Archive for Neurotechnology

Magnets to make your Brain grow stronger

Magnets to make your Brain grow stronger
I4U
“Stimulating the brain in mice with a magnetic coil appears to promote the growth of new neurons in areas associated with learning and memory. …”

If you want safer interventions…you better read Easy Steps to Improve Your Brain Health Now.

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More soldiers suffering brain injuries

More soldiers suffering brain injuries
Science Daily (press release) 

“The panel says the Defense Department should develop more brain-injury research and improve specialized care for brain injuries, which often go undetected …”

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All about Brain Fitness

Announcement:  

  • We have just launched a new website section titled Hot Topics for you to be informed on latest Brain Fitness developments. Topics include Memory, Brain Fitness, Brain Teasers, Mental Exercise, Stress Management, Physical Exercise, Nutrition, News, Products, Events, Students, Science, Resources, and more.

Some good posts:

- Nintendo BrainAge, Lumosity, Happy Neuron, MyBrainTrainer…

- Posit Science, Nintendo Brain Training, Dakim…WebMD on Brain Fitness.

We hope to hear from you!

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Alvaro Fernandez launches SharpBrains.com

Alvaro Fernandez launches SharpBrains.com.

McKinsey Alumni News

“Alvaro co-founded the online Brain Fitness Center with neuroscientist Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg, author of “The Executive Brain” and “The Wisdom Paradox,” and long-term advocate of the use of computer-based programs to enhance cognitive and emotional skills.”

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Mind games may keep your brain in shape

Mind games may keep your brain in shape
Auburn Journal, CA 
Web sites like SharpBrains (http://www.sharpbrains.com) and PositScience (http://www.postitscience.com) offer online brain fitness programs that promise to boost mental

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emWave

Golf Digest has just published an article on how golfers can see their game improved thanks to stress management programs like emWave, developed by HeartMath. Check more here: emWave in Golf Digest

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Jeff Hawkins, Numenta and the Brain

Jeff Hawkins, Who Invented PalmPilot, Says He’s Figured Out How…
InformationWeek, NY  6 hours ago
He says he’s figured out how the human brain works, and has built a model in software, with practical applications imminent. Not only that, he says he’s

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Edge 204, with introduction by Eric Kandel

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We have moved

Hello dear readers: after a transition period, we have definitively moved to http://www.sharpbrains.com/blog

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Please visit us there if you want to keep reading our (close to) daily articles. Please update your feed, and any technorati/ stumbleupon/ del.ic.ious account you may have pointing at this old address. Our new location:
http://www.sharpbrains.com/blog

We won’t be posting more articles here.

We’ll see you there!
-Caroline & Alvaro

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ADD/ ADHD and working memory training: interview with Notre Dame’s Bradley Gibson

Professor Bradley Gibson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at University of Notre Dame, and Director of the Perception and Attention Lab there. He is a cognitive psychologist with research interests in perception, attention, and visual cognition. Gibson’s research has been published in a variety of journals, including Journal of Experimental Psychology, Human Perception and Performance, Psychological Science, and Perception & Psychophysics.

In 2006 he conducted the first independent replication study based on the Cogmed Working Memory Training program we discussed with Dr. Torkel Klingberg.

A local newspaper introduced some preliminary results of the study Attention, please: Memory exercises reduce symptoms of ADHD. Some quotes from the articles:

- “The computer game has been shown to reduce ADHD symptoms in children in experiments conducted in Sweden, where it was developed, and more recently in a Granger school, where it was tested by psychologists from the University of Notre Dame.

- Fifteen students at Discovery Middle School tried RoboMemo during a five-week period in February and March, said lead researcher Brad Gibson

- As a result of that experience, symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity were both reduced, according to reports by teachers and parents, Gibson said.

- Other tests found significant improvement in “working memory”, a short-term memory function that’s considered key to focusing attention and controlling impulses.

- RoboMemo’s effectiveness is not as well established as medications, and it’s a lot more work than popping a pill.

- Gibson said Notre Dame’s study is considered preliminary because it involved a small number of students. Another limitation is that the study did not have a control group of students receiving a placebo treatment.”

We feel fortunate to interview Dr. Gibson today.

Alvaro Fernandez (AF): Dr. Gibson, thanks for being with us. Could you first tell us about your overall research interests?

Dr. Bradley Gibson (BG): Thanks for giving me this opportunity. Continue Reading

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