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Expert Contributors

Below you have the profiles of some of our Contributors and links to their best articles with us so far.

Pascale Michelon
Dr. Pascale Michelon is SharpBrains’ Research Manager for Educational Projects. She has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and has worked as a Research Scientist at Washington University in Saint Louis, in the Psychology Department. Dr. Michelon conducted several research projects to understand how the brain makes use of visual information and memorizes facts. She is also an Adjunct Faculty at Washington University. Complete list of articles: Dr. Pascale Michelon Author Page. Selected articles:

Can food improve brain health?.

Attention Deficits At Work.

Physical Exercise and Brain Health.

Brain Teasers: Can you use mental self rotation to read a map?, Spot the Difference, Word game, Boost your visuospatial skills, Words in your brain.

David Rabiner
Dr. David Rabiner is a child clinical psychologist and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. His research focuses on various issues related to ADHD, the impact of attention problems on academic achievement, and attention training. He also publishes Attention Research Update, a complimentary online newsletter that helps parents, professionals, and educators keep up with the latest research on ADHD. Complete list of articles: Dr. David Rabiner Author Page.Selected articles:

Promising Cognitive Training Studies for ADHD.

Mindfulness Meditation for Adults & Teens with ADHD.

How Strong is the Research Support for Neurofeedback in Attention Deficits?.

Self-Regulation and Barkley’s Theory of ADHD.

Bill Klemm
W. R. (Bill) Klemm, D.V.M., Ph.D. Scientist, professor, author, speaker As a professor of Neuroscience at Texas A&M University, Bill has taught about the brain and behavior at all levels, from freshmen, to seniors, to graduate students to post-docs. His recent books include Thank You Brain For All You Remember, Core Ideas in Neuroscience and Blame Game: How to Win It. Complete list of articles: Dr. Bill Klemm Author Page.Selected articles:

What You Can do to Improve Memory (and Why It Deteriorates in Old Age).

Improve Memory with Sleep, Practice, and Testing.

Try Thinking and Learning Without Working Memory.

New Neurons: Good News, Bad News.

Greater Good Magazine

Greater Good Magazine, a UC-Berkeley-based quarterly magazine that highlights ground breaking scientific research into the roots of compassion and altruism. Complete list of articles: Greater Good Magazine Page.
Selected articles:

The Secret to Success, The Power of Mindsight and When Empathy moves us to Action.

David Elkind: Cognitive and Emotional Development Through Play.

Robert Sapolsky on Peace Among Primates: Part 1, Part 2. Part 3.

Jill Sutie: Mindfulness and Meditation in Schools.

Laurie Bartels
Laurie Bartels writes the Neurons Firing blog to create for herself the “the graduate course I’d love to take if it existed as a program”. She is also the organizer of Digital Wave annual summer professional development, and a frequent attendee of Learning & The Brain conferences. Complete list of articles: Laurie Bartels Author Page.
Selected articles:

Resources for Brain Health Across the Lifespan.

Neurogenesis and Brain Plasticity in Adult Brains.

10 Brain Tips To Teach and Learn.

Learning & the Brain: Resources for Educators.

Joshua Steinerman Einstein-Montefiore Brain Aging Center

Dr. Joshua Steinerman is a behavioral neurologist and neuropsychiatrist, combining clinical practice in cognitive disorders with research on technologies for successful brain aging. He is Assistant Professor of Neurology at New York’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where he established the Einstein-Montefiore Brain Aging Center and directs the Neurodegenerative Disease Clinical Trials Program. He is also the founding scientist of ProGevity Neuroscience.
Complete list of articles: Dr. Joshua Steinerman. Selected articles:

A Farewell to Dementia?.

Minding the Aging Brain.

Ginger Campbell Brain Science Podcast
Ginger Campbell, MD graduated from the University of Alabama School of Medicine. She also has a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering and spent several years teaching at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Dr. Campbell has been practicing emergency medicine since 1992. She started the Brain Science Podcast in 2006. Complete list of articles: Dr. Ginger Campbell.Selected articles:

On Being Certain: Believing You Are Right Even When You’re Not.

Brain Science: “Brain Rules” Podcast.

Adrian Preda
Adrian Preda, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior in the UC Irvine School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. His expertise in human behavior, psychology and spirituality is based on years of experience working as a psychiatrist, psychotherapist, teacher and researcher in a variety of academic clinical and non-clinical settings. He also teaches the UC Irvine Extension class The Mind that Changes the Brain: Wellness in the Second Millennium. Complete list of articles: Dr. Adrian Preda.Selected articles:

Exercising the body is exercising the mind.

The brain virtues of physical exercise.

Simon Evans Brain fit for life
Paul Burghardt Brain Fit for lifeDrs. Simon Evans and Paul Burghardt currently collaborate in the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychiatry, and the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute to study the effects of nutrition and exercise on brain function. They host the Brain Fit for Life blog and are collaborating on an upcoming book on the subject. Complete list of articles: Dr. Simon Evans.Selected articles:

A User’s Guide to Lifelong Brain Health: BrainFit for Life

Preventive Medicine for Brain Health.

Gregory Kellet on stress management
Gregory Kellett has a masters in Cognitive Neurology/Research Psychology from SFSU and is a researcher at UCSF where he currently investigates the psychophysiology of social stress.

Relaxing for your Brain’s Sake.

Stress and Neural Wreckage: Part of the Brain Plasticity Puzzle.

John Medina-Brain Rules
John Medina, author of “Brain Rules,” is a developmental molecular biologist and research consultant. He is an affiliate professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is also the director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research at Seattle Pacific University. His article on exercise and the brain was selected by the Harvard Business Review (Feb 2008) as one of its “Breakthrough Ideas for 2008.”

Brain Rules: science and practice.

Schlomo Breznitz CogniFit
Prof. Schlomo Breznitz is the Founder and President of CogniFit. Previously, he served as the Lady Davis Professor of Psychology and the founding director of the Center for Study of Psychological Stress at the University of Haifa. He has also been visiting professor at the London School of Economics, Berkeley, Stanford, and National Institutes of Health.

Maximize the Cognitive Value of Your Mental Workout.

EduWonkette
eduwonkette is an anonymous blogger who writes a fantastic Education Week blog described as “Through the lens of social science, eduwonkette takes a serious, if sometimes irreverent, look at some of the most contentious education policy debates.”

Schools: what should they do, and for whom?.

Joanne Jacobs- Our School
Once a Knight Ridder columnist, Joanne Jacobs now blogs on education at joannejacobs.com. Her book, Our School: The Inspiring Story of Two Teachers, One Big Idea and the Charter School That Beat the Odds, is available online and in book stores.

The First Step Is Failure.

Shannon Moffett-Three Pound Enigma
Shannon Moffet has an MD from Stanford University School of Medicine, and is in her residency in emergency medicine at Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA. Her book on the brain (and eight dynamic brain-mavens, including Robert Stickgold) is The Three Pound Enigma: The Human Brain and the Quest to Unlock its Mysteries. Moffett recently appeared on The Brain Fitness Program, which aired nationwide on PBS.

Sleep, Tetris, Memory and the Brain.

Larry McLeary
Larry McCleary, M.D, (blog) is a former acting Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Denver Children’s Hospital. He is trained and has practiced as a pediatric neurosurgeon and has completed post-graduate training in theoretical physics. His scientific publications span the fields of metabolic medicine, tumor immunology, biotechnology and neurological disease. He is the author of The Brain Trust Program: A Scientifically Based Three-Part Plan to Improve Memory, Elevate Mood, Enhance Attention, Alleviate Migraine and Menopausal Symptoms, and Boost Mental Energy (Perigee Trade, 2007).

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