Tuesday, June 26, 2007

More Transitions

Quixit, Inc., the company I started in 2005 to distribute scientifically based casual online games that focus on specific cognitive skills, such as attention and memory, was acquired yesterday by SBT, a French firm based in Lyon, France. As of today, I will no longer be affiliated with the new company, now called HappyNeuron, Inc. In my roles as CEO of neuroscience technology companies, Quixit and previously Scientific Learning Corporation, I have enjoyed getting to know the scientists, researchers, journalists, publishers, and many others so keenly interested in trying to figure out how to add to our knowledge base about healthy lifestyle choices, the impact of nutrition and exercise on brain health, and the major effects of mental stimulation in keeping our minds healthy and agile. So much is known yet so little has made its way to most people. And there is so much work that needs to be done. I look forward to the now-frequent research reports coming out almost on a weekly basis from respected research institutions on these topics and applaud those in the trenches working to prevent and treat diseases of the mind.

I continue to be curious about and interested in brain fitness and how we all can lower the probabilities of age-related cognitive decline, especially Alzheimer's and other kinds of dementia. I've seen first-hand how devastating the effects can be on the patient, family, and friends. The good news? We can all hope and expect that we will see great strides in our lifetimes in what we know about these horrific diseases of the mind.

Change typically forces new learning and is an excellent way to keep our brains in shape. So change is in the air for me and I welcome this opportunity to move into something new and different.

1 comment:

Carey said...

Congratulations on the sale, Sheryle. I just found your blog and wanted to let you know about a prenatal education curriculum that I thought you might be interested in writing about. It's called BabyPlus Prenatal Education System (www.babyplus.com) and is based on the years of research conducted by Dr. Brent Logan, a developmental psychologist and director of Seattle's Prenatal Institute. The curriculum works by utilizing the only language of the prenatal environment-- simple rhythms similar to the maternal heartbeat. As a child hears the sounds, he or she learns to distinguish them from the sounds of the mother's actual heartbeat. Please let me know if you're interested in learning more about how BabyPlus works or the research behind it. Thanks Sheryle!


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