, present and future of mental health (view slidedeck Here) 2. Discussing with Akili’s Eddie ...
Source: SharpBrains - December 19, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology aging augmented reality brain-aging brain-enhancement Brain-health brain-stimulation Brainnovations cognitive-enhancement Cognitive-Training EEG Source Type: blogs

What do you see first, animals or people?
Courtesy Matt Lieberman, author of “Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect” ___ Try hard, try different, and you’ll see both For more visual illusions and brain teasers: Test your Brain with these 10 Visual Illusions Test your stress level Top Brain Teasers, Games and Illusions, for Teens and Adults of Any Age For more about Dr. Lieberman’s work: Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect   (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - December 18, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain Teasers Cognitive Neuroscience brain-teaser Visual-Illusion Source Type: blogs

10 favorite moments from the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit/ Recordings are Available
Whew. What a rich and cutting-edge 3-day conversation last week on the future of brain health and brain enhancement. We enjoyed dozens of fascinating insights and moments — here’s a sample of our favorites: 1. That masterful 40-minute overview by Dr. Tom Insel on the past, present and future of mental health 2. Discussing with Akili’s Eddie Martucci the FDA implications from the significant research findings released just the day before 3. Exploring the revolution in brain health assessments, as covered in the article Firms Race to Find New Ways to Scan Brain Health at WebMD 4. Discovering the l...
Source: SharpBrains - December 15, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Peak Performance Professional Development Technology Uncategorized aging augmented reality brain-aging brain-enhancement Brain-health brain-stimulation Brainn Source Type: blogs

Study suggests canola oil is not as beneficial as advertised; sustained use may cause memory problems and brain damage
Canola oil could cause weight gain and memory loss (Los Angeles Times): “According to a recent study conducted on mice, just two tablespoons of canola oil per day can cause weight gain and severe progression of Alzheimer’s disease. The new results are calling into question previous recommendations of canola oil as a healthful alternative to saturated fats. “Canola oil is appealing because it is less expensive than other vegetable oils, and it is advertised as being healthy,” said lead researcher Domenico Praticò, M.D. “Very few studies, however, have examined that claim, especially in t...
Source: SharpBrains - December 14, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Alzheimer’s Disease brain brain-damage canola oil Learning memory olive oil pathophysiology plaques saturated fats Source Type: blogs

Enhancing brains the tried-and-true way: 50 Finalists shortlisted for the $1M Global Teacher Prize
Congratulations to the Top 50 2018 Finalists! Now in its fourth year, the US $1 million Global Teacher Prize award is the largest prize of its kind, and was set up to recognize one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession as well as to shine a spotlight on the important role teachers play in society. By unearthing thousands of stories of heroes that have transformed young people’s lives, the prize hopes to bring to life the exceptional work of millions of teachers all over the world. I can’t wait to evaluate the finalists and help select the winner — who will be ...
Source: SharpBrains - December 13, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning brain brains educators Global Teacher Prize neuroplasticity teachers Source Type: blogs

Pending FDA review and approval, research findings pave way for Akili ’s EVO to become first brain training platform prescribed for ADHD
Akili Achieves Primary Efficacy Endpoint in ADHD Trial (MD magazine): “Boston-based Akili Interactive has announced top-line results from the STARS-ADHD pivotal study of its investigational digital therapeutic medicine AKL-T01, in treatment of pediatric attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)…The digital medicine, AKL-T01, is a video game for patients to play on tablet devices. It uses the same storytelling and reward mechanisms as standard videogames; however, it features mechanisms to act on neural systems and algorithms that dial the level of stimulus up or down, meeting the needs of the patient. In...
Source: SharpBrains - December 12, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Akili Akili Interactive Brain-Training depression digital medicine digital therapeutic digital therapies FDA impulsivity memory neural systems STARS-A Source Type: blogs

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
Discussion: Because large numbers of persons are living with preclinical AD, our results underscore the need for secondary preventions for persons with existing AD brain pathology who are likely to develop clinical disease during their lifetimes as well as primary preventions for persons without preclinical disease. The Study in Context Bill Gates announces $50 million investment to fight Alzheimer’s Disease From Anti-Alzheimer’s ‘Magic Bullets’ to True Brain Health Solving the Brain Fitness Puzzle Is the Key to Self-Empowered Aging 10 million people develop dementia every year Report: 35% of...
Source: SharpBrains - December 11, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Alzheimers-disease amyloidosis biomarkers Forecast Intervention neurodegeneration prediction Prevalence prevention Statistics Source Type: blogs

Firms Race to Find New Ways to Scan Brain Health
“How consistently you type on a keyboard and the way you use your smartphone may one day tell your doctor — or someone else, like your employer — if your brain is ailing. Right now, doctors generally rely on questionnaires about a person’s symptoms and written challenges like drawing a clock to begin to home in on brain diseases like depression and dementia. New technologies would replace these with passive monitoring of things like computer or smartphone use, or even changes to a person’s brain waves, to detect brain changes consistent with diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ...
Source: SharpBrains - December 9, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology Source Type: blogs

Great moments @ just ended 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5 –7th)
Thank you everyone involved in creating a very fun and valuable event: Speakers, Judges, Pitch Finalists and Winners (congrats again), Sponsors, Partners and of course all Participants! Enjoy below (and please share) some great insights tweeted over the last three days. Insights @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5–7th, 2017) (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - December 8, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology brain summit Source Type: blogs

Great moments @ just ended 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th)
Thank you everyone involved in creating a very fun and valuable event: Speakers, Judges, Pitch Finalists and Winners (congrats again), Sponsors, Partners and of course all Participants! Enjoy below (and please share) some great insights tweeted over the last three days. Insights @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th, 2017) (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - December 8, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology brain summit Source Type: blogs

Congrats Brainnovations Winners: NeuraMetrix, AUGMENTx, Sapien Labs, and The Touchpoint Solution
Proud to announce the Winners of the Brainnovations Pitch Contest that took place yesterday during the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit. But first of all, thank you very much to every one of the 12 Finalists and the 16 Judges and everyone in the audience — what a fascinating discussion and learning experience for everyone involved! And now here’s the Winner per category. Please join us in celebrating their work so far and in wishing them all the best forward! Winner — Top Brainnovation to measure Brain Health & Performance NeuraMetrix: “NeuraMetrix measures brain health using a dig...
Source: SharpBrains - December 7, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Peak Performance Professional Development Technology AUGMENTx brain-enhancement Brain-health NeuraMetrix Sapien Labs The Touchpoint Solution Source Type: blogs

Brainnovations to boost Workplace Productivity and Resilience @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit
_____ Quick heads-up:  The 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit starting tomorrow Tuesday, December 5th will host a Brainnovations Pitch Contest to discuss the latest technologies for Brain Health & Enhancement, and 12 selected startups will get to pitch their innovative approach and solutions to our distinguished Judges –our very own “Sharp Tank“– and to all Summit participants. Which startup will become the Top Brainnovation to boost Workplace Productivity and Resilience? Only a few more hours to register HERE. December 6th, 2.30-3.45pm US Pacific Time. Top Brainnovati...
Source: SharpBrains - December 4, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Peak Performance Professional Development Technology Beam Riders brain Brainnovations health MyCognition Pitch Contest productivity resilience The Touchpoint Solution workplace Source Type: blogs

Photobiomodulation: A new and promising way to enhance brain function
___ As is increasingly evident, there are multiple methods aimed at enhancing brain function. Brain training and mindfulness practices are commonly used. Substance-based methods are popular too, including hallucinogens in the form of plant extracts, and drugs. Same as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS): All of these are promising but have been challenged — for example, the reproducibility of electrical-based stimulation results is increasingly questioned. — Fig. 1: Vielight Neuro Alpha/Gamma in use Within this context, photobiomodulation (PBM)–low le...
Source: SharpBrains - December 4, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Lew Lim Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology brain-enhancement brain-function Brain-Training enhance brain function low level light therapy mindfulness Neurodevelopmental neurological Photobiomo Source Type: blogs

2 hours left to Register @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5 –7th)
– Registered Summit participants as of December 1st, 2017 Will we soon have an “annual brain check-up” — and what may it look like? How can we harness lifelong neuroplasticity to thrive in the digital age? Under what conditions may specific brain stimulation/ training/ enhancement methods work? Which firms, technologies and solutions are gaining the most traction, and what are best practices for appropriate use? Please join the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit starting tomorrow Tuesday, December 5th, and discuss the latest with 50+ Speakers and 200+ participants working on ways to enha...
Source: SharpBrains - December 4, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain-enhancement Brain-health Mental-Health Source Type: blogs

2 hours left to Register @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th)
— Registered Summit participants as of December 1st, 2017 Will we soon have an “annual brain check-up” — and what may it look like? How can we harness lifelong neuroplasticity to thrive in the digital age? Under what conditions may specific brain stimulation/ training/ enhancement methods work? Which firms, technologies and solutions are gaining the most traction, and what are best practices for appropriate use? Please join the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit starting tomorrow Tuesday, December 5th, and discuss the latest with 50+ Speakers and 200+ participants working on ways to enha...
Source: SharpBrains - December 4, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain-enhancement Brain-health Mental-Health Source Type: blogs

12 hours left to Register @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th)
— Registered Summit participants as of December 1st, 2017 Will we soon have an “annual brain check-up” — and what may it look like? How can we harness lifelong neuroplasticity to thrive in the digital age? Under what conditions may specific brain stimulation/ training/ enhancement methods work? Which firms, technologies and solutions are gaining the most traction, and what are best practices for appropriate use? Please join the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit starting tomorrow Tuesday, December 5th, and discuss the latest with 50+ Speakers and 200+ participants working on ways to enha...
Source: SharpBrains - December 4, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain-enhancement Brain-health Mental-Health Source Type: blogs

48 hours left to Register @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th)
— Registered Summit participants as of December 1st, 2017 Will we soon have an “annual brain check-up” — and what may it look like? How can we harness lifelong neuroplasticity to thrive in the digital age? Under what conditions may specific brain stimulation/ training/ enhancement methods work? Which firms, technologies and solutions are gaining the most traction, and what are best practices for appropriate use? Please join the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit taking place next week and discuss the latest with 50+ Speakers and 200+ participants working on ways to enhance brain health a...
Source: SharpBrains - December 2, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain-enhancement Brain-health Mental-Health Source Type: blogs

Thank you, Partners @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, for helping shape Brain Health & Enhancement in the Digital Age!
__________ Thank you very much, great Summit Partners, for supporting the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit taking place next week (Dec. 5-7th) and gathering 50+ Speakers and 200+ participants to working on ways to enhance brain health and performance in the digital age! __________ Learn more & Reserve your Spot HERE (10%-off promo code for SharpBrains readers: sharp2017) (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - December 1, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Professional Development Technology Aging2.0 brain-enhancement Brain-health BrainFutures Luria Neuroscience Institute Neuroethics neurotech NeuroTechX NIO Ontario Brain Institute UT-Dall Source Type: blogs

Thank you, Sponsors @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, for helping shape Brain Health & Enhancement in the Digital Age!
— Thank you very much, great Summit Sponsors, for supporting the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit taking place next week (Dec. 5-7th) and gathering 50+ Speakers and 200+ participants to working on ways to enhance brain health and performance in the digital age! — Gold Sponsors AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, social welfare organization with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families. Its Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH), founded in collaboration with ...
Source: SharpBrains - December 1, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Neuroscience Interview Series Technology AARP ARPF Arrowsmith Program Banner Health brain-enhancement Brain-health brain-performance conference Emotiv Kernel Lumosity MindM Source Type: blogs

Monthly e-newsletter: Do you actually like that song or do you merely think you do?
Time for SharpBrains’ November e-newsletter, exploring the frontiers in applied brain science and starting this time with a fascinating study and initiative. New thinking Neuroinformatics meets music: Do you actually like that song or do you merely think you do? Survey: Parents view Exercise as more effective than Prescription Medications to treat children with ADHD Top Resources for Educators on Learning and the Brain Neurotechnology and artificial intelligence (AI) can enhance our lives if it preserves our 1) privacy, 2) identity, 3) agency and 4) equality, researchers say Emerging toolkit for brain hea...
Source: SharpBrains - November 30, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology adhd Brain-health exercise Neuroinformatics Source Type: blogs

Harnessing Big Data to improve Brain Health & Performance @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th)
_____ Quick heads-up:  The 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit next week (December 5-7th) will host a Brainnovations Pitch Contest to discuss the latest technologies for Brain Health & Enhancement, and 12 selected startups will get to pitch their innovative approach and solutions to our distinguished Judges –our very own “Sharp Tank“– and to all Summit participants. Which startup will become the Top Brainnovation for Brain Health & Performance harnessing Big Data? Only a few more days to register HERE. December 6th, 1-2.15pm US Pacific Time. Top Brainnovation h...
Source: SharpBrains - November 29, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology big data Brain-health health innovation MyndYou Sapien Labs virtual summit WEKIT Source Type: blogs

Neuroinformatics meets music: Do you actually like that song or do you merely think you do?
As a neuroinformatics researcher, my vision is to bridge consumers wearing mobile EEG devices with online music recommendation services. My research group is already working in that direction, decoding brainwaves while listening to music in order to predict “Like” ratings and then submit the feedback to music streaming services. As an example, this past September we were asked to conduct a music-EEG experiment for the ‘Music Freedom’ service TV promo campaign of TELIA, Norway’s mobile network operator. By decoding the brainwaves of three famous Norwegian artists, our task was to...
Source: SharpBrains - November 28, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr Dimitrios Adamos Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Technology Beat brainwaves EEG devices mobile EEG music streaming Neuroinformatics Spotify TELIA Tidal Source Type: blogs

Explore new ways to improve Brain Health & Performance @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th)
_____ We can’t wait:  the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit next week (December 5-7th) will host a Brainnovations Pitch Contest to discuss the latest technologies for Brain Health & Enhancement, and 12 selected startups will get to pitch their innovative approach and solutions to our distinguished Judges –our very own “Sharp Tank“– and to all Summit participants. Which startup will become the Top Brainnovation to improve Brain Health & Performance? Only a few more days to register HERE… December 6th, 11.45am-1pm US Pacific Time. Top Brainnovation ...
Source: SharpBrains - November 27, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Peak Performance Professional Development Technology AUGMENTx Brainnovations Click Therapeutics improve brain performance improve-brain-health Sincrolab Source Type: blogs

Explore new ways to measure Brain Health & Performance @ 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th)
_____ Kickstarted with a keynote by scientist/ policy-maker/ entrepreneur Dr. Tom Insel,  the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th) will host a Brainnovations Pitch Contest to discuss the latest technologies for Brain Health & Enhancement. 12 selected startups will get to pitch their innovative approach and solutions to our distinguished Judges –our very own “Sharp Tank“– and to all Summit participants. The Sharp Tank will select a Winner per category, facilitated by Alvaro Fernandez, SharpBrains‘ CEO & Editor-in-Chief, and Dr. Bob Bilder, Director o...
Source: SharpBrains - November 27, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Peak Performance Professional Development Technology brain-performance Brainnovation HealthTech measure brain health NeuraMetrix Savonix Tom Insel Source Type: blogs

Let ’s appreciate the growing landscape of digital brain health & enhancement: 177 experts and pioneers in 23 countries –and counting!
Registrants for the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5-7th) as of November 23rd, 2017 _______ Quick update on how registration stands for the upcoming 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Health & Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5-7th) — THANK YOU to everyone who has registered already We are pleased to report that so far 177 experts, pioneers and practitioners are registered to participate. 130 seem to be based in the US and 47 abroad (based on IP address during registration), with the following country breakdown:  United States 130 Australia 7 Canada 7 Israel 5 United K...
Source: SharpBrains - November 24, 2017 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology brain health innovation brain-enhancement Brain-health sharpbrains virtual conference virtual summit Source Type: blogs