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Alvaro Fernandez
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Thoughts? -- "In my mind, that's the real brain game. To find ways to harness our brain's lifelong neurogenesis (creation of new neurons) and neuroplasticity (how the brain changes itself responding to experience) to lead happier, fuller lives"
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?
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These are the 10 most pop­u­lar arti­cles with sharpbrains.com read­ers in 2015, cov­er­ing every­thing brain-related from lat­est research find­ings to healthy liv­ing tips and emerg­ing neurotechnologies. Your favorites? 
These are the 10 most popular articles with sharpbrains.com readers in 2015, covering everything brain-related from latest research findings to healthy living tips and emerging neurotechnologies: 1…
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"Infor­ma­tion from these (brain) scans increas­ingly is able to sug­gest whether a child will have trou­ble with math, say, or whether some­one with men­tal ill­ness is going to respond to a par­tic­u­lar treat­ment, accord­ing to a review of dozens of stud­ies pub­lished Wednes­day in the jour­nal Neuron."
. Brain Scans May Help Predict Future Problems, And Solutions (NPR): "Brain scans may soon be able to help predict a person's future — some aspects of it,
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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? 
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
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"The dis­tinc­tion between fluid and crys­tal­lized intel­li­gence is impor­tant because the two are influ­enced by dif­fer­ent fac­tors. While the for­mer is more bio­log­i­cally deter­mined and genet­i­cally pre­dis­posed, the lat­ter is shaped more by expe­ri­ence. This is a lit­tle bit sim­i­lar to what we know of sports..."
--- Cognitive development (great article at Frontiers for Young Minds; a new publication "edited for kids, by kids"): "...The distinction between fluid and
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These are the 10 brain teasers, games & illusions that SharpBrains readers (primarily adults, but some younger minds too) enjoyed the most in 2015. Try them, enjoy them, share them :-) 
These are the 10 brain teasers, games & illusions that SharpBrains readers (primarily adults, but some younger minds too) enjoyed the most in 2015. It is always good to learn more about our bra…
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The 2015 SharpBrains Virtual Summit will feature over 30 of the world’s top scientists and innovators working on ways to enhance brain health and brain fitness via lifestyle and emerging neurotechnologies...How can consumers and professionals harness this opportunity–mobile and web-based cognitive assessment and training methods, wearables, brain stimulation, car-based sensors, and more–to better monitor and enhance brain health, and to improve work and life?
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The new study “adds a lit­tle bit more evi­dence to the idea that the brain has plas­tic­ity, and by prac­tic­ing cer­tain men­tal activ­i­ties, such as med­i­ta­tion, we can see struc­tural changes in the brain as a result,” he said.
. Long-term meditation tied to less brain loss (Reuters): "People who reported meditating for an average of 20 years had higher brain volumes than the
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Brain 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?
--- Brain 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
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"It is strik­ing that such a rel­a­tively sim­ple inter­ven­tion would lead to the robust effects reported here.  Sim­ply by hav­ing stu­dents iden­tify spe­cific aca­d­e­mic behav­iors that they were to reg­u­larly engage in, and mon­i­tor each day whether they had, sig­nif­i­cant gains were reported in mul­ti­ple areas where stu­dents with ADHD tend to strug­gle...With pro­grams like google docs, these track­ing sheets can be shared between a stu­dents, clin­i­cians, and par­ents."
. College students with ADHD are more likely to drop out than other students, have lower grade point averages, and endorse more academic difficulties overall. 
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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 fitness/ brain train­ing field as proven and valu­able as the phys­i­cal fit­ness field is today.
Unless you live in a cave, you are well aware of all the growing interest in--and controversies around--the topics of brain fitness and brain training. A
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Alvaro Fernandez is co-founder and CEO of SharpBrains, a leading market research firm that tracks the market and research for cognitive assessments, training, and games. A member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Councils, he has been quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and more, and recently co-authored the book The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: 18 Interviews with Scientists, Practical Advice, and Product Reviews, to Keep Your Brain Sharp. Alvaro received masters' degrees in education and business from Stanford University, and teaches at UC-Berkeley Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
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