Six tips to build resilience and prevent brain-damaging stress
These days, we all live under considerable stress — economic challenges, job demands, family tensions, always-on technology and the 24-hour news cycle all contribute to ceaseless worry. While many have learned to simply “live with it,” this ongoing stress can, unless properly managed, have a serious negative impact on our ability to think clearly and make good decisions, in the short-term, and even harm our brains in the long-term. Recent studies show that chronic stress can also lead to depression, and even to a higher risk of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease symptoms. Why? Under stress, t...
Source: SharpBrains - May 20, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness adrenaline Alzheimers-disease blood-pressure brain cognitive-decline Cortisol depression emotional-resilience exercise hippocampus humor memory relax socialization Stress Source Type: blogs

Cognitive enhancement in the future: electric brain stimulation plus cognitive training?
Electrical Brain Stimulation Helps People Learn Math Faster (Wired): “…scientists stimulated volunteers’ brains with mild electric current while they learned new arithmetic operations based on made-up symbols. People who received brain stimulation during training sessions on five consecutive days learned two to five times faster than those who received sham stimulation, and they retained a 30 to 40 percent performance edge six months later…The researchers applied TRNS to a different brain region thought to play a role in mathematical cognition, the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex…&ldquo...
Source: SharpBrains - May 17, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain-stimulation cognition cognitive-enhancement Cognitive-functions Cognitive-Training neuroplasticity noninvasive brain stimulation TRNS Source Type: blogs

Brain fitness matters in Canada: Upcoming talks in Toronto and Victoria
Heads up: I’ll be in Toronto this Wednesday and Thursday to speak  on “The Web as a Gym for the Brain” at mesh13, and to present our new book on How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age at MaRS Discovery District. If you’re attending either, please say Hello! Will be back up in Canada on June 12th, in Vic­to­ria, BC, to deliver a keynote on How Can We Invest In Our Brains To Boost Inno­va­tion and Resilience, at the Con­fer­ence Board of Canada’s Annual Coun­cil of Human Resource Executives. It’s been fascinating to obse...
Source: SharpBrains - May 14, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Health & Wellness Technology brain Brain-health Canada Con­fer­ence Board keynote MaRS mesh13 Toronto web Source Type: blogs

The future of intuitive technology and neurocognitive care?
This article presents testing of DANA by 224 active duty U.S. service members in five operationally relevant environments (desert, jungle, mountain, arctic, and shipboard). DANA was found to be a reliable instrument and compared favorably to other computer-based neurocognitive assessments. Implications for using DANA in far-forward military settings are discussed. (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - May 10, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Cori Lathan Dana NASA neurobehavioral neurocognitive neurocognitive assessment NPR TBI Source Type: blogs

Time to revamp psychiatry and mental health in light of modern neuroscience?
Transforming Diagnosis (article by Thomas Insel, Director of the NIMH): “In a few weeks, the American Psychiatric Association will release its new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5)…While DSM has been described as a “Bible” for the field, it is, at best, a dictionary, creating a set of labels and defining each. The strength of each of the editions of DSM has been “reliability” – each edition has ensured that clinicians use the same terms in the same ways. The weakness is its lack of validity. Unlike our definitions of ischemic heart diseas...
Source: SharpBrains - May 8, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness dementia DSM-5 mental-disorders Mental-Health NIMH psychiatry RDoC schizophrenia Thomas Insel Source Type: blogs

Train your brain with targeted videogames, not with crossword puzzles
Conclusion: Visual speed of processing training delivered on-site or at-home to middle-aged or older adults using standard home computers resulted in stabilization or improvement in several cognitive function tests. Widespread implementation of this intervention is feasible. –> To learn more about cognitive training and personalized brain training, check out our new book The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - May 6, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Brain-Training cognitive-abilities cognitive-decline cognitive-improvement Cognitive-Training crossword-puzzles Posit-Science speed-of-processing useful-field-of-view videogames Source Type: blogs

Special Promotion: Buy 2 Books & Access Self-paced Brain Fitness Course
Let us share a special promotion you may be interested in: you can now gain complimentary 6-month access to the self-paced course How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach when you order two copies of the new book The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age (284 pages; April 2013) before next Friday, May 10th. The e-course features 8 hours of recordings by Faculty Alvaro Fernandez (SharpBrains), Dr. Robert Bilder (UCLA) and Alvaro Pascual-Leone (Harvard), and other resources around these four topics:I. Debunk­ing Brain and Brain Fit­ness Myths.II. How ...
Source: SharpBrains - May 3, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness brain health book brain-book brain-fitness-book Source Type: blogs

New book on How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age
We are pleased to announce that, after much hard work and three global summits to discuss the latest science and best practices, The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age (April 2013; 284 pages), is now available for purchase as paperback ($15.95) and e-book ($9.95)!Modern life places extraordinary demands on our brains. The SharpBrains Guide helps readers discover what really works, and what doesn’t, to improve brain health and performance at any age, to delay or prevent cognitive decline, and become smarter consumers of both media coverage and scientif...
Source: SharpBrains - May 1, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Course: Brain Fitness Coach Education & Lifelong Learning brain health book brain-book brain-fitness-book brain-performance optimize brain Source Type: blogs

Announcing The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age
Writ­ing a fore­word to this book against a tight dead­line is a some­what chal­leng­ing task. As you will learn later in the book though, there is rea­son to believe that such men­tally stim­u­lat­ing, novel activ­i­ties are ben­e­fi­cial for keep­ing my brain sharp as I gain in wis­dom — and in years. Like many peo­ple, I have noticed changes with aging since my younger adult years. And while we all wish for a magic pill, at least for the time being it is our behav­iors, per­haps aided by tech­nol­ogy, which can help us to a...
Source: SharpBrains - April 30, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Misha Pavel, PhD Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness brain health book brain-fitness-book Brain-health brain-performance NSF smart health Source Type: blogs

Calisthenics and Brain Games for a Child’s Mind
Brain Games Aim to Make Kids Smarter (SciAm Mind, requires subscription): “Scientists have concocted mental fitness regimens to strengthen weak thinking skills in students—in effect, making kids smarter…Psychologists have long believed that thinking capacities such as attention, memory and reasoning were fixed, but evidence is mounting that they are not…A smattering of brain-training workouts has emerged from neuroscience and psychology laboratories, and several of the programs are now being marketed and sold…In many cases, the brain workouts are aimed at kids with learning problems, b...
Source: SharpBrains - April 29, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning attention Brain-games Brain-Training brain-workouts kids memory smarter Source Type: blogs

White House BRAIN Initiative should start with the end goal in mind
White House BRAIN Initiative is a nice start, but it’s too small and timid (Venture Beat): ”…it’s unlikely to move the needle because, unlike previous national projects, it lacks adequate funding and actionable objectives that can capture the imagination of innovators and the public at large…Is there an alternative approach? Yes. Start with the societal goal in mind, and chart the most likely path to make a groundbreaking difference there…Although the BRAIN Initiative is often compared to the moon project, perhaps the better opportunity would be for it to draw inspirati...
Source: SharpBrains - April 23, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology brain fitness well-being White House Source Type: blogs

Upgrading education and health with the brain in mind
Heads up: these are some of my upcoming talks, starting tomorrow with a brief insight blast on Upgrading education and health with the brain in mind at the World Economic Forum on Latin America. If you’re a SharpBrains friend and speaking at/ attending any, please let me know so we can connect.April 23–25, Lima, Peru: Upgrading education and health with the brain in mind, at the World Economic Forum on Latin America 2013May 1–2, San Francisco: Think, Think, Think: Cognitive Gaming Platforms, at NeurogamingMay 15–16, Toronto:  The Web as a Gym for the Brain, at ...
Source: SharpBrains - April 22, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness brain innovation mind public-speaking resilience Source Type: blogs

What is the combined effect of physical and mental training?
In conclusion, it is too early to tell how to best combine brain training and physical training, but the bulk of the research so far strongly suggests that they both have measurable positive effects on cognition and brain health. Aerobic physical exercise can improve attention and executive functions as well as reverse brain volume loss. It usually takes 6 months or so to see such benefits. Brain training can bring steady and sustained cognitive gains after 10 to 15 hours of training, although the gains do not generally transfer to many untrained tasks. And let’s remember that population studies have also repeat...
Source: SharpBrains - April 18, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Dr. Pascale Michelon Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness aerobic-exercise Brain-Training cognifit cognition cognitive-decline Cognitive-Training computerized brain training mental-exercise Physical-Exercise Source Type: blogs

Challenging medical dogma: Mental exercise vs drugs, supplements and physical exercise to prevent cognitive decline
Mental exercises may prevent mental decline in seniors (CBC News):  “A review released by the Canadian Medical Association Journal on the prevention of cognitive decline said that medicinal and non-medicinal products, and physical exercise did nothing to prevent the decline in healthy seniors, but mental exercises have been shown to be beneficial…The report was written to help aging Canadians make more informed decisions when faced with deteriorating mental faculties and the preventative therapies available to them…In some cases there was evidence of harm with certain pharmacological therapies such...
Source: SharpBrains - April 16, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness cognitive-decline drugs pharmacological Physical-Exercise supplements Source Type: blogs

Mixed reaction to new BRAIN initiative
Mapping the mind—smart thinking for brain health? (The Lancet):  ”…Will the reality match the ambition? Reaction has been mixed…Given that our brains change, learn, think, remember, and are shaped by our experiences, interactions with other people, and society, mapping the electrical spikes in the brain seems an overly restrictive biomedical approach to understanding the most complex organ in the human body. It is also doubtful that this approach will yield cures for conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease as purported…There are also non-biomedical as...
Source: SharpBrains - April 15, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Alzheimers-disease biomedical brain mind Parkinsons psychological Source Type: blogs

(Some) New Yorker articles are bogus
I love reading the New Yorker. I have written before about bogus brain games, and about bogus brain training claims. We have published a 10-question checklist to help consumers make informed decisions.All this is to say I was surprised to read the recent New Yorker article titled “Brain games are bogus.” If you are going to make such strong claims, you need to back them up with serious due diligence and analysis, and explain to readers what you can support and what you can’t, so they can make informed decisions, comparing option A to B and to C. Which the writer didn’t even try to do, choosing to te...
Source: SharpBrains - April 12, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Alzheimers-disease Brain-games Brain-Training cogmed cognitive-decline Cognitive-Training foresight interactive media mental capital mental well being National Science Foundatio Source Type: blogs

Save the Date for 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: September 19-20th, 2013
The 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit will fea­ture nearly 40 of the world’s top sci­en­tists, inno­va­tors and decision-makers address­ing the cen­tral theme of “How Can Neuroscience-based Inno­va­tion Enhance Behav­ioral and Brain Health?”The two-day vir­tual sum­mit will include eight to ten panel discussions chaired by some of the world’s most accom­plished and inspir­ing young trail­blaz­ers, rec­og­nized as Young Global Lead­ers (YGLs) by the World Eco­nomic Forum. The seven YGLs who hav...
Source: SharpBrains - April 10, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Behavioral Health Brain-health innovation SharpBrains Summit Young Global Lead­ers Source Type: blogs

Monitoring stress-related use of antipsychotic drugs in the military
War on Drugs (OpEd at the NYT):“LAST year, more active-duty soldiers committed suicide than died in battle… Worse, according to data not reported on until now, the military evidently responded to stress that afflicts soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan primarily by drugging soldiers on the front lines…The trouble is that we have no idea whether it’s effective — or safe — to use antipsychotic drugs on a continuing basis to treat war-related stress or to numb or sedate those affected by it…The medical, military and civilian population share an interest in knowing about patient-level ...
Source: SharpBrains - April 9, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Health & Wellness antipsychotic drugs military Off-label Stress Source Type: blogs

Internet-driven innovation drives new digital health market, social change
Brain Health And Wellness Innovation Drives New Digital Health Market, Social Change (Young Upstarts):“Technology has completely changed the practice of medicine, providing incredible imaging techniques and data that now play a key role in treating injuries and illnesses. Sophisticated tools give researchers amazing new insights that advance our understanding of human anatomy, including the brain. Standard treatments for virtually every serious injury and illness have been utterly transformed over the past 50 years due to technical advances. However, these advances have added greatly to the cost of research...
Source: SharpBrains - April 5, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Health & Wellness Technology brain Brain-health brain-wellness Internet medicine Source Type: blogs

Dementia costs more than heart disease, and cancer. And it will balloon.
Dementia Care Cost Is Projected to Double by 2040 (The New York Times):“The most rigorous study to date of how much it costs to care for Americans with dementia found that the financial burden is at least as high as that of heart disease or cancer, and is probably higher. And both the costs and the number of people with dementia will more than double within 30 years, skyrocketing at a rate that rarely occurs with a chronic disease…The RAND results show that nearly 15 percent of people aged 71 or older, about 3.8 million people, have dementia. By 2040, the authors said, that number will balloon to 9.1 mill...
Source: SharpBrains - April 5, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness dementia dementia care home care Medicare RAND Source Type: blogs

Infographic: Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies
Good infographic outlining the new Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative by the White House. It’s less of the “grand challenge” it is purported to be –size is modest at best, and it is disconnected from a number of pressing educational and health priorities– but new research dollars and research tools are always welcome. (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - April 3, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience brain Neurotechnology Source Type: blogs

Update: From Drugs and Helmets to Digital Brain Health toolkits
Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e-newsletter. This time we focus on how much the brain health and behavioral health fields are changing, as they upgrade traditional toolkits with digital platforms to better monitor, assess and enhance cognition. Often driven by a growing consumer demand for improved brain fitness, as you can see in this 3-minute clip (opens YouTube video).We are proud to report that our latest market report is proving to be valuable to a range of executives and innovators working along those lines, as you can read here.New ScienceNeuroscientists: Develop digital games to improve brain fun...
Source: SharpBrains - April 1, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Monthly eNewsletter Technology adhd Behavioral Health Brain-Fitness Brain-health Cambridge Cognition concussions digital platforms games helmets Working-mem Source Type: blogs

What clients are saying about SharpBrains’ new market report on digital brain health
This report, which has crys­tal­lized a pre­vi­ously opaque mar­ket­place, is now an essen­tial tool for our lead­er­ship team in deter­min­ing next pri­or­i­ties.” – Corinna Lathan, CEO, AnthroTronix–> To learn more, visit The Digital Brain Health Market 2012–2020: Web-based, mobile and biometrics-based technology to assess, monitor and enhance cognition and brain functioning (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - April 1, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Health & Wellness Technology AnthroTronix brain health tech­nol­ogy Brain-health Brain-Resource busi­ness devel­op­ment Cog­nic­iti Emo­tiv Lifesciences inno­va­tion Kaiser-Permanente market-report NeoCogita neu­rotech Source Type: blogs

The human resources frontier: enhancing wellness and productivity via better brain health
Employers turning to ‘brain health’ tools to reduce stress, increase productivity (HR.BLR.com): “Brain health is not just about disease. It’s not just about depression or anxiety,” says Fernandez…Instead, this new phenomenon focuses on making sure employees can adapt and thrive in their jobs, helping them make good decisions, and making them feel as productive as possible, he says…For example, a stressed employee might make bad decisions. But if that employee is able to gauge his or her stress level and then modify it to reach an optimal mental state, then he or she is likely to ...
Source: SharpBrains - March 29, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Health & Wellness anxiety Brain-health depression Leadership mental state productivity Stress stress-management Source Type: blogs

Upcoming neurogaming conference in San Francisco
Quick heads-up: Early-bird registration to the first Neurogaming conference expires on April 1st, 2013. Check out the agenda now and see if you want to join a great roster of industry speakers. I’ll be running this session on May 1st:Think, Think, Think: Cog­ni­tive Gam­ing Plat­forms. This panel will dis­cuss how break­through tech­nolo­gies like tran­scra­nial direct cur­rent stim­u­la­tion, ultra­sonic brain stim­u­la­tion, eye track­ing, and brain sim­u­la­tion are being used to to track, under­stand, and boost a...
Source: SharpBrains - March 27, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Health & Wellness Technology Advanced Brain Monitoring brain sim­u­la­tion cog­ni­tive per­for­mance cognitive gaming eye track­ing Foc.us Intific lumos-labs Neurogaming NeuroMatters san-francisco tran­scra­nial direct Source Type: blogs

Neuroscientists: Develop digital games to improve brain function and well-being
Authors: Develop digital games to improve brain function and well-being (UW-Madison News): “Neuroscientists should help to develop compelling digital games that boost brain function and improve well-being, say two professors specializing in the field in a commentary article published in the science journal Nature. In the Feb. 28 issue, the two — Daphne Bavelier of the University of Rochester and Richard J. Davidson of the University of Wisconsin-Madison — urge game designers and brain scientists to work together to design new games that train the brain, producing positive effects ...
Source: SharpBrains - March 1, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning Technology anxiety attention behavior Daphne-Bavelier Digital Games empathy improve well-being improve-brain-function nature neuroscientists Richard-Davidson videogames Source Type: blogs

Update: Alzheimer’s Disease population to triple — unless we prevent or delay it
Time for Sharp­Brains’ February 2013 eNewslet­ter, featuring this time new science and analysis on Alzheimer’s Disease, ADHD, mental well-being, brain health, and more. Enjoy! New science: Alzheimer’s Disease population to triple: We need smarter research, public health initiatives and lifestyles, by Pascale Michelon, PhD National Science Foundation report: Can interactive media boost attention and well-being? Study: Mindfulness training for children with ADHD and their parents, by David Rabiner, PhD New $1 million grant to study working memory training in children with fragile X New analys...
Source: SharpBrains - February 27, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Monthly eNewsletter adhd Alzheimers-disease attention biofeedback brain Brain-health interactive media Internet Mindfulness-Training well-being working-memory-training Source Type: blogs

Biofeedback is a “Level 1 — Best Support” Intervention for Attention and Hyperactivity Behaviors
As we announced last October, Prac­tice­Wise, the com­pany that main­tains the Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Pedi­atrics “Evidence-based Child and Ado­les­cent Psycho-social Inter­ven­tions,” has ele­vated biofeed­back to “Level 1 — Best Sup­port” as an inter­ven­tion for Atten­tion & Hyper­ac­tiv­ity Behav­iors. Work­ing Mem­ory Train­ing stays at Level 2. It is important to note that those levels do not contrast effect sizes or clinical efficacy per se, but quality and overall direction of underl...
Source: SharpBrains - February 26, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Health & Wellness biofeedback cognitive-behavioral-therapy hyperactivity impulsivity Neurofeedback pediatrics PracticeWise psycho-social working-memory-training Source Type: blogs

Alzheimer’s Disease population to triple: We need smarter research, public health initiatives and lifestyles
According to a new study, the population with Alzheimer’s Disease in the US will triple by 2050: from 4.7 millions in 2010 to 13.8 millions. This emphasizes the urgent need for more research to find preventive measures, and for more enlightened public health initiatives and individual lifestyles designed to decrease dementia risks and delay onset of symptoms. Between 1993 and 2011, researchers followed more than 10,000 individuals 65 and older. Participants were interviewed and assessed for dementia every three years. Age, race and level of education of the participants as well as US death rates, education ...
Source: SharpBrains - February 25, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Dr. Pascale Michelon Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Alzheimers-disease APOE e4 baby-boomer cognitive-decline Cognitive-impairment Cognitive-Training cognitive-vitality dementia depression diabetes drugs Mediterranean diet neurotrophic o Source Type: blogs

Upcoming talks: ESCoNS2, Harvard, WEF, Neurogaming, mesh13
Heads up: these are some of the talks I’ll be giving over the next few months. If you’re a SharpBrains friend and speaking at/ attending any, please let me know so we can connect. > March 15–17, Los Angeles: Marriage of Science & Industry — How to create a sustainable business model that proves end-user value, at ESCoNS2 (Entertainment Software and Cognitive Neurotherapeutics Society) > April 1st, Boston: Health from the Neck Up, a guest lecture at Harvard extension course Mind, Brain, Health, and Education (MBHE): The Sciences of Development, Learning, and We...
Source: SharpBrains - February 22, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology brain ESCoNS2 Harvard mesh13 Neurogaming web Source Type: blogs

Upcoming Webinar: The Digital Brain Health Market 2012–2020
Just a quick note: next Wednesday, February 27th, we’ll host the second and last webinar  to discuss key market and competitive analyses based on “The Digital Brain Health Market 2012–2020: Web-based, mobile and biometrics-based tech­nol­ogy to assess, mon­i­tor and enhance cog­ni­tion and brain functioning”, our new market report. When and how:  Wednesday, February 27th, from 1 to 2pm ET. The webinar is reserved for  organizations who order the market report. The agenda will include: Main market and competitive analyses and forecasts Brief updates ...
Source: SharpBrains - February 21, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology biometrics brain-functioning Brain-health cognition digital health digital health market digital health market report webinar Source Type: blogs

Mindfulness training for children with ADHD and their parents
This study is available in full form online for readers who want more detailed information on it. You can find the study clicking Here. – Dr. David Rabiner is a child clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist and Direc­tor of Under­grad­u­ate Stud­ies in the Depart­ment of Psy­chol­ogy and Neu­ro­science at Duke Uni­ver­sity.  His research focuses on var­i­ous issues related to ADHD, the impact of atten­tion prob­lems on aca­d­e­mic achieve­ment, and atten­tion train­ing.  He also pub­lishes Atten...
Source: SharpBrains - February 21, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness awareness medication meditation Mental-Health mindful mindfulness Mindfulness-Training self-control yoga Source Type: blogs

National Science Foundation report: Can interactive media boost attention and well-being?
“Behavioral training interventions have received much interest as potentially efficient and cost-effective ways to maintain brain fitness or enhance skilled performance with impact ranging from health and fitness to education and job training. In particular, neuroscience research has documented the importance of explicitly training (i) attentional control, in order to enhance perceptual and cognitive fitness as well as (ii) kindness and compassion, to produce changes in adaptive emotional regulation and well-being. At the same time, video game play has become pervasive throughout all layers of current society, thus p...
Source: SharpBrains - February 20, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology attention attentional control behavioral training Brain-Fitness cognitive-fitness compassion emotional-regulation interactive media National Science Foundation videogames well-b Source Type: blogs

Using Your Head: What is the Future of Brain Health? (Interview Part 2)
(Editor’s Note: this is Part 2 of the conversation between David Coleiro and Alvaro Fernandez on the future of brain health. You can read Part 1 Here) Non-invasive technologies There is now a growing toolkit of non-invasive technologies which can be used in brain training. Examples of these include: Emotiv and Neurosky: Have developed a chip that can measure brain activity and simplify EEG feedback. This has previously been an expensive and cumbersome technology, used by many clinicians but one which has never been standardised or validated. The platform simplifies data gathering and analysis to measure brain activi...
Source: SharpBrains - February 19, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: David Coleiro Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology adhd Brain-health Brain-Resource Brain-Training cogmed cognitive-baseline depression Emotiv mental health check-up Mental-Health neuropsychological NeuroSky QEEG working-m Source Type: blogs

New $1 million grant to study working memory training in children with fragile X
MIND Institute researchers receive $1 million grant to study cognitive training in children with fragile X (UC Davis Health System News): “Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute will examine whether children and youth with fragile X syndrome can improve their working memory, cognition and behavior by using an online computer-based cognitive training program, through a new $1 million grant from The John Merck Fund. To conduct the innovative study, the researchers will travel to the homes of school-aged children around the country to instruct their families on how to use the program and deliver the interventio...
Source: SharpBrains - February 14, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Technology behavior cogmed cognition Cognitive-Training-Program fragile X syndrome Pearson Education The John Merck Fund UC Davis Working-memory working-memory-training Source Type: blogs

Will brain health in the future look like cardiovascular health today?
 “Up until now brain health has not been dealt with in a systematic way,” Alvaro Fernandez, SharpBrains CEO, toldMedical Device Daily. “It hasn’t been dealt with in a way that cardiovascular health has been in the last 40 years.” He noted that there have been tremendous changes in the practice of cardiovascular treatment – but when it comes to the “brain health” market, changes in comparison have lagged consistently. But that is changing. Keep reading over at Medical Device Daily (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - February 13, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain Brain-health cardiovascular-health Source Type: blogs

Is the Internet Good or Bad for Your Brain?
“The controversy itself is superficial; as the obvious reality is the internet and technology are not only here to stay, but constantly evolving and permeating more of our lives…The real conversation should be how we can best use the Internet in smarter ways that help us to monitor and enhance the brain, and how can we actively prepare to manage information overload.” Keep reading over at WIRED (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - February 13, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Technology brain information-overload Internet smarter Source Type: blogs

Using Your Head: What is the Future of Brain Health? (Interview Part 1)
Much of healthcare delivery has traditionally been set-up to deal with a ‘brainless body’; yet we consistently complain that we cannot change patient and consumer behaviours and maintain adherence to treatment programmes. Healthcare systems are now recognising the limits of this model and that there are major benefits to better comprehending and engaging cognitive function: to better understand how we operate, why and how we make decisions, improve cognition so that people can better self-regulate, self-manage and take control, and finally that we need to do more to protect and maintain cognition in an inc...
Source: SharpBrains - February 11, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: David Coleiro Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology bio-medical Brain-Fitness Brain-health Brain-Training cognition cognitive-decline cognitive-function cognitive-performance Cognitive-Training dementia healthcare improve-cogni Source Type: blogs

Webinar: The Digital Brain Health Market 2012–2020
Just a quick note: we’ll host a webinar this Wednesday, February 6th, to discuss key analyses and forecasts based on “The Digital Brain Health Market 2012–2020: Web-based, mobile and biometrics-based tech­nol­ogy to assess, mon­i­tor and enhance cog­ni­tion and brain functioning”, our new market report. When and how:  Wednesday, February 6th, from 1:00 to 2.30pm ET. The webinar is reserved for  organizations who order the market report. The agenda will include: Main market analyses and forecasts Brief updates from CES 2013 in Las Vegas and the World Econ...
Source: SharpBrains - February 4, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Health & Wellness Technology biometrics brain-functioning Brain-health cognition digital health digital health market digital health market report webinar Source Type: blogs

Update: From smart homes to smart people — where digital health meets brain fitness
Who said, “So for me the most exciting takeaway from this year’s CES (Consumer Electronics Show)  isn’t the smart car or the smart home, it’s the smart person…” You can find the answer, and many insights on brain health innovation, by reading Sharp­Brains’ January 2013 eNewslet­ter. Enjoy! Digital health meets consumer electronics and brain training, by Dr. Evian Gordon and Dr. Gregory Bayer Retool­ing Brain Care With Low-Cost, Data-Driven Tech­nolo­gies, by Alvaro Fernandez A conversation on ‘The Optimism Bias’ with neuroscient...
Source: SharpBrains - January 31, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology brain-care brain-functioning Brain-health Brain-Training cog­ni­tion consumer electronics digital health improve-memory mental-check-up neural-he Source Type: blogs

Digital health meets consumer electronics and brain training
There’s no doubt that the biggest buzz at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas didn’t come from the slimmest of televisions, the most fashionable headphones or even a dancing robot. The buzz of CES 2013 was firmly centred on all things health and the Digital Health Summit is where the action was happening. On the eve of opening Arianna Huffington described what was about to happen in Las Vegas as a ‘Perfect Storm’ “I’m talking about one of those moments in which several trends converge to create something larger, a moment we will look back on as the time everything ch...
Source: SharpBrains - January 30, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Dr. Evian Gordon Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Arianna Huffington behavior change brain brain habits Brain-Fitness Brain-health Brain-Training consumer electronics Consumer Electronics Show digital health digital health inno Source Type: blogs

Why Scientific Literacy and Learning Enhance Brain Function and Neural Health
Often in discussing health related findings with non-scientists, I’ve found that scientific literacy in the general population tends to be inadequate for evaluating scientific claims. A surprising number of people are reluctant to study science despite the potential to benefit from the vast amount of useful knowledge being accumulated by scientists. Neil DeGrasse Tyson discussed a similar issue with the New York Daily News several years ago (A Cry to Pass the Science Test, 2006). In a time when scientific information is constantly reshaping our understanding of the world, a strong foundation in sc...
Source: SharpBrains - January 29, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Hemal Pathak, PhD Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness BDNF health-literacy Learning memory mental ability mental-activity neural-health neurotrophic scientific literacy Source Type: blogs

TEDWeekends: Retooling Brain Care With Low-Cost, Data-Driven Technologies
I was asked to contribute to this weekend’s TEDWeekend on how “Simple Solutions Can Heal the Masses,” by commenting on a great TEDTalk by Max Little, “A Test For Parkinson’s With A Phone Call.” Enjoy, share, and please add your two cents to my article: Retooling Brain Care With Low-Cost, Data-Driven Technologies (The Huffington Post) (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - January 25, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain brain-care Parkinsons phone TEDWeekends Source Type: blogs

Why, to improve memory, we need to think of the brain as a system
(Editor’s Note: every month we host an online Q&A with participants in the e-course How To Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach. This is the lightly edited and anonymized transcript from the January Q&A session; the February Q&A will take place on Tuesday, February 12th) 2:02 OK, ready to go! Happy 2013 again. You can start writing your questions and comments in the box at the bottom, and hit Send. 2:04 Question  Which activities or games or websites do you recommend to improve memory? 2:05 Faculty Answer Well, that is an impossible question to answer properly without talking specifics…have you wat...
Source: SharpBrains - January 24, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Course: Brain Fitness Coach Education & Lifelong Learning Alzheimers-disease attention bilingual education biofeedback brain-fitness-class cognitive-abilities cognitive-reserve Cognitive-Training Executive-Func Source Type: blogs

The Science of Optimism: a Conversation on ‘The Optimism Bias’ with neuroscientist Tali Sharot
In conclusion There is growing evidence that optimism may be hard-wired into our minds, and impacts all of our behaviours. Our brains aren’t just shaped by past events; they are driven by our hopes for the future. Further understanding of the impact and processes of the Optimism Bias could be harnessed in many fields including healthcare, psychology, behaviour change and marketing strategy, and that leaves me feeling rather optimistic. David Coleiro is a founding partner at www.strategicnorth.com, and this interview is an extract from the book Strategic Tales by Strategic North. To request your free copy please ...
Source: SharpBrains - January 22, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: David Coleiro Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness behaviours Decision-making emotion memory neuroscientist optimism optimism bias Strategic North strategic tales Tali Sharot Source Type: blogs

Emerging consumer electronics to monitor and enhance brain functioning
Ten Innovative Ideas in Consumer Electronics (article by Bloomberg Businessweek reporting on CES 2013): “Human monitoring The human body can be monitored, too, allowing us all to perform better and live longer. HeartMath makes heart monitors that are worn daily and report results online directly to doctors… Brain control By monitoring brainwaves and converting them into energy, it is possible for humans to move physical objects simply by concentrating. Startup Interaxon is launching a $200 brain-sensing headband called the Muse. Initially it is being used as a video game controller, but there are plenty of pos...
Source: SharpBrains - January 17, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain control brainwaves consumer electronics heartmath Interaxon monitoring Source Type: blogs

01/30 Webinar: 10 Predictions on How Digital Platforms will Transform Brain Health in 2013
Just a quick note: we’ll host a webinar on January 30th to discuss key market predictions based on “The Digital Brain Health Market 2012–2020: Web-based, mobile and biometrics-based tech­nol­ogy to assess, mon­i­tor and enhance cog­ni­tion and brain functioning”, our new market report. Here are 10 predictions, many of which will likely be realized before the end of 2013: More than one million adults in North America alone will take a self-administered annual brain health check-up via their iPad or Android tablet. More than one million amateur athletes will better manage poss...
Source: SharpBrains - January 15, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Health & Wellness Technology AAA Alzheimers-disease Android tablet biometrics brain health check-up brain-based biomarker Brain-Fitness Brain-health Brain-Training cCBT CES cognitive-baseline cognitive-behavioral-therapy cogn Source Type: blogs

Quick poll: 71% respondents would take an “annual mental check-up”
Reinforcing the results from the more extensive survey included in our new market report, 71% respondents to a quick LinkedIn poll we just run say they would  take a brief assessment every year as an “annual mental check-up.” A few sample comments: “Sure, why not? You take your car in for regular maintenance and assessments. Why shouldn’t we do that for ourselves? Besides, I’d like to make sure every so often, that I’m not falling into the “normal” category. Heaven forbid!” “I would do it for myself, but not as part of my job or as an employment conditi...
Source: SharpBrains - January 11, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Health & Wellness mental-check-up poll Source Type: blogs

Will brain training be pre-loaded in your next cell phone?
GreatCall® and Posit Science® Partner to Offer Mobile Brain Exercises on the Jitterbug Cell Phone (press release): “The two games, named “Quick Match” and “Make a Pair,” aim to improve memory and cognitive thinking for GreatCall customers, and come preloaded on all Jitterbug Plus cell phones at no extra cost or monthly service fee. Posit Science’s brain exercises are built on the fact that as we get older, our brains become less efficient at processing information. In fact, research published by the British Medical Journal shows that brain function can start decreasing as early a...
Source: SharpBrains - January 9, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Brain-games Brain-Training cell phone Cognitive-Training GreatCall improve cognitive thinking improve-memory Jitterbug Jitterbug Plus Posit-Science Source Type: blogs

CES 2013: Combining brains and digital health in the workplace
The Brain: On the Frontline of Digital Health in the Workplace (Huffington Post): “…It is estimated that some two billion worldwide, one-third of the global population, suffer from brain-based health and productivity challenges with a related cost burden of more than $2 trillion. The broad scope of this market is emphasized further when consideration is given to the widely different types of brain-based solutions that are now being offered to divergent patient, consumer and corporate audiences. Indeed, the innovation that is driving brain health and wellness is set to take to the stage at the upcoming Digital ...
Source: SharpBrains - January 8, 2013 Category: Neurologists Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning adhd anxiety brain Brain-Resource brain-wellness CES depression digital health heartmath NeuroSky Stress workplace Source Type: blogs