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Top Brainnovations harnessing Big Data: WEKIT, Sapien Labs, MyndYou

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:52:15 +0000

? Top Brainnovation harnessing Big Data (full recording requires registration; view slidedeck above or Here). The three Finalists were: WEKIT — Wearable Experience for Knowledge Intensive Training – pitch by Paul Lefrere, Innovation Lead Sapien Labs (WINNER) – pitch by Tara Thiagarajan, Founder & Chief Scientist MyndYou – pitch by Shira Yama Nir, Project Manager Judged by: Bill Tucker, Senior Advisor to the K12 Education Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Eduardo Briceño, CEO […]



From Mental Health to Behavioral Health…and back?

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 18:22:20 +0000

___ Know Thyself: Well-Being and Subjective Experience (Cerebrum): “Ancient Greek philosophers were fond of the aphorism, “know thyself,” inscribed above the entrance of one of the Temples of Apollo at Delphi. One expression of this tradition, variably attributed to Socrates and Plato, is that “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Another, attributed to Aristotle, […]



New and great book by Steven Pinker reminds us that Technology is not destroying our Minds (but there’s always more Enlightened ways to harness it)

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:14:10 +0000

5 signs the world’s improving, according to Bill Gates’s new favorite book ever (Market Watch): “Bill Gates has long been a huge fan of Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker and his book, “The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined.” In fact, last year the Microsoft founder hailed it as the most inspiring […]



NHS Choices helps improve brain health and science literacy by reporting findings in context — as seen in this brain training & schizophrenia example

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:29:22 +0000

___ Video game-based ‘brain training’ may help people with schizophrenia (NHS Choices): “People with schizophrenia can be trained by playing a video game to control the part of the brain linked to verbal hallucinations,” BBC News reports… (Conclusion offered by NHS Choices) This study showed some promising initial findings for a new way of managing auditory […]



Next: Measuring the impact of space flight on cognitive performance and brain fitness

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:11:05 +0000

___ The flight that brings space weightlessness to Earth (BBC Future): “Five, four, three, two, one…” Not many aircraft captains give their passengers a rocket launch-style countdown before take-off, but this is no ordinary plane. For starters, everyone on board, apart from the crew, is a scientist and has passed a full medical check – […]



Tara Thiagarajan, Founder & Chief Scientist of Sapien Labs, on why she stays off social media

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 16:27:50 +0000

Question: First of all, if I may, what do you do to stay sharp 🙂 Answer: I stay off social media almost entirely and also try hard not to get caught up with the daily news cycle; this helps me get to more focused states where I can keep concentration on long-form content with greater […]



Tara Thiagarajan, Founder of Brainnovations Winner Sapien Labs, on building a global platform for brain research that truly captures the diversity of humanity

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 16:06:12 +0000

___ What surprised you the most from the Judges’ questions and feedback during the Brainnovations Pitch Contest? I was pleasantly surprised to see the significant range and depth of knowledge shown by the judging panel, leading to very specific and useful questions around the key challenges to build our global research platform. In a nutshell, […]



Discuss: Should financial advisors help detect and address their clients’ cognitive decline? And, if so, how?

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:05:06 +0000

___ What Your Financial Choices Say About Your Brain (Financial Advisor): “…financial advisors have to be in the forefront of the fight against cognitive decline, which can lead to the financial exploitation of the elderly,” added Philip Marshall, an advocate for elder justice. “Among the first signs of cognitive changes caused by diseases such as […]



Trend: Celebrating neurodiversity in the workforce to harness all brains for good

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 12:19:03 +0000

___ Fighting Cybercrime with Neuro-Diversity (Project Syndicate): “Cybersecurity is one of the defining challenges of the digital age. Everyone, from households to businesses to governments, has a stake in protecting our era’s most valuable commodity: data. The question is how that can be achieved… The key to success is diversity of talents and perspectives. This […]



Regulating and helping shape the evolving phenomenon of Direct-to-Consumer Neuroscience

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 12:35:53 +0000

___ We’re proud to share that our CEO and Editor-in-Chief Alvaro Fernandez is participating in a fascinating and timely 2-day meeting, hosted by The Banbury Center at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory under the theme The evolving phenomenon of Direct-to-Consumer Neuroscience, to help identify and address key open regulatory/ ethical issues related to the growth of […]