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Syllabus for online course How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach (starts March 7th)

Here you have the syllabus for upcoming online course How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach. There are still some seats available, so please take a look and register if interested.

Ses­sion I. Debunk­ing Brain and Brain Fit­ness Myths: We will first debunk pop­u­lar mis­con­cep­tions that stand in the way of mak­ing informed deci­sions to spend our time and money wisely. We will explore hot top­ics such as genet­ics vs. envi­ron­ment vs. lifestyle, intel­li­gence, left/ right brain hemi­spheres, “brain age”, cog­ni­tive enhance­ment, sup­ple­ments, learn­ing styles, brain train­ing, neu­ro­ge­n­e­sis, neu­ro­plas­tic­ity, cog­ni­tive reserve, and Alzheimer’s Dis­ease. Addi­tion­ally we’ll con­trast the find­ings from a major recent sci­en­tific study with their media cov­er­age, equip­ping par­tic­i­pants to become bet­ter informed read­ers of news and sci­en­tific findings.

When: Wednes­day, March 7th, 11am-1pm US Pacific Time (live ses­sion will be recorded for later viewing).

Read­ing:

  • Intro­duc­tion and Chap­ter 1 of The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fitness
  • Agency for Health­care Research and Qual­ity (AHRQ). 2010. Alzheimer’s Dis­ease and Cog­ni­tive Decline, Struc­tured Abstract and Evi­dence Report. April 2010. www.ahrq.gov/clinic/tp/alzcogtp.htm

Activ­ity: five-finger meditation.

Ses­sion II. How to Address the Basics: In this ses­sion we will dis­cuss the com­ple­men­tary roles and mech­a­nisms under­pin­ning the major lifestyle pil­lars for brain fit­ness: healthy nutri­tion, aer­o­bic exer­cise, stress man­age­ment and men­tal stim­u­la­tion that incor­po­rates nov­elty, vari­ety and chal­lenge. We’ll explore how the human brain is a dynamic sys­tem to opti­mize and enhance, and how each of the major lifestyle pil­lars plays a fun­da­men­tal role in devel­op­ing, enhanc­ing, and main­tain­ing key cog­ni­tive, exec­u­tive and emo­tional self-regulation func­tions require to thrive at every stage of life (“brain fitness”).

When: Wednes­day, March 14th, 11am-1pm US Pacific Time (live ses­sion will be recorded for later viewing).

Read­ing:

  • Chap­ter 2 of The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fitness.

Activ­ity: cog­ni­tive reappraisal.

Ses­sion III. How to Build Brain-Based Capac­i­ties: What are some of the most promis­ing research-based “brain train­ing” meth­ods (hint: med­i­ta­tion, cog­ni­tive train­ing, biofeed­back, cog­ni­tive ther­apy) and what are emerg­ing best prac­tices and guide­lines on how and when to use each of them to build core capac­i­ties such as atten­tion, work­ing mem­ory, emo­tional self-regulation, infor­ma­tion pro­cess­ing, cog­ni­tive mon­i­tor­ing and reap­praisal? This ses­sion will sur­vey the value and lim­i­ta­tions of avail­able tools and sug­gest appro­pri­ate sce­nar­ios of use.

When: Wednes­day, March 21st, 11am-1pm US Pacific Time (live ses­sion will be recorded for later viewing).

Read­ing:

  • Chap­ters 3 and 4 of The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fitness.

Activ­ity: par­tic­i­pants choose biofeedback-based exer­cise or cog­ni­tive training.

Ses­sion IV. How to Be Your Own Brain Fit­ness Coach: This ses­sion will equip you with the frame­works and check­lists required to inte­grate the knowl­edge and tools intro­duced dur­ing the whole course to meet your spe­cific per­sonal and pro­fes­sional pri­or­i­ties. “No one size fits all” applies to brain fit­ness, and this course is designed to help you build your own per­sonal “brain fit­ness toolkit” to meet the pri­or­i­ties you are fac­ing today and will face tomorrow.

When: Wednes­day, March 28th, 11am-1pm US Pacific Time (live ses­sion will be recorded for later viewing).

Read­ing:

  • Chap­ters 6 and 7 of The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fitness.

Activ­ity: develop your own “brain fit­ness plan” for 2012.

 

—> To Learn More about the Course Faculty, Mechanics, Common Q&A, and more, click on Online Course: How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach.

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