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Alvaro Fernandez
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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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"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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"tDCS rep­re­sents a promis­ing future, where sim­ple and cost-effective treat­ment for depres­sion is pos­si­ble, with­out drugs...But tDCS is still exper­i­men­tal and isn’t safe to admin­is­ter at home."
---For people with severe depression, incorrect application can worsen their condition or cause memory loss. Nathan O'Nions/Flickr, CC BY-NC Around 350
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“Find­ing a way to change brain activ­ity and its influ­ence on healthy behav­ior would be like find­ing the Holy Grail”…The stud­ies will use brain imag­ing to dis­cover the brain-behavior con­nec­tions that influ­ence a person’s deci­sions to set goals, mon­i­tor activ­i­ties, reflect on their behav­ior and take con­trol of their illness…
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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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Enjoy these great pre­sen­ta­tions on brain health innovation, deliv­ered at the 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit and featuring:
- Eliz­a­beth Frates, Direc­tor of Med­ical Stu­dent Edu­ca­tion at the Insti­tute of Lifestyle Medicine
- Dr. Cather­ine Madi­son, Direc­tor of the Ray Dolby Brain Health Cen­ter at Cal­i­for­nia Pacific Med­ical Center
- Bar­bara Van Amburg, Chief Nurs­ing Offi­cer at Kaiser Per­ma­nente Red­wood City
- Dr. Wendy Law, Clin­i­cal Neu­ropsy­chol­o­gist at Wal­ter Reed National Mil­i­tary Med­ical Center
- Chair: Dr. Michael O’Donnell, Editor-In-Chief of the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Health Promotion 
(Session held at the 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit; October 28-30th, 2014) 12:30-2pm. How can front-line pro­fes­sion­als incor­po­rate the emerg­ing brain health toolkit to their practices? - Eliz­a­beth Frates, Direc­tor of Med­ical Stu­dent Edu­ca­tion at the Insti­tute of Lifestyle Medicine - Dr. Cather­ine Madi­son, Direc­tor of the Ray Dolby Brain Health Cen­ter at Cal­i­for­nia Pacific Med­ical Center - Bar­bara Van Amburg, Chief Nurs­in...
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Update: Should Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (not antidepressant drugs) be the first-line treatment for depression? 
--- Time for SharpBrains' November e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of brain health insights, neuroscience and psychology research reports...and some fun
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Buen articulo en Expansion (pese al pobre titular). Que disfruteis!

"No hay que esperar a tener un problema médico para cuidar tu cerebro. Cuanto más lo ejercites, más rendirás en el trabajo, mejorarás tu estado de ánimo y ayudarás a prevenir enfermedades", explica Fernández Ibáñez.
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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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