Upcoming: Virtual book tour to explore the frontier of Emotional Intelligence and Technology
__ Dear SharpBrains community, I hope you’re staying healthy and safe. As you may know, my memoir, Girl Decoded, published by Penguin Random House, comes out on April 21st. I’d planned numerous events across the U.S. and abroad to share my story with all of you. But, in light of the global health crisis surrounding COVID-19, everything is rightfully canceled. In this time when we need to socially distance, I know I’m craving human connection more than ever. I still want to connect with you all on the themes discussed in my book. Join me as I kick off my virtual book tour!  Starting tomorrow...
Source: SharpBrains - March 24, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Rana el Kaliouby Tags: Author Speaks Series Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Technology AI book brain-book emotional-intelligence entrepreneur Girl Decoded Rana el Kaliouby scientist Source Type: blogs

Meet the Top 50 finalists for the Global Teacher Prize 2020!
__ Dear friends of the Global Teacher Prize, We hope you, and your family, are well and keeping safe during these strange times. We have just announced the Global Teacher Prize Top 50 Finalists for 2020. As we live through this pandemic and global education systems adapt to a new and unfamiliar terrain, the one voice that should never be drowned out is that of the teacher.  Now, more than ever, we must shine a light on the world’s teachers. Over the last few weeks, in a world turned upside down, we’ve been daily reminded how much we rely on them. And so, we plan to continue sh...
Source: SharpBrains - March 23, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: The Varkey Foundation Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning Global Teacher Prize Global Teacher Prize 2020 GTP teachers Varkey Foundation Source Type: blogs

Fast Forward to 2040: How to prepare for the new era in brain enhancement that will change the way we think, work, and heal
Decades from now when our augmented brains have enhanced our cognitive function and transformed nearly every aspect of our lives, many of us will look back and wonder why we didn’t do more to prepare for these inevitable changes. Government leaders may grapple with the runaway effects of AI and brain enhancement on geopolitics. Companies that fail to incorporate neurotechnologies and BCI into their operational flow could lose significant market share and be forced to scramble in an attempt to regain a foothold in an industry they once dominated. Workers who don’t heed the warnings to re-skill or upskill may fin...
Source: SharpBrains - March 19, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tan Le Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology Adam Gazzaley AI book brain brain-enhancement brainpower cognitive-function Ed Boyden enhance the brain Fourth Industrial Revolution healthcare Source Type: blogs

Sports teams find creative ways to cross-train the brain off-field
__ HOW TO TRAIN THE BRAIN: COGNITIVE TRAINING IN LACROSSE (US Lacrosse Magazine): “Bonnie Rosen has always been interested in finding a training method that extends beyond the lacrosse field. That pursuit has taken her beyond the restraints of physical training in its entirety. The Temple women’s lacrosse coach uses virtual reality technology as an alternative way to train her team, part of an innovative wave of cognitive exercising that flexes muscles oft-forgotten about — in the brain … the Owls fundraised to purchase 10 Oculus Go headsets last January, then purchased one newer model — the ...
Source: SharpBrains - March 18, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Professional Development brain training Cognitive-Training Decision-making FITLIGHT lacrosse NeuroTrainer Oculus Go prefrontal-cortex sports train the brain virtual-reality Source Type: blogs

Four tips to practice good mental hygiene during the coronavirus outbreak
__ Just a few days ago my son’s college, the University of Washington, announced it would be cancelling all in-person classes and finals to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. One confirmed on-campus case prompted the university’s response. Though the university will incur high costs—they have to deep-clean the whole campus, for example—I, for one, am truly grateful for their swift action and putting students first. It’s one of the many ways that I feel cared for in the midst of this crisis, and one of many caring acts that I expect to see in the weeks ahead. Why expect more cooperatio...
Source: SharpBrains - March 17, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Science Center Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness coronavirus coronavirus outbreak emotional reactivity fear good hygiene Gratitude handwashing mental hygiene mindfulness social hygiene stay calm stay focus Source Type: blogs

Eight brain tech insights and a special offer to honor Brain Awareness Week 2020
Discussion Guide (opens PDF) Language: English. Other editions: Español, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese 4) Fun brain teasers for teens and adults of any age (free): Finally, we can also celebrate Brain Awareness Week this week by challenging our minds safely at home or at a sanitized office with one brain teaser per day or, why not, trying them all at once ? Here’s a selection of seven fun brain teasers, puzzles & games that SharpBrains readers (primarily adults, but younger minds too) have enjoyed the most since 2010: Seven fun brain teasers to honor our unique Brains an...
Source: SharpBrains - March 16, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain capacities brain health brain stimulation brain-tech digital revolution digital therapeutics mental health neuro-wellness neuromodulation Neurotechnology non-invasive neur Source Type: blogs

Seven fun brain teasers to honor our unique Brains and Minds during Brain Awareness Week 2020
Let’s celebrate Brain Awareness Week next week, March 16–22nd, by challenging our minds safely at home or at a sanitized office with one brain teaser per day or, why not, trying them all at once Here’s a selection of seven fun brain teasers, puzzles & games that SharpBrains readers (primarily adults, but younger minds too) have enjoyed the most since 2010.   Ready. Set. Go! On Monday, #1: Test your stress level and see if you’re in the right mental state for the busy week. And here are some tips to handle stress better if you need to after taking the test … On Tuesday, #2: Tell us,...
Source: SharpBrains - March 13, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain Teasers Education & Lifelong Learning baw baw2020 brain teasers for adults brain-awareness-week brain-puzzles fun brain teaser puzzle games puzzle games for adults Source Type: blogs

Will better neurotech regulations be enough to address privacy, effectiveness and potential harm concerns?
How to address privacy, ethical and regulatory issues: Examples in cognitive enhancement, depression and ADHD from SharpBrains See above the fascinating presentations by Dr. Anna Wexler, Dr. Karen Rommelfanger and Jacqueline Studer on privacy and ethics during the 2019 SharpBrains Virtual Summit. We still lack clear standards and taxonomies for neurotechnology but several initiatives are underway to anticipate and address the challenges. One important take-away is that it is important to be aspirational and pragmatic rather than “legalistic” — by considering diverse policy and industry perspectives, striv...
Source: SharpBrains - March 12, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Alvaro Fernandez Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology effectiveness Neuroethics neurotech neurotech regulation Neurotechnology privacy Source Type: blogs

To screen, or not to screen (for dementia), that is still the question
A leading group of medical experts on Tuesday declined to endorse cognitive screening for older adults, fueling a debate that has simmered for years. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said it could neither recommend nor oppose cognitive screening, citing insufficient scientific evidence of the practice’s benefits and harms and calling for further studies. The task force’s work informs policies set by Medicare and private insurers. Its recommendations, an accompanying scientific statement and two editorials were published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The task force’s ne...
Source: SharpBrains - March 11, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Judith Graham at Kaiser Health News Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Alzheimer’s Disease Annual Wellness Visit cognition cognitive decline cognitive-abilities Cognitive-impairment cognitive-screening dementia geriatric psychiatrists geriatricians JAMA Jou Source Type: blogs

Medtronic might acquire LivaNova ’s neuromodulation business
__ Is Medtronic eyeing LivaNova for a takeover? (MASS Device): “Some industry analysts are speculating that Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) might want to acquire LivaNova (NSDQ:LIVN) for its neuromodulation business … “While we think that this deal could make sense since it would bolster MDT’s neuromodulation business and since we believe that LIVN is undervalued particularly considering its pipeline, we think it is far from a certainty,” Needham & Co. analyst Mike Matson wrote separately on Friday. “We think the deal as described above would be positive for MDT,” Matson wrote. “MD...
Source: SharpBrains - March 9, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology brain stimulation deep-brain-stimulation LivaNova Medtronic neuromodulation neuromodulation market vagal nerve stimulation Source Type: blogs

Does music facilitate or impair cognitive task performance? It depends …
__ Does Music Boost Your Cognitive Performance? (Scientific American): “Music makes life better in so many ways. It elevates mood, reduces stress and eases pain. Music is heart-healthy, because it can lower blood pressure, reduce heart rate and decrease stress hormones in the blood. It also connects us with others and enhances social bonds. Music can even improve workout endurance and increase our enjoyment of challenging activities … But is listening to music the smart choice for students who want to optimize their learning? A new study by Manuel Gonzalez of Baruch College and John Aiello of Rutgers Universit...
Source: SharpBrains - March 6, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning cognitive-abilities cognitive-functioning cognitive-tasks music Source Type: blogs

Study: A brief sleep intervention can bring measurable and sustained 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. A study published in the British Medical Journal in 2015, and...
Source: SharpBrains - March 4, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness concentration poor sleep randomized controlled trials sleep intervention sleep problems Source Type: blogs

Four ways hiking promotes cognitive and emotional health
__ I’m a hiker—“born to hike,” as my husband likes to joke. It does my heart and soul good to strap on a pack and head out on a trail, especially when I’m alone and can let my mind wander where it will. The experience of hiking is unique, research suggests, conveying benefits beyond what you receive from typical exercise. Not only does it oxygenate your heart, it helps keep your mind sharper, your body calmer, your creativity more alive, and your relationships happier. And, if you’re like me and happen to live in a place where nearby woods allow for hiking among trees, all the better: Ev...
Source: SharpBrains - March 3, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Science Center Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness attention overload cognitive-health creativity emotional-health exercise hiking mental fatigue mind mood relationships research sharper Source Type: blogs

Verily and LivaNova accelerate efforts to detect and treat depression
__ Heads-up about a couple fascinating developments over the last few weeks. 1) Verily’s Bold New Project Aims to Predict Depression Using Your Phone (SingularityHub): “Depression is a shifting, amorphous beast that silently haunts millions. It’s also difficult to pinpoint. Psychiatry has formulated well-tested questionnaires to diagnose depression. But these tests require patients to reach out and only provide snapshots of their disorder in time … To Silicon Valley, the answer to solving depression is data. After all, most anti-depressant trials only recruit up to thousands of people. With digital...
Source: SharpBrains - March 2, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology -google Alphabet anti-depressants depression digital finger print digital health LivaNova mood predictor psychiatry questionnaires Silicon-Valley smartphone Verily Source Type: blogs

The Virtual Brain Web Atlas: How the Mind emerges from the Brain
__ The Virtual Brain Web Atlas by the Human Brain Project offers a beautiful way to explore the anatomy of brain regions and brain functions. Feel free to enjoy this interactive 3D model to learn much about our brains and our minds! About the Human Brain Project: The Human Brain Project aims to put in place a cutting-edge research infrastructure that will allow scientific and industrial researchers to advance our knowledge in the fields of neuroscience, computing, and brain-related medicine. The 10-year Project began in 2013 and directly employs some 500 scientists at more than 100 universities, teaching hospitals, and res...
Source: SharpBrains - February 28, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology brain regions brain-functions brains Human Brain Project minds Virtual Brain Web Atlas Source Type: blogs

Let ’s anticipate the potential misuse of neurological data to minimize the risks–and maximize the benefits
__ The perils of opening the mind (Boston Globe): “Forget the joystick. Today you can use your mind alone to navigate virtual environments or fly real-world drones. You can buy sleek headbands that read your brain signals and help you meditate or stay focused. Or you can get them for your kids to make sure they’re working, not daydreaming… WHAT COULD BE done with information derived from the brain? Large stores of data at the population level could advance neurological research. Long-term information about your brain activity could help you make lifestyle choices — like identifying the best methods...
Source: SharpBrains - February 27, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology aggression brain signals brain-activity impulsivity mind Neuroethics neurological neurological data neurological problems perils Source Type: blogs

Latest brain research, tools and teasers to think outside the mental health status quo box
__ Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter, featuring a range of  research findings, resources, brain teasers and riddles to help translate emerging neuroscience into real-world applications and improve our collective brain & mental health. New thinking: Neuroscience tips about gratitude, aging, pain and the brain: An interview with Dr. Daniel Levitin What’s normal? When it comes to the brain, it’s hard to say, and that’s why we need to study global neurodiversity Will self-driving vehicles lead to a surge of brain training? How to remember what you read: Eight tips to improv...
Source: SharpBrains - February 26, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Brain Teasers Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology adhd aging Akili brain health brain signatures brain training brain-research cognitive-ability digital therapeutic europe Headspa Source Type: blogs

Large study finds positive yet mixed results from Akili ’s digital therapeutic for kids with ADHD
This study aimed to assess whether AKL-T01 improved attentional performance in paediatric patients with ADHD. Findings: Between July 15, 2016, and Nov 30, 2017, 857 patients were evaluated and 348 were randomly assigned to receive AKL-T01 or control. Among patients who received AKL-T01 (n=180 [52%]; mean [SD] age, 9·7 [1·3] years) or control (n=168 [48%]; mean [SD] age, 9·6 [1·3] years), the non-parametric estimate of the population median change from baseline TOVA API was 0·88 (95% CI 0·24–1·49; p=0·0060). The mean (SD) change from baseline on the TOVA API was ...
Source: SharpBrains - February 25, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology ADHD-medication Akili Akili Interactive Akili Interactive Labs AKL-T01 behavioral digital health digital therapeutics pediatric ADHD Project EVO TOVA AP Source Type: blogs

Train your brain to think outside the box with these fun riddles
– Concept art developed for the Jungle Book movie by Annis Naeem   Q: What do our thought processes have in common with walking through the jungle? A: We only make real progress after acknowledging going in circles. Q: What is the worst kind of echo? A: The one that resounds much later of something dumb I said much earlier! Q: When is a table not a table? A: When, in freezing winter, you have no firewood for the chimney. Q: Why do we grow old? A: Because we are primed by one of the earliest and most repeated questions: “How old are you?” Q: Why can you never forget your birth day? A: Because it is th...
Source: SharpBrains - February 21, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Keith Perreur-Lloyd Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning brain games for adults brain puzzles for adults Brain Teasers brain teasers for adults brain teasers for teens brain-teaser-games cognitive-abilities cognitive-ability intelligence Source Type: blogs

Meditation app Headspace raises $93 million in equity and debt to accelerate clinical validation and geographic expansion
__ Headspace raises $93 million in equity and debt as it pursues clinical validation for mindfulness (TechCrunch): “Headspace, the Los Angeles-based mindfulness and meditation company locked in a bitter competitive struggle with Calm for leadership in the mental wellness world, has raised new capital to try to take the pole position. The company has just closed on $93 million in new equity and debt financing from a slew of investors as it pursues a number of clinical studies that could provide scientific validation for the somewhat nebulous claims around the benefits associated with mindfulness and meditation. That c...
Source: SharpBrains - February 20, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Advancit Capital blisce Calm Chernin Group Headspace meditation meditation app mental-wellness mindfulness mindfulness therapies Pacific Western Bank Spectrum Equity Times Bridge Waver Source Type: blogs

To boost your mental well-being, simply recall, right now, an act of kindness
Just a few weeks ago, a group of middle school students in Alabama made the news for posting positive notes on the lockers of fellow students. For Christmas, a few Attleboro, MA, students chipped in to buy their beloved school janitor new boots as a present. And in December, a Michigan waitress received a $2,020 tip for a $23 dinner bill, sparking the “2020 Tip Challenge.” People perform acts of kindness both to do good and to feel good. Research finds that being kind makes us happy, can help to lower our blood pressure, and encourages stronger social connections. Now, a new study suggests that w...
Source: SharpBrains - February 19, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Science Center Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness 2020 Tip Challenge gift happiness happy kindness mental well being negative affect positive affect Prosocial behavior well-being Source Type: blogs

Machine-learning study finds EEG brain signatures that predict response to antidepressant treatments
This study takes previous research showing that we can predict who benefits from an antidepressant and actually brings it to the point of practical utility,” said Amit Etkin, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford. “I will be surprised if this isn’t used by clinicians within the next five years.” Instead of functional magnetic resonance imaging, an expensive technology often used in studies to image brain activity, the scientists turned to electroencephalography, or EEG, a much less costly technology… The paper is one of several based on data from a federally fun...
Source: SharpBrains - February 18, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology algorithm Amit Etkin antidepressant antidepressants brain brain-activity brain-wave signature depression depression-treatment EEG electrical activity electroencephalography Source Type: blogs

Three quick brain teaser games to test your perceptual and cognitive skills
An always delightful way to learn more about our brains and minds is to experience so-called optical illusions and to see how we react to them. Below you have three fun ones to tease, and probably even puzzle, you mind. Ready, set, go! 1. Where is that couple’s baby? 2. Are those two orange circles of the same exact size, or not? 3. Is it all black and white, or are there gray dots below, at the intersections?   ANSWERS AND EXPLANATIONS 1. Can you see that couple’s baby? You should be able to see a couple, a large tree … and an even larger baby, facing upwards. This is a great example of a...
Source: SharpBrains - February 14, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Pascale Michelon Tags: Brain Teasers Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning brain teasers for adults brain teasers for teens brain-teaser-games cognitive-skills Ebbinghaus Illusion Hermann Grid illusion perceptual-skills Source Type: blogs

What ’s normal? When it comes to the brain, it’s hard to say, and that’s why we need to study global neurodiversity
In a small village in India—a place so remote it has no electricity, no telecommunication system, and no cars or buses—a research worker prepares to place an EEG headset on a female villager’s head. The woman, who earns $3.75 a day laboring in a nearby rice paddy and who has never ventured outside her village, eyes the futuristic device with trepidation. “Is it going to hurt my head?” she asks. Sathish, the research worker, has heard this question before. In fact, he’s heard several similar queries from anxious villagers who have gotten scared when they saw the brainwear. “Wil...
Source: SharpBrains - February 12, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tan Le Tags: Author Speaks Series Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology alpha oscillation axons Berger’s Wave bias big data brain-enhancement brain-related diseases Brainnovations brains brainwa Source Type: blogs

Ambitious International Brain Initiative (IBI) launched to advance global neuroscience research
__ Decoding the Brain Goes Global With the International Brain Initiative (Singularity Hub): “… it’s perhaps fitting that mankind is now uniting to understand the organ that fundamentally makes us human: our brain. First envisioned in 2016 through a series of discussions on the “grand challenges” in neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University, the International Brain Initiative (IBI) “came out” this week in a forward-looking paper in Neuron. Rather than each country formulating their own brain projects independently, the project argues, it’s high time for th...
Source: SharpBrains - February 11, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology brain brain initiatives grand challenges International Brain Initiative Johns-Hopkins-University mental health NeuroView Source Type: blogs

Study finds combined pharma + non-pharma treatment most beneficial to help youth with ADHD address long-term academic difficulties
__ Academic difficulties are one of the most important adverse consequences of ADHD, and they frequently contribute to parents’ decision to seek treatment for their child. Whether treatment consistently yields a positive impact on long-term academic success is thus an important issue; however, the answer to this question has been somewhat controversial. A study published recently in the Journal of Attention Disorders represents the most comprehensive effort to date to identify and synthesize research related to this important question. The Study: The authors began by identifying all studies published betwee...
Source: SharpBrains - February 10, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning academic academic outcomes academic-performance. ADHD-Treatment combined treatment comorbidities functional outcomes long-term medical non-medical non-ph Source Type: blogs

Brain teaser: Will you finish your thesis on time?
__ Imagine spending the summer polishing your PhD thesis in the library. Every day you take the subway, a train going up North to the university. One day you realize that the trains going South can bring you to the beach. Nothing is wrong with some leisure. You calculate that if you spend half of the remaining summer vacation in the library that should be enough to finish the thesis. To spice up the summer,every day you catch the first train that comes to the platform. It may be South train going to the beach or the North one heading to the university. Since you come to the platform randomly in-between 9 and 10am, and the ...
Source: SharpBrains - February 6, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Maria Lando Tags: Brain Teasers brain teaser puzzles for adults brain teasers adults brain teasers for adults Brain-games brain-improvement brain-teaser brain-teaser-games challenge your mind cognitive-skills library math math brain teaser mind pu Source Type: blogs

U.S. Army develops novel way to analyze brain imaging data and shape emerging non-invasive neurotechnology
We present the results of a large-scale analysis of event-related responses based on raw EEG data from 17 studies performed at six experimental sites associated with four different institutions. The analysis corpus represents 1,155 recordings containing approximately 7.8 million event instances acquired under several different experimental paradigms. Such large-scale analysis is predicated on consistent data organization and event annotation as well as an effective automated preprocessing pipeline to transform raw EEG into a form suitable for comparative analysis…This work demonstrates that EEG mega-analysis (poolin...
Source: SharpBrains - February 5, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology big data brain imaging data brain-activity brain-performance cognitive state cognitive-performance EEG NeuroImage Neurotechnology non-invasive neurotechnology U.S. Army Source Type: blogs

U.S. Army develops novel way to analyze brain imaging data and shape emerging neurotechnology
We present the results of a large-scale analysis of event-related responses based on raw EEG data from 17 studies performed at six experimental sites associated with four different institutions. The analysis corpus represents 1,155 recordings containing approximately 7.8 million event instances acquired under several different experimental paradigms. Such large-scale analysis is predicated on consistent data organization and event annotation as well as an effective automated preprocessing pipeline to transform raw EEG into a form suitable for comparative analysis…This work demonstrates that EEG mega-analysis (poolin...
Source: SharpBrains - February 5, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology big data brain imaging data brain-activity brain-performance cognitive state cognitive-performance EEG NeuroImage Neurotechnology U.S. Army Source Type: blogs

How to remember what you read: Eight tips to improve reading speed and cognitive ability
__ You read a lot. Now, do you remember much of what of you read? Whether it is books, blog, magazines, or professional manuals, we still need to read. Now and in years ahead. And, much of it is nonfiction material, where it’s crucial to first understand and then remember what you are reading. You would think that everyone learns how to read well at school. Schools do try, but I work with middle-school teachers and they tell me that many students are years behind grade level in reading proficiency and essential cognitive skills. Now the good news. For anyone who missed out on good reading skills, it is not too late t...
Source: SharpBrains - February 4, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. Bill Klemm Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Brain Teasers Brain-Plasticity cognitive-ability cognitive-skills comprehension how to read how to read and understand improve cognitive ability improve reading speed neuroplastici Source Type: blogs

Will self-driving vehicles lead to a surge of brain training?
__ Brain training may be required for occupants of driverless vehicles (Traffic Technology): “A much-touted perceived benefit of autonomous vehicle technology is that working and a variety of leisure activities could be performed during the time freed up from being behind the wheel. However, meeting in Warwick, the User Behaviour Forum has heard how reading, emailing, watching films and texting all have been found to induce motion sickness in a significant number of people travelling in a moving vehicle. A study led by researcher Joe Smyth at WMG, a department at the university, led to all participants experiencing a...
Source: SharpBrains - February 3, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Peak Performance Technology brain training brain training apps brain training puzzles cognitive-tasks driverless emailing motion sickness reading self-driving car texting User Behaviour Forum watching fil Source Type: blogs

Digital mental health taking off in Europe
___ These 10 European tech startups want to help you improve your mental fitness (Silicon Canals): “According to a report by WHO Euro (World Health Organisation Europe), in many western countries, mental health disorders are the major cause of disability, accounting for 30% to 40% of chronic sick leaves, and costing nearly 3% of GDP. In addition to this, the Health at a Glance: Europe report states that mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and drug use disorders affect over one in six people across the European Union. Recent years have seen increased interest in the use of artificial intelligence and oth...
Source: SharpBrains - January 31, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology Ahum anxiety artificial intelligence depression disability disorders drug use disorders Flow Neuroscience Healios Humanoo Medigold Health mental health mental health disorde Source Type: blogs

Neuroscience tips about gratitude, aging, pain and the brain: An interview with Dr. Daniel Levitin
___ About 13 years ago, I watched my very vital mother die a slow death from Lewy-Body dementia. For me, it was a wakeup call. If there were anything I could do to stay healthy myself—to avoid the slow decline of an aging brain—I wanted to do it. But what really helps us stay sharp longer? And how can we separate fad ideas from solid, evidence-based advice around aging? Enter Daniel Levitin’s new book, Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives. Levitin is a neuroscientist, psychologist, professor emeritus at McGill University in Montreal, and faculty fellow at U...
Source: SharpBrains - January 30, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Science Center Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness aging cognitive strengths conscientiousness dementia diet exercise failing memory hippocampus memory decay neuroscientist openness successful aging tips Source Type: blogs

Will digital therapeutics complement or replace stimulant medications to address inattention and “silent” cognitive issues?
___ Akili Interactive: Digital pediatric ADHD therapeutic performs well with or without accompanying stimulant therapy (MobiHealth News): “Digital therapeutic company Akili Interactive has announced the first results of an open-label, multisite pediatric ADHD trial providing some patients with the company’s video game-like treatment alongside a stimulant medication. According to the company, both those who received the AKL-T01 therapy with (n = 130) or without (n = 76) accompanying stimulant medication saw significant improvements one month after baseline (p
Source: SharpBrains - January 29, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology ADHD trial ADHD-medication Akili Interactive AKL-T01 cognitive issues digital therapeutic FDA clearance stimulant medication video game-like treatment Source Type: blogs

Update: Humankind ’s evolving quest to enhance the brain and the mind
___ Time for the first SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter in the new decade, featuring a range of inspiring and (mostly) promising news about humankind’s evolving quest to enhance the brain and the mind, and a few fun brain teasers New thinking: The NeuroGeneration and Humankind’s Quest to Enhance the Brain UCSF to open innovative neurology clinic to address “diagnostic odyssey” For Spanish speakers: watch presentation of El Cerebro Que Cura New research: Five profound ways physical exercise shapes your brain and mind Having ADHD costs $1.1 million in lower lifetime earnings, even when “tre...
Source: SharpBrains - January 27, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology adhd brain brain riddles Brain Teasers brain teasers for adults brain teasers for teens brain training brain training centers brain-computer interfac Source Type: blogs

Quick brain teaser to workout your frontal lobes: Can you read this face?
___ Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg, in discussing the human brain’s frontal lobes in his excellent book The Wisdom Paradox, highlights that “executive intelligence” includes the ability to “penetrate other people’s minds, and that starts with an interest in other people’s minds.” And, what is a good window to “penetrate other people’s minds” and identify other people’s emotions? A face. Psychologist Paul Ekman is well-known for his decades-long research on how to identify emotions through facial expressions which, sometimes controversially, is being used in affective...
Source: SharpBrains - January 23, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Caroline Latham Tags: Brain Teasers Cognitive Neuroscience brain puzzles for adults brain-teaser-games cognitive-abilities cognitive-ability Emotions executive intelligence face faces mind puzzles for adults puzzle games for adults Source Type: blogs

Neurotech seen at CES 2020: BrainCo prosthetic hand, Urgonight, Alpha-Stim X, NIRSIT Lite, Muse S and FocusFit
___ Brain tech is here: These gadgets from CES 2020 rely on your brainwaves to work (CNET): “The futuristic promise of tech devices that use brain waves to improve sleep, anxiety and concentration — and even control prosthetic hands — may finally be coming to fruition, with a slew of new products on display at CES 2020 in Las Vegas. Brain tech holds great potential for helping us understand and control our minds from the comfort of our homes, but science still has a long way to go. Here are some of the coolest brain tech products we saw at CES 2020. Some of these products are already on the market, while ...
Source: SharpBrains - January 22, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology Alpha-Stim X BrainCo prosthetic hand brainwaves CES 2020 FocusFit Muse S neurotech NIRSIT Lite Urgonight Source Type: blogs

El Cerebro Que Cura: Descubre la mejor forma de mantener un cerebro sano como fuente de salud
___ Álvaro Fernández, CEO de SharpBrains, estuvo recientemente en Abante para presentarnos “El cerebro que cura: Descubre la mejor forma de mantener un cerebro sano como fuente de salud“, el libro que escribió junto a Álvaro Pascual-Leone, neurocientífico de la Universidad de Harvard, y a David Bartrés-Faz, profesor de la Facultad de Medicina y Ciencias de la Salud de la Universitat de Barcelona. En un diálogo junto a Santiago Satrústegui, presidente de Abante, Fernández explicó que el libro resume décadas de investigación cient...
Source: SharpBrains - January 21, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Abante Asesores Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Alvaro Pascual-Leone alvaro-fernandez Cerebro David Bartrés-Faz el cerebro que cura ikigai libro mente neurocientífico plasticidad cerebral salud sharpbra Source Type: blogs

The NeuroGeneration and Humankind ’s Quest to Enhance the Brain
Some people may be uneasy with the idea of “brain enhancement,” but the quest to boost our brainpower is nothing new; it is an essential part of human nature. Ever since Homo sapiens emerged nearly 200,000 years ago, we have been searching for ways to upgrade the hardware and wetware in our heads, and we’ve been creating and using tools to help us do it—physical and cognitive tools that help us solve problems and complete tasks more efficiently, tools that extend our natural abilities and allow us to do things that weren’t possible before. Language, numbers, science, education—these are ...
Source: SharpBrains - January 20, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Tan Le Tags: Author Speaks Series Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Technology book brain brain enhance­ment brainpower enhance the brain grey-matter humankind mental capacities NeuroGeneration Neurons Source Type: blogs

The birth of “everyday” brain-computer interfaces
___ Neurable Raises $6 Million Series A To Build An ‘Everyday’ Brain-Computer Interface (Forbes): “Neurable has announced a $6 million Series A round of funding to move beyond VR applications and develop the everyday brain-computer interface. These will take a headphones form factor and will target consumers. This marks an exciting advancement for brain-computer interfaces (BCI) … Neurable raised its initial $2 million investment to develop the software by putting an EEG headset on people’s heads, putting them in front of a computer screen and asking them to drive a remote controlled car arou...
Source: SharpBrains - January 17, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Technology affective computing BCI brain-computer interface EEG headset electrodes Innospark Ventures Loup Ventures M Ventures mental control Neurable Neurotechnology VR applications Source Type: blogs

Final reminder: Professional development opportunity with neuropsychologist Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg
__________ We are pleased to share a fantastic professional development opportunity offered by the Luria Neuroscience Institute and featuring renowned neuropsychologist Elkhonon Goldberg, Ph.D., ABPP. Inaugural 5‑day Goldberg Brain-Mind Symposium (February 17–21st, 2020): Dr. Goldberg has been a frequent visitor to Bali for 30 years and is currently engaged in cross-cultural neuroscience research with two major Indonesian universities. He personally designed this unique and comprehensive event to discuss cutting edge cognitive neuroscience and state-of-the-art clinical insights with a small group of participants in...
Source: SharpBrains - January 16, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Professional Development Bali discount code Elkhonon-Goldberg Executive-Functions frontal-lobes Goldberg Brain-Mind Symposia Luria Neuroscience Institute neuropsychologist webinar sequence Source Type: blogs

Study: Having ADHD costs $1.1 million in lower lifetime earnings, even when “treated”
___ Relatively few studies have examined the impact of childhood ADHD on long-term financial outcomes, even though becoming self-supporting and attaining financial independence is an important developmental task. An especially comprehensive look at this issue is provided in a study by Pelham et al published recently in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. The Study: Participants were 364 adults who were diagnosed with ADHD in childhood along with 264 demographically matched controls. All participants with ADHD had attended an intensive summer treatment program and 90% had been treated with stimulant medicatio...
Source: SharpBrains - January 14, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Dr. David Rabiner Tags: Attention and ADD/ADHD Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness ADHD-diagnosis adults children Clinical Psychology educational attainment financial status lifetime earnings stimulant medication Source Type: blogs

Trend: Growing interest in (and questions around) brain training centers for kids with special needs
___ Parents pay thousands for ‘brain training’ to help kids with ADHD and autism. But does it work? (NBC News): “…As the number of children diagnosed with ADHD and autism surges in the U.S., according to federal data, and as parents become exasperated with treatments that don’t work or involve medications that carry the risk of side effects, neurotechnology industry analysts predict the demand for programs like these will only grow… Much of the growth in brain training is in apps and games that people use at home or in school, said Alvaro Fernandez, CEO of SharpBrains, a research firm ...
Source: SharpBrains - January 13, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Technology adhd autism Brain Balance brain training brain training centers BrainRx Direct-to-Consumer LearningRx Neurotechnology Source Type: blogs

12 quick brain puzzles to welcome a sharp new year
___ Q: What is by far the most outstanding and surprising of all humankind’s successes? A: Waking up in the morning. Q: Of our many tools, which is one of the most powerful, and yet the most pliable? A: Statistics. Q: Who insists that mindless obedience is a sign of intelligence? A: All of us — when referring to our pets. Q: What is the root of all evil — Money? Satan? Greed? Fear? A: More than all the above put together: Expectations. Q: Why are mistakes so tiring? A: Because justifying them takes so much effort. Q: The difference between an idealist and a realist? A: The idealist takes most of what he s...
Source: SharpBrains - January 10, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Keith Perreur-Lloyd Tags: Brain Teasers Education & Lifelong Learning brain games for adults brain puzzles for adults brain teasers for adults brain teasers for teens brain-teaser-games cognitive-abilities cognitive-ability intelligence puzzle games for adults Source Type: blogs

From Lifespan to Healthspan: Brain Scientists Tap Into The Secrets Of Living Well Longer
Yolanda Esparza (right) and Mary Lyons (left) continue their 2‑mile group trail ride originating from the Conley-Guerrero Senior Activity Center in Austin, Texas, on Dec. 3, 2019. (Julia Robinson for KHN) _____ AUSTIN, Texas — Retired state employees Vickey Benford, 63, and Joan Caldwell, 61, are Golden Rollers, a group of the over-50 set that gets out on assorted bikes — including trikes for adults they call “three wheels of awesome” — for an hour of trail riding and camaraderie. “I love to exercise, and I like to stay fit,” said Caldwell, who tried out a recumbent bike, a low-i...
Source: SharpBrains - January 8, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Sharon Jayson at KHN Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness behavioral neuroscientists brain brain-body connection brain-training-exercises cognitive decline Golden Rollers healthspan keep-brain-sharp lifespan nutritioni Source Type: blogs

UCSF to open innovative neurology clinic to address “diagnostic odyssey”
The new UCSF Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Neurology Clinic will be housed in the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Neurosciences Building. _____ UCSF to Launch Unique Neurology Clinic Specializing in Difficult-to-Diagnose Cases (press release): “A proposed neurology clinic at UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay aims to shortcut the “diagnostic odyssey” faced by many patients with baffling brain symptoms that do not meet the standard criteria for any specific condition. Patients with ambiguous neurological symptoms, but no diagnosis, frequently go from specialist-to-specialist over a protracted period of time....
Source: SharpBrains - January 7, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Health & Wellness Technology autism behavior brain disease brain symptoms dementia diagnostic odyssey neurological symptoms neurology Neurology Clinic neurosurgery Parkinsons-disease pre-diagnostic screen Source Type: blogs

Five profound ways physical exercise shapes your brain and mind
We’ve all heard that exercise is good for us—how it strengthens our hearts and lungs, and helps us prevent diseases like diabetes. That’s why so many of us like to make New Year’s resolutions to move more, knowing it will make us healthier and live longer. But many people don’t know about the other important benefits of exercise—how it can help us find happiness, hope, connection, and courage. Around the world, people who are physically active are happier and more satisfied with their lives. They have a stronger sense of purpose and experience more gratitude, love, and hope. They feel mo...
Source: SharpBrains - January 6, 2020 Category: Neuroscience Authors: Greater Good Science Center Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness brain exercise Joy mind movement neurobiological neurochemistry neurological Physical-Exercise proprioception resilient well-being Source Type: blogs

Happy New Year and Happy New Decade!
___ Plus, if you’re still looking for New Year Resolutions, here you can find a few great ideas 1. How learning changes your brain 2. To harness neuroplasticity, start with enthusiasm 3. Can you grow your hippocampus? Yes. Here’s how, and why it matters 4. The Ten Habits of Highly Effective Brains 5. What Educators and Parents Should Know About Neuroplasticity and Dance 6. Five reasons the future of brain enhancement is digital, pervasive and (hopefully) bright 7. What are cognitive abilities and how to boost them? 8. Solving the Brain Fitness Puzzle Is the Key to Self-Empowered Aging 9. Six tips to build...
Source: SharpBrains - December 31, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness brain training Brain-Fitness cognitive-abilities hippocampus neuroplasticity New-Year-Resolutions Source Type: blogs

Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!
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Source: SharpBrains - December 23, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Christmas Hanukkah holidays Source Type: blogs

Wishing you a Happy New Decade (and sharing eight brain wellness tips to make it possible)
___ Ready for a Happy New Year  and Happy New Decade? Here’s a special edition of the SharpBrains monthly e‑newsletter featuring the latest on brain health and mental well-being — we hope you enjoy these tips and advice about what to do, and what not to, to promote brain wellness in 2020 and beyond: Practice Breathing & Compassion: Three evidence-based ways to develop a resilient mind … and a Sport you love: Play sports (smartly) for a quieter brain Challenge your friends, often: For better memory and thinking skills at age 70, play cards and board games from age 11 … for example by sol...
Source: SharpBrains - December 18, 2019 Category: Neuroscience Authors: SharpBrains Tags: Cognitive Neuroscience Education & Lifelong Learning Health & Wellness Peak Performance Professional Development Technology brain brain health brain wellness tips brain-wellness memory mental well being mind thinking Source Type: blogs