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Neuroplasticity, Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News



Last Build Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:04:16 +0000

 



Study: Adult education classes, in any subject, can boost mental and physical health

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 14:29:33 +0000

—– Health benefits of evening classes revealed (Science Daily): “Those with a taste for adult education classes have long known it, but now Oxford University scientists have confirmed that taking part in the weekly sessions can boost wellbeing — regardless of the subject studied. In partnership with the Worker’s Educational Association (WEA), the largest voluntary […]



Next: Virtual reality therapies to help refine and spread mental health care

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:53:23 +0000

Virtual reality therapy is coming (The Washington Post): “Technologists have called 2016 the year of virtual reality…While the biggest chunk of the estimated $80 billion market for VR and so-called augmented reality will be fed by the demand for video game tech, the second biggest share will go to health-care applications. “What clinical VR provides […]



Dr. Michael Merzenich, winner of the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience, to speak at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:08:10 +0000

———- We are proud to share that Dr. Michael Merzenich, Professor Emeritus at UCSF, co-developer of the first cochlear implants, pioneer of neuroplasticity research, co-founder of Scientific Learning and Posit Science, and winner of the 2016 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience, will speak at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Reinventing Brain Health in the Digital Age (December […]



To boost productivity and cognition in the Knowledge Age, prioritize Deep work, avoid the Shallows, and Self-Quantify

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:54:55 +0000

————— In 2009, Winifred Gallagher published his excellent Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life, persuasively arguing that productivity, enjoyment and human development require extended periods of focusing. The next year, Nicholas Carr published his fascinating The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains in which he argued that the Internet is ‘rewiring’ our brains. […]



Update: New tools, research and thinking to promote Brain Health in the Digital Age

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:29:53 +0000

———- The Times They Are a-Changin. In a recent survey, 91% of those polled said that “Doctors should monitor cognitive health systematically, especially when prescribing new medicaments.” This is important news, as anyone who has experienced negative side-effects, cognitive or otherwise, knows. We need to upgrade our brain health system to reflect the realities, challenges […]



New Global Future Councils by the World Economic Forum: Shaping the present and future via cross-sector collaborations

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:34:54 +0000

Global Future Councils: A Knowledge Network for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (press release): “The World Economic Forum today convenes the Network of Global Future Councils, a community of world-leading experts and innovators to provide bold visions for solving critical global, regional and industry challenges… The network will comprise more than 800 innovators (Editor’s Note: including our […]



Brain hacking study: Train your cingulate cortex to reduce bias and regulate emotions

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:11:47 +0000

———- Don’t Like Their Faces? Train Your Brain to Feel More Positive (IEEE Spectrum): “Like it or not, we often have positive or negative feelings about a total stranger based solely on the looks of his or her face…Last week, researchers described, in the journal PLOS Biology, a brain training system that can alter emotions […]



Keeping the Brain in Mind: IBM and MIT partner to upgrade cognitive computing

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:32:58 +0000

———- IBM and MIT team on cognitive computing, machine vision, artificial intelligence for healthcare “IBM Research and the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have joined forces to further develop the scientific field of machine vision – a core aspect of artificial intelligence…Together they plan to develop cognitive computing […]



7 ways in which the Human Connectome Project is moving the brain research needle

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:28:21 +0000

———- The Human Connectome Project: Progress and Prospects (Cerebrum): “Understanding the human brain in health and disease represents a grand scientific challenge for the 21st century and beyond. How does a collection of 90 billion neurons interconnected by 150 trillion synapses give rise to the extraordinary capabilities of human behavior and the amazing diversity of talents […]



AARP wants to engage Gen X and Millennials with Staying Sharp brain health platform

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:35:30 +0000

AARP Staying Sharp Brain Health Subscription Open to All Ages (press release): “If sitting is the new smoking, then Millennials just might be on to something…it’s no surprise that the first digital natives are using apps and online technology to track sleep data, seek out healthier food options and book a fitness class. Today, AARP […]