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Participation by panelist Joshua Steinerman, Einstein-Montefiore.
Description: Interactive media in the form of software and videogames can be seen as a vehicle to harness neuroplasticity and benefit cognitive health across the lifespan. This field is still in its infancy, but emerging evidence suggests that specific populations may benefit from specific interventions.
Three leading researchers, from Duke University, University of Rochester, and Albert Einstein-Montefiore, will discuss the opportunities and challenges they see to benefit younger and older minds in both healthy and clinical environments. Dr. D. Bavelier will review what is meant by neuroplasticity, how it is assessed, and what it implies for cognitive health. She will review the opportunities offered by using games as a medium to foster neuro-plasticity as well as the main challenges in developing games that fosters neuroplasticity. Dr. Joshua Steinerman will discuss practical and methodological issues in conducting technology trials in cognitive aging and related neuropsychiatric disorders. Examples from ongoing intervention studies will be presented. Dr. Doraiswamy will discuss the opportunities and obstacles for emerging technologies to be adopted by the healthcare community in the next few years.