The global trends are changing our brain physiology and our mental health, and we are discovering that changes in our stimulus and social environment have an impact on our brain and mind, much more than we have previously appreciated. They have resulted in the following:
- The social and cultural consequences of our technology environment are leading to a rapid decline in mental well-being of younger generations.
- Increasing prevalence of toxins in our food and water disrupt our endocrine systems and lodge in the brain with growing impact to brain health.
- Diverging access to stimuli arising from economic inequality are causing a rapid divergence in our brain physiology with implications for cognition and brain health.
It is imperative to understand the impact and consequences of our changing economic, environmental and technological changes on the dynamical function of the human brain, particularly in the context of rising mental health concerns and growing inequality.
The world is not equipped to rapidly identify trends, causes and solutions due to lack of data, the slow speed of data dissemination and working in silos. The Sapien Labs Centre for the Human Brain and Mind at Krea University aims to bridge the gap from research to impact, through rapid collection of data,and dissemination of trends and insights to inform policy recommendations and build awareness with key stakeholders.