Everyone is unique, and what works for one person may not work for another. However, quantifying the unique aspects of every individual's biology, so that these differences can be acted upon, is only now coming of age. The revolution in computing power and the miniaturization of computers is allowing the development of increasingly sensitive wearable and software solutions to quantify many aspects of our biology. In parallel, the exponentially falling cost of DNA sequencing and advances in molecular biology technology are allowing ever greater insight into the dynamics of our cells.

In this guide, we firstly aim to cover the emerging tools with which we can measure every aspect of our lives in increasing detail. But we also go a step further and discuss our approaches to analyzing and operationalizing this information. Secondly, we describe the genetic underpinnings of our domains of cognition. We aim to provide a database of genetic variants and their association with cognition, as well as an educational resource so everyone can better understand what the data says, and how we can, and can't act on it.

Quantified Self

Quantified Self is the movement to track data generated by one's body, and use that data to optimize its performance. It is our prediction that quantified self will grow heavily in interest and will play an increasing role in our lives in the coming years. As sensors become more ubiquitous and data becomes easier to gather and analyze, the adoption of quantified self practices will inevitably skyrocket. For any individual, the future of quantified self will entail large amounts of data capture from heterogeneous sources including sensors and user-supplied context information, which will be analyzed and interpreted with large scale data analytics strategies to provide the individual with actionable insights on the best course of action in order to optimize mental and physical performance. (Learn more)

Genetics of Cognition

The combination of your genes and your environment shape each and every person. Regarding cognition and the mind, there is a great deal of evidence that genetic variation can predispose individuals towards certain behaviors and patterns of thought. (Learn more)

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