From Angry Birds to brain mapping: The Gamification of Neuroscience

Mouse Retinal Neurons (Type 25), per EyeWire Museum ___ A Quarter Million Gamers Helped Build This Incredibly Detailed Map of the Brain (SingularityHub): “In 2012, when Angry Birds was in its prime, Seung had an inspiration. “What if,”...

Save the Date for Brainnovations Pitch Contest on December 5th

Given the success of the first Brainnovations Pitch Contest last year (details here), the 2018 SharpBrains Virtual Summit will host a second Brainnovations edition, for 12 selected startups to pitch their innovative solutions to to all Summit participants and...

Why working too hard impairs your thinking.

  This week’s blog post comes from Rebekah Lambert. Rebekah makes her living as marketing, content creation and copywriting freelancer at Unashamedly Creative and as head of Disruption for Discordia Zine. Rebekah has just begun a mission to...

Is ‘chemo brain’ real?

‘Chemo brain’ and cognitive decline after cancer – is it real? Cancer and its treatments cause a variety of side effects, some of which people recover from quickly, while others last long after treatment...

Mental athletes gathering in Boston for the USA Memory Championship

___ Memory Contest Comes To MIT, Where Brain Scientists Explain Why Training Works (WBUR): “For the last few months, 13-year-old Claire Wang of Los Angeles has been training her memory with playing cards, phone numbers, software...

How does the brain process emotions?

The emotion centre is the oldest part of the human brain: why is mood so important? Genevieve Rayner, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health   “Somebody woke up on the wrong side of bed this...

Update: 200 common prescription medications increase depression risk

___ Dear reader, Time for SharpBrains e-newsletter. It’s been a busy month, once again bringing to the forefront the limitations of our current healthcare system and, on the positive side, the growing opportunities to improve Brain...

Study finds the limits of putting oneself in another’s shoes (instead, ask and listen)

___ I still remember the time I tried to comfort one of my best friends when her father died. Because I’d lost my own parents years before, I thought I understood her pain. But, when...

May 30th: The Future of Mental Health & Brain Enhancement @ Imperial College, London

___ Heads-up: the Imperial College Centre for Neurotechnology will host a keynote by Alvaro Fernandez on Wednesday, May 30th, titled Why the Future of Brain Enhancement & Mental Health is Digital & Pervasive. Description: As seen in...

A Quick Guide to Different Types of Psychological Therapy

  The range of psychological therapies and treatments available today for mental illness can be overwhelming. With new treatments and theories popping up all the time it can be difficult to know what will work...

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