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5 Facts You Need To Know To Understand, Navigate And Enjoy The Digital Brain Health Revolution
Hundreds of companies around the globe, now including Elon Musk's Neuralink and even Facebook, are researching and developing new ways to help brain owners be smarter, sharper, and healthier. What explains this flurry of activity? Where may it be headed? To help you understand what's going on, let me highlight five key facts.
on 13 Apr 2017
Neuroplasticity As Seen By Neuroscience Pioneer Santiago Ramon Y Cajal...100 Years Ago!
The Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis hiosts a wonderful temporary exhibit highlighting the medical illustrations of neuroplasticity pioneer Santiago Ramon y Cajal. Who was Ramon y Cajal? Why does his research matter? Well, let's start with the concept of neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity--or brain plasticity-- refers to the brain's ability to change throughout life, to rewire itself based on experience.
on 01 Apr 2017
Study Debunks 4 Common Myths About Brain Training And Lifelong Cognitive Enhancement
If the media is your main source of information about brain training and cognitive enhancement, you will probably believe a number of myths. Good news is, a just-published study should help debunk those myths and provide a better foundation to educate the public and to shape future research, policy and innovation.
on 09 Feb 2017
The One, And Brainy, New Year's Resolution To Help You Keep All Your New Year's Resolutions
You enjoyed the shopping and holiday season. Great! You carefully selected one or several New Year's Resolutions. Excellent! Now it's time to shift gears from resolutions to plans and realities...and there's one thing you may have overlooked: "Our health starts and ends with brain health."
on 06 Jan 2017
Ten Key Innovation Signals To Better Serve The Brain Health Needs Of An Aging Population
It's been a busy year, with hundreds of studies and media stories about brain health, neuroplasticity, lifestyle and emerging neurotechnologies. To summarize where we are, and to better prepare for the opportunities and challenges in the year ahead, let's step back for a minute. Let me highlight Ten Important Signals to help Reinvent Brain Health in the Digital Age we live in.
on 24 Dec 2016
Brain Fitness In The 21st Century: 10 Priorities To Reinvent Brain Health In the Digital Age
In a recent survey, 91% of those polled agreed with this statement: "Doctors should monitor cognitive health systematically, especially when prescribing new medicaments." This is important news, as anyone who has experience negative side-effects, cognitive or otherwise, knows. We need to upgrade our brain health system to reflect the realities, challenges and opportunities in the 21st century. Where should we start?
on 13 Sep 2016
It's Summer! Perfect Time To Debunk These Nine Common Myths About Brain Health And Brain Training
In order to help you lead a brain-healthy summer, let's debunk these nine myths about the brain and brain health that remain surprisingly popular.
on 11 Jul 2016
20 Must-Know Facts to Harness Brain Plasticity, Improve Brain Health and Delay Alzheimer's Symptoms
Given that June is Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, let's discuss these 20 important facts about brain health. You may find some good ideas for the summer!
on 22 Jun 2016
The Real Brain Game: Harnessing Neuroplasticity to Improve Our Mental Equipment And Brains Fitness
In preparation for the new season of National Geographic's Brain Games, their producers asked me to participate in a virtual roundtable around this thought-provoking question: "Do you think individuals can train their brain to respond in a particular way to certain situations, or do you think our brain's innate "startle response" is too hardwired to alter?" Here's my answer: Not only we can, but we SHOULD.
on 22 Mar 2016
Brain Fitness Tips To Improve Concentration And Memory in 2016
Concentration-or attention- and memory are two crucial mental skills and are directly related. In fact, many memory complaints have nothing to do with the actual ability to remember things: They come from a failure to focus properly on the task at hand. Here are some tips to improve both attention AND memory.
on 01 Jan 2016
7 Brain Teasers To Test Attention And Working Memory--Two Key Cognitive Skills For Brain Fitness
Looking for some fun cognitive stimulation during the holiday season which is right around the corner? Here you have a few quick brain teasers to exercise your attention and your working memory.
on 02 Dec 2015
How Neurotechnology And Digital Health Will Improve Our Work, Our Lives, And Our Brain Fitness
Our brain is at the core of everything we do, from the every-day decisions we make to the epic emotions we feel when we fall in love. And there's an unprecedented explosion in non-invasive neurotechnologies, ranging from car-based sensors detecting and minimizing inattentive driving to audio headsets that can detect your mood and adjust music to lift you up.
on 14 Jun 2015
3 Dietary Interventions That Can Help Children With ADHD (Especially When Properly Monitored)
Are dietary interventions effective for treating ADHD? For many parents and professionals, trying to parse through the different claims about the impact of diet on ADHD has been challenging and confusing. A new scientific review of dietary interventions for ADHD provides an excellent summary of what works and why.
on 02 May 2015
5 Reasons Why Parents of Children With ADHD Need To Become Proactive, Well-Informed Advocates
Most children with ADHD receive their care from community-based pediatricians, so it is especially important for that care to be consistent with best-practice guidelines. Unfortunately, according to this new study, all too often it is not. Parents should become proactive and well-informed advocates of their children, to ensure proper diagnosis, treatment and monitoring for each individual child.
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on 22 Mar 2015
Four Fun And Quick Brain Teasers To Test Your Cognitive Skills...And Your Cognitive Biases
If you have a few minutes, please try these brain teasers. First 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?
on 21 Jan 2015
Top 14 Brain Fitness And Cognitive Training News in 2014: The Latest Brain Health Research And Tools
Here are some of the most important brain fitness news in 2014, covering research, assessment and training trends. They hint at the drivers fueling growth and shaping up the emerging landscape. Hopefully, in relatively short notice, we will all benefit from a brain training field as proven and valuable as the physical fitness field is today.
on 19 Dec 2014
Ten Ways To Improve Health & Wellness Based On Latest Brain Science And Neurotechnologies
How can we begin building better bridges between existing brain science and neurotechnologies and the real-world health challenges we're facing, such as ADHD, depression, and Alzheimer's Disease? These are 10 priorities to consider, based on the author's participation in the World Economic Forum in Tianjin, China (September 10-12th, 2014).
on 23 Oct 2014
To Boost Memory and Brainpower, Ignore Brain Supplements And Harness Brain Plasticity The Right Way
Traditional scientific ideas cast the human brain as a fixed system that only degrades with age. By contrast, latest evidence shows that the human brain is actually a highly dynamic and constantly reorganizing system. The question then becomes: "What activities or behaviors can provide the right kind of experience to help boost memory and brainpower?"
on 04 Jun 2014
Top 15 Insights on Neuroplasticity, Brain Training, Emotions, Cognition And Brain Health. Ready?
Curious about modern brain and mind science and about what it has to offer to improve education, health and quality of life? Here you have some of the most popular ideas about neuroplasticity, brain training, emotions, cognition and brain health, courtesy of dozens of experts and thousands of book readers worldwide. Ready?
on 30 Apr 2014
Top 10 Things Your Brain Does and You Probably Didn't Know About
Walking, eating, discussing a book…all of these things seem very natural and easy, but in truth, each and every one is done through a series of functions that the brain performs. In order to really understand the abilities of the brain, as well as the limitations, it is important to look at these 10 things your brain does and you probably didn't know about.
on 07 Mar 2014
Four Critical Yet Often Ignored Facts About Your Brain, Your Mind and Your Health
A good driver must be acquainted with various vehicle fundamentals, such as adding gas, accelerating, and reading the speedometer. It is no different with the brain. Maximizing your brain's health and performance begins with a basic understanding of how the brain and the mind work.In particular, it is important to keep in mind these four essential, yet often overlooked, facts.
on 21 Jan 2014
Before You Do Any Brain Training, Make Sure It Meets These 5 Conditions For Brain Training To Work
You have of course heard, "Use it or lose it." Increasingly, "Use it or lose it" is taking the form of videogames, computer-based "brain training" programs, neurofeedback systems, and event ancient practices such as meditation. Now, does Brain Training work? Based on the latest science, these are the five conditions that must be met for any kind of brain training to translate into meaningful real world improvements.
on 04 Jun 2013
Six Tips To Build Mental Resilience, Prevent Brain-Damaging Stress, And Improve Brain Health
These days, we all live under considerable stress -- economic challenges, job demands, family tensions, always-on technology and the 24-hour news cycle all contribute to ceaseless worry. This ongoing stress can, unless properly managed, have a serious negative impact on our ability to make good decisions, and even harm our brains. What can you do?
on 31 May 2013
Debunking 10 Brain Fitness Myths: Is It True That Brain Training Can Reverse Your Brain Age?
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few years, you have read by now mul­ti­ple arti­cles about the brain train­ing and brain exer­cise craze. What works? What doesn't work? Can we somehow prevent Alzheimer's Disease or memory loss? Let's debunk, once and for all, ten myths about brain fit­ness and brain train­ing that remain sur­pris­ingly popular today.
on 28 Mar 2013
Can The Internet, And Technology in General, Be Good For Your Brain? In A Nutshell, Yes!
The controversy on whether the Internet is good or bad for your brain is superficial; as the obvious reality is the internet and technology are not only here to stay, but constantly evolving and permeating more of our lives. The real conversation should be how we can best use the Internet in smarter ways that help us to monitor and enhance the brain, and how can we actively prepare to manage information overload.
on 28 Feb 2013
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