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Why “Untrained Brains Are A Bit Like Puppies,” And How To Put Together the Building Blocks of a Smarter, Happier Mind

As a child, I was convinced that my dad just went to work to play. My father was a neuroscientist at Baylor University, and his office was full of brightly colored blocks to test intelligence, books by MC Escher to study perception, and even a soundproof room covered in blue foam that I thought was for gymnastics Read the rest of this entry »

Fact: Lifelong neuroplasticity means our 7.5 billion brains can “sculpt” themselves

Much ongoing brain health and brain enhancement innovation is enabled by the core fact—called neuroplasticity–that the human brain continually changes itself through experience. Neuroplasticity–or brain plasticity– refers to the brain’s ability to rewire itself based on experience by generating new neurons and by forming new connections between neurons, among other factors. It was believed for a long time that, after a certain age, the brain became “fixed.” Now we know that the brain never stops changing, and that’s why there’s so much interest and hope around ways to harness that neuroplasticity to lead better lives, to enhance our brains, to delay brain health decline.

What follows from this fact is that we can strengthen specific circuits of the brain (through education, our jobs and lifestyles, and also through mental exercisesmeditation and neurostimulation), in order to learn faster, better and become more resilient.

–> Keep reading the article 5 Facts You Need To Know To Understand, Navigate And Enjoy The Digital Brain Health Revolution over at The Huffington Post.

“I am excited”: Making Stress Work for You, Instead of Against You

Image: The Yerkes-Dodson Law (YDL)

How much stress is good for you?

In 1908, Robert Mearns Yerkes and John Dillingham Dodson designed an experiment that would begin to tackle the question, “How much stress is good for you?”

The researchers tracked mice to see how stress would affect their ability to learn. Simple—yet painful, because how do you stress out mice? Read the rest of this entry »

Please help us spread the word about neuroplasticity & brain health innovation

Hundreds of companies around the globe–now including Elon Musk’s Neuralink and even Facebook–are researching and developing new ways to help brain owners be smarter, sharper, and healthier.

What explains this flurry of activity? Where may it be headed?

To help you understand what’s going on, let me highlight five key facts that emerged from the recent SharpBrains Virtual Summit:

Fact 1. There are 7.5 billion human brains out there, and everyone needs help
Fact 2. Lifelong neuroplasticity means all those brains can “sculpt” themselves
Fact 3. Mobile, sensing, wearable technologies, coupled with AI, provide a new platform to harness that neuroplasticity for good
Fact 4. Entrepreneurship and investments are fueling accelerated growth
Fact 5. Professionals are stepping up to help educate consumers and patients

 

“The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed” — essayist William Gibson.

 

Well, then why don’t we take on that distribution challenge and appropriately spread the knowledge and the tools 🙂

Please read the article 5 Facts You Need To Know To Understand, Navigate And Enjoy The Digital Brain Health Revolution in your favorite community, and please share the article with your friends and colleagues!

 

Also, if you want to go much deeper into these facts and what they mean for the future of brain health and brain enhancement, please Register soon to Access 40+ Hours of Session Recordings from 100+ Brain Experts (offer expires on May 1st; 10%-off discount code: sharp2017)

Kind regards,

The SharpBrains Team

Perspectiva: Transformando la educacion para fortalecer de las funciones ejecutivas y mejorar el rendimiento escolar y laboral

¿Puede usted aumentar su inteligencia? (El Confidencial):

“Ha aparecido una floreciente industria del entrenamiento mental (Brain Training Industry) que mueve más de 1.000 millones de dólares en EEUU (Sharpbrains.com). Mediante programas informáticos, promete mejorar la inteligencia, aumentar la memoria, resolver problemas de déficit de atención e hiperactividad, prevenir el alzhéimer, mantener la eficiencia cognitiva en la vejez, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

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