Review finds mixed results on the effectiveness and safety of brain and memory supplements
Natural Supplements and Vitamins for Treatment and Prevention of Dementia and Cognitive Decline (Psychiatric Times): “Dementia, also referred to as major neurocognitive disorder (including Alzheimer disease [AD]), is a growing problem because of increased lifespan. There is no known cure. Several drugs are FDA-approved for the treatment of dementia, including acetylcholinesterase inhibitors (eg, donepezil, rivastigmine, galantamine) and an N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist, but these have limited efficacy, adverse effects, and significant cost—all of which contribute to the search for alterna...
Source: SharpBrains - September 6, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Alzheimer-disease cognition dementia disorder ginkgo-biloba neurocognitive neurocognitive disorder Source Type: blogs

New book on how to practice mindfulness meditation with humor and playfulness
From the outside, meditation appears to be a thoroughly serious endeavor. You have to sit down, dutifully count your breaths and rein in your wandering mind, and practice this every day whether it’s fun or not. But that isn’t Chade-Meng Tan’s approach to mindfulness. The founding chair of the Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, which started as a mindfulness class at Google and now trains employees around the world, Tan lives by the motto that “life is too important to be taken seriously.” And he adopts the same attitude toward cultivating mindfulness—outlined in his new book, J...
Source: SharpBrains - September 2, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Magazine Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness book Joy meditation mindfulness mindfulness-meditation therapies Source Type: blogs

Learning how to mindfully navigate mindfulness apps
The Trouble with Mindfulness Apps (Mindful): “Be prepared to be bored. This is the gist of one of the notifications you receive before you try the body scan meditation from Mindful Mood Balance, a web-based program currently being piloted in a version for therapists… Visit the app store, and you’re greeted with hundreds of mindfulness apps, a few dozen of them claiming to benefit your brain in some manner. Some of the most popular ones make health claims with no research to back up their programs—they rely on the science of mindfulness in general to prove the worthiness of their product. It seems e...
Source: SharpBrains - September 1, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Uncategorized apps cognitive Headspace Lumosity mindfulness mindfulness apps therapists Source Type: blogs

Scientists call for regulations for brain stimulation devices sold directly to consumers
———- Brain-Zapping Gadgets Need Regulation, Say Scientists and (Some) Manufacturers (IEEE Spectrum): “Just a few years ago, the idea of electrically stimulating your brain in the comfort of your own home would have sounded pretty weird, and probably like a bad idea. But the practice of brain-zapping—in particular, an easy-to-pull-off technique called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)—has quickly advanced from labs to living rooms. DIYers are building their own devices and trading tips online, while startups are bringing out consumer products. With that as the backdrop, a gro...
Source: SharpBrains - August 31, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology brain stimulation devices brain-stimulation brain-zapping FDA neurostimulation neurotechnologies Neurotechnology regulation tDCS Transcranial-direct-current-stimulation Source Type: blogs

Not every brain is or needs exactly the same: A sur ­vey of pri­or­i­ties across geog­ra­phy and age
Beyond the US col­lege student’s brain: A sur­vey of pri­or­i­ties across geog­ra­phy and age from SharpBrains –> Learn more & Register to participate at the upcoming 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Reinventing Brain Health (December 6-8th, 2016) (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - August 30, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain-science cognitive-science Source Type: blogs

Tough brain teasers, with answers, courtesy of NSA employees
—– According to NSA’s Puzzle Periodical, “Intelligence. It’s the ability to think abstractly. Challenge the unknown. Solve the impossible. NSA employees work on some of the world’s most demanding and exhilarating high-tech engineering challenges. Applying complex algorithms and expressing difficult cryptographic problems in terms of mathematics is part of the work NSA employees do every day.” You can try a couple of their recent, and quite tough, brain teasers here: August Puzzle Periodical: $50 for All July Puzzle Periodical: First or Second? More brain teasers, games and...
Source: SharpBrains - August 29, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain Teasers brain teasers with answers intelligence puzzles Source Type: blogs

FDA clears two computerized cognitive tests to assist in medical evaluations following brain injury or concussion
FDA allows marketing of first-of-kind computerized cognitive tests to help assess cognitive skills after a head injury (FDA news release): “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today permitted marketing of two new devices to assess a patient’s cognitive function immediately after a suspected brain injury or concussion. The Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) and ImPACT Pediatric are the first medical devices permitted for marketing that are intended to assess cognitive function following a possible concussion. They are intended as part of the medical evaluation that doctors perf...
Source: SharpBrains - August 26, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology assess cognitive function Brain-health brain-injury cognitive-function Cognitive-tests computerized computerized cognitive test concussion digital health digital medicine FDA Source Type: blogs

Three pioneers of neuroplasticity research discuss the present and future of rewiring the brain
DISCUSSION WITH EVE MARDER, MICHAEL MERZENICH AND CARLA SHATZ (2016 KAVLI PRIZE IN NEUROSCIENCE): “Our view of the brain as something constantly shaped by thought and experience is only a few decades old, yet it has profoundly influenced how we teach and treat, raise our young and care for the old. Eve Marder, Michael Merzenich and Carla Shatz are three researchers who, in very different ways, have revealed that the brain is highly changeable, or plastic. In the course of discovering how the structure and function of brain circuits are refined, they pioneered the field of neuroplasticity… Their work has r...
Source: SharpBrains - August 25, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness brain brain circuits Brain-Plasticity neuroplasticity pioneers rewiring the brain therapeutics Source Type: blogs

Study: Job satisfaction in your 20s and 30s has a significant impact on your physical and mental health in your 40s
Early job satisfaction has strong link to mental health (Learning & Development Professional): “…the study found job satisfaction in your late 20s and 30s has a link to overall health in your early 40s. While job satisfaction had some impact on physical health, researchers found its effect was especially strong for mental health. Those “less than happy” with their work early in their careers said they were more depressed, worried and struggled with sleep…”We found that there is a cumulative effect of job satisfaction on health that appears as early as your 40s,” said Jon...
Source: SharpBrains - August 24, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Professional Development health job satisfaction Mental-Health physical-health Source Type: blogs

Next: Harnessing information and communications technology (ICT) to address mental health challenges affecting 700 million people today
Making Mental Health a Global Priority (The Dana Foundation): “Who hasn’t felt a sense of loss or detachment from our families, friends, and regular routines, or experienced nervousness and anxiety about changes in our personal and professional lives? For some, fear and worry constantly distract, confuse, and agitate. For others, frequent and severe bouts of depression are a debilitating daily burden that interferes with family, career, and social responsibilities. All too often, such problems lead to alcohol or drug abuse, self-destructive behavior, or even suicide…The social costs of mental- and substa...
Source: SharpBrains - August 23, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness abuse anxiety depression diagnosis healthcare Information and communications technology mental-disorders Mental-Health mobile monitoring screening treatment World Health Organization W Source Type: blogs

Trend: More healthcare and research facilities offer multipronged brain fitness programs
Can an exercise routine really help keep your mental “muscles” in good shape? (Harvard Health Letter): “Fear of losing your memory and thinking skills is one of the greatest concerns of getting older. Maybe that’s behind the increasing number of clinics offering brain fitness programs. “Brain training” isn’t a typical exercise program; it incorporates a number of activities and lifestyle changes to help boost brain function. “It makes very good sense to promote cognitive health using a variety of approaches. I embrace it even as we await more data,” says Dr. Kirk Daffne...
Source: SharpBrains - August 22, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness boost brain function Brain-Fitness brain-fitness-programs Brain-Training cognitive-health dietitian exercise losing memory mental muscles neurologist older Source Type: blogs

Survey: Do you think that brain training is a waste of time and money?
————— Please answer this question and a few other to help us better understand your thoughts and beliefs about brain health, and how we may be able to serve you better (should take no more than 5 minutes to complete it): Take the survey Thank you! (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - August 19, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning brain Brain-health Brain-Training Source Type: blogs

The Nine Habits of Highly Effective Brains
————— While we are still (hopefully) enjoying some downtime, let’s review some good lifestyle options we can all follow to not only maintain, but improve, our vibrant brains. 1. Learn more about the “It” in “Use It or Lose It.” A basic understanding will serve you well to appreciate your brain’s beauty as a living and constantly-developing dense forest with billions of neurons and synapses. 2. Take care of your nutrition. Did you know that the brain only weighs 2% of body mass but consumes over 20% of the oxygen and nutrients we intake? As a general rule, yo...
Source: SharpBrains - August 18, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning brain brain-development Brain-Fitness Brain-health habits Neurogenesis neuroplasticity sharp brains smart-brains wellness Source Type: blogs

Survey: Which is a more important brain function, to recognize and manage one ’s emotions or the ability to multi-task?
————— Please answer this question and a few other to help us better understand your thoughts and beliefs about brain health, and how we may be able to serve you better (should take no more than 5 minutes to complete it): Take the survey Thank you! (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - August 17, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning ability brain Emotions health multi-task Source Type: blogs

Reinventing brain health via new ways to assess and enhance brain function across the lifespan
———- During this 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit session, we explored new ways to assess and enhance brain func­tion via mobile devices and wearables, led by Corinna E. Lathan, Founder and CEO of AnthroTronix, Eddie Mar­tucci, VP Research & Devel­op­ment at Akili Inter­ac­tive Labs, Alex Doman, Co-Founder of Sleep Genius, Joan Sev­er­son, Pres­i­dent of Dig­i­tal Artefacts, and Keith Epstein, Senior Strate­gic Advi­sor at AARP. –> Learn more & Register to participate at the upcoming 2016 S...
Source: SharpBrains - August 16, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology assess brain function brain-function Brain-health enhance brain function innovation Reinventing Source Type: blogs

Survey: Do you believe that every adult should take charge of his/ her own brain health and brain fitness?
————— Please answer this question and a few other to help us better understand your thoughts and beliefs about brain health, and how we may be able to serve you better (should take no more than 5 minutes to complete it): Take the survey Thank you! (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - August 15, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning brain Brain-Fitness Brain-health Source Type: blogs

Retooling brain health care with pervasive, inexpensive, data-driven digital technologies
—– While sophisticated neuroimaging techniques such as fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) provide a significant boost in our understanding of the brain — and research studies constantly reported all over the media — they are very costly. This makes it difficult to reach the mass scale required to conduct meaningful research and to improve the brain health care of millions if not billions of people around the globe. Good news is, we are witnessing an explosion of new methods that make use of low cost, ubiquitous technologies to inform brain health prevention, diagnoses and tr...
Source: SharpBrains - August 12, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Brain-health digital health fMRI innovation Internet neuroimaging Neurotechnology Source Type: blogs

Survey: What ’s more important to thrive in the 21st century, to manage stressful situations or to process new information quickly?
————— Please answer this question and a few other to help us better understand your thoughts and beliefs about brain health, and how we may be able to serve you better (should take no more than 5 minutes to complete it): Take the survey Thank you! (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - August 11, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning brain health process-information stressful survey Source Type: blogs

Reinventing Brain Health via Big Data, pervasive technologies, virtual reality, crowd ­sourc­ing, and more
———- Dur­ing this 2015 SharpBrains Virtual Summit ses­sion we explored cutting-edge ini­tia­tives to accel­er­ate research & devel­op­ment via Big Data, crowd­sourc­ing, tech­nolo­gies for the extended mind, and a range of data-rich per­va­sive neu­rotech­nolo­gies such as vir­tual reality. –> Learn more & Register to participate at the upcoming 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Reinventing Brain Health (December 6-8th, 2016) (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - August 10, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology big data Brain-health crowd­sourc­ing virtual-reality Source Type: blogs

Survey: Do you believe healthcare providers should address Brain Health as a priority area?
————— Please answer this question and a few other to help us better understand your thoughts and beliefs about brain health, and how we may be able to serve you better (should take no more than 5 minutes to complete it): Take the survey Thank you! (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - August 9, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Brain-health healthcare priority Source Type: blogs

10 ways in which Yoga Meditation helps nourish Body, Brain and Mind
— An easy, low cost, natural practice can help us boost our brain power, be healthier and more spiritually attuned as we age, and improve our quality of life and happiness. It could also reduce some of the staggering health care costs seen today. Curious about what that practice is? For the past 12 years, The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF), of which I’m the founding president and medical director, has organized, helped design, and fund innovative research on a simple 12-minute singing yoga meditation called Kirtan Kriya (KK). This work has specifically focused on reducing risk facto...
Source: SharpBrains - August 8, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa at Alzheimer's Research & Prevention Foundation Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Alzheimers-disease brain-power cerebral blood flow cognitive-decline depression improve sleep Kirtan-Kriya meditation memory-loss memory-tests neurotransmitters Prevent-Alzheimers Source Type: blogs

Survey: Do you think we will soon have a pharmacological treatment for Alzheimer ’s Disease and cognitive impairment?
—– Please answer this question and a few other to help us better understand your thoughts and beliefs about brain health, and how we may be able to serve you better (should take no more than 5 minutes to complete it): Take the survey Thank you! (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - August 5, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Alzheimers-disease brain Brain-health Cognitive-impairment pharmacological treatment Source Type: blogs

Invitation to Sponsor the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit
———- Dear pioneers and changemakers in the SharpBrains community, Fyi, with the help of a cross-sector and world-class Steering Committee, we have started shaping a very creative and forward-looking 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Reinventing Brain Health (December 6-8th, 2016). Would your organization be interested in becoming a Summit Sponsor? At this stage we can still take the discussion in multiple directions, and we welcome everyone’s support to produce the most relevant and impactful event. For ideas and details, please Contact Us. Cheers, The SharpBrains Team (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - August 4, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Professional Development Technology brain Brain-health Reinventing Source Type: blogs

Brain scan study finds links between adolescent brain development and mental health disorders
— “Brain hubs”, courtesy of University of Cambridge Scans reveal how teenage brain develops (BBC News): “The team from Cambridge’s department of psychiatry scanned the brains of 300 people between the ages of 14 and 24. While the areas associated with the basic functioning of the body such as vision, hearing and movement are fully developed by adolescence, the areas associated with complex thought and decision making are still changing… You can think of the brain as a global airline network that’s made up of small infrequently used airports and huge hubs like Heathrow where there...
Source: SharpBrains - August 3, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness adolescence brain brain-function mental-illness psychiatry teenage teenage-brain Source Type: blogs

Study: Early-childhood attention skills help predict long-term academic success better than IQ, socioemotional skills, or socioeconomic status
—– Which early child characteristics predict long-term academic achievement and educational attainment? Research has focused on the role of early academic skills, learning enhancing behaviors, and socioemotional competencies as precursors of academic success. Identifying the relative contribution of each to children’s long-term academic achievement is important as it can inform the skills on which early education programs should focus. The study Along with my colleagues Jennifer Godwin and Ken Dodge, I recently published a study in School Psychology Review that examined how early child characteristics pre...
Source: SharpBrains - August 2, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Education & Lifelong Learning academic-achievement academic-skills attention-training educational attainment IQ socioeconomic status socioemotional Source Type: blogs

Final weeks to join 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit at early bird rates
———- Just a quick heads-up: Early-bird rates end on September 15th. Please consider registering early to benefit from these heavily discounted rates and help us shape the Summit Agenda! –> To Learn More and Register, click HERE. (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - August 1, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology brain conference summit virtual summit Source Type: blogs

Final 12 hours to join 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit at very early bird rates
———- Just a quick heads-up: Very early-bird rates are ending today, August 1st. Please consider registering early to benefit from these heavily discounted rates and help us shape the Summit Agenda! –> To Learn More and Register, click HERE. (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - August 1, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology brain conference summit virtual summit Source Type: blogs

Tease your mind this weekend with these brainy haikus …and please add yours
—– Thank you to everyone who has written so many fun haikus over the last several years (following the post Top 25 Brain and Mind Haikus. Yours?). These are the ones we have enjoyed the most. Kathy: My release technique, Forgive, forget, love all, Meditate on that! GTB: Haiku’s are easy But sometimes they don’t make sense Refrigerator Alan: Through the microscope, slice of brain stains pink and blue, the wonder of thought. Amit: Love, college, career. A new world of transitions. Will I survive? Yes. Justin: Justin the genieus Must spell check the word genius to post this Haiku Stacey: I t...
Source: SharpBrains - July 29, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Brain Teasers Education & Lifelong Learning brain-teaser brainy cognitive haiku tease your brain Source Type: blogs

Update: Well-targeted brain training might significantly reduce dementia risk
— M GLASSER, D VAN ESSEN/WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e-newsletter. Happy reading! New brain research ACTIVE study: Well-targeted brain training might significantly reduce dementia risk To improve brain health you need BOTH aerobic and cognitive exercise A new era of brain cartography, powered by neuroimaging and machine learning New tools for brain health and performance Akili raises an additional $11.9M; brings Amgen, Merck, Pfizer and Shire to the digital medicine table Shaping the Future of Human Enhancement Is Mental Health ready to start transitioning towards measurable ...
Source: SharpBrains - July 28, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology Uncategorized brain Brain-Training dementia risk digital medicine exercise neuroimaging Source Type: blogs

Final weeks for discounted rates @ 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 6-8th): Reinventing Brain Health
———- Just a quick heads-up: Early-bird rates end on September 15th. Please consider registering early to benefit from these discounted rates and help us shape the Summit Agenda! –> To Learn More and Register, click HERE. (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - July 27, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology conference sharpbrains virtual conference Source Type: blogs

Final 96 hours for super-discounted rates @ 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 6-8th): Reinventing Brain Health
———- Just a quick heads-up: Very early-bird rates are ending this Sunday, July 31st. Please consider registering early to benefit from these heavily discounted rates and help us shape the Summit Agenda! –> To Learn More and Register, click HERE. (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - July 27, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology conference sharpbrains virtual conference Source Type: blogs

A new era of brain cartography, powered by neuroimaging and machine learning
— M GLASSER, D VAN ESSEN/WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY Human brain mapped in unprecedented detail (Nature): “Think of a spinning globe and the patchwork of countries it depicts: such maps help us to understand where we are, and that nations differ from one another. Now, neuroscientists have charted an equivalent map of the brain’s outermost layer — the cerebral cortex — subdividing each hemisphere’s mountain- and valley-like folds into 180 separate parcels. Ninety-seven of these areas have never previously been described, despite showing clear differences in structure, function and connectivity ...
Source: SharpBrains - July 26, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology brain brain map Cerebral Cortex Connectome human-brain machine-learning neuroanatomical Source Type: blogs

ACTIVE study: Well-targeted brain training might significantly reduce dementia risk
–An example of a speed-of-processing task. Courtesy of Posit Science Play on! In a first, brain training cuts risk of dementia 10 years later (STAT News): “For the first time ever, researchers have managed to reduce people’s risk for dementia — not through a medicine, special diet, or exercise, but by having healthy older adults play a computer-based brain-training game. The training nearly halved the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and other devastating forms of cognitive and memory loss in older adults a decade after they completed it, scientists reported on Sunday. If the surprising findin...
Source: SharpBrains - July 25, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Technology ACTIVE Alzheimer’s Brain-health Brain-Training brain-training-game cognition cognitive loss Cognitive-Training dementia dementia risk exercise medicine memory- Source Type: blogs

10 complimentary passes for 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 6-8th) — Names Announced
—————- Dear SharpBrains readers, Thank you everyone who completed the survey we sent out a few weeks ago; it’s a pleasure to go through so many excellent insights! We promised to distribute 5 complimentary passes to our upcoming virtual conference among respondents whose feedback we found particularly illuminating and valuable– here are the lucky winners who will be able to learn and contribute at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit on a comp basis: Dr. Carlos Davidovich, Optimum Talent Deborah Zamin, Toronto District School Board Joan Wilson, Madigan Army Medi...
Source: SharpBrains - July 22, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain conference Reinventing Source Type: blogs

Akili raises an additional $11.9M; brings Amgen, Merck, Pfizer and Shire to the digital medicine table
—– Akili Adds Amgen Ventures and M Ventures* to Series B Financing, Increasing Round to $42.4 Million (press release): “Akili Interactive Labs, Inc. (“Akili”), a digital medicine company developing novel, non-pharmacological therapeutics and diagnostics for cognitive disorders, today announced an $11.9 million expansion of its recent Series B financing. Merck Ventures BV, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, a subsidiary of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany (known as M Ventures in the United States and Canada), and Amgen Ventures, the venture arm of Amgen, joined existing investors to bring the total Seri...
Source: SharpBrains - July 21, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Akili Akili Interactive Labs Amgen Ventures biopharma cognitive--disorders diagnostics digital medicine Merck Ventures neurodegeneration neurological no Source Type: blogs

Study: To improve brain health you need BOTH aerobic and cognitive exercise
— Neural networks. Photo credit: Radu Jianu, Brown University Mental, physical exercises produce distinct brain benefits (Science Daily): “Cognitive brain training improves executive function whereas aerobic activity improves memory, according to new Center for BrainHealth research at The University of Texas at Dallas…healthy adults who participated in cognitive training demonstrated positive changes in executive brain function as well as a 7.9 percent increase in global brain flow compared to study counterparts who participated in an aerobic exercise program. The aerobic exercise group showed increases ...
Source: SharpBrains - July 20, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness aerobic-exercise aging brain-aging Brain-Fitness brain-function Brain-health Brain-Training cognition Cognitive Aging Cognitive-Training improve-memory neur Source Type: blogs

July 20th, Bilbao: 5 Ways for Food Policy to Learn from Applied Neuroscience
—– Quick heads-up: Alvaro Fernandez will speak tomorrow Wednesday, July 20th, at the Summer Academy in Global Food Law & Policy in Getxo, Basque Country, Spain. Title: 5 Ways for Food Policy to Learn from Applied Neuroscience Description: This thought-provoking and interactive session will discuss 5 trends at the frontier of applied neuroscience of high relevance to food policy: 1. Cognitive and emotional factors for healthy eating, 2. Consumers’ growing interest and confusion around health claims, 3. Latest research on the prevention of Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline and the role of n...
Source: SharpBrains - July 19, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Applied Neuroscience food policy Source Type: blogs

Shaping the Future of Human Enhancement
—– Dear SharpBrains community, It is an honor to share that I’ve been asked to join the Council on the Future of Human Enhancement, organized by the World Economic Forum, for its 2016-2018 term. It will be my pleasure to contribute as much as possible to the initiative, and also to engage you as much as I can. As described in the invitation, “In a global environment marked by short-term orientation and siloed thinking, the network fosters interdisciplinary and long-range thinking to support a sustainable and equitable future…The Network of Global Future Councils is a global com...
Source: SharpBrains - July 18, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Peak Performance council Human Enhancement World-Economic-Forum Source Type: blogs

Survey: What is the most important problem you see in the way we approach Brain Health today, and how could it be solved?
—– Please answer this question and a few other to help us better understand your thoughts and beliefs about brain health, and how we may be able to serve you better (should take no more than 5 minutes to complete it): Take the survey Thank you! (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - July 15, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Brain-health survey Source Type: blogs

Survey: How can we improve The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness?
If you have read The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age (in English, Spanish, Japanese or Polish), did you enjoy it? If so, what did you enjoy the most? If you didn’t enjoy it, what can we change in future editions of the book to deliver real value to you? Please answer this question and a few other to help us better understand your thoughts and beliefs about brain health, and how we may be able to serve you better (should take no more than 5 minutes to complete it): Take the survey Thank you in advance! (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - July 14, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness book brain Brain-Fitness Brain-health brain-performance improve brain fitness improve-brain-health mental-check-up survey Source Type: blogs

Next in Human Resources: Seeing cognitive diversity as an asset to build on, not a problem to avoid
Neurodiversity: The Benefits of Recruiting Employees with Cognitive Disabilities (Harvard Business School’s Working Knowledge): There’s a new frontier in diversity programs focused not on race or gender but on cognitive ability. The growing interest in neurodiversity—hiring people with cognitive disabilities like Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)—is motivated by companies looking to tap into a largely unnoticed labor pool at a time when many bemoan the lack of skilled workers… Social difficulties are one of the hallmarks of ASD, making it hard for those with ASD to make it through a traditional ...
Source: SharpBrains - July 13, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Peak Performance Professional Development autism spectrum disorder cognitive disabilities cognitive-ability diversity Harvard Human-Resources neurodiversity workforce Source Type: blogs

Survey: Would you take a brief assessment every year as an “annual mental check-up”?
Please answer this question and a few other to help us better understand your thoughts and beliefs about brain health, and how we may be able to serve you better (should take no more than 5 minutes to complete it): Take the survey Thank you in advance! (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - July 12, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness assessment brain mental-check-up survey Source Type: blogs

To stimulate your brain, find new ways to challenge yourself every day
—– For Effective Brain Fitness, Do More Than Play Simple Games (The New York Times): “…Legions of baby boomers already use computers or apps to stimulate the brain, but they should be thought of as part of a larger engagement with the world…Finding new ways to challenge yourself every day, Mr. Rebok said, is a good idea. This can include lots of ordinary activities like doing mental calculations rather than reaching for a calculator, or taking a new driving route or eating with the opposite hand… Mr. Fernandez of SharpBrains said he would like to see a more systematic way to measure c...
Source: SharpBrains - July 11, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness apps assessments baby-boomers Brain-Fitness Brain-games cognition computers measure cognition stimulate the brain Source Type: blogs

Survey: Do you believe your healthcare provider offers excellent brain health care?
Please answer this question and a few other to help us better understand your thoughts and beliefs about brain health, and how we may be able to serve you better (should take no more than 5 minutes to complete it): Take the survey Thank you in advance! (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - July 8, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness brain Brain-health survey Source Type: blogs

Adding mindfulness to the PTSD therapist’s toolkit
—– Soldiers who return home in casts and caskets are not the only ones struck down by the trauma of war. Many young military men and women carry emotional wounds far beyond the battlefield in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This psychologically crippling condition cannot be treated with bandages or surgery, and often lasts for years on end. But new research has now demonstrated that mindfulness—a non-judgmental awareness of our thoughts and feelings—might be a useful tool for veterans battling PTSD. Rather than being stuck in disturbing memories and negative thoughts, they can use...
Source: SharpBrains - July 7, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Magazine Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness behavior-therapy brain brain-activity exposure therapy meditation mindfulness post-traumatic-stress-disorder psychological Psychology PTSD Source Type: blogs

July 14th @ MIT: Discussion about Neurotechnology and Depression
—– Heads-up about an interesting event in Boston on July 14th. Neurosolutions 2016: Neurotechnology and Depression Description: Join us for a panel discussion about Neurotechnology and Depression, the first in a new series about applying cutting-edge neurotechnology to pressing societal problems, organized by the MIT Center for Neurobiological Engineering and the Neurobiological Engineering Training Program. The afternoon event will feature five leading speakers whose interests span fundamental engineering, basic neuroscience, and clinical practice. The conversation is open to the public, but registration...
Source: SharpBrains - July 6, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology depression engineering MIT neurobiological neurobiological engineering Neurotechnology Source Type: blogs

Is Mental Health ready to start transitioning towards measurable brain circuits, away from subjective symptoms?
To Diagnose Mental Illness, Read the Brain (Scientific American): Although scientists have learned a lot about the brain in the last few decades, approaches to treating mental illnesses have not kept up. As neuroscientists learn more about brain circuits, Stanford psychiatrist Amit Etkin foresees a time when diagnoses will be based on brain scans rather than symptoms…(Etkin says that) We understand behavior is essentially underpinned by brain circuits. That is, there are circuits in the brain that determine certain types of behaviors and certain types of thoughts and feelings. That’s probably the most useful w...
Source: SharpBrains - July 5, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness brain brain circuits brain deficits brain-function brain-scans Mental-Health mental-illness mind psychiatrist psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Survey: How important do you believe are the following brain functions to thrive personally and professionally in the 21st century?
What about concentration power to avoid distractions?  Or the ability to manage stressful situations? Or remembering faces and names? Or the ability to multi-task? Please answer this question and a few other to help us better understand your thoughts and beliefs about brain health, and how we may be able to serve you better (should take no more than 5 minutes to complete it): Take the survey Thank you in advance! (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - July 1, 2016 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness brain Brain-health survey Source Type: blogs

Quick brain teasers to test your cognitive skills…and biases
. If you’re looking for some stimulating, quick mental exercise, try these Brain Teasers To Test Your Cognitive Skills…And Your Cognitive Biases over at The Creativity Post. Once you’re done, you may want to enjoy with these visual brain teasers, and also visit our brain twisters and brain games sec­tion, with plenty of fun (and free) mind games for teens, adults and seniors. Have a nice weekend! (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - January 30, 2015 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain Teasers brain twisters Brain-games cognitive-skills visual brain teasers Source Type: blogs

January Update: The Federal Trade Commission orders Focus Education to stop making unsubstantiated brain training claims
. Time for Sharp­Brains’ January e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of brain health insights, neu­ro­science research reports, a landmark action by the Federal Trade Commission…and some quick brain teasers. Enjoy! New research: Brain health research study by AARP: Consumers pursue brain training to support a more enjoyable, self-managed life Can self-monitoring help promote academic success, and reduce ADHD symptoms, in college students with ADHD Studies point toward clear benefits to cultivating mindfulness in the workplace In the New Year, toss a coin or tru...
Source: SharpBrains - January 29, 2015 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain Teasers Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology AARP adhd ADHD-Treatment brain thermometer brain training claims Brain-Fitness Brain-health Brain-Training brain-training-game Brai Source Type: blogs