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4 Essential (and Overlooked) Facts About Your Brain and Your Mind

NeuronsAn aspiring clarinetist begins by getting a sense of the way the instrument’s sounds are produced by the air she blows through it. A driver must be acquainted with various vehicle fundamentals, such as adding gas, accelerating, and reading the speedometer. It is no different with the brain. Maximizing your brain’s health and performance begins with a basic understanding of how it works and how it evolves across the lifespan.

The human brain evolved to help us operate in complex, changing environments by continually learning and adapting. Successfully doing so involves Read the rest of this entry »

New Summit Partner: The UCSF Gaz­za­ley Lab

gazzaley labWe’re proud to announce that the 2013 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (Sep­tem­ber 19-20th) will count on the support from another leading organization. The UCSF Gaz­za­ley Lab is a cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science research lab at the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Fran­cisco focused on study­ing the neural mech­a­nisms of mem­ory and atten­tion, Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Quotes from The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness (and free chapter)

amazon_kindleAs a book co-author it is always a pleasure, and a surprise, to see what readers find most interesting and noteworthy. A feature in Amazon’s Kindle e-reader allows readers to highlight and share their favorite sentences .

These are the 5 Most Highlighted Quotes in The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age (so far):

  1. “Emotion is the system that tells us how important something is. Attention focuses us on the important and away from the unimportant things. Cognition tells us what to do about it. Cognitive skills are whatever it takes to do those things.” (25 Highlighters) Read the rest of this entry »

Calisthenics and Brain Games for a Child’s Mind

calisthenics-for-a-childs-mind_1Brain Games Aim to Make Kids Smarter (SciAm Mind, requires subscription):
“Scientists have concocted mental fitness regimens to strengthen weak thinking skills in students—in effect, making kids smarter…Psychologists have long believed that thinking capacities such as attention, memory and reasoning were fixed, but Read the rest of this entry »

Raising awareness about the distracted mind (PBS special)

DistractedMindI feel it is critical that scientists make an effort to translate their research discoveries into a format that is understandable and meaningful to the general public. They should also, at least on occasion, step beyond detailed descriptions of laboratory results and speculate on how their findings inform the bigger picture and impact people’s lives. This has never been more important than it is it right now, in this time of dramatically reduced science funding. In the PBS-sponsored special, The Distracted Mind, I try to accomplish this by integrating material from dozens of Read the rest of this entry »

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