Monday, February 8, 2016

“Under what conditions does brain training work?”

That‘s the title of an interesting presentation from the 2015 SharpBrains Virtual Summit. I desperately want brain training to work.  After misadventures with my brain tumor and subsequent post-operations incidents, I need to improve my cognition.

After reading the U.S. Federal Trade Commission press release which announced that “Lumosity to Pay $2 Million to Settle FTC Deceptive Advertising Charges for Its “Brain Training” Program” - -  I began to wonder if this online brain-training business was worth anything at all.

That’s why I appreciated reading this presentation deck from the SharpBrains 2015 Virtual Summit which discusses that very topic. Here’s a link to those slides posted on LinkedIn:

A word of caution: these are the “slides” without the audio narrative that explains the slides. As a result, the information is incomplete. You can, of course, purchase access from SharpBrains for the full contents.

Given that caveat, I wanted to make sure that brain tumor victims and caregivers and friends and family have some access to an independent third-party point of view.

The presenters in this include Alvaro Fernandez, CEO & Co-Founder of SharpBrains; Bruce E. Wexler, Professor Psychiatry, Yale University; Roy Hamilton, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania.

Having written all that, I believe that the SharpBrains website is a good, unbiased site for information about brain health and all the latest brain improvement gadgetry that’s flooding the market -

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