FDA clears first videogame to be prescribed to kids with ADHD: EndeavorRx by Akili Interactive Labs
Screenshot of EndeavorRx In a landmark decision, FDA greenlights a video game for kids with ADHD (STAT): The Food and Drug Administration on Monday for the first time gave a green light to a game-based therapeutic: a video game meant to be prescribed to kids with ADHD. The game, known as EndeavorRx and developed by Boston-based Akili Interactive Labs, can now be marketed as a way to improve attention function in kids with ADHD as measured by computerized testing. Physicians can prescribe it to children between the ages of 8 and 12 who have an ADHD diagnosis and have demonstrated an issue with attention. The FDA’s mov...
Source: SharpBrains - June 18, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Professional Development Technology 510(k) Adam Gazzaley adhd Akili Interactive Labs computerized testing De Novo digital therapeutics EndeavorRx FDA game-based therapeutic TOVA videog Source Type: blogs

Repetitive negative thinking may increase (or perhaps be caused by) cognitive decline and Alzheimer ’s pathology
This article was originally published on The Conversation. The Study in Context: Study: 46.7 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease brain pathology today, so it’s urgent to prevent or at least delay progression to clinical disease Report: 35% of worldwide dementia cases could be prevented by modifying these 9 modifiable risk factors Solving the Brain Fitness Puzzle Is the Key to Self-Empowered Aging (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - June 16, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: The Conversation Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness aging Alzheimer's disease prevention Alzheimers-disease anxiety behavioural marker brain health Brain-Fitness chronic-stress cognitive behavioural therapy Cognitive Debt cognitive decline Source Type: blogs

Webinar on Tuesday, June 16th: Harnessing neuroplasticity to transform brain rehabilitation
Quick heads-up on an opportunity for clinicians to learn about an innovative program transforming brain injury rehab up in Canada. When: Tue, June 16, 2020. 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT Who: Mark Watson, CEO ABI Wellness Mia Burgess, CO-CEO, Brain Trust Canada Shaun Porter, Director of Research ABI Wellness What: Brain Injury defined What is neuroplasticity? How does it apply to treatment options? Why do so many people struggle following brain injury? Why is brain injury so difficult to treat? How could we innovate? What is new research suggesting could be possible following brain injury? New Opportunities to become trai...
Source: SharpBrains - June 15, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness ABI Wellness brain rehabilitation Brain Trust Canada brain-injury neuroplasticity treatment Source Type: blogs

Webinar tomorrow Tuesday, June 16th: Harnessing neuroplasticity to transform brain rehabilitation
Quick heads-up on an opportunity for clinicians to learn about an innovative program transforming brain injury rehab up in Canada. When: Tue, June 16, 2020. 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT Who: Mark Watson, CEO ABI Wellness Mia Burgess, CO-CEO, Brain Trust Canada Shaun Porter, Director of Research ABI Wellness What: Brain Injury defined What is neuroplasticity? How does it apply to treatment options? Why do so many people struggle following brain injury? Why is brain injury so difficult to treat? How could we innovate? What is new research suggesting could be possible following brain injury? New Opportunities to become trai...
Source: SharpBrains - June 15, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness ABI Wellness brain rehabilitation Brain Trust Canada brain-injury neuroplasticity treatment Source Type: blogs

Explore The State of Noninvasive Neurotechnology in 37 minutes and 1 image
? Heads-up: The recordings for the webinar on The State of Noninvasive Neurotechnology, held on May 19th, are already available on YouTube. Dr. Ricardo Gil-da-Costa (above) and Alvaro Fernandez (below) gave an outlook on the brain tech industry, with a deep look into apps and wearables and the capabilities that human brain could achieve. We hope you enjoy the discussion! For 19 years, Dr. Ricardo Gil-da-Costa’s pursuit of how the mind and brain work led him to behavioral field studies in Africa and Central America and neurophysiology laboratory research from Harvard University to the U.S. National Institutes of Healt...
Source: SharpBrains - June 11, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Peak Performance Technology apps Fundación Innovación Bankinter human-brain Neurotechnology noninvasive neurotechnology wearables Source Type: blogs

Virtual-reality gaming + affordable biofeedback = Anxiety therapy for all?
Conclusions: This study demonstrates the potential of the game, DEEP, as an intervention for anxiety and disruptive classroom behavior in a special school setting. Future research is needed to fully optimize and personalize DEEP as an intervention for the heterogeneous special school population. News in Context: The NeuroGeneration and Humankind’s Quest to Enhance the Brain Meditation app Headspace raises $93 million in equity and debt to accelerate clinical validation and geographic expansion Large study finds positive yet mixed results from Akili’s digital therapeutic for kids with ADHD Five reasons the fut...
Source: SharpBrains - June 10, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Peak Performance Technology anxiety biofeedback biometric sensors Covid-19 pandemic DEEP Psychology therapy videogames virtual-reality Source Type: blogs

Reading science fiction can help children build critical thinking and resilience
This article was originally published by The Conversation. Article in Context: Changing our Minds…by Reading Fiction 8 Tips To Remember What You Read 3 ways to protect your mental health during –and after– COVID-19 Six tips to build resilience and prevent brain-damaging stress (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - June 9, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: The Conversation Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning anxiety COVID-19 creativity Critical-thinking depression literature mental health pandemic reading resilience science fiction Stress Source Type: blogs

Wednesday, June 10th, in Spanish: ¿Cómo podemos invertir en nuestro cerebro para vencer al COVID-19 y crear un futuro más saludable?
(English-speakers can read the main points here: Three ways to protect your mental health during –and after– COVID-19) ¿Cuántos de nosotros estamos experimentando estos días un cóctel de confusión, ansiedad y estrés? En un entorno incierto, tendremos que trabajar para regular el estrés ya que sabemos que esto afecta enormemente a nuestra salud y bienestar general. En este Webinar Álvaro Fernández compartirá cómo podemos potenciar nuestra salud mental en esta era del Covid-19 para minimizar el impacto del virus y del aislamiento en nues...
Source: SharpBrains - June 8, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Cerebro neurociencia neuroplasticidad Source Type: blogs

Growing research shows how two of the major cancer treatments, radiation and chemotherapy, can lead to long-term cognitive impairment
Mind jumble: Understanding chemo brain (Stanford Medicine): Sarah Liu was treated for leukemia as a teenager. She attended her high school graduation on a four-hour pass from Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and was bald under her white graduation cap, her arm bandaged where she’d been receiving chemotherapy drugs. Liu survived cancer and the ordeal of her treatment, and for many years she thrived. But today, at 53, she struggles to remember the names of all the Stanford oncologists who helped her, though she reveres them for saving her life. Many years later, her childhood cancer treatments — ...
Source: SharpBrains - June 5, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology astrocyte chemo-brain chemobrain chemotherapy chemotherapy-related cognitive impairment cognitive difficulties Cognitive-impairment microglia myelin oligodendrocyte OPC Source Type: blogs

The way we approach Mental Health today is broken beyond repair. The question is, what comes next, and how fast can we get there?
The hidden links between mental disorders (Nature): In 2018, psychiatrist Oleguer Plana-Ripoll was wrestling with a puzzling fact about mental disorders. He knew that many individuals have multiple conditions — anxiety and depression, say, or schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He wanted to know how common it was to have more than one diagnosis, so he got his hands on a database containing the medical details of around 5.9 million Danish citizens. He was taken aback by what he found. Every single mental disorder predisposed the patient to every other mental disorder — no matter how distinct the symptoms. &ldquo...
Source: SharpBrains - June 3, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology anxiety biological bipolar-disorder depression Genetics JAMA Psychiatry mental illness mental-disorders National-Institute-of-Mental-Health neuroanatomy psychopathology Resear Source Type: blogs

Study: Antidepressant vortioxetine combined with cognitive training may help delay cognitive decline
Conclusions: Vortioxetine may be beneficial for age-related cognitive decline when combined with cognitive training. These findings provide new treatment directions for combating cognitive decline in older adults. The Study in Context: Study finds combined pharma + non-pharma treatment most beneficial to help youth with ADHD address long-term academic difficulties Solving the Brain Fitness Puzzle Is the Key to Self-Empowered Aging Ten neurotechnologies about to transform brain enhancement & health Can brain training work? Yes, if it meets these 5 conditions What are cognitive abilities and how to boost them? ? How...
Source: SharpBrains - June 2, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology antidepressant brain-volume cognition cognitive decline cognitive-interventions Cognitive-Training Combination Strategies neuroplasticity pharmacolog Source Type: blogs

Request for proposals to help astronauts combat behavioral health challenges such as stress and isolation
Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls Heads-up: The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at Baylor College of Medicine is awarding from $100,000 to $500,000 to selected companies ready to confront behavioral health challenges astronauts will face on a future journey to Mars. The award is intended to support one year’s work to advance the technology. Full proposals are due by 5 p.m. EST June 26, 2020.  View TRISH’s industry solicitation. Researchers and firms in the space (pun intended) may also want to join a webinar on June 9th, 01:00 PM US Central Time. An overview of TRISH and their...
Source: SharpBrains - June 1, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology astronauts Baylor College of Medicine behavioral health challenges deep space exploration isolation MaRS Stress TRISH Source Type: blogs

Update: The latest research and noninvasive neurotechnologies for brain health and mental fitness
Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter! 1. Food for (nonpartisan) Thought: Should heads of state and candidates to high office pass a cognitive/ mental fitness test? 2. A school psychologist shares good tips to support our kids and, yes, manage our own stress. Three Ss to reduce the stress of “homeschooling” our kids: Simplify, Structure, Support. 3. Wow. Mindstrong Health raises $100M to transform how we measure and promote mental health. 4. Great partnership! Kaiser Permanente offers Calm mental fitness app at no cost to millions of members. 5. “Just as you can’t self-int...
Source: SharpBrains - May 29, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology app brain health Brain Teasers brain-teaser Calm cognitive test FDA Headsafe Kaiser-Permanente Kernel mental health mental-fitness Mindstrong Source Type: blogs

Should heads of state and candidates to high office pass a cognitive/ mental fitness test?
Shutterstock Is it fair to question a presidential candidate’s mental fitness? (Salon): “My heart sank as he floundered his way through his responses, fumbling with his notes, uncharacteristically lost for words. He looked tired and bewildered,” Ron Reagan, the son of President Ronald Reagan, wrote of his father’s performance during the first 1984 presidential debate. At the time, there had long been rumors that Reagan was suffering from cognitive impairment — perhaps Alzheimer’s Disease — and as he struggled during the first debate against his Democratic opponent, former Vice Pres...
Source: SharpBrains - May 27, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Alzheimers-disease Cognitive-impairment mental health mental illness mental-fitness Source Type: blogs

Mindstrong Health raises $100M to transform how we measure and promote mental health
Mindstrong scores $100M to monitor wellness via smartphone behaviors (MobiHealth News): This morning digital mental health platform Mindstrong scored a whopping $100 million in Series C funding. While Mindstrong has a history of solid funding rounds, this amount will more than double its total funding. In 2017 it got its first $14 million cash infusion. That was followed by a $15 million Series B funding round in June of 2018, which got a $31 million add-on in January of 2019, bringing the company’s total funding to just under $60 million before this news. The company was first founded in 2014, but it made a splash i...
Source: SharpBrains - May 26, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology digital biomarkers measure mental health Mindstrong Health promote mental health smartphone Thomas Insel Source Type: blogs

Brain Teaser: What shirt size you need?
You have been invited to a fundraising gala at your old college (via Zoom of course) and decide that this black-tie event demands a super white Italian shirt, like the one you bought years ago for your wedding. When you find and bravely try the wedding shirt on (size 16), your wife notices that the collar suffocates you — you DO need about 1/4″ more space everywhere in-between your neck and the collar all around your neck. So you’ll need a new shirt. What size shirt do you need to buy?  PS1: In case you don’t know, shirt size 16 means that a tape wrapped around your neck and two fingers positio...
Source: SharpBrains - May 22, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Maria Lando Tags: Brain Teasers Education & Lifelong Learning brain puzzles for adults brain-teaser-games cognitive-skills Source Type: blogs

Brain Teaser: How to choose the right shirt size
You have been invited to a fundraising gala at your old college (via Zoom of course) and decide that this black-tie event demands a super white Italian shirt, like the one you bought years ago for your wedding. When you find and bravely try the wedding shirt on (size 16), your wife notices that the collar suffocates you — you DO need about 1/4″ more space everywhere in-between your neck and the collar all around your neck. So you’ll need a new shirt. What size shirt do you need to buy?  PS1: In case you don’t know, shirt size 16 means that a tape wrapped around your neck and two fingers positio...
Source: SharpBrains - May 22, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Maria Lando Tags: Brain Teasers Education & Lifelong Learning brain puzzles for adults brain-teaser-games cognitive-skills Source Type: blogs

Kaiser Permanente offers Calm mental fitness app at no cost to millions of members
Meditation app Calm is now free for Kaiser Permanente’s millions of members (CNBC): Kaiser Permanente is trying to give its 12.4 million members a little bit of calm. Starting Tuesday, the health-care provider is allowing patients to download the Calm meditation app for free as part of a way to help customers manage anxiety as they deal with the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Calm is the most-popular health and fitness app on Google-powered devices and No. 2 on the iPhone, according to App Annie. Paid subscriptions normally cost $70 a year … Calm was seeing surging growth even before the coronavirus fo...
Source: SharpBrains - May 21, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Peak Performance Technology -google app Apple Calm coronavirus pandemic iPhone Kaiser-Permanente meditation meditation app mental-fitness neurotechnologie Source Type: blogs

Three Ss to reduce the stress of “homeschooling” our kids: Simplify, Structure, Support
With nationwide school closures in effect, many parents are now monitoring homeschooling while at the same time trying to make a living in the midst of an economic crisis. In this environment of broken routine and uncertainty, chances are your child is showing big feelings and challenging behaviors. In my work as a school psychologist, I’ve been hearing from parents that despite their best efforts, their children are struggling with meeting homeschool expectations. Kids who never showed behavioral or emotional challenges are experiencing issues, and kids who had some struggles before are showing an uptick of challeng...
Source: SharpBrains - May 20, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Science Center Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning behavior empathy homeschooling problem-solving skills psychologist reduce stress school-psychologist social-emotional skills Source Type: blogs

A limerick a day hopefully keeps the neurologist away
– Hat tip to Barbara Arrowsmith-Young Mark Rosenzweig’s classic 1996 paper on neuroplasticity: Psychobiology of plasticity: effects of training and experience on brain and behavior (Behavioural Brain Research): Abstract: Supporting Hebb’s 1949 hypothesis of use-induced plasticity of the nervous system, our group found in the 1960s that training or differential experience induced neurochemical changes in cerebral cortex of the rat and regional changes in weight of cortex. Further studies revealed changes in cortical thickness, size of synaptic contacts, number of dendritic spines, and dendritic branch...
Source: SharpBrains - May 15, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Brain-Plasticity enriched-environment limerick Neurochemical neuroplasticity Source Type: blogs

Portable brain assessment device by Headsafe secures 510(k) FDA clearance
__ FDA Clears Nurocheck, Portable Device to Quickly Assess Brain Health (MS News Today): “A portable device that can quickly measure electrical activity in the brain and relay it to doctors via a smartphone app, called the Nurochek system, has been cleared by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as a medical device. Its developer, Headsafe, plans to it soon make this brain assessment system available for use with patients in the U.S., ages 14 and older.” The Announcement: Headsafe Announces FDA Clearance and U.S. Launch of its NUROCHEK Portable Brain Assessment System (press release): &l...
Source: SharpBrains - May 14, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology 510(k) clearance app brain brain health technology brain-assessment EEG electrical activity FDA Food and Drug Administration Headsafe neurological testing Nurochek portable Source Type: blogs

Free webinar next Tuesday, May 19th, on neurotech and wearables for brain health
Heads-up about an online event next week that may well interest some of you. What: Alvaro Fernandez and Ricardo Gil da Costa will give an outlook on the brain devices industry and hardware technologies, with a deep look into this kind of wearables and the capabilities that human brain could achieve. When: Tuesday, May 19th, 2020. 7am San Francisco/ 10am Miami/ 4pm Madrid How: You can register Here (free). The Speakers: For 19 years, Dr. Ricardo Gil-da-Costa’s pursuit of how the mind and brain work led him to behavioral field studies in Africa and Central America and neurophysiology laboratory research from Harvard U...
Source: SharpBrains - May 13, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain devices brain devices industry brain health human-brain neurotech Neurotechnology wearables webinar Source Type: blogs

Big Ten Conference announces “Mental Health and Wellness Cabinet” and Calm app rollout
__ Big Ten Conference Announces Mental Health Initiatives (press release): “The Big Ten Conference formally announced today, in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Month, the formation of the Big Ten Mental Health and Wellness Cabinet, which includes representatives from all 14 Big Ten institutions, as well as sport affiliate members Johns Hopkins (women’s and men’s lacrosse) and Notre Dame (men’s hockey). In conjunction with today’s announcement, the Big Ten Conference is pleased to share that all Big Ten student-athletes, coaches, full-time members of university athletic departments and...
Source: SharpBrains - May 11, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Peak Performance Technology app Big Ten Conference Calm lower stress mental fitness app mental health Mental Health Awareness Month mental-fitness Source Type: blogs

Q & A with Rick Hanson on Neurodharma, brain science, personal practice and well-being
Psychologist and neuroscience expert Rick Hanson studies the mental resources that promote resilience, from calm and gratitude to confidence and courage. According to Hanson, the coronavirus crisis is exposing some of our psychological vulnerabilities, and reminding us how important it is to nurture our social and emotional strengths. In his new book, Neurodharma, Hanson writes about how we can cultivate more equanimity, wisdom, and moral action using meditation and other practices. As he illustrates with neuroscience research, practicing positive states of being like these can lead to physical changes ...
Source: SharpBrains - May 8, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Science Center Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness brain brain-science coronavirus coronavirus crisis meditation mental resources mind mindfulness neurobiology Neurodharma psychologist resilience Rick Hans Source Type: blogs

Kernel launches Neuroscience as a Service (NaaS) built on non-invasive brain recording technology
Kernel Sound ID is designed to help decode and visualize what a person is hearing __ A Neuroscientist’s Thoughts On Kernel’s Announcement: “Kernel, the neurotech company founded by Bryan Johnson, just released a wave of new information about the technology they have been building over the past half-decade. With this announcement, we finally get a glimpse into the secretive company’s plans. We knew that they had ditched their intentions of pursuing invasive brain recording techniques, leaving that all to Neuralink, a similarly minded effort launched by serial entrepreneur Elon Musk. There were rumour...
Source: SharpBrains - May 7, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Peak Performance Technology brain recording Kernel magnetoencephalography NaaS near-infrared spectroscopy Neuralink Neuroscience as a Service psychiatry Source Type: blogs

Trend: Growing interest in digital mental health among insurers and medical care providers
__ In Mental Health Play, UnitedHealth’s Optum May Buy Virtual Provider AbleTo (Forbes): “UnitedHealth Group’s Optum medical provider unit may increase its investment in AbleTo, a provider of virtual behavioral healthcare services. Such a deal, which some reports say could be an outright acquisition, would be significant because it’s further acknowledgement by health insurers that managing medical care isn’t enough to make sure patients are getting the right care, in the right place and at the right time. Insurers and medical care providers increasingly are working to address social determinan...
Source: SharpBrains - April 30, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology AbleTo behavioral healthcare COVID-19 mental illness Optum UnitedHealth-Group virtual virtual behavioral healthcare Source Type: blogs

Lessons from Covid-19: Could a New Normal lead to better brains, bodies and societies?
 Image courtesy of Pixabay __ In the age of Covid-19, what is the new normal? How many of us have been experiencing the heady cocktail of confusion, anxiety, and even some surprising moments of respite from our recent-past busy rise-and-grind, hustle culture routines? Our social media feeds are filled with urgent and often conflicting imperatives to change our routines and to direct increased vigilance: don’t touch your face, wash our hands-don’t be obsessive though; cover our coughs with your elbow-not a tissue; social distance-with no interaction, or maybe with some interaction, just watch for your loca...
Source: SharpBrains - April 29, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness anxiety confusion COVID-19 Emory-University mental health Neuroethics new normal Source Type: blogs

How to Boost Brain Health … right now
? How to Boost Brain Health … right now from SharpBrains __ Here’s the presentation by our very own Alvaro Fernández Ibáñez during the virtual event Find Wellbeing During Covid19 on Tuesday, April 28th. When: Tuesday, April 28th, 9am — 6pm US Pacific Time (San Francisco time zone) Where: Online What: Find Wellbeing During Covid19 — Discover 200+ Free and Discounted Tools to help you find some relief and emerge even stronger. Learn more HERE The Event in Context: 3 ways to protect your mental health during –and after– COVID-19 Exploring the human brain and...
Source: SharpBrains - April 28, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness boost brain health COVID-19 find wellbeing mental health Source Type: blogs

Five quick brain teasers to flex those Attention and Working Memory mental muscles
. __ Looking for some fun cognitive stimulation to kickstart the week? Below you’ll find a few brain teasers to challenge your atten­tion and your work­ing mem­ory–the abil­ity to keep infor­ma­tion in your mind while manipulating multiple units of information at the same time. Given them a try … they are not as easy as they may sound 1. Say the days of the week back­wards, then in alpha­bet­i­cal order. 2. Say the months of the year in alpha­bet­i­cal order. Too easy? Well, try doing so back­wards, in reverse alphabetical order. 3. Find the sum of...
Source: SharpBrains - April 27, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Caroline Latham Tags: Brain Teasers adults attention-training brain games for adults brain teasers for adults brain teasers for teens brain-teaser brain-teaser-games cognitive cognitive-abilities cognitive-ability mental muscles mind-teasers puzzle ga Source Type: blogs

Update: Moderate lifetime drinking may lead to lower Alzheimer-related beta amyloid deposits in the brain
__ Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter. #1. First of all, it’s not all bad news this month. Study finds that moderate lifetime drinking may lead to lower Alzheimer-related beta amyloid deposits in the brain #2. And, talk about personalized medicine! This fascinating study showing how brain imaging (fMRI) + machine learning + intensive, non-invasive neurostimulation = targeted treatments that can maximize efficacy and minimize side effects: Reinventing depression treatment via transcranial magnetic brain stimulation (TMS) #3. Also, not a minute too soon … Meditation apps have gone m...
Source: SharpBrains - April 24, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Brain Teasers Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology Adderall Alzheimer-disease Alzheimers-disease beta-amyloid brain teaser for adults Brain-Imaging brain-teaser Source Type: blogs

Tuesday April 28th, online: Explore strategies and tools to boost mental wellbeing during (and after) Covid-19
Heads-up about a very timely virtual event next week. When: Tuesday, April 28th, 9am — 6pm US Pacific Time (San Francisco time zone) Where: Online What: Find Wellbeing During Covid19 — Discover 200+ Free and Discounted Tools to help you find some relief and emerge even stronger How: Learn More and Register HERE Confirmed Speakers include: Nichol Bradford — Find Wellbeing Tech Right Now — CEO & Founder of the Willow Group and the Executive Director and co-founder of the Transformative Technology Lab Jack Kornfield — Find Peace Right Now — Author, Buddhist practitioner and ...
Source: SharpBrains - April 23, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology Covid19 mental health mental hygiene mental wellbeing neurotechnologies neurotechnologiy non-invasive neurotech non-invasive neurotechnologies Source Type: blogs

Reinventing depression treatment via transcranial magnetic brain stimulation (TMS)
Deirdre Lehman with Nolan Williams, who oversaw this clinical trial of a potential treatment that uses transcranial magnetic stimulation. In the photo, Williams and Lehman demonstrate how a patient is positioned and the equipment is used. Credit: Steve Fisch. ___ Stanford researchers devise treatment that relieved depression in 90% of participants in small study (press release): “A new form of magnetic brain stimulation rapidly relieved symptoms of severe depression in 90% of participants in a small study conducted by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine … In transcranial magnetic stimulat...
Source: SharpBrains - April 22, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology antidepressant treatments brain stimulation cognitive side effects depression magnetic brain stimulation neurological disorders noninvasive brain stimulation noninvasive neurotechnolo Source Type: blogs

Three tips for wise minds to calm coronavirus anxiety
__ In the early days of COVID-19, we faced many difficult decisions in everyday life: trying to weigh risk and decide whether to meet up or stay home, send kids to school or visit the gym. Now that my home state of California has its “shelter in place” order—and many other cities and states are in various stages of lockdown—a waiting period has taken shape. In some ways, this is a relief—our minds get decision fatigue in the face of so many choices. Now we have our instructions, which are restrictive but useful to our brains. But many other types of uncertainty still remain, about th...
Source: SharpBrains - April 21, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Science Center Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness anxiety book CBT cognitive-behavioral-therapy coronavirus anxiety COVID-19 minds psychotherapist shelter in place uncertainty wise minds workbook Source Type: blogs

Digital health start-ups raised a record $3.1 billion in Q1; focus will likely evolve from providers to consumers and employers
__ Digital health firms raised record sums before Covid-19 hit (MedCity News): “Digital Health startups raised a record-breaking $3.1 billion in the first quarter of 2020, according to a report released Monday by Rock Health. But now faced with a global pandemic, the trend is unlikely to continue… Investors tended to prefer higher-value, late-stage investments, according to the report. The average deal sized jumped from $19.5 million last year to $29 million, and nearly a third of the deals were series C or later … Interestingly, the majority of startups that raised funding focused on healthcare pr...
Source: SharpBrains - April 20, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Consumers COVID-19 digital brain health digital health digital mental health employers healthcare-providers Rock Health startups Source Type: blogs

Brain teaser to stimulate your mental imagery, spatial rotation … and appetite
__ Here’s a fun puzzle that a friend shared over zoom a few days ago. Challenge: How can you cut a cake into eight equal pieces with only three cuts? Note: The cake in the puzzle is not necessarily the one pictured above Imagine your own cake. Check the answer below only after you’ve tried… To find the answer, you need to use your mental imagery and rotation skills while generating and testing your hypotheses, visualizing potential ways to solve this brain teaser. In doing so –good news!– you are working out your visual cortex in the occipital lobes, your somatosensory cortex in your parietal...
Source: SharpBrains - April 17, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Caroline Latham Tags: Brain Teasers Cognitive Neuroscience brain games for adults brain teaser for adults brain-teaser brain-teaser-games cognitive-abilities mental imagery puzzle puzzle games for adults puzzles spatial rotation Source Type: blogs

Tres h ábitos de higiene mental para vencer al COVID-19 y crear un futuro más saludable
Image: REUTERS/Lee Smith ___ ¿Cuántos de nosotros estamos experimentando estos días un cóctel de confusión, ansiedad y estrés? ¿Cuántos incluso sentimos sorprendentes momentos de respiro y de aprecio por lo que tenemos, por lo que somos? En una encuesta publicada el 2 de Abril por la Kaiser Family Foundation, el 45% de los estadounidenses dice que la crisis está perjudicando su salud mental – más aún, el 19% dice sentir un “gran impacto” negativo. Y es bastante posible que esta situación sea peor en países como Espa...
Source: SharpBrains - April 16, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Cerebro COVID-19 estrés higiene mental salud mental Source Type: blogs

Study finds mixed results of Adderall as cognitive enhancer (seems to boost emotion more than cognition)
__ Over the past 15 years there has been growing awareness that many college students without an ADHD diagnosis use ADHD drugs. On some campuses, rates of self-reported non-medical use have exceeded 30% of students. The primary reason students report taking ADHD drugs is to enhance their academic performance. And, the strong majority of students — over 80% in a study I conducted — believe it is helpful for this purpose. Furthermore, students who report problems with attention are more likely to report non-medical use than other students; this suggests that some self-medicate to address their perceived attention...
Source: SharpBrains - April 15, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness academic-performance. Adderall ADHD-drugs cognition cognitive-functioning college college students emotion mental health neurocognitive Source Type: blogs

Three mental hygiene habits to beat Covid-19 and set up a healthier New Normal
Image: REUTERS/Lee Smith ___ How many of us right now are experiencing a heady cocktail of confusion, anxiety and even some surprising moments of respite from our pre-COVID-19, always-on-the-go culture? In a new survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, 45% of Americans felt that the coronavirus crisis is harming their mental health (19% felt it had a “major impact”). Our traditional media and social media feeds are filled with urgent and often conflicting imperatives to change our routines and be constantly vigilant. The online onslaught of rapidly updating media stories reporting worst-case scenarios can...
Source: SharpBrains - April 14, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Professional Development Technology coronavirus crisis COVID-19 mental hygiene World Economic Forum Source Type: blogs

Meditation apps have gone mainstream in the covid-19 era
__ 1. Best meditation apps: practice mindfulness with Headspace, Calm and more (TechRadar): “The best meditation apps could help you to sleep better, reduce your stress levels and find some much-needed inner peace. But given the situation right now with Covid-19, even if meditation apps just give you a break from the news and a chance to chill out for ten minutes, they’re more than worth it. Headspace, one of the most popular meditation apps around, first launched 10 years ago. Since then, hundreds of other meditation apps have been created and that means finding the best meditation app for you can be overwhelm...
Source: SharpBrains - April 13, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Peak Performance Technology Balance Buddhify Calm COVID-19 digital health digital therapeutics Headspace Headspace Health Insight Timer meditation apps me Source Type: blogs

The frontal lobes, the little brain down under and “Stayin’ Alive” (3/3)
__ [Editor’s note: Continued from Exploring the human brain and how it responds to stress (1/3) and On World Health Day 2020, let’s discuss the stress response and the General Adaptation Syndrome (2/3)] More on the Cortex, the Limbic System, and Stress: The cortex is made up of four major sections, arranged from the front to the back. These are called the frontal, parietal, occipital, and temporal lobes. Each of the four lobes is found in both hemispheres, and each is responsible for different, specialized cognitive functions. For example, the occipital lobe contains the primary visual cortex, and the temporal ...
Source: SharpBrains - April 9, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Jerome Schultz Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness amygdala brain Cerebral Cortex cognition Cognitive-functions emotion frontal-lobes Limbic-System prefrontal-cortex Source Type: blogs

Transcending Maslow ’s famous “hierarchy of needs” through Maslow’s own research on Peak Experiences
Heaven, so to speak, lies waiting for us through life, ready to step into for a time and to enjoy before we have to come back to our ordinary life of striving. And once we have been in it, we can remember it forever, and feed ourselves on this memory and be sustained in times of stress. —Abraham Maslow, Toward a Psychology of Being (1962) After completing Motivation and Personality in 1954, Maslow turned his attention to a particular characteristic of self-actualizing people that long fascinated him. Many of the self-actualizing people he studied tended to sound like traditional mystics, describing unusual moments of...
Source: SharpBrains - April 8, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Scott Barry Kaufman Tags: Author Speaks Series Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning hierarchy of needs Maslow Peak Experiences self-actualization Transcend Source Type: blogs

On World Health Day 2020, let ’s discuss the stress response and the General Adaptation Syndrome (2/3)
The hypothalamus–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis acts to release cortisol into the blood stream, as cortisol calls the body into action to combat stress. When high amounts of cortisol interact with the hypothalamus, the HPA axis will slow down its activity. The amygdala detects stress, while the prefrontal cortex regulates our reactions to stress. Source: Bezdek K and Telzer E (2017) Have No Fear, the Brain is Here! How Your Brain Responds to Stress. Front. Young Minds. 5:71. doi: 10.3389/frym.2017.00071 _______ [Editor’s note: Continued from yesterday’s Exploring the human brain and how it responds to...
Source: SharpBrains - April 7, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Jerome Schultz Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness #WorldHealthDay brain burnout cognition Cortisol GAS General Adaptation Syndrome homeostasis memory neurobiology neurological exhaustion Stress Source Type: blogs

Exploring the human brain and how it responds to stress (1/3)
__ Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it gets you nowhere. — Erma Bombeck The brain is the control center for all of our thoughts, actions, attitudes, and emotions. It’s the pilothouse on the riverboat of our lives. It’s Mission Control for all of our flights into space or time. It’s the air traffic controller that helps us navigate and reroute our paths based on incoming and outgoing information and how we’re feeling about it at the time. It’s the John Williams of our personal symphony. It’s the Mother Ship to our Starfleet; it’s … (Uh, s...
Source: SharpBrains - April 6, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Jerome Schultz Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness human-brain neurological neuropsychologist Stress Stress Response Source Type: blogs

Tease your brain with these eight fun riddles
__ Q: My first thought after congratulating myself on being so clever about something? A: “How can I have been so dumb about that for so long!” Q: Who is harder to forgive than anyone, for truly dumb behaviour? A:  Oneself Q: How can you tell that a man is sure he is respected, even revered, by his peers? A: When expressing himself, he always uses “We”, “You”, & “They” — rarely “I”! Q: Why did the café customer drop his sugar into the ashtray? A: Because earlier at breakfast he had spread butter on his trousers. Q: What is the surest way to a...
Source: SharpBrains - April 2, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Keith Perreur-Lloyd Tags: Brain Teasers Education & Lifelong Learning brain-teaser riddles tease your brain Source Type: blogs

Move, Nourish, Connect, Be: Four daily habits to protect our mental well-being while sheltering in place
__ It’s a crazy time. Here in the California, we are sheltering-in-place, leaving the house only for essentials like groceries and medical care. And while we’re all (appropriately) focused on caring for the physical health of ourselves, our families, our communities, and society at large, our mental, emotional, and social health needs are quickly emerging as profoundly important, as well. I’m executive director of Open Source Wellness, which brings people together to learn and practice the behaviors that generate human health and well-being. Our core idea is that community is a form of medicine. And ...
Source: SharpBrains - April 1, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Science Center Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness behavioral pharmacy coronavirus outbreak emotional mental mental health mental hygiene mental well being physical-health psychologist shelter in place social Source Type: blogs

Will these five NeuroRights help harness emerging neurotechnologies for the common good?
__ Data for Good: Biological Scientist, DSI Member Rafael Yuste on the Ethical Development of Neurotechnology (Columbia University release): “Brain-computer interfaces may soon have the power to decode people’s thoughts and interfere with their mental activity. Even now the interfaces, or BCIs, which link brains directly to digital networks, are helping brain-impaired patients and amputees perform simple motor tasks such as moving a cursor, controlling a motorized wheelchair, or directing a robotic arm. And noninvasive BCI’s that can understand words we want to type and place them onto screens are being d...
Source: SharpBrains - March 31, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Algorithmic Bias Brain-Computer Interfaces free-will Mental Augmentation mental privacy neurorights neurotechnologies Neurotechnology oath Personal Identity Rafael Yuste techn Source Type: blogs

Transcending Maslow ’s hierarchy of needs via Maslow’s own research on Peak Experiences
Heaven, so to speak, lies waiting for us through life, ready to step into for a time and to enjoy before we have to come back to our ordinary life of striving. And once we have been in it, we can remember it forever, and feed ourselves on this memory and be sustained in times of stress. —Abraham Maslow, Toward a Psychology of Being (1962) After completing Motivation and Personality in 1954, Maslow turned his attention to a particular characteristic of self-actualizing people that long fascinated him. Many of the self-actualizing people he studied tended to sound like traditional mystics, describing unusual moments of...
Source: SharpBrains - March 31, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Scott Barry Kaufman Tags: Author Speaks Series Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning hierarchy of needs Maslow Peak Experiences self-actualization Transcend Source Type: blogs

The FDA clears Somryst, Pear ’s digital therapeutic to treat chronic insomnia
__ Pear gets FDA clearance for insomnia therapeutic (MedCity News): “Pear Therapeutics received marketing authorization for its third product — a digital therapeutic intended to treat chronic insomnia. Called Somryst, the app is available by prescription only. It consists of a nine-week program that includes cognitive behavioral therapy and restricting sleep to a limited window of time … The company’s submission included data from two randomized controlled trials, including a study of 1,100 adults reporting chronic insomnia that used Somryst for nine weeks. They saw a significant reduction in insom...
Source: SharpBrains - March 30, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology chronic insomnia cognitive-behavioral-therapy depression digital therapeutic FDA Pear Therapeutics precertification Somryst Source Type: blogs

Study: Moderate lifetime drinking may lead to lower Alzheimer-related beta amyloid deposits in the brain
Conclusions: In this study, we observed in middle- and old-aged individuals with neither dementia nor alcohol-related disorders that moderate lifetime alcohol intake was associated with lower cerebral AB deposition compared to a lifetime history of not drinking. Moderate lifetime alcohol intake may have a beneficial influence on AD by reducing pathological amyloid deposition rather than amyloid-independent neurodegeneration or cerebrovascular injury. The Study in Context: Report: 35% of worldwide dementia cases could be prevented by modifying these 9 modifiable risk factors Study: Drinking up to 5–8 glasses of wine...
Source: SharpBrains - March 27, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Alzheimer-disease Alzheimers beer beta amyloid deposits brain protein dementia hard liquor mental acuity moderate drinking MRI neurodegeneration PET wine Source Type: blogs

Update: Four tips to practice good mental hygiene during the coronavirus outbreak
__ Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter, featuring this time 14 timely news and resources for mental health and brain health innovation. First of all, let’s remain safe, healthy, and centered during the current health crisis by following these tips provided by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley: 1. Stay calm and focused 2. Pay attention to those doing the right thing 3. Show gratitude 4. Remember our common bonds 1) “Of course, all of these guidelines don’t supplant the importance of practicing good hygiene. We need to continue to frequently wash our hands and avoid...
Source: SharpBrains - March 25, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology adhd brain brain health Brain Teasers brain-functions chronic pain coronavirus outbreak cross-train the brain dementia innovation LivaNova Medt Source Type: blogs