Lack of sleep seen to cause sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT) in adolescents with attention deficits
This study provides clear experimental evidence that how much teens with ADHD sleep has a significant impact on their attention and behavior. An additional 1.6 hours per night — the average difference in sleep during restriction and extension weeks — had impacts that were discernible to parents and, for some outcomes, to teens themselves. The fact that these results are not surprising does not diminish their potential significance. Increasing sleep is a safe, free, intervention that can make a meaningful difference. What is surprising, however, is that that assessing sleep and intervening where indicated is not...
Source: SharpBrains - March 27, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness actigraph adolescents behavior children cognitive tempo sleep problems Source Type: blogs
Study finds lifelong neurogenesis in the hippocampus, but rates decline with age and, especially, Alzheimer ’s disease
Recent, immature neurons (in red) and older, mature neurons (in blue) in the hippocampus of a 68-year-old’s brain. Credit: CSIC ___ Old brains still make neurons, study finds, offering a possible way to protect against Alzheimer’s (STAT): “Reports of old brains’ decrepitude have been greatly exaggerated, scientists reported on Monday, unveiling results that contradict a much-discussed 2018 study and instead support the idea that human gray matter is capable of generating new neurons up to the ninth decade of life. The research, published in Nature Medicine, also found that old brains from people wit...
Source: SharpBrains - March 25, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness adult hippocampal neurogenesis age Alzheimer’s Alzheimer’s Disease dementia hippocampus Neurons Source Type: blogs
Trend: The more prostheses the higher the need for intuitive interfaces and design
___ CDT-Neuro student leads team to win £10K Robotics & Innovation prize (Imperial College London): “Irene Mendez Guerra (CDT Neurotechnology), Ben Lakey (Mitt and Imperial alumni), Ivan Vujaklija (Prof. Aalto University and former Imperial associate) and Dario Farina (Chair Neurorehabilitation Engineering, Imperial) have created Naviga, which is developing intuitive, user friendly controls for prostheses … Naviga’s control system eliminates the long training sessions and improves the current control approaches to increase the acceptance, usage, and functionality of current prostheses.” T...
Source: SharpBrains - March 22, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology Imperial College London innovation neurorehabilitation prostheses robotics Source Type: blogs
Study finds promise in smell training to harness neuroplasticity and improve brain health in older adults
___ An impaired sense of smell can signal cognitive decline, but ‘smell training’ could help (The Conversation): “As we age, we often have problems with our ability to smell (called olfactory dysfunction). Older people might not be able to identify an odour or differentiate one odour from another. In some cases they might not be able to detect an odour at all. Odour identification difficulties are common in people with neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease … But there is emerging evidence that olfactory or “smell training” can improve ability to smell. Neu...
Source: SharpBrains - March 18, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness anosmia brain health brain training cognitive-tasks dementia neurodegenerative neuroplasticity nose older-adults regeneration rhinology smell therapy Source Type: blogs
New book suggest ways to understand behavior and boost happiness in light of human evolution
We humans evolved to be social creatures. By gaining the skills to cooperate with others, we were able to stave off predators, eat more consistently, and care for each other’s young, allowing our genes to carry forward. So, why do we still struggle at times to get along—even to the extent that we war on one another? And how can understanding our evolutionary heritage help us have better relationships and more happiness today? There are the kinds of questions pondered in psychologist William Von Hippel’s book The Social Leap. Von Hippel explains that while evolution has shaped us to work together coop...
Source: SharpBrains - March 15, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Magazine Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning development evolution happiness neurological prosocial social leap well-being Source Type: blogs
For the second week, El Cerebro Que Cura is a bestseller in Catalonia, Spain
From the official list in el Periódico for the week March 4–10th: NO FICCIÓN CASTELLANO 1-‘Cómo hacer que te pasen cosas buenas’. Marian Rojas. Espasa. Un libro que quiere ayudar a mejorar nuestras vidas. 200 páginas. 11 semanas. 19,90 euros. 2-‘Come comida real’. Carlos Ríos. Paidós. Una guía para transformar nuestra salud comiendo saludablemente. 304 páginas. 1 semana. 17 euros. 3-‘Diccionario de las co...
Source: SharpBrains - March 12, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness bestseller Catalonia Cerebro cerebro que cura Source Type: blogs
Shaping the Future of Mental Health
Digital Mental Health: the Hurt, the Hype, the Hope + Brainnovations Session 1 from SharpBrains We hope you enjoy this slidedeck supporting two great sessions held during the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Brain Health & Enhancement in the Digital Age (December 5–7th, 2017). Digital Mental Health: the Hurt, the Hype, the Hope Dr. Tom Insel, President and Co-Founder of Mindstrong Health Top Brainnovation to measure Brain Health & Performance. The three Finalists were: Savonix— pitch by Greg Wong, VP Product Management HealthTech Connex — pitch by Dr. Ryan D’Arcy, President & Chief Sc...
Source: SharpBrains - March 8, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology future HealthTech Connex innovation mental health Mindstrong Health NeuraMetrix Savonix Source Type: blogs
Next week is Brain Awareness Week!
We’re getting ready to celebrate our amazing human brains and minds next week. Please join us and many others around the globe! Every March, Brain Awareness Week (BAW) unites the efforts of partner organizations worldwide in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages. Activities are limited only by the organizers’ imaginations and include open days at neuroscience labs; exhibitions about the brain; lectures on brain-related topics; social media campaigns; displays at libraries and community centers; classroom workshops; and more. When: March 11–17th, 2019 Learn more HERE about the man...
Source: SharpBrains - March 5, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning brain Brain Teasers brain-awareness-week Brain-games Source Type: blogs
Mens sana in corpore sano …and vice versa (interview in Spanish)
___ “La soledad es tan perjudicial para la salud como fumar 15 cigarrillos al día” (La Vanguardia): “Respecto al peso total del cuerpo, más bien pesa poco. Unos 1.400 gramos. Y sus dimensiones tampoco son para tirar cohetes: ronda los 1.300 centímetros cúbicos. Pero a pesar de su reducido tamaño, su repercusión sobre el ser humano es incalculable. En él reside, ni más ni menos, que la mente y la conciencia del individuo. Sí, hablamos del cerebro, objeto de estudio de muchos científicos y que a día de hoy sigue escondiendo infinid...
Source: SharpBrains - March 4, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Alvaro Pascual-Leone Barcelona Brain Health Initiative Cerebro cerebro que cura enfermedad Institut Guttmann La Caixa mente salud Source Type: blogs
Save the Date to shape the Future of Brain Health: May 7 –9th, 2019
? __________ Learn more and Register HERE (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - March 1, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain brain health future Source Type: blogs
El Cerebro Que Cura: #5 non-fiction bestseller in Catalonia!
From the official list in el Periódico for the week February 11–17th: Los libros más vendidos (Del 11 al 17 de febrero) NO FICCIÓN CASTELLANO 1-‘Manual de resistencia’. Pedro Sánchez. Península. Pedro Sánchez narra las experiencias que han forjado su tenacidad política. 320 páginas. 1 semana. 20,50 euros. 2-‘Cómo hacer que te pasen cosas buenas’. Marian Rojas. Espasa. Un libro que quiere ayudar a mejorar nuestras vidas. 200 pág...
Source: SharpBrains - February 27, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Catalonia Cerebro libro salud Source Type: blogs
Neurotech start-up Ctrl-labs raises $28M to reinvent human-computer interactions
___ Ctrl-labs raises $28 million from GV and Alexa Fund for neural interfaces (Venture Beat): “Ctrl-labs, a New York startup that’s developing a device capable of translating electrical muscle impulses into digital signals, today announced that it has raised $28 million in a funding round led by GV, Google’s venture capital arm, with participation from a swath of other heavy hitters including Amazon’s Alexa Fund, Lux Capital, Spark Capital, Matrix Partners, Breyer Capital, and Fuel Capital … Ctrl-kit leverages differential electromyography (EMG) to translate mental intent into action, specifi...
Source: SharpBrains - February 25, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology Ctrl-labs digital signals electrical muscle impulses electromyography human-computer interactions neural interfaces neurotech TensorFlow Source Type: blogs
March 4 –5 in Tel Aviv, Israel: BrainTech 2019
___ We’d like to bring your attention to a great upcoming event, the 4th International Brain Technology Conference, BrainTech 2019, to be held March 4–5 in Tel Aviv, Israel. BrainTech 2019 program themes will include Neurowellness, Digital Brain Health and Therapeutics, Brain Stimulation and Neuromodulation, and the Computational Brain, and also feature: World renowned keynote lecturers An innovative brain technology exhibition and Startup Pavilion A Startup Competition, including a pitch session of the finalist teams on the main stage An advanced meeting platform that facilitates one-on-one meetings...
Source: SharpBrains - February 22, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain stimulation braintech digital brain health Israel neuromodulation Neurowellness Tel Aviv Source Type: blogs
Washington Wizards to test virtual reality system to better monitor players ’ fatigue
___ Washington Wizards Partner With Neurotechnology Company To Assess Player Fatigue (Forbes): “Professional sports teams are always looking for an edge, as games are often won or lost by one quick decision or one regretful error. As the sports world become receptive to technologies more prevalent in other sectors, the new knowledge gained can enhance that desired edge in ways that would be nearly unrecognizable to a professional athlete a generation ago. One area of continued interest for athletic training is the assessment of how the brain aids performance in competition and how fatigue effects brain performance du...
Source: SharpBrains - February 20, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain-performance EYE-SYNC fatigue Neurotechnology SyncThink virtual-reality Washington Wizards Source Type: blogs
10+ pioneers confirmed to Speak @ 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (May 7 –9th)
_______________ We are proud to announce the first wave of confirmed Speakers to share their innovative work and insights at the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: The Future of Brain Health, to be held May 7–9th, 2019: Dr. Tom Insel, Co-founder and President of Mindstrong Health Dr. Ainslie Hatch, Director of Digital Therapeutics at Otsuka Pharmaceutical David Klein, CEO of Click Therapeutics Charlie Hartwell, Operating Partner at The Bridge Builders Collaborative Louis Gagnon, CEO of Total Brain Dr. Anna Wexler, science writer and PI of the Wexler Lab at UPenn Dr. Eddie Martucci, Founder and CEO of Akili Interac...
Source: SharpBrains - February 20, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Akili Interactive Labs Bridge Builders Collaborative Case-Western-Reserve-University Click Therapeutics CTF MEG International Interaxon Mindstrong Health NeuraMetrix Neuroelectrics Source Type: blogs
Problems grow for neuromodulation firm Helius Medical Technologies
Investor Alert: Kaplan Fox Investigates Helius Medical Technologies, Inc. (press release): “NEW YORK, Feb. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Kaplan Fox & Kilsheimer LLP has been investigating claims on behalf of investors of Helius Medical Technologiues, Inc. (“Helius” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: HSDT). On January 22, 2019, after the market opened, White Diamond Research published an article on Seeking Alpha titled “Helius Medical: A Failed Clinic Trial, Redacted Data, And Questionable Leadership, Points To An Ineffective Device.” The article states that Helius “is a ...
Source: SharpBrains - February 15, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology FDA Helius Medical Helius Medical Technologies PoNS Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator Source Type: blogs
The FDA cracks down on dozens of supplements claiming to prevent or cure Alzheimer ’s Disease
___ FDA takes action against 17 companies for illegally selling products claiming to treat Alzheimer’s disease (US Food & Drug Administration): “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today posted 12 warning letters and 5 online advisory letters issued to foreign and domestic companies that are illegally selling more than 58 products, many that are sold as dietary supplements, which are unapproved new drugs and/or misbranded drugs that claim to prevent, treat or cure Alzheimer’s disease and a number of other serious diseases and health conditions. These products, which are often sold on websites and so...
Source: SharpBrains - February 14, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Alzheimer’s Disease dietary supplements FDA Source Type: blogs
Study: Brief sleep intervention provides enduring benefits to children with ADHD
___ Sleep problems are common in children with ADHD, are more persistent than in the general population, and often exacerbate difficulties associated with ADHD. For example, poor sleep can enhance difficulties with attention and concentration that most youth with ADHD experience. Research has shown that brief sleep interventions can improve sleep in youth without ADHD who experience sleep difficulties. However, until recently, there have been no randomized controlled trials on the impact of brief sleep interventions in youth with both ADHD and sleep difficulties. The Study: A study published in the British Medical Journal&...
Source: SharpBrains - February 7, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD randomized controlled trials sleep sleep intervention sleep problems Source Type: blogs
Edutainment meets brain development …for good and for bad
___ “In 1954, Walt Disney was the first to envision a new form of entertainment that melded traditional fun and education—a form that he dubbed “edutainment.” By the latter part of the 20th century, this form had morphed into educational toys and games, a multi-billion-dollar industry that is projected to capture a full 36 percent of the global toy market share by 2022. Nowhere is this trend more apparent than in the explosion of digital apps: of the 2.2 million apps available in the Apple Store, roughly 176,000—8.5 percent—are loosely designated as “ educational. ” Their gro...
Source: SharpBrains - February 6, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning brain training brain-development digital apps digital learning edutainment kids Source Type: blogs
New book in Spanish — El Cerebro que Cura: Descubre la mejor forma de mantener un cerebro sano como fuente de salud
Para tener una vida plena y feliz, lo más importante es tener un cerebro sano. Esta es la premisa que defienden los autores: cómo una mente sana puede dar lugar a un cuerpo igualmente saludable. A través de sus estudios e investigaciones, los autores pretenden demostrar que llevar a cabo un patrón concreto de actividad cerebral, nos permite resistir mejor las enfermedades y puede incluso ayudarnos a vivir más. En El cerebro que cura, nos enseñan por qué este órgano tan importante nos ayuda a mantenernos sanos y qué podemos hacer para conseguir que fu...
Source: SharpBrains - February 4, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Uncategorized Alvaro Fernandez Ibanez Alvaro-Pascual-Leone Cerebro cerebro que cura cerebro sano David Bartrés-Faz ejercicio el sueño nutrición socializaci Source Type: blogs
Brain training seen as promising non-pharmacological method to enhance attention in healthy young adults
This brain training app may help you stay focused, says new study (CNN): “Our digital lives make concentration difficult…A group of Cambridge university researchers believes to have developed a “fun” solution to this modern problem. By playing a “brain training” game, called Decoder, players can increase their concentration. In order to test the game’s effect, the research team conducted a study published Monday in the journal Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience. For the study, 75 healthy participants were split into three groups: one that played Decoder, one th...
Source: SharpBrains - February 1, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness adhd Brain-Training brain-training-app Decoder improve-concentration Neuropsychology non-pharmacological Ritalin Source Type: blogs
Important message from a very sharp Venezuelan brain — please watch and share
Very insightful 5-minute video on the situation in Venezuela, by Joanna Hausmann (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - January 31, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning Source Type: blogs
Jeff Bezos invests in digital mental health pioneer Mindstrong Health
6 Little-Known Startups Where Jeff Bezos Has Invested Millions (Inc.): “Jeff Bezos is not only the world’s richest man, he’s also a very smart investor. That’s especially true when he invests in startups. Over the past few years, he’s put money into several new companies that turned out to be phenomenally successful, including Airbnb, Uber, General Assembly, MakerBot, and Lookout. Where is Bezos putting his money these days? Into a handful of companies you’ve probably never heard of. But chances are you will, especially now that they have the Amazon founder’s money and smart...
Source: SharpBrains - January 24, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology digital mental health Jeff Bezos Mindstrong Health Source Type: blogs
Does marijuana use cause schizophrenia? (unclear, but unlikely)
Does Marijuana Use Cause Schizophrenia? (The New York Times): “… The concern is focused largely on the link between heavy usage and psychosis in young people. Doctors first suspected a link some 70 years ago, and the evidence has only accumulated since then. In a forthcoming book, “Tell Your Children,” Alex Berenson, a former Times reporter, argues that legalization is putting a generation at higher risk of schizophrenia and other psychotic syndromes. Critics, including leading researchers, have called the argument overblown, and unfaithful to the science… The debate centers on the di...
Source: SharpBrains - January 22, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness cannabis drugs marijuana psychosis schizophrenia Source Type: blogs
Bioethicists call for stronger oversight of direct-to-consumer neurotechnologies
Bioethicists call for oversight of poorly regulated, consumer-grade neurotechnology products (Medical News): “The marketing of direct-to-consumer “neurotechnologies” can be enticing: apps that diagnose a mental state, and brain devices that improve cognition or “read” one’s emotional state. However, many of these increasingly popular products aren’t fully supported by science and have little to no regulatory oversight, which poses potential health risks to the public. In a new piece published in the journal Science this week, two bioethicists from Penn Medicine and the...
Source: SharpBrains - January 18, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Peak Performance Technology cognition ethics Neuroethics neurotechnologies Neurotechnology tDCS Source Type: blogs
Get ready for Brain Awareness Week: March 11 –17th, 2019
One year more, we’re getting ready to celebrate our amazing human brains and minds. Please join us and many others around the globe! What: Every March, Brain Awareness Week (BAW) unites the efforts of partner organizations worldwide in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages. Activities are limited only by the organizers’ imaginations and include open days at neuroscience labs; exhibitions about the brain; lectures on brain-related topics; social media campaigns; displays at libraries and community centers; classroom workshops; and more. When: March 11–17th, 2019 Learn more HERE (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - January 16, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning baw Source Type: blogs
Global mental healthcare meets the digital revolution
“…When committing to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, world leaders emphasized the importance of promoting mental health and well-being worldwide. Yet three years later, the situation remains grim. Every year, 800,000 lives are lost due to suicide. In the United States alone, one in five people is living with a mental illness, and 60% of them receive no treatment. The situation is far worse in many low- and middle-income countries … International organizations are redoubling their efforts on this issue. Forward-thinking members of the World Economic For...
Source: SharpBrains - January 14, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Mental-Health mental-illness neurotechnologies World-Economic-Forum Source Type: blogs
If you or your kid have ADHD, do have a treatment monitoring plan in place for the New Year?
When a child is diagnosed with ADHD, parents confront the difficult decision about which treatment(s) to pursue to best help their child succeed. While deciding on an initial treatment plan is important, equally important is establishing a plan to monitor how well that treatment is working on a sustained basis, regardless of what specific treatment(s) is being used. This is because children’s response to ADHD treatment often changes over time and a strong initial treatment response – be that medication treatment, behavior therapy, dietary treatment, etc., — provides no assurance that important treatment b...
Source: SharpBrains - January 11, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD hyperactivity impulsivity monitoring Source Type: blogs
An idea gaining traction: Can measuring typing cadence help monitor and treat Parkinson ’s Disease?
FDA grants breakthrough device designation to NeuraMetrix (press release): “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Breakthrough Device designation to the NeuraMetrix brain health monitoring solution. The designation is granted for devices “that provide more effective treatment or diagnosis of life-threatening or irreversibly debilitating human disease or conditions”. The approved use is monitoring of Parkinson’s disease (PD) to more effectively treat patients with PD, which is a significant challenge for neurologists today as they only see the patient a few times a year. ...
Source: SharpBrains - January 10, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology digital biomarker FDA NeuraMetrix Parkinsons-disease Typing Cadence Source Type: blogs
Time to rethink Mental Health, especially anxiety disorders and depression
The global mental health crisis could cost the world $16 trillion by 2030. With mental disorders on the rise in every country in the world, nowhere is immune. Poor mental health stops employees from reaching their full potential and forces them to take more sick days, stunting productivity and economic growth. This is also a challenge with society-wide ramifications. Loneliness and isolation affect many of the most vulnerable among us. People with serious conditions such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder are especially likely to be marginalised by their communities. Those with the most severe conditions pay with their l...
Source: SharpBrains - January 7, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Health & Wellness Technology anxiety-disorders Davos depression innovation Mental-Health Source Type: blogs
Otsuka Pharma and Click Therapeutics enter partnership poised to transform mental healthcare
Otsuka, Click Therapeutics partner to create therapy for mental illness (Verdict Medical Devices): “Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s US division Otsuka America has partnered with Click Therapeutics to develop and commercialise a prescription digital therapeutic for treating major depressive disorder (MDD). Click Therapeutics offers software as prescription medical treatments for people with unmet medical needs. Under the partnership, Click Therapeutics will contribute through its expertise in discovering and validating a software application as well as its commercial deployment. Otsuka will work with its exp...
Source: SharpBrains - January 4, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Click Therapeutics FDA Major Depressive Disorder mental healthcare mental-illness Otsuka Otsuka Pharmaceutical Source Type: blogs
Aerobic exercise –not diet or health education–seen to significantly improve executive functions among older sedentary adults
Conclusions: These preliminary findings show that AE promotes improved executive functioning in adults at risk for cognitive decline. The Study in Context: To maximize cognitive benefits, study suggests you exercise brain and body at the same time Physical Exercise and Brain HealthCan you grow your hippocampus? Yes. Here’s how, and why it mattersSolving the Brain Fitness Puzzle Is the Key to Self-Empowered Aging (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - January 2, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness cognitive-decline dementia diet health education neurocognition Source Type: blogs
Happy & Prosperous New Year, dear Sharp Brains :-)
Source: SharpBrains - December 31, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning Source Type: blogs
Trend: Rethinking (and treating) chronic pain as a brain disease
Can stimulating the brain treat chronic pain? (Science Daily): “We’ve published numerous brain stimulation papers over several years, and we always learn something important,” said senior author Flavio Frohlich, PhD, director of the Carolina Center for Neurostimulation and associate professor of psychiatry. “But this is the first time we’ve studied chronic pain, and this is the only time all three elements of a study lined up perfectly. We successfully targeted a specific brain region, we enhanced or restored that region’s activity, and we correlated that enhancement with a significan...
Source: SharpBrains - December 27, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain-disease brain-stimulation chronic pain disability nonpharmacological Source Type: blogs
Three key insights to celebrate the holidays meaningfully
___ There is plenty of evidence to convince us that social connection is key to well-being. But relationships are complicated, bringing good and bad into our lives. Let us share a few key insights from scientific studies published in 2018 on topics relevant to leading a meaningful life. They won’t solve all of our social problems—but we hope they will help you to better understand yourself and the people around you. 1. Mindfulness can help you regulate your emotions in real-time All of us have probably lost our cool at one time or another—maybe yelling at the phone company or at a chil...
Source: SharpBrains - December 20, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Magazine Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning anger Emotions empathy meditation mindfulness smartphones Source Type: blogs
European tech initiative zooms in on digital biomarkers and mental health
EIT Health focusing on digital biomarkers and mental & brain health (Health Europa): “Announcing the second year of their innovation programme, Wild Card, EIT Health, a network of best-in-class innovators backed by the EU, are looking to challenge talent to deliver real solutions to the healthcare market. This year, Wild Card will focus on two challenges: mental and brain health and digital biomarkers in diagnostics … the EIT Health Wild Card programme application window is open until 10 February 2019. Looking at two major key issues that impact citizens’ health in Europe, this year’s...
Source: SharpBrains - December 19, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Brain-health diagnostics digital biomarkers EIT Health Mental-Health Wild Card Source Type: blogs
Large NIH study to collect and share data on the impact on kids ’ brains of screen time and other social, behavioral, physical and environmental factors
NIH Study Probes Impact of Heavy Screen Time on Young Brains (Bloomberg): “Brain scans of adolescents who are heavy users of smartphones, tablets and video games look different from those of less active screen users, preliminary results from an ongoing study funded by the National Institutes of Health show … That’s the finding of the first batch of scans of 4,500 nine- to 10-year-olds. Scientists will follow those children and thousands more for a decade to see how childhood experiences, including the use of digital devices, affect their brains, emotional development and mental health&h...
Source: SharpBrains - December 17, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development adolescents brain-scans digital devices Mental-Health neuroimaging NIH screen time smartphones Source Type: blogs
Trend: Growing investment behind non-invasive, AI-based brain-computer interfaces
___ Neurotechnology Startup NextMind Secures $4.6 Million (press release): “NextMind, a fast-growing neurotechnology startup developing a groundbreaking, noninvasive, AI-based brain-computer interface geared to the mass market, announced today it has raised $4.6 million in funding to bring its direct brain command solution to technology integrators and game developers in 2019 … NextMind is developing a discrete noninvasive brain-sensing device for the mass market that will allow users to play games and control electronic and mobile devices, including virtual and augmented reality headsets, in real time using j...
Source: SharpBrains - December 14, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology AI brain-computer interface brain-sensing Neurotechnology NextMind noninvasive Source Type: blogs
Mental fitness self-care named app trend of 2018
___ This was the hottest app trend of the year (Market Watch): “Apps were all about inner peace in 2018. Apple named “self-care” its app trend of the year with its Best of 2018 list released earlier this week, which highlighted what apps, games, movies and music were on everyone’s list — and fingertips — over the past year. “We became mindful of some amazing wellness apps,” the report noted, listing meditation apps such as 10% Happier, Calm and Shine, as well as the Fabulous – Motivate Me life coach and habit tracker… Alex Will, Calm’s chief strategy office...
Source: SharpBrains - December 13, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology 10% Happier Apple apps Calm Headspace meditation apps mental-fitness mindful self care Shine Source Type: blogs
Moderate coffee consumption may promote brain health — and it’s not because of caffeine
How Coffee May Protect Brain Health: A New Study Suggests The Benefits Aren’t Just From Caffeine (Forbes): “Coffee has been getting considerable attention for a growing list of health benefits, with brain health high among them. While not without a few downsides, studies have shown impressive upsides of moderate coffee consumption, often linked to its high caffeine content. But a new lab study suggests that when it comes to brain health, coffee offers more than the stimulating effects of our favorite legal drug–in fact, decaf could be just as effective… The researchers added that most likely it&rsq...
Source: SharpBrains - December 5, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Alzheimer’s Disease caffeine coffee cognitive-decline neuroprotective Parkinsons-disease phenylindanes Source Type: blogs
On Mental Health and the advent of Digital Phenotyping
___ Building the Thermometer for Mental Health (The Dana Foundation): “Imagine that you visit your physician complaining of a fever and, rather than taking out a thermometer, they begin hovering their “educated hands” over you. Gradually, they press down against your arm to gain a full impression of your skin’s temperature and the “deeper seated combustions.” Removing their hand, they look closely at your appearance and pronounce their assessment: you do, in fact, have a fever. You might (justifiably) be dubious… Just as the thermometer provided a standardized, objective measureme...
Source: SharpBrains - December 4, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Uncategorized Brain-health Brain-Imaging digital phenotyping Mental-Health mental-illness thermometer Source Type: blogs
Update: Large study highlights the limited role of genetics in mental health and the importance of effective early interventions
___ Dear reader, Time for SharpBrains monthly e-newsletter, discussing the latest innovations for brain health and mental health, and opening in this occasion with a fascinating study tracking 2,232 twins over 10+ years. New research: Large study with twins highlights the limited role of genetics in mental health and the importance of effective early interventions for ADHD How do you respond to unfamiliar music? – New Portuguese edition of The SharpBrains Guide, as spotted by a sharp reader in a bookstore in Porto, Portugal New thinking: We need to rethink neuroscience. And you can help us Welcoming “Co...
Source: SharpBrains - November 30, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain Teasers Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology adhd biomarkers Brain-health digital digital biomarkers digital mental health Mental-Health music Source Type: blogs
Large study with twins highlights the limited role of genetics in mental health and the importance of effective early interventions for ADHD
CONCLUSIONS: Long-term associations of childhood ADHD with adverse physical health and socioeconomic outcomes underscore the need for early intervention. Young adult ADHD showed stronger associations with poorer mental health, substance misuse and psychosocial outcomes, emphasising the importance of identifying and treating adults with ADHD. The Study in Context: Neurofeedback or medication to treat ADHD? What are cognitive abilities and how to boost them? Rates of ADHD diagnosis and medication treatment continue to increase substantially (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - November 28, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness ADHD symptopms attention deficit hyperactivity disorder Genetics mental health problems psychiatry Source Type: blogs
How do you respond to unfamiliar music?
Music seems to be a social glue. Think of how love songs enhance our romantic feelings, how marching bands intensify our affinity for the home team, or how huge rock concerts make us feel one with a crowd of thousands. Music has some special power to increase our sense of connection and help us affiliate with others. But why? What’s happening in our brains that makes an isolated set of sounds resonate in these ways? A new neuroscience study aimed to find out. In the study, researchers scanned twenty college students’ brains using fMRI technology while they listened to very short clips of music—some famili...
Source: SharpBrains - November 26, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Magazine Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness brain-scans brains empathic fMRI music neural patterns unfamiliar music Source Type: blogs
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone :-)
Source: SharpBrains - November 21, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Uncategorized brain Thanksgiving Source Type: blogs
Five reasons to welcome Digital Mental Health innovations
___ Mapping out the Mental Health startup ecosystem (Medium): “Today, 1 in 5 people have a diagnosable mental illness, and 1 in 20 people have difficulty leading their everyday life due to mental illness. However before even talking about the prevalence of the issue?…one must realize how ineffective the current infrastructure is. Here are some of the most mind-blowing findings: Misdiagnosis: 60% of Americans go undiagnosed and therefore never seek mental health treatment. In the UK, nearly half of adults believe that, in their lifetime, they have had a diagnosable mental health problem, yet only a third have ...
Source: SharpBrains - November 20, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology comorbidities digital mental health Mental-Health mental-illness misdiagnosis psychological psychological therapies Source Type: blogs
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We need to rethink neuroscience. And you can help us https://t.co/cBJi0tNsMw #gfc18 pic.twitter.com/d5f6kquAeK — World Economic Forum (@wef) November 11, 2018 (Source: SharpBrains)
Source: SharpBrains - November 15, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Neurotechnology rethink Source Type: blogs
What will neurotechnology look like just one or two decades ahead?
Credit: University of Nottingham ___ Will it be about a new generation of portable brain scanners that can significantly lower the price of research, like the one being developed by researchers at the University of Nottingham and University College London in the UK? Or will it be about sophisticated neural interfaces, like the ones the US military is working on, to change the ways our minds interact with the world around us? Or, perhaps, will it be about inexpensive, data-rich approaches to detect patterns in your smartphone usage and detect mental health and brain disorders in their early stages &mdas...
Source: SharpBrains - November 13, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain disorders brain scanners Mental-Health neural interfaces Neurotechnology smartphone usage Source Type: blogs
Mixed reactions on the development of digital biomarkers and growth of Mindstrong Health
___ (More on the positive side, at MIT Technology Review) The smartphone app that can tell you’re depressed before you know it yourself: “There are about 45 million people in the US alone with a mental illness, and those illnesses and their courses of treatment can vary tremendously. But there is something most of those people have in common: a smartphone… Mindstrong Health is using a smartphone app to collect measures of people’s cognition and emotional health as indicated by how they use their phones. Once a patient installs Mindstrong’s app, it monitors things like the way the person ...
Source: SharpBrains - November 12, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology app bioethics brain disorders chronic chronic brain disorders cognition depression digital biomarkers emotional-health machine-learning Mental-Health mental-illness Mindstro Source Type: blogs
February 26 –28th: Save the Date for the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit and help shape the Future of Brain Health
?” Imagine a free annual brain check-up — who should take it, and how could it help prevent/ delay/ treat cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s Disease? Imagine your smartphone can detect early signs of depression or Parkinson’s Disease — would you like to know? Who else should know … or not know? Imagine a videogame cleared by the FDA to treat ADHD or substance abuse — how will doctors prescribe it, patients access it, and insurers pay for it? Imagine being responsible for the health & wellness of 100,000 people — how will you help them navigate interventions...
Source: SharpBrains - November 9, 2018 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology adhd Alzheimers-disease biofeedback brain check-up cognitive-decline depression digital neurotechnologies Neurotechnology noninvasive substance-abuse tDCS Source Type: blogs