ADHD Study: Reducing the Need for High Medication Doses with Behavior Therapy
Medication treatment and behavior therapy are both considered effective treatments for ADHD; the combination of these treatments is generally regarded as an ideal approach for many children. However, in the Multimodal Treatment Study of ADHD (MTA Study), the largest ADHD treatment study ever conducted, the benefit of combined treatment relative to medication treatment alone — while significant for some outcome measures — was not especially robust. This has led some professionals to question whether behavior therapy is necessary when a child is being effectively treated with medication, i.e., will behavior thera...
Source: SharpBrains - February 21, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience behavior-therapy medication Source Type: blogs

Manhattan, next Monday: How Can We Invest in Our Brains to Boost Inno­va­tion and Resilience?
Heads-up: Alvaro Fernandez will be giving a talk next Monday evening, open to the public, at Mid-Manhattan Library. Description: Hear from a lead­ing expert about the impor­tance of brain health on inno­va­tion, resilience and pro­duc­tiv­ity. Our speaker will share the lat­est research on brain func­tion­ing and applied neu­ro­plas­tic­ity, based on the book The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age. What is the link between brain health, the capac­ity to inno­vate and to thrive in today’s work&...
Source: SharpBrains - February 19, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Peak Performance boost innovation boost resilience brain Brain-health Mid-Manhattan Library neu­ro­plas­tic­ity work­place Source Type: blogs

Who will be the personal brain trainers of the future?
Brain-fitness industry caters to worried boomers (Crain’s): “Mr. Fernandez…compares the brain-fitness industry of today with the physical-fitness industry of half a century or more ago. Whereas once there were no health clubs or personal trainers, today they’re ubiquitous. “Who will be the personal brain trainers of the future?” he says. “Are they going to be doctors, life coaches, neuropsychologists? Will health clubs expand to incorporate brain fitness? Or will people go to separate facilities that specialize in keeping people’s brains sharp?” Anecdotal evidence sugg...
Source: SharpBrains - February 18, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness baby-boomers Brain-Fitness health-clubs neuropsychologist neurotherapy personal brain trainers Psychotherapy Source Type: blogs

Study: Neurofeedback brain training can complement ADHD stimulant medications
CONCLUSION: Neurofeedback made greater improvements in ADHD symptoms compared to both the control and CT conditions. Thus, NF is a promising attention training treatment intervention for children with ADHD. Related articles: Biofeedback is a “Level 1 — Best Support” Intervention for Attention and Hyperactivity Behaviors FDA clears use of EEG-based ADHD test Sensible and perplexing changes in ADHD diagnostic criteria (DSM-V) (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - February 17, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Adderall attention deficit hyperactivity disorder attention-training Brain-Training cognitive-therapy medication Neurofeedback pediatrics Source Type: blogs

Addressing cognitive deficits due to ADHD or leukemia/ brain tumor treatments
The Science Behind ‘Brain Training’ (The Atlantic): “Julie Schweitzer, director of the ADHD Program at the University of California in Davis’s MIND Institute, conducted a randomized study of children diagnosed with ADHD. When published in July 2012 in the journal Neurotherapeutics, Schweitzer’s study found that children in the placebo group spent just as much time off-task at the end of the study as they had at the beginning, but those who trained on Cogmed sharply increased the amount of time they spent doing school work…Children who have survived cancer are another group often in need...
Source: SharpBrains - February 14, 2014 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness adhd brain tumor cogmed cognitive-deficits cognitive-rehabilitation leukemia neuropsychologist Neurotherapeutics Source Type: blogs

How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age (New York Public Library talk)
How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age (New York Public Library talk) from SharpBrains: Tracking Brain Health Innovation This is the actual slidedeck presented by Alvaro Fernandez at New York Public Library on September 24th, 2014. Slides can be downloaded and used for educational purposes provided appropriate credit is given to SharpBrains and to the book The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age (284 pages; 2013). Description: Just like the rest of our body, the brain requires care, attention and proper exercise. Yet, we often ignore t...
Source: SharpBrains - December 30, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness AARP Alzheimers-disease Brain-health brain-performance emotional-resilience memory mental focus Source Type: blogs

From crosswords and sudoku to individualized brain training
Discussion Check out the Brain Training Program Evaluation Checklist (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - December 28, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain-exercise Brain-health Brain-Training Mind-Games Sudoku Source Type: blogs

Augmenting lifelong performance with deliberate practice
With Willing Spirit, a Reprise for Ailey Dancers (The New York Times): “The voice on the phone belonged to Masazumi Chaya, the associate artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and he had a startling proposition. Would she — Elizabeth Roxas-Dobrish, 55 years old, former Ailey superstar and current artificial-hip owner — come out of retirement to dance at a special performance on New Year’s Eve? …“Are you kidding me?” she responded. No, he was not kidding, and eventually the answer was yes, she would do it. And it was yes, too, for a handful of other Ailey al...
Source: SharpBrains - December 26, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness dance deliberate practice retirement Source Type: blogs

USA Hockey uses cognitive training to enhance pattern recognition, game-intelligence
Asteroids on Ice: Video Game Helps Young Players Develop Skills (New York Times): “Could a desktop computer game be what makes the young Americans so good?… “Work the brain; the science is there,” said Danton Cole, in his fourth season as the coach of USA Hockey’s U-18 team…For the past five seasons, USA Hockey has used IntelliGym, an Israeli-developed cognitive training program, to teach hockey sense and spatial awareness to its players in the national team development program and on its national youth teams. “You have many objects around you, things are happening very fas...
Source: SharpBrains - December 23, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Uncategorized Applied-Cognitive-Engineering attention control Brain-Training Cognitive-Training intelligym USA-Hockey videogame Source Type: blogs

Holiday gift idea: The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness
Heads-up: the special promotion to buy The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age (284 pages; April 2013) at a discount (up to 40% off, depending on country and format) expires next Sunday, December 29th. We hope you will enjoy reading the book and then joining the online book discussions in January! Click Here to learn more.   (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - December 21, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness book brain fitness promotion Source Type: blogs

Final 24 Hours to Buy The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness at a Significant Discount
Heads-up: the special promotion to buy The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age (284 pages; April 2013) at a significant discount (up to 70% off, depending on country and format) expires tomorrow Sunday, December 22nd. We hope you will enjoy reading the book and then joining the online book discussions in January! Click Here to learn more.   (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - December 21, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness book brain fitness promotion Source Type: blogs

Update: Four Essential Yet Overlooked Facts About Your Brain
Time for Sharp­Brains’ December 2013 e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a vari­ety of resources, brain teasers and articles. Enjoy the reading…and Happy Holidays! Featured resources: Article: 4 Essential (and Overlooked) Facts About Your Brain and Your Mind (via Creativity Post) Video: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age (via New York Public Library and YouTube) Book discount: The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness via Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk  (discount expires this Sunday, December 22nd!) Brain teasers: Brain teasers to understand and boost cogni...
Source: SharpBrains - December 20, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Brain Teasers Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness cognitive-abilities concussions meditation neuroeducation performance visual-illusions Source Type: blogs

Rosetta Stone to buy Vivity Labs, developer of Fit Brains brain training games
Rosetta Stone to Acquire Fit Brains Creator Vivity Labs, Will Enter Fast-Growing Brain-Training Market (press release): “There is a remarkable overlap between language learners and people who are looking to boost their cognitive abilities,” said Steve Swad, President and CEO of Rosetta Stone. “Indeed, our research suggests that a significant percentage of people who purchased a language-learning product in the past year also considered a computer-based brain training solution. By acquiring Vivity Labs, we’re capitalizing on this natural affinity between our products, seizing an opportunity to own a...
Source: SharpBrains - December 19, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Health & Wellness Technology Brain-Fitness Brain-Training brain-training-games cognitive-abilities cognitive-health fit-brains Rosetta Stone Vivity-Labs Source Type: blogs

Study: Questioning the cognitive benefits of music classes
The ‘Mozart effect’ of having kids study music? It’s only a myth, researchers find (Washington Post): “Children get plenty of benefits from music lessons: Learning to play an instrument can be a great outlet for a child’s creativity, and the repeated practice can teach much-needed focus and discipline. What’s more, the payoff, whether it’s learning a new song or just mastering a new chord, is often a boost of self-esteem. But Harvard researchers now say that one oft-cited benefit — that studying music improves intelligence — is a myth…Though dozens of studi...
Source: SharpBrains - December 18, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness cognition cognitive-development Mozart-Effect music Source Type: blogs

4 Essential (and Overlooked) Facts About Your Brain and Your Mind
An aspiring clarinetist begins by getting a sense of the way the instrument’s sounds are produced by the air she blows through it. A driver must be acquainted with various vehicle fundamentals, such as adding gas, accelerating, and reading the speedometer. It is no different with the brain. Maximizing your brain’s health and performance begins with a basic understanding of how it works and how it evolves across the lifespan. The human brain evolved to help us operate in complex, changing environments by continually learning and adapting. Successfully doing so involves a variety of brain functions and abili...
Source: SharpBrains - December 17, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness attention brain Brain-Fitness brain-reserve Brain-Training cognitive-enhancement dementia emotional-regulation language Lifelong-learning memory mind Neur Source Type: blogs

Join the most Brain-friendly Book Discussion
Dear SharpBrains reader, I hope you can join what we expect to be a very brain-friendly book discussion… The book is titled “The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age” (April 2013; 284 pages), and here is what some credible reviewers have to say: “A great start for making sense of new brain science and for taking active steps towards smart health.” — Misha Pavel, PhD, Program Director at the National Science Foundation “A stimulating, challenging resource, full of solid information and practical tips for im...
Source: SharpBrains - December 16, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness brain book discussion brain-book Brain-Fitness Brain-health Source Type: blogs

Brain teasers to understand and boost cognitive abilities
First of all, what is cog­ni­tion? Cog­ni­tion has to do with how a per­son under­stands and acts in the world. It is a set of mental processes that are part of nearly every human action. For instance, answer­ing the tele­phone involves per­cep­tion (hear­ing the ring tone), deci­sion tak­ing (answer­ing or not), motor skill (lift­ing the receiver), lan­guage skills (listening and talk­ing), social skills (inter­pret­ing tone of voice and inter­act­ing prop­erly). Cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties are supported by spe­cif...
Source: SharpBrains - December 13, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Dr. Pascale Michelon Tags: Brain Teasers Cognitive Neuroscience cognitive-abilities deci­sion tak­ing lan­guage skills per­cep­tion social-skills Source Type: blogs

Understanding the impact of concussions on the brain
What a concussion looks like inside your brain (PBS): “But what happens to the brain right after a concussion? Researchers at the National Institute of Health peered into the brains of mice and watched how a traumatic brain injury progresses over a day. Their findings, published in the journal Nature this week, showed that a single concussion can cause cell death in the brain in a matter of hours…This damage was the result of a single injury, similar to what LaTour had observed in patients coming to the emergency room after car accidents or falling 6 feet from a ladder. The injury isn’t fatal, but the c...
Source: SharpBrains - December 12, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness concussion neurological function Traumatic-Brain-Injury Source Type: blogs

Study: Does Mindfulness Meditation training help adults with ADHD?
As awareness of ADHD in adults increases, so do efforts to develop effective treatments for adults that can complement, or substitute for, medication. One promising treatment is mindfulness meditation training. In mindfulness training, individuals learn to orient their attention purposefully towards the present moment and to approach their one’s experience with curiosity, openness, and acceptance. Mindfulness meditation may be particularly well-suited to address ADHD in adults because it focuses on promoting the regulation of attention. Prior studies also suggest that mindfulness training can enhance aspects of execu...
Source: SharpBrains - December 10, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness ADHD-symptoms ADHD-Treatment executive functioning meditation training mindfulness-meditation Source Type: blogs

Watch full New York Public Library talk on The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness (75 minutes)
Talk by Alvaro Fernandez at New York Public Library, presenting The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age (284 pages; 2013). Description: Just like the rest of our body, the brain requires care, attention and proper exercise. Yet, we often ignore this most vital organ because few know where to begin. Based on the new and expanded second edition of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness –named a Best Book by AARP in 2011– co-author Alvaro Fernandez will discuss exactly how to “use it or lose it,” offering a groundbreaking new approach to improving...
Source: SharpBrains - December 9, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Alvaro Fer­nan­dez Brain-Fitness Brain-health new-york-public-library Source Type: blogs

Como invertir en su cerebro — Spanish talk @ Bronx Library Center
Heads up: Alvaro Fernandez will be giving a talk next Saturday, December 14th, at Bronx Library Center, based on the upcoming book Cómo invertir en su cerebro that we’ll be releasing in February 2014. If you speak Spanish, or simply want to provide your brain with some extra cognitive stimulation, please drop by! Description: Escuche a uno de los más notables expertos sobre la relación entre el cerebro, la mente y la vida. Nuestro orador nos pondrá al día acerca de las últimas investigaciones sobre cómo funciona el cerebro y cómo invertir en él para mejor...
Source: SharpBrains - December 6, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Cerebro Gimnasia Mental mente salud cerebral vida Source Type: blogs

Test your Brain with these Teasers and Visual Illusions
Are the two orange circles of the same size? One way to under­stand more about the brain is to look at how we can trick it, that is, to look at how the brain reacts to teasers and visual illusions. Here are 10 visual illu­sions to com­bine fun and learn­ing about the visual system. We know you know there is a trick since these are illu­sions… but don’t try to be smarter than your brain: Just enjoyed being surprised! To go beyond the illu­sions, read about what hap­pens in your brain while you expe­ri­ence them. Read the rest of this entry » (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - December 5, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Dr. Pascale Michelon Tags: Brain Teasers visual-illusions Source Type: blogs

The SharpBrains Guide: 4.7 out of 5 stars in Amazon.com
We are proud to see the excellent Amazon.com customer reviews of our latest book, The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age (284 pages; April 2013).  Our most sincere thanks to every reader and reviewer! (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - December 4, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning amazon.com book brain Brain-Fitness Brain-health brain-performance Source Type: blogs

Neuroeducation: Top findings to update education and learning
Neuroeducation: 25 Findings Over 25 Years (Innovation Excellence): “To celebrate the progress of this monumental discipline, we have compiled a list of the 25 most significant findings in neuroscience education over the past 25 years..” 1. Brain plasticity. Perhaps the most encouraging finding in all of neuroscience is that the brain changes constantly as a result of learning, and remains ‘plastic’ throughout life. Studies have shown that learning a skill changes the brain and that these changes revert when practice of the skill ceases. Hence, ‘use it or lose it’ is an important principl...
Source: SharpBrains - December 3, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning Brain-Plasticity cognitive-enhancement metacognition neuroeducation self-regulation Source Type: blogs

Debunking the left-brain/ right-brain myth
There Is No Left-Brain/Right-Brain Divide (Time): “Scientists have long known that the popular left-brain/right-brain story doesn’t hold water. Here’s why. First, the sweeping characterizations of what the two halves of the brain miss the mark: one is not logical and the other intuitive, one analytical and the other creative. The left and right halves of the brain do function in some different ways, but these differences are more subtle than is popularly believed (for example, the left side processes small details of things you see, the right processes the overall shape). Second, the halves of the brain ...
Source: SharpBrains - December 2, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience debunk myths left brain right brain Source Type: blogs

Thank You, Brain
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Source: SharpBrains - November 27, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Health & Wellness brain Source Type: blogs

The Link between Brain, Stress and Creativity
Baba Shiv: How Do You Find Breakthrough Ideas? (Stanford Business): “If the brain is experiencing highly physiologically arousing emotions associated with stress, then our first instinct will be to stay away from excitement and seek comfort instead. Studies have shown that primates under stress, for example, will not pursue new territories or mates. Under stress, humans also hang on to the familiar. Once the brain calms, however, it becomes prone to boredom. It will then begin to seek arousal in the form of dopamine, from the excitement pathway. This is when both you and your baboon friend will seek out new territor...
Source: SharpBrains - November 26, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning Peak Performance brain creativity dopamine Emotions Stress Source Type: blogs

Self-care technology: the frontier of brain health and healthy living
USC Davis Cen­ter for Dig­i­tal Aging from SharpBrains: Tracking Brain Health Innovation Enjoy this slide deck pre­sented by Dr. Elizabeth Zelinski,  Director of the new Center for Digital Aging at USC Davis,  at the 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit.   (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - November 25, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology Brain-health digital health healthy-living Source Type: blogs

Top brain teasers to test your mind
We just selected and categorized the Top 50 Brain Teasers and Games that Sharp­Brains read­ers have been enjoying the most. Here are a few samples… Fun exper­i­ments on how our brains work 1. You think you know the col­ors? Try the Stroop Test 3. Take the Senses Chal­lenge (Interactive) Atten­tion and memory 7. Count the Fs in this sentence 9. Proud of your visual mem­ory? Give a try at “Picasso” (Inter­ac­tive) 10. Is your atten­tion bet­ter than a chimp’s? (Inter­ac­tive) –> For...
Source: SharpBrains - November 22, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain Teasers Brain-games Mind-Games mind-teasers Source Type: blogs

Brain training present and future, in 5 minutes
Matthew Bishop, New York Bureau Chief of The Economist, interviews Alvaro Fernandez, CEO of SharpBrains and co-author of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness. (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - November 21, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology alvaro-fernandez Brain-Fitness Brain-Training Source Type: blogs

Matthew Barrett: Human memory is not a recording device
Matthew Barrett What excites you the most about your job? As a Professor and the founder of Brain Trainers Mental Fitness LLC, I love seeing how the right information can have a life-changing effect on people. Please tell us about your interest in applied brain science. What areas are you most interested in? What motivated you to pursue work in your field? I’m an educator first and foremost: I like to see people empowered with clear, accurate, and useful information about their brains. Just understanding more about diet, exercise and sleep could revolutionize our society. Beyond education, I’m especially intere...
Source: SharpBrains - November 20, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness biofeedback brain-trainer dreaming mathew barrett Memory-Training mental athletics mental-fitness mindfulness neuro feedback Source Type: blogs

Questioning brain health status quo in depression and Alzheimer’s
Two good recent pieces in The New York Times bring to the forefront the need to question status quo mindset and practices about how to measure and enhance brain health. Sleep Therapy Seen as an Aid for Depression “Curing insomnia in people with depression could double their chance of a full recovery, scientists are reporting. The findings, based on an insomnia treatment that uses talk therapy rather than drugs, are the first to emerge from a series of closely watched studies of sleep and depression to be released in the coming year…If the figures continue to hold up, the advance will be the most significant i...
Source: SharpBrains - November 19, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Alzheimer’s test Alzheimers-disease amyloid cognitive behavior therapy cognitive-decline depression insomnia talk-therapy Source Type: blogs

Kirtan Kriya Meditation: A “new” tool to fight Alzheimer’s Disease
The Alzheimer’s Research & Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion: Kir­tan Kriya med­i­ta­tion from SharpBrains: Tracking Brain Health Innovation Enjoy this slide deck presented by Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa,  President of the Alzheimer’s Research & Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion (ARPF),  at the 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit. To learn more: 12 Ways Yoga Meditation Helps Nourish The Body, Brain and Mind From Anti-Alzheimer’s “Magic Bullets” to True Brain Health (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - November 18, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Alzheimer Alzheimers-research Dharma-Singh-Khalsa Kirtan-Kriya meditation Source Type: blogs

Top 15 Articles on Neuroplasticity, Cognition and Brain Health
Let us introduce you to the Top 15 articles on Neuroplasticity, Cognition and Brain Health that Sharp­Brains readers have enjoyed the most since 2007. It is always good to learn about our brains and minds and how to keep them sharp! Debunking 10 common brain fitness myths Six tips to build resilience and prevent brain-damaging stress Brain plasticity: How learning changes your brain Why do you turn down the radio when you’re lost? The Ten Habits of Highly Effective Brains Why agile minds deploy both rational and intuitive problem-solving Retooling brain care with low-cost, data-driven technologies...
Source: SharpBrains - November 15, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Brain-Fitness Brain-health Brain-Training cognition cognitive-abilities neuroplasticity Source Type: blogs

The big picture about Lumosity, Posit Science and Emotiv
How can inno­va­tors lever­age crowd­fund­ing and strate­gic invest­ments to gain dis­tri­b­u­tion reach? from SharpBrains: Tracking Brain Health Innovation You can now enjoy the slide deck from this session, which took place at the 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (September 19-20th). How can inno­va­tors lever­age crowd­fund­ing and strate­gic invest­ments to gain dis­tri­b­u­tion reach?  With dis­tri­b­u­tion as a com­mon bot­tle­neck to the sus­tain­able com­mer­cial­iza­tion...
Source: SharpBrains - November 14, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology brain-science crowd funding Dan Fox discovery communication emotive Jeff Zimman Lumosity mathew bishop Posit-Science Source Type: blogs

Study: Aerobic exercise improves memory, brain function
Study Finds Aerobic Exercise Improves Memory, Brain Function and Physical Fitness (press release): “A new study conducted by researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas published online in the open-access journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience found that engaging in a physical exercise regimen helps healthy aging adults improve their memory, brain health and physical fitness. “By measuring brain blood flow non-invasively using arterial spin labeling (ASL) MRI, we can now begin to detect brain changes much earlier than before,” said Sina Aslan, Ph.D., founder and presid...
Source: SharpBrains - November 13, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness aging brain blood flow brain-function cognition memory mental-exercise mental-training MRI Physical-Fitness Source Type: blogs

How to inte­grate neuroplasticity-based inter­ven­tions with exist­ing stan­dards of care
How can prac­ti­tion­ers inte­grate emerg­ing neuroplasticity-based inter­ven­tions with exist­ing stan­dards of care? from SharpBrains: Tracking Brain Health Innovation Enjoy the full slide deck from this session, which took place at the 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (September 19-20th): How can prac­ti­tion­ers inte­grate emerg­ing neuroplasticity-based inter­ven­tions with exist­ing stan­dards of care?  A promis­ing fron­tier of applied neu­ro­science lies in tech­nolo­gies that stim­u­late our brains in order...
Source: SharpBrains - November 12, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology aix-marseile university Applied Neuroscience biofeedback Brain-Fitness brain-science Bruce Wexler Cognitive-Training EEG kate suilivan neuroplasticity olivier oullier tDCS virtual-reality Wal Source Type: blogs

Shaping the future of neuroimaging and brain health
Neuroscience: A head start for brain imaging (Nature): “The human brain is something of an enigma. Much is known about its physical structure, but quite how it manages to marshal its myriad components into a powerhouse capable of performing so many different tasks remains a mystery. Neuroimaging offers one way to help find out, and universities and government initiatives are betting on it.” “At the same time, a slew of major projects focusing on various aspects of the brain is seeking to paint the most comprehensive picture yet of the organ’s organizing principles — from genes to high-level c...
Source: SharpBrains - November 11, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Brain-health cognition neuroimaging Source Type: blogs

Emerging con­sumer appli­ca­tions of bio-sensing neu­rotech­nol­ogy
What are future con­sumer appli­ca­tions of bio-sensing neu­rotech­nol­ogy? from SharpBrains: Tracking Brain Health Innovation You can now enjoy the slide deck from this session @ the 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit. What are future con­sumer appli­ca­tions of bio-sensing neu­rotech­nol­ogy?  Biosens­ing tech­nol­ogy is becom­ing increas­ingly amenable for con­sumer appli­ca­tions. What are exist­ing R&D and dis­tri­b­u­tion lim­i­ta­tions and how may these be addressed over the next few years? Ho...
Source: SharpBrains - November 8, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology AnthroTronix ariel garten bio sensing technology corinna e lathan deborah rozman Heart Math Interaxon neuro sky neuro-technology Stanley Yang Source Type: blogs

Neuroleadership Summit streaming live today
Heads-up: if you’re interested in leadership applications of brain science, you may want to watch the live streaming from the Neuroleadership Summit taking place right now in Washington, DC. 9–10.30am ET: Accelerating Wisdom 11–12.15pm ET: Breaking bias 1.30–2.45pm ET: Technology Solutions (including our very own Alvaro Fernandez) 3.45–5.15pm: Vision (Update: event & streaming already finished) (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - November 7, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Peak Performance Leadership neuroleadership wisdom Source Type: blogs

If you play chess, then take up hiking
Heads up on a couple of good articles, one sharing great brain fitness tips based on the material discussed during our 2013 Summit, the other analyzing the growth of cognitive training service Lumosity. 7 Ways to Optimize Your Brain (Huffington Post): “3. Cross-train your brain. The saying “use it or lose it” clearly applies to brain fitness. It’s vital to constantly step out of your comfort zone. SharpBrains CEO Alvaro Fernandez emphasizes “novelty, variety and challenge.” If you play chess, then take up hiking. If you do a lot of physical activities, then learn another language.&rdquo...
Source: SharpBrains - November 6, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology biosensors Brain-Training Cognitive-Training EEG Emotiv heart-rate-variability lumos-labs Lumosity Source Type: blogs

How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age
The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age from SharpBrains: Tracking Brain Health Innovation You can now enjoy the slide deck Alvaro Fer­nan­dez used to present the new book The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age (April 2013; 284 pages),  at the 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit on September 27th. Description: While most of us have heard the phrase “use it or lose it,” very few understand what “it” really...
Source: SharpBrains - November 5, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology alvaro-fernandez Brain-Fitness Brain-health improve brain fitness sharpbrains Use-It-or-Lose-It Source Type: blogs

Brain training via mindfulness, cognitive training, and/ or tDCS
Several recent media articles highlight the growing interest in a variety of approaches to enhance the brain and the mind. The obvious emerging question, which we address at The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness given that “one size doesn’t fit all” is, what works best for whom and for what? Mindfulness: Getting Its Share of Attention (The New York Times): “The Marine Corps is testing Mind Fitness Training to help soldiers relax and boost “emotional intelligence,” the buzzwords of the hour. Nike, General Mills, Target and Aetna encourage employees to sit and do nothing, a...
Source: SharpBrains - November 4, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Brain-Training cognitive decline prevention cognitive-performance Cognitive-Training emotional-intelligence mindfulness neuroplasticity tDCS Source Type: blogs

Build­ing Up the Apollo Brain Data Exchange Por­tal
Build­ing Up the Apollo Brain Data Exchange Por­tal from SharpBrains: Tracking Brain Health Innovation You can now enjoy the slide deck from this session, which took place at the 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (September 19-20th). Build­ing Up the Apollo Brain Data Exchange Por­tal.   We will dis­cuss oppor­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges aris­ing from this core ini­tia­tive, spear­headed by One Mind for Research, to pro­vide open access to vast amounts of data and help close the gap between basic research and health outcomes. Chair: Alvaro...
Source: SharpBrains - November 1, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology alvaro-fernandez brain data brain data portal Brain-health one mind Pete Chiarelli Source Type: blogs

Update: On Neuroplasticity, Yoga Meditation, Cognitive Training, and Total Health
Time for Sharp­Brains’ October 2013 e-newsletter, featuring a variety of articles, interviews, and brain teasers. Enjoy! Fresh research and perspectives: 12 Ways Yoga Meditation helps nourish the body, brain and mind BrainTech: 6 take-aways on neuroplasticity and cognitive training FDA guidelines for mobile health apps relevant to cognitive/ mental health Top 30 Highlights from the 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit Study shows “brain supplements” don’t work to enhance brain health and function Neuroleadership, Human Capital and technology in Washington, DC next week Interviews wit...
Source: SharpBrains - October 31, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain Teasers Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness brain fitness enewsletter brain health enewsletter Cognitive-Training meditation neuroplasticity Total health yoga Source Type: blogs

Neuroleadership, Human Capital and Technology in Washington, DC next week
Heads-up: Alvaro Fernandez will speak at the 2013 Neuroleadership Summit taking place next week in Washington, DC, with an overall theme of “The Neuroscience of Leadership Effectiveness.” His session is titled Technology Solutions and promises to spark stimulating conversations: Technology Solutions Joyce Westerdahl (SVP Human Resources, Oracle), Tony Stubblebine (Founder & CEO, Lift), Ann Herrmann-Nehdi (Herrmann International), Alvaro Fernandez (CEO, SharpBrains), and Dan Radecki Ph.D. (NLI) Description: Neuroscience can help us develop better leaders and drive...
Source: SharpBrains - October 30, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Peak Performance Technology human-capital Leadership neuroleadership Neuroleadership Summit Source Type: blogs

Daniel Ferguson: Big Data opens a world of opportunity in health, psychology, neuroscience
Daniel Ferguson Please tell us about your interest in applied brain science. What areas are you most interested in?  I am mostly intrigued by brain training and behavioral response using neuro/biofeedback and augmented/virtual reality. What is one important thing you are working on now, and where can people learn more about it?  We are working on ways to leverage augmented reality for fully immersive experiences that can impact mood. This will allow us to work with patients even if they are on the other side of the world. What excites you the most about your current line of work? As the Founder of the New Dawn Ad...
Source: SharpBrains - October 29, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness big data biofeedback bipolar Brain-Training Daniel Ferguson depression EEG EEG technology human machine interaction meditation mind training mood neuro feedback Neurofeedback Source Type: blogs

What are scal­able best prac­tices to spread smart health?
What are scal­able best prac­tices to spread smart health? from SharpBrains: Tracking Brain Health Innovation You can now enjoy the slide deck from this session, which took place at the 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (September 19-20th).What are scal­able best prac­tices to spread smart health?  Max­i­miz­ing health and well-being requires qual­ity decision-making and pos­i­tive lifestyles across mil­lions, if not bil­lions, of indi­vid­ual decision-makers. How can we accel­er­ate the adop­tion of smart health behav­iors in scal­able and sy...
Source: SharpBrains - October 28, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology Alzheimers-research connected health Dharma-Singh-Khalsa ideas 42 jayne plunkett Josh Wright Misha-Pavel National Science Foundation reinsurance smart health Source Type: blogs

12 Ways Yoga Meditation Helps Nourish The 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? Recently The Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF), of which I’m the founding president and medical director, presented a summary of our innovative yoga meditation research at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Boston. For the past 12 years, the ARPF has organized, helped design, and fund inn...
Source: SharpBrains - October 25, 2013 Category: Neurologists 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

Brain teaser game: Can you count? (attention experiment)
Do we all have “attention deficits”? Or is there something else going on? Let’s try this little experiment, conceived by Simons and Chabris for their classic study on sustained inattentional blindness. Below you can watch a brief video clip, and your challenge is to count the total number of times that the basketballs change hands.    Fascinating, isn’t it? If you are ready to continue exercising your brain, you may enjoy these 50 brain teasers to test your cognitive ability. (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - October 24, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain Teasers Cognitive Neuroscience attention experiment Brain-games cognitive-ability Source Type: blogs