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Nelson Calderon: Let’s spread brain fitness knowledge in developing countries

Nelson Calderon Bonilla

Nelson Calderon Bonilla

Please tell us about your interest in applied brain science. What areas are you most interested in? 
I’m mostly interested in how to harness neuroplasticity to drive positive and enduring changes on the brain.

What excites you the most about your job?
As a telecom executive and coordinator of the Brain Interest Group in Mensa Colombia, I’m very interested in the possibilities of applying what we know about the brain to improve quality of life on developing countries.

What is one important thing you are working on now? 
Currently we’re working on a Think Tank to discuss latest about the brain and generate projects to spread brain fitness knowledge among Mensa members and the general population.

What are 1-2 key things you’d like every person to understand regarding his/ her own brain and mind, that you think is commonly misrepresented or not addressed in the popular media? 
First, that regular exercise is one of the best ways to have a sharp brain, fit body and overall health. Second, that we can train and transform our brains in a similar way as we train our bodies.

Where do you see clear “low-hanging fruit” to enhance behavioral and brain health based on neuroscience and innovation? 
I see two immediate opportunities: Expand and improve exercise programs in schools, and spread cognitive training tools via computers and smartphones.

What surprised you the most at the 2013 SharpBrains Virtual Summit? 
The vast and ambitious scope of the Human Brain Project.

Finally, what do YOU do to stay sharp? 
I exercise and meditate daily, and do my best to keep learning challenging things (neuroscience!). I also protect time to relax, unplug and chill out.

2013 SharpBrains Summit—This con­ver­sa­tion is part of the inter­view series with Speak­ers and Par­tic­i­pants in the 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Sep­tem­ber 19-20th). Previous interviews include:

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