What piece of the Brain Health Puzzle are you missing? Read and share $1 e-book in honor of Brain Awareness Week

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In honor of Brain Awareness Week –starting today!– we’d like to bring your attention to a great book for anyone interested in distinguishing between the myths and realities of neuroplasticity and brain health. The Kindle version of the book has been discounted to just $1 until March 31st, so you have a great opportunity to read it now (if you haven’t so far) and to make sure your friends and colleagues can read it too!

The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age  was co-authored by neuroscientist Elkhonon Goldberg, cognitive psychologist Pascale Michelon and social innovator Alvaro Fernandez, and provides a clear and scientifically sound review that helps readers understand the educational, healthcare and personal implications of promising research related to brain health, including the role of nutrition and exercise, emotion regulation, cognitive training, meditation, biofeedback, and more.

Topics included in this comprehensive and practical guide include:

  • Insightful and accessible reviews of the relevant scientific literature
  • Numerous summaries and tips within each chapter
  • Analysis of leading research-based brain training methodologies and programs
  • Over ten “case studies” and a framework to help integrate the new science into every decade of our lives
  • Interviews with 20 leading neuroscientists and psychologists

TO ORDER A COPY, you can find it on Amazon HERE

Enjoy a great read, and a great Brain Awareness Week,

The SharpBrains Team

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Upcoming market report on Pervasive Neurotechnology

Just a quick heads-up to the SharpBrains community: we are wrapping up a comprehensive market report on Pervasive Neurotechnologies (non-invasive, scalable, potentially ubiquitous). To learn when it becomes available, keep tuned via our e-Newsletter.

See below, in alphabetical order, some of the organizations to be profiled in the report, given their relevant intellectual property portfolios (primarily patents). Read the rest of this entry »

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Brain teasers to help teens and adults test cognitive skills…and cognitive biases

brainteaser_considerlindaBrain teaser: Please con­sider Linda, a 31-year-old woman, sin­gle and bright. When she was a stu­dent, in high school and in col­lege too, she was deeply involved in social jus­tice issues, and also par­tic­i­pated in environmental protests. Which is more prob­a­ble about Linda’s occu­pa­tion today? Read the rest of this entry »

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SharpBrains Update: 40% of ADHD diagnoses, 70% of treatment plans, fall short of AAP guidelines

Time for Sharp­Brains’ December e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wide range of insights on brain health and innovation, and a deep analysis of this new study that found large gaps between research and practice in ADHD diagnosis and treatment. Did you know, for example, that over 40% of diagnoses, and over 70% of the treatment plans, fall short of the guidelines established by the Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Pedi­atrics?

New research:

New thinking:

New tools:

Finally, we are proud to share that The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance is Amazon’s #1 Bestseller in Preventive Medicine (and the Spanish edition is #1 en Medicina).

Have a great 2015! Feliz 2015!

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For brain training to work, it must induce neuroplasticity in regions that matter

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Larry King interviews Alvaro Fernandez on Brain Fitness!

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To watch the 28-minute program, click HERE (in the USA) or HERE (outside the US). It will open a 28-minute  video, with Larry King interviewing Alvaro Fernandez, Dr. Gary Small and Dr. Daniel Amen.

–> Learn more about the new book:  The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age

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Update: Know Thyself, Know How Your Brain Works

What is work­ing mem­ory, and why it mat­ters? Can we multi-task as good as we seem to assume? What should we all know about how our brains work, and why?

We hope you enjoy this August eNewslet­ter, fea­tur­ing six dis­tin­guished con­trib­u­tors who answer those ques­tions, and more. Please remem­ber that you can sub­scribe to receive this free Brain Fit­ness eNewslet­ter by email.

Know Thy­self

Why work­ing mem­ory mat­ters in the knowl­edge age: As Dr. Tracy Alloway points out, one way to visu­al­ize work­ing mem­ory is as the brain’s “Post-it Notes” — we make men­tal scrib­bles of bits of infor­ma­tion we need to remem­ber and work with. With­out enough work­ing mem­ory we can­not func­tion as a soci­ety or as indi­vid­u­als. Learn more by par­tic­i­pat­ing in this study launched by Dr. Alloway’s team in con­junc­tion with the British Sci­ence Festival.

What should every­one learn about the brain?: Dr. Jo Ellen Rose­man and Mary Kop­pel from the Amer­i­can Asso­ci­a­tion for the Advance­ment of Sci­ence (AAAS) dis­cuss recent rec­om­men­da­tions on what all stu­dents should know. Not just the basics of brain struc­ture and func­tion, but also a good under­stand­ing of men­tal health—such as the mind/body rela­tion­ship, fac­tors that shape behav­ior, ways of cop­ing with men­tal dis­tress, and the diag­no­sis and treat­ment of men­tal disorders.

News

Pool­ing data to accel­er­ate Alzheimer’s research: A good arti­cle in the New York Times presents the rea­sons behind grow­ing research of how to detect Alzheimer’s Dis­ease. A pilot study shows how com­put­er­ized cog­ni­tive train­ing may help reduce falls among elderly. Amazon.com rec­om­mends The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness in a thought-provoking mix.

Beyond News

Needed: fund­ing for inno­v­a­tive research on slow­ing cog­ni­tive decline via cog­ni­tive train­ing: Sharp­Brains reader and UK researcher Nick Almond shares a note debunk­ing the so-called BBC brain train­ing exper­i­ment  and out­lin­ing the type of research he and col­leagues at Leeds Uni­ver­sity deem necessary.

Long-term effects of neu­ro­feed­back treat­ment for ADHD: Dr. David Rabiner reviews the 6-month follow-up of a sci­en­tific study on whether neu­ro­feed­back can help kids with atten­tion deficits, find­ing that ben­e­fits indeed remained 6 months after treat­ment had ended. Given, how­ever, that only around 50% of chil­dren showed ben­e­fits, it is impor­tant to regard this tool as part of a mul­ti­modal treat­ment program.

Brain Teaser

Test your atten­tional focus and multi-tasking: How often do you read a doc­u­ment while talk­ing on the phone with a client? Or think about your prob­lems at work while help­ing your child with his home­work? Human atten­tion is lim­ited, and we need to man­age it well, as shown in this teaser pre­pared by Dr. Pas­cale Mich­e­lon.

Have a great Sep­tem­ber. And, should you hap­pen to be in Barcelona, Spain, on Sep­tem­ber 14th, make sure to attend Alvaro Fer­nan­dez talk there titled “How and Why Dig­i­tal Tech­nol­ogy Will Trans­form Edu­ca­tion, Train­ing and Brain Health”.

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