December 8, 2023

Wel­come to the final 2022 edi­tion of Sharp­Brains e‑e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a number of choose­ed mind well being information and enjoyable teasers to chal­lenge your mind and assist us all assume out­aspect the field.

#1. “Each­one agrees that Google Glass failed when it got here to mar­ket, however to me, it’s a sym­bol of hope … It impressed peo­ple to assume past tra­di­tion­al methods of mov­ing about our envi­ron­ment. As an alternative of look­ing down at a tool, we may look out on the world and have an over­lay of dig­i­tal infor­ma­tion. It was one of many first steps in bodily–digital con­ver­gence that we’re see­ing at this time via­out many indus­tries. And as some­one who has cre­at­ed many inven­tions that nev­er left the lab or have been too ear­ly for the mar­ket, I really like the truth that Glass got here out in any respect!” — sensible phrases by neu­rotech entre­pre­neur Dr. Cori Lath­an in her new (and excel­lent) guide. See Tech­nol­o­gy as a bridge in time: Shap­ing the way forward for mind well being by way of at this time’s improvements–together with those who “fail”

#2. “Some peo­ple need to do cog­ni­tive practice­ing whereas mov­ing fairly than sit­ting down, and that actual­ly spoke to me as a pos­si­bil­i­ty for actual ben­e­matches giv­en anec­do­tal sto­ries about video games like ‘Dance Dance Rev­o­lu­tion.’” — Joaquin A. Anguera, asso­ciate professional­fes­sor at UCSF and direc­tor of Neuroscape‘s Clin­i­cal Divi­sion. See Examine: A com­bined cog­ni­tive-phys­i­cal practice­ing method could improve each thoughts and physique as we age

#3. “Giv­en that ketamine’s fast motion and unex­pect­ed dis­so­cia­tive results make it a poten­tial­ly price­whereas choice for deal with­ing males­tal well being prob­lems, we’re on a mis­sion to unpack this mys­tery, on the cross­roads between phar­ma­col­o­gy and neu­ro­science.” See Examine iden­ti­fies cog­ni­tive ben­e­matches of ket­a­mine in sufferers with deal with­ment-resis­tant despair

#4. “The grat­i­tude writ­ing group primary­tained grat­i­tude lev­els and decreased stress and neg­a­tive have an effect on at one-month post-inter­ven­tion” — that primary­te­nance side is espe­cial­ly inter­est­ing. See Thanks­giv­ing works: Grat­i­tude jour­nal­ing seen to low­er stress and neg­a­tive cog­ni­tive processes

#5. Impres­sive new funding–particularly giv­en mar­ket situations–with a aim to iden­ti­fy “mind bio­mark­ers by ana­lyz­ing EEG activ­i­ty, behav­ioral process per­for­mance, put on­ready information, genet­ics, and oth­er fac­tors to match every affected person with the precise Alto drug.” See Pre­ci­sion psy­chi­a­strive pio­neer Alto Neu­ro­science rais­es $35M to advance dig­i­tal bio­mark­er-to-treat­ment platform

#6. Some dangerous information. See The FDA ends pre­cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (Pre-Cert) pilot professional­gram, say­ing new writer­i­ty required to reg­u­late smooth­ware as a med­ical gadget (SaMD)

#7. And a few nice information: “(Péter Hudomi­et, examine’s lead writer) stated it’s additionally pos­si­ble that, giv­en numer­ous stud­ies being launched on steps to take to keep away from demen­tia, among the decline could also be attrib­uted to peo­ple heed­ing such recommendation.” See Examine finds sharp lower (close to­ly one-third) within the preva­lence of demen­tia amongst these 65+ within the Unit­ed States

#8. Remaining­ly, listed here are a number of mind teasers to stim­u­late these neu­rons in your tem­po­ral lobes and to assist us all assume out­aspect the field.


Have a wholesome and received­der­ful 2023!