New Summit Partner: The Berenson-Allen Cen­ter for Non­in­va­sive Brain Stim­u­la­tion (CNBS)
Happy to announce a new Partner for the 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Sep­tem­ber 19-20th). The Berenson-Allen Cen­ter for Non­in­va­sive Brain Stim­u­la­tion (CNBS) at Beth Israel Dea­coness Med­ical Cen­ter and Har­vard Med­ical School inte­grates three dis­tinct mis­sions: Research, Edu­ca­tion, and Patient Care, in order to opti­mize and apply non­in­va­sive brain stim­u­la­tion to health care and research. Thank you! –> To Learn More and Reg­is­ter, please click on 2013 Sharp­B...
Source: SharpBrains - July 29, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation Beth Israel Dea­coness Med­ical Cen­ter brain health care brain-research brain-stimulation Source Type: blogs

New Summit Partner: The Cen­ter for Brain Health at the Uni­ver­sity of Texas at Dal­las
We’re proud to announce that the 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Sep­tem­ber 19-20th) will count on the support from another leading organization. The Cen­ter for Brain Health at the Uni­ver­sity of Texas at Dal­las was cre­ated in 1999 to search for ways to pro­mote brain health fit­ness across the entire human lifes­pan, encom­pass­ing every age, eth­nic­ity, gen­der, and socioe­co­nomic group. Life-improving stud­ies empha­size both inno­v­a­tive brain research and prac­ti­cal clin­i­cal applicat...
Source: SharpBrains - July 26, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain health fitness Brain-health brain-research Center for Brain Health Source Type: blogs

Book review of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined
Just a couple weeks ago I had a discussion with several psychologists and neurologists who seemed to share the opinion that “brain fitness” is a meaningless concept and pursuit. On the one hand, they thought, intelligence is a fixed trait and no intervention has shown so far to reliably increase it. On the other hand, nothing has been shown to prevent the pathology of Alzheimer’s Disease. According to this mindset…why bother? Well, what if such mental framework was wrong or, worse, misleading? Our own efforts at SharpBrains are geared towards bringing a new perspective based on neuropsychology...
Source: SharpBrains - July 25, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning book brain cognitive-skills fluid reasoning gifted growth-mindset intellectual intelligence intelligence tests IQ learning disabilities Lifelong-learning self-regulation un Source Type: blogs

Preliminary agenda for the 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit
Register now to participate in the 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (September 19-20th, 2013) and see what these impressive speakers have to say about these key open questions – How can neuroscience-based innovation enhance behavioral and brain health? We are proud to bring to the table  25+ innovators at the intersection of brain, health and technology, including scientists involved in the Human Brain Project, pioneers at large insurance and technology companies, and a variety of thought-leaders and practitioners. By order of appearance in the preliminary Agenda, they are: Hilal Lashuel, Asso­ciat...
Source: SharpBrains - July 24, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Behavioral Health brain Brain-health innovation sharpbrains virtual summit Source Type: blogs

Final 48 hours to register at early-bird rates
Don’t miss your chance to save! Register now to participate in the 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (September 19-20th, 2013) and see what these impressive speakers have to say about these key open questions – How can neuroscience-based innovation enhance behavioral and brain health? We are proud to bring to the table  25+ innovators at the intersection of brain, health and technology, including scientists involved in the Human Brain Project, pioneers at large insurance and technology companies, and a variety of thought-leaders and practitioners. By order of appearance in the preliminary Agenda, t...
Source: SharpBrains - July 24, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Behavioral Health brain Brain-health innovation sharpbrains virtual summit Source Type: blogs

Final 96 hours to register at early-bird rates
Don’t miss your chance to save! Register now to participate in the 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (September 19-20th, 2013) and see what these impressive speakers have to say about these key open questions – How can neuroscience-based innovation enhance behavioral and brain health? We are proud to bring to the table  25+ innovators at the intersection of brain, health and technology, including scientists involved in the Human Brain Project, pioneers at large insurance and technology companies, and a variety of thought-leaders and practitioners. By order of appearance in the preliminary Agenda, t...
Source: SharpBrains - July 24, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Behavioral Health brain Brain-health innovation sharpbrains virtual summit Source Type: blogs

Aetna Behavioral Health leaders to speak at 2013 Sharp­Brains Sum­mit
We’re glad to announce two more excel­lent speak­ers at the 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit, Sep­tem­ber 19-20th. Louise Mur­phy, MA, LPC, CEAP is the Head of Aetna Behav­ioral Health in Hart­ford, CT. Louise led the team that launched Aetna’s EAP brand in July 2004, and con­tin­ues to spear­head devel­op­ment of new pro­grams and prod­ucts for both the EAP and Behav­ioral Health divi­sion. Louise is a grad­u­ate of the Uni­ver­sity of Hous­ton, where she received her Mas­ters in Clin­i­cal Psy&sh...
Source: SharpBrains - July 24, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Health & Wellness Technology Aetna Behavioral Health Employee Assis­tance Pro­gram Psychology Source Type: blogs

Workouts at the (New Yorker) brain gym
Good article on brain fitness and applied neuroplasticity in the July 29th edition of The New Yorker, featuring many SharpBrains friends. Mentally fit — Workouts at the brain gym: “As recently as a few decades ago, most biologists thought that the brain was fully formed during childhood and, like a photograph after it’s been developed, was doomed to degrade thereafter, with neurons (nerve cells) fading like pigment on paper until you succumbed to senility. Today, we regard Alzheimer’s and other dementias as diseases, rather than as a consequence of normal aging. Moreover, we now consider the br...
Source: SharpBrains - July 23, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Brain-Fitness brain-gym neuroplasticity New-Yorker Source Type: blogs

Interview: The SharpBrains Guide, adopted as core reader in neuroscience and coaching course
Dr. Justin Kennedy holds the position of Professor of Organizational Behavior and Regional Dean of Africa at UGSM-Monarch Business School Switzerland. He holds a Doctor of Professional Studies with UGSM-Monarch Business School Switzerland as well as a Bachelor of Social Science in Psychology from Rhodes University, SA. Dr. Kennedy returned to the academic field after a 20 year international corporate career in Ireland, New York and South Africa. Prof. Kennedy, please tell us a bit about your personal and professional background I worked as a management consultant and executive coach until I had an accident and fell into a...
Source: SharpBrains - July 22, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning biofeedback book brain coaching Justin Kennedy Source Type: blogs

New Summit Sponsor: Dig­i­tal Arte­facts
We’re proud to announce that the 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit will count on the support from Dig­i­tal Arte­facts, a team of highly skilled com­puter sci­en­tists, artists, and engi­neers who are pas­sion­ate about cre­at­ing state of the art visu­al­iza­tion and inter­ac­tive expe­ri­ences for edu­ca­tion and research com­mu­ni­ties. Their design approach, as exem­pli­fied by Brain­Base­line –the first iPad appli­ca­tion that enables cog­ni­tive self-monitoring&ndas...
Source: SharpBrains - July 19, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Alzheimer’s dis­ease brain baseline Brain-games cognitive ipad games Digital Artefacts ipad application for brains Source Type: blogs

New Summit Partner: Aging 2.0
We’re proud to announce that the 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Sep­tem­ber 19-20th) will count on the support from Aging2.0, a global net­work of inno­va­tors who use tech­nol­ogy and design to improve the lives of older adults around the world. Together with key part­ners, they are build­ing a plat­form for inno­va­tion, based on events, con­tent and community. Thank you! –> To Learn More and Reg­is­ter, please click on 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (10% off dis­count code: sharp2013) (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - July 18, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology aging aging 2.0 brain innovation technology and brain technology for older adults Source Type: blogs

FDA clears use of EEG-based ADHD test
First ADHD brain wave test approved by FDA (CBS News): “Diagnosing someone with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is often a tricky science because it relies heavily on psychiatric and behavioral examinations. For the first time, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a device that could aid doctors by providing physical evidence for diagnosis…The Neuropsychiatric EEG-Based Assessment Aid (NEBA) System is the first medical device of its kind to help diagnose the neurobehavioral disorder in children and teens. It uses an electroencephalogram (EEG) test to look at the patient’s br...
Source: SharpBrains - July 17, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology behavioral EEG FDA NEBA neurobehavioral psychiatric Source Type: blogs

Available: Discussion Guide for The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness
Discussion Guide PDF that you can easily print and share, you will find 20 questions designed to elicit through-provoking conversation on various topics presented in the book. Feel free to pick and choose the questions that seem best suited for your group, and of course do not hesitate to let the discussion guide itself as the conversation starts to get interesting! QUESTIONS Prior to reading this book, what did “Use it or lose it” mean to you? What does it mean to you now? What have you learned about your brain that has surprised you the most? What have you been doing over the last couple of years to hel...
Source: SharpBrains - July 16, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness brain health book brain-book Brain-Fitness brain-fitness-book Brain-health Brain-Training discussion guide meditation neuroplasticity Source Type: blogs

Brain training going mainstream: new center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Creating a gym for the mind (The Boston Globe): “Although scoffed at for years, such “training” — which traditionally has meant specialized computer games but now includes a more comprehensive, whole-body approach — is gaining currency as a viable treatment for brain conditions and a hedge against normal aging. A growing body of evidence suggests that a “trained” brain will be better equipped to work around damage caused by disease, injury, deficits, or aging — just as a physically fit person can better avoid and bounce back from injury.” “If you’d asked me ...
Source: SharpBrains - July 15, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness aging Brain-Training Cognitive-Training neuropsychologist Source Type: blogs

New Summit Sponsor: The Arrow­smith Pro­gram
We’re proud to announce that the 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Sep­tem­ber 19-20th) will count on the support from another leading organization. The Arrow­smith Pro­gram, avail­able in pub­lic and pri­vate schools in the U.S. and Canada, is a com­pre­hen­sive suite of cog­ni­tive pro­grams for stu­dents with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties that tar­gets 19 areas of the brain that are most com­monly involved in learn­ing. The Arrow­smith Pro­gram iden­ti­fies and strength­ens the weak cog­n...
Source: SharpBrains - July 12, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Alzheimer’s dis­ease Arrowsmith Program cognitive program healthy-brains Source Type: blogs

Can electricity-based brain stimulation harness neuroplasticity safely?
DIY Brain Stimulation Raises Concerns (Medscape Today): “Recent increased interest in the electricity-based brain stimulation method of transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS) as a means of improving cognitive ability has some experts raising concerns about the neuroethical issues surrounding the technique — particularly its ease of use as a make-it-yourself home device… Those wishing to play it a little safer can opt to purchase an already assembled headset online for about $249, which comes with the promise of improving computer and video game performance… With the click of a button, the ...
Source: SharpBrains - July 11, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain-stimulation cognitive-ability neuroethical neuroplasticity prefrontal-cortex tDCS Transcranial-direct-current-stimulation Source Type: blogs

New Summit Sponsor: The Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion
We’re proud to announce that the 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Sep­tem­ber 19-20th) will count on the support from another leading organization. The Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion (ARPF), estab­lished in 1993, is ded­i­cated to reduc­ing the inci­dence of Alzheimer’s dis­ease by con­duct­ing clin­i­cal research and pro­vid­ing edu­ca­tional out­reach. Its mis­sion is to make avail­able infor­ma­tion, from con­ven­tional and com­ple­me...
Source: SharpBrains - July 10, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Alzheimer’s dis­ease Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foun­da­tion healthy-brains Source Type: blogs

Nebraska football team developing 10-minute concussion test
Nebraska to study concussions (ESPN): “…the day is coming when a football player who takes a hit to the head will come to the sideline, take off his helmet and slip on an electrode-covered mesh cap…The team’s medical staff will analyze the player’s brain waves on the spot and determine within minutes whether he can safely return to the game or whether he has sustained a concussion and, if so, how severe. “There’s no question it’s going to move the dial forward,” NCAA chief medical officer Brian Hainline said. “The big, hoped-for dream would be, let’s have ...
Source: SharpBrains - July 9, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology biomarker Brain-Imaging brain-waves concussion concussion test football functional brain imaging Source Type: blogs

Reading or watching TV tonight?
Conclusions: More frequent cognitive activity across the life span has an association with slower late-life cognitive decline that is independent of common neuropathologic conditions, consistent with the cognitive reserve hypothesis.   (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - July 5, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning book cognitive activity cognitive-decline cognitive-reserve neurodegenerative Source Type: blogs

NIH Director’s Award Winner to speak at 2013 SharpBrains Summit
We’re glad to announce one more excel­lent speak­er at the 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit, Sep­tem­ber 19-20th. A Professor of Psychiatry at Yale University, Dr. Bruce Wexler won the NIH Director’s Award for high impact, high innovation, paradigm changing medical research, 2012–2016. Dr. Wexler is founder and chief scientist of C8 Sciences, one of the 10 Com­pa­nies to Watch in 2013/ 2014 accord­ing to our lat­est mar­ket report. He created C8 Kids, a brain-based content-independent pedagogy to directly improve thinking abilities in 5...
Source: SharpBrains - July 3, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Bruce Wexler C8 Kids C8 Sciences Mental-Health neurocognitive NIH Director’s Award Source Type: blogs

“Use it or lose it” requires travelling out of our comfort zone
A SharpBrains reader just forwarded this very thoughtful letter by investing legend Byron Wien, as a living example of many principles espoused by our new book. The letter features twenty excellent life lessons learned, including the five below. Enjoy! (bold emphasis mine) Byron Wien Discusses Lessons Learned in His First 80 Years: “1. Concentrate on finding a big idea that will make an impact on the people you want to influence…If you want to be successful and live a long, stimulating life, keep yourself at risk intellectually all the time. 6. Evolve.  Try to think of your life in phases so you can avoid...
Source: SharpBrains - July 2, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning Byron Wien self-discovery stimulating life Use-It-or-Lose-It Source Type: blogs

Can mental training in compassion lead to altruistic behavior and better health?
This study follows prior research documenting the positive effects of other compassion training programs, such as theCompassion Cultivation Training developed at Stanford Univeristy and the Cognitively-Based Compassion Trainingout of Emory University. A study published earlier this year, also in Psychological Science, suggests that training in mindfulness meditation significantly increases compassionate behavior. But this new study is noteworthy for several reasons. For one thing, many of the previous studies have examined trainings that took several hours a week for at least eight weeks; this study&rsq...
Source: SharpBrains - June 28, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Greater Good Magazine Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness altruistic compassion Greater-Good meditation mental-training mindfulness Source Type: blogs

Update: 8 tips to keep your mind sharp
Time for Sharp­Brains’ June 2013 e-newsletter, fea­turing a vari­ety of arti­cles at the frontier of applied brain science. We hope you enjoy them! New thinking: 8 tips to keep your mind sharp, at NBC Latino Are we intelligent about developing human intelligence?, by Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman Sensible and perplexing changes in ADHD diagnostic criteria (DSM-V), by Dr. David Rabiner Top 5 Quotes from The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness New science: Can cinnamon prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?, by Dr. Pascale Michelon Good survey of brain stimulation methods, value and limitations, at Dana Fo...
Source: SharpBrains - June 27, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

New Summit Speakers from Lumosity, ideas42, UCSD
The Agenda of the 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit is looking more fascinating by the day.  We’re glad to announce three more excel­lent speak­ers: Dr. Daniel Stern­berg leads the analy­sis of Lumosity’s data­base of human cog­ni­tive per­for­mance, which recently resulted in the pub­li­ca­tion of the study “The largest human cog­ni­tive per­for­mance dataset reveals insights into the effects of lifestyle fac­tors and aging” in Fron­tiers in Human Neu­ro­science. Daniel received his Ph.D...
Source: SharpBrains - June 27, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology behav­ioral eco­nom­ics bio­engi­neer­ing cog­ni­tive per­for­mance Daniel Stern­berg data­base ideas42 Josh Wright Lumosity Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity Todd P. Cole­ma Source Type: blogs

New Summit Speakers: Barbara Arrowsmith Young, Alvaro Pascual-Leone
We’re glad to announce two more excellent speakers at the 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, September 19-20th. Bar­bara Arrow­smith Young is the Direc­tor of Arrow­smith School and Arrow­smith Pro­gram. She wrote The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: And Other Inspir­ing Sto­ries of Pio­neer­ing Brain Trans­for­ma­tion (Free Press; May 2012) to share her own story over­com­ing a severe learn­ing dis­abil­ity and then pio­neer­ing efforts to trans­form spe­cial edu­ca­tion via the appli­ca­tion of neu­ro­plas­...
Source: SharpBrains - June 26, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Alvaro-Pascual-Leone Arrow­smith Pro­gram Arrow­smith School Bar­bara Arrow­smith Young Beth Israel Dea­coness Med­ical Cen­ter Har­vard Med­ical School learn­ing dis­abil­i Source Type: blogs

Sensible and perplexing changes in ADHD diagnostic criteria (DSM-V)
The American Psychiatric Association recently published DSM-V, the first major revision to the diagnostic manual for psychiatric disorders since 1994. In DSM-V, ADHD is included in the section on Neurodevelopmental Disorders, rather than being grouped with the disruptive behavior disorders, i.e., Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder. This change better reflects the way ADHD is currently conceptualized. Below I review changes that have been made to the actual diagnostic criteria for ADHD. Core symptoms A common criticism of the ADHD diagnostic criteria has been that the core symptoms reflect how the disorder p...
Source: SharpBrains - June 25, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness diagnostic DSM-V Neurodevelopmental psychiatric Source Type: blogs

Can cinnamon prevent Alzheimer’s Disease?
You may have come across several headlines like this over the last few weeks, based on a new study apparently showing that the compound that causes that bright cinnamon smell may help prevent the development of tau protein tangles, the tangles that notoriously form in brains affected by Alzheimer’s Disease. Are we to conclude that cinnamon can play a significant role in fighting Alzheimer’s disease? That perhaps it can match or even surpass the benefits of physical and mental exercise, and other lifestyle factors? Probably not. Let’s see why, by analyzing the study in detail. The Study In an in ...
Source: SharpBrains - June 24, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Dr. Pascale Michelon Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Alzheimers-disease antioxidant cinnamon tau protein tangles Source Type: blogs

An Opportunity To Enhance Brain and Mind
Everyone in the SharpBrains team loves learning. Especially about the brain and the mind. We suspect most SharpBrains readers do too, so let us share this opportunity: you can gain complimentary 3-month access to the self-paced course How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach when you order one copy (either paperback or e-book) of our new book The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age before next Friday, June 28th. The e-course features 8 hours of recordings by Faculty Dr. Robert Bilder (UCLA), Alvaro Pascual-Leone (Harvard) and Alvaro Fernandez (SharpBrains), and oth...
Source: SharpBrains - June 21, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness brain brain fitness coach brain fitness course Brain-Fitness Facebook GoodReads LinkedIn mind Twitter Source Type: blogs

Fun interview on brain health innovation with Alvaro Fernandez (Digital Health Summit)
The SharpBrains materials mentioned during the interview are: Market report: The Digital Brain Health Market 2012–2020 New book: The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age And, you may also enjoy learning about our upcoming 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - June 20, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Uncategorized alvaro-fernandez Brain-health digital health innovation Source Type: blogs

“Fascinating, useful research-backed and up-to-date information on your brain”
We were very glad this morning to find this customer review in Amazon.com, discussing our new book: “My family has a history of dementia and Alzheimer’s, so my wife and I are always on the lookout for new and helpful information about keeping our brains strong as we age. We’ve read more than a few and I haven’t written reviews of any of them. I wanted to share a bit about why I did like this book and what prompted me to take the time to write a review. I found this book to be bursting with useful information. It is very easy to read and the information is presented beautifully for what I consider to...
Source: SharpBrains - June 19, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness book brain dementia exercise Neurons neuroplasticity Source Type: blogs

The Crash Reel: Upcoming HBO documentary on traumatic brain injury & recovery
We just learned about upcoming HBO documentary The Crash Reel, based on the story of U.S. champion snowboarder Kevin Pearce, his traumatic brain injury, and his recovery. If you live in or near Washington, DC, you can enjoy screenings in: AFI Silver Spring: Thursday June 20th, Friday June 21st Natural Museum of American History: Thursday June 20th Description: Training to compete at the 2010 Winter Olympics, Kevin suffered severe traumatic brain injury from a 2009 accident in Park City, Utah. His tight-knit Vermont family flew to his side, and together they began an intensive process of trying to rehabilit...
Source: SharpBrains - June 18, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Health & Wellness documentary HBO Kevin Pearce Traumatic-Brain-Injury Source Type: blogs

Top 5 Quotes from The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness (and free chapter)
As a book co-author it is always a pleasure, and a surprise, to see what readers find most interesting and noteworthy. A feature in Amazon’s Kindle e-reader allows readers to highlight and share their favorite sentences . These are the 5 Most Highlighted Quotes in The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age (so far): “Emotion is the system that tells us how important something is. Attention focuses us on the important and away from the unimportant things. Cognition tells us what to do about it. Cognitive skills are whatever it takes to do those things.&r...
Source: SharpBrains - June 17, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Amazon Kindle attention brain-book Brain-Fitness brain-fitness-book cognition emotion Neurons Stress Working-memory Source Type: blogs

CEO of Cambridge Cognition to speak at 2013 SharpBrains Summit
Ruth Frances Keir runs Cambridge Cognition (AIM: COG), one of the 10 Com­pa­nies to Watch in 2013/ 2014 accord­ing to our lat­est mar­ket report, which develops and commercializes computerised neuropsychological tests used in a variety of healthcare and research settings. She joined the Cambridge Cognition board initially in 2010 as a non-executive director, bringing to it more than 26 years’ experience in research and business development positions in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as a period as Director of her own consultancy business, Archea Ltd. –> To Learn More and R...
Source: SharpBrains - June 14, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Cambridge Cognition neuropsychological neuropsychological-tests Pfizer Source Type: blogs

Are we intelligent about developing human intelligence?
When it comes to our understanding of human intelligence, for too long, there has been a mismatch between theory and practice. Theoretically, the two main threads running through definitions of intelligence have been (a) adaptation to the environment, and (b) the cognitive, affective, and volitional characteristics that enable that adaptation. Practically, IQ tests measure an important but limited slice of intellectual functioning in a very limited testing environment. Why such a disconnect? Intelligence tests were born out of necessity. Alfred Binet was given the task of inventing a test that would distinguish fast learne...
Source: SharpBrains - June 13, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Scott Barry Kaufman Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning affective brain cognitive-skills fluid reasoning growth-mindset intellectual intelligence intelligence tests IQ Lifelong-learning self-regulation ungifted Working-memory Source Type: blogs

NSF Smart and Connected Health Program Director to speak at 2013 SharpBrains Summit
Misha Pavel, PhD, is the Pro­gram Direc­tor in charge of the National Science Foundation’s Smart and Con­nected Health port­fo­lio, designed to accel­er­ate the devel­op­ment and use of inno­v­a­tive health­care approaches that are pre­ven­tive, proac­tive, evidence-based, person-centered and focused on well-being rather than dis­ease. Con­cur­rently, he has an appoint­ment as a Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Bio­med­ical Engi­neer­ing, and a joint appoint­ment in the Depart­ment ...
Source: SharpBrains - June 12, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology connected health healthcare Misha-Pavel National Science Foundation NSF smart health Source Type: blogs

Learn more about the 2013 SharpBrains Summit & register today
Watch 3-minute tutorial (opens YouTube video) The 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (Sept 19–20, 2013) will feature over 30 of the world’s top scientists, innovators and decision-makers working on ways to enhance behavioral and brain health via neuroscience-based innovation. Confirmed Summit Chairs and Speakers include 8 trailblazers named Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum, and pioneers at the National Science Foundation, UCLA, UT-Dallas, Brain Resource, NeuroSky, InterAxon, Digital Artefacts. Learn more and register (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - June 10, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Health & Wellness Professional Development Technology 2013 SharpBrains Summit Behavioral Health Brain-health Brain-Resource Digital Artefacts innovation Interaxon National Science Foundation neuroscience NeuroSky UCLA UT-Dallas Source Type: blogs

Last 48 hours to register at very early bird rates (2013 SharpBrains Summit)
Watch 3-minute tutorial (opens YouTube video) The 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (Sept 19–20, 2013) will feature over 30 of the world’s top scientists, innovators and decision-makers working on ways to enhance behavioral and brain health via neuroscience-based innovation. Confirmed Summit Chairs and Speakers include 8 trailblazers named Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum, and pioneers at UCLA, UT-Dallas, Brain Resource, NeuroSky, InterAxon, Digital Artefacts. Learn more and register (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - June 10, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Health & Wellness Professional Development Technology 2013 SharpBrains Summit Behavioral Health Brain-health Brain-Resource Digital Artefacts innovation Interaxon neuroscience NeuroSky UCLA UT-Dallas World-Economic-Forum Youn Source Type: blogs

Sensible decisions over hard prescriptions for lifelong brain health
Intelligence tests offer insight into ageing brain (BBC News): “Sixty-six years ago today, more than 70,000 10 and 11-year-old children across Scotland took an intelligence test…now they have formed the foundation of a remarkable research project which is producing valuable insights into what lies behind cognitive decline — or ageing of the brain… Already there have been important findings indicating — at a population level — that environmental factors outweigh the impact of genetics in ageing of the brain. “It’s not just about doing one thing or taking one thing and everyt...
Source: SharpBrains - June 7, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness aging brain Brain-health cognitive-decline Genetics intelligence intelligence test lifelong Source Type: blogs

Harnessing BRAIN to enhance brain development and health
Opinion: BRAIN Is Not Enough (The Scientist): “…In addition to the relatively paltry funding provided for BRAIN, the project also has ill-defined real-world goals, unlike the President Kennedy’s clear mission of the Apollo program: a moon landing and safe return. If brain science initiatives were framed in an equally compelling way, they would be much more likely to improve the lives of millions of people with autism, attention deficits, depression, traumatic brain injury, strokes, Alzheimer’s disease, and more…” Read my opinion piece at The Scientist (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - June 6, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness brain brain-development Brain-health Source Type: blogs

Brain training and brain teasers are part of Novelty, Variety, Challenge
Brain fitness can include playing training games on computers (Los Angeles Times): “…Today, the term “fitness” is as likely to encompass the body as it is the mind…Fernandez says that the key components of any brain-training program are novelty, variety and challenge — factors that engage more areas of the brain and stimulate new brain connections. “If you’ve already [solved] 1 million crossword puzzles and you do one more, it’s routine. There will be no benefit. But if you play a new video game, it can be very beneficial to you.” (Editor’s note: needless ...
Source: SharpBrains - June 5, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain Teasers Health & Wellness brain teasers for adults brain teasers for kids Brain-Training computerized brain training fitness meditation Source Type: blogs

Finalists announced for global neurotechnology prize
Finalists Announced for Israel Brain Technologies’ Million Dollar Global B.R.A.I.N. Prize (press release): “Israel Brain Technologies (IBT) has announced the ten finalists for its $1 million Global B.R.A.I.N. (Breakthrough Research And Innovation in Neurotechnology) Prize competition — an international R&D award for breakthroughs in the field of brain technology. Finalists include leading researchers from the world’s elite institutions as well as companies addressing the world’s most critical brain-related health issues. The finalists were chosen from amongst entries from eleven different ...
Source: SharpBrains - June 4, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology B.R.A.I.N. B.R.A.I.N. Prize brain-computer interface Brain-Imaging brain-stimulation Israel Israel Brain Technologies Neurotechnology Source Type: blogs

Upcoming keynotes on boosting innovation & resilience; digital brain health
Quick heads-up: I’ll be delivering two keynote talks next week, one to senior HR executives, one to digital health pioneers. Since the first chapter of our new book is titled “START WITH THE BRAIN IN MIND,” we’re glad to see the growing interest in applied brain & cognitive science from a variety of perspectives! Keynote: How Can We Invest in Our Brains to Boost Innovation and Resilience? Hear from a leading expert about the importance of brain health on innovation, resilience and productivity. Our keynote speaker will share the latest research on brain functioning and applied neuroplastici...
Source: SharpBrains - June 3, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Health & Wellness Peak Performance Technology brain Brain-Fitness brain-functioning Brain-health cognition digital health inovation keynote mind neuroplasticity productivity public-speaking resilience workplace Source Type: blogs

Good survey of brain stimulation methods, value and limitations
Stimulating the Brain: From If to How (The Dana Foundation): “Recent years have brought modern methods of brain stimulation into the mainstream of neurology and psychiatry. But their mechanism—how exactly deep brain stimulation (DBS) relieves Parkinson’s disease symptoms and how repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) improves depression, for example—remains obscure. Research into this question has largely shifted from effects on isolated target areas to communication within networks of considerable breadth and complexity. “The question of how the brain wired is together and functi...
Source: SharpBrains - May 31, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain-stimulation cognitive-enhancement DBS deep-brain-stimulation depression electrical stimulation neurology Parkinsons psychiatry tDCS Transcranial-Magnetic-Stimulation TRN Source Type: blogs

Update: A Fresh Look at Enhancing Brain & Mental Health Across the Lifespan
Time for SharpBrains’ May 2013 e-newsletter, which features a variety of articles offering a more optimistic and evidence-based approach to brain and mental health than current practices. First of all, let us highlight that Scientific American just published an excellent review of our new book. The author sums it up by saying that “…I wish I had read this awesome guide when I was much younger…I find the emerging field of neuroplasticity immensely exciting, and guides like this one are both hopeful and reasonable.” As a reader points out, the word “awesome” does not...
Source: SharpBrains - May 30, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Monthly eNewsletter antipsychotic drugs book brain Brain-health Brain-Training cognitive-decline cognitive-enhancement Cognitive-Training crossword-puzzles de Source Type: blogs

A new type of cognitive science think tank
The recently crowdfunded project The Think Tank is “an art+science team-up between artists and scientists from Tyler Alterman’s lab. Together we will transform a recycled box truck into a fully functioning lab with a glowing pink brain on top. The result: a literal and metaphorical vehicle for empowering the public with cognitive science.…” They are hosting a fun-looking gala & benefits event on June 18th at CUNY in NYC. You can learn more Here (opens 2-minute YouTube video). If you’re in NYC and can attend, we hope you enjoy it! SharpBrains is donating ...
Source: SharpBrains - May 30, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience cognitive-science Think Tank Tyler Alterman Source Type: blogs

Why investment in brain research is an intelligent investment
Healthy Brain: Healthy Europe Conference (speech by the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science): “…Brain research and innovation contribute to Europe 2020‘s, aims not just by improving quality of life and helping integrate patients back into their social and working lives, but also by creating jobs and increasing competitiveness through innovative new products such as medicines, diagnostics, nanotechnologies and robotics. As the title of this conference, ‘Healthy Brain: Healthy Europe’, implies, healthy brains are essential for happy individuals and families, for an effici...
Source: SharpBrains - May 29, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain brain-research European Union healthy-brain innovation Source Type: blogs

Great review of The SharpBrains Guide at Scientific American’s Beautiful Minds
Review of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness (Scientific American’s Beautiful Minds blog): “In the highly salable field of “brain fitness,” there is an awful lot of hype. How can consumers possibly sort the science from the pseudo-science? Thankfully, there are resources such as The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness…this guide helps the everyday reader come to a basic understanding of brain functioning and the lifestyle changes that matter the most for keeping the brain in tip top shape…There are so many gems in this book, but I thought I’d highlight ten that particularly ca...
Source: SharpBrains - May 28, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness book book review brain-book Brain-Fitness brain-functioning mental functions scientific-american Scott Barry Kaufman sharpbrains Source Type: blogs

AARP to offer BrainHQ cognitive training provided by Posit Science
AARP Encourages Brain Health with Launch of AARP Brain Fitness powered by BrainHQ (Press release): “Research shows that AARP members and Americans 50 and older are worried about losing mental capacity. In fact, AARP found that staying mentally sharp is a top concern among AARP members…(Deb) Abernathy (Director for Brain Health at AARP) concluded, “Just like a physical workout session, brain fitness exercise is just one aspect of holistic brain health. AARP is excited to offer more ways for Americans to address their own brain health as they age.” Related articles: AARP’s List of Brain Fitnes...
Source: SharpBrains - May 24, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Uncategorized AARP AARP Brain Fitness Brain-Fitness Brain-health BrainHQ Cognitive-Training Posit-Science Source Type: blogs

Change your brain trajectory: Investing in our brains in new ways
Technology and innovation expert Jerry Michalski hosted on May 6th a great  Yi-Tan Conversation  titled Change Your Brain Trajectory,  discussing the new book The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age with co-author Alvaro Fernandez. –> You can listen to the 16-minute summary HERE Description: We occasionally take excursions into our gray matter. In May 2008, Alvaro Fernandez introduced us to the market for brain fitness. A lot has happened since then in brain health, including a shift away f...
Source: SharpBrains - May 23, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness brain Brain-Fitness innovation Jerry Michalski mind technology Yi-Tan Source Type: blogs

Great Kirkus Review of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness
We are proud to share that Kirkus Reviews, one of the most credible independent reviewers of new books, just published a very good review of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age (April 2013; 284 pages). Kirkus Review “Your brain is your most precious asset, and it is wise to invest in it,” the authors write. Using charts, drawings, and up-to-date scientific studies, they present the case that any brain, at any age, can change for the better…The brain…is highly dynamic and constantly reorganizing, and it can be shaped and reshaped...
Source: SharpBrains - May 22, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness book brain-book Brain-Fitness Brain-health brain-performance Kirkus Review Source Type: blogs