Oct 11, 2007
By: Alvaro Fernandez
Very intense week, and very fun. I will be writing more about this week’s 3 speaking events, but let me say now that our key messages
1) our brains remain flexible during our lifetimes,
2) we can refine our brains with targeted practice,
3) good brain exercise, or “mental cross-training”,Ã‚Â requires novelty, variety, and increasing level of challenge (but without creating too much stress),
are being very well accepted from bothÃ‚Â healthy aging and workplace productivity points of view. We have ONE brain: health and productivity are 2 sides of the same coin.
If you want to make sure we learn more about our brains, you can help fellow blogger Shelley BattsÃ‚Â get a college scholarship by votingÃ‚Â here. She has a great neuroscience blog, is now finalist in a competition to win a nice scholarship, and needs out help.
Have some more time? You can watch this excellentÃ‚Â 90-second video of cognitive neuroscientist Dr Lisa Saksida doing yoga in front of the fire while explaining the nature of Brain and Mind (via MindHacks). Quotes:
“I wish people understood that there is no mind/brain duality. Specifically, I wish people understood that there is no such thing as a purely psychological disorder. Every event in your psychological life, and therefore every psychological change, is reducible in theory to events and changes in your brain. We should therefore not judge people differently, according to whether they are considered to have a ‘psychological’ as opposed to a ‘neurological’ problem.”
“Of course, a lack of mind/brain split does not mean that we should abandon all talk of psychology. Psychology and neuroscience are two ways of studying the same thing, and both are essential for understanding the human condition.”
For more, check the posts in these always great blog carnivals (selected collections of blog posts by a number of bloggers around specific topics)
Tangled BankÃ‚Â (science in general)
Credit: Photo of Neurons by symphaneeÃ‚Â via flickr