By: Alvaro Fernandez
We are proud to share that Kirkus Reviews, one of the most credible independent reviewers of new books, just published a very good review of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age (April 2013; 284 pages).
“Your brain is your most precious asset, and it is wise to invest in it,” the authors write. Read the rest of this entry »
In honor of everyone with a brain and an ebook reader, we are making the Kindle edition of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness free to download until this Friday. You will notice that a few sections require updating (we’re working on a second edition) but the book has aged pretty well since 2009. Description: Named a Best Book by AARP, The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness is an invaluable guide that helps readers navigate growing brain research and identify the lifestyle factors and products that Read the rest of this entry »
By: Shlomo Breznitz & Collins Hemingway
As with “expert,” the root of experience is “experiri,” a Latin word meaning “to try out.” People with a lot of experience should be willing to try new things, as their knowledge should provide more context and points of view, enable more exploration of an issue, and minimize risk with decisions. However, highly experienced people tend to fall into the habits of the past. Once we have accumulated a valuable base of knowledge, experience provides a useful shortcut for decision making. Relying on experience is very fast and very efficient, but it is also potentially very dangerous. Operating with the least effort possible, the brain retrieves whatever quickly seems to fit. We apply past patterns to the future. Rather than call upon its amazing creativity, too often the brain works as nothing but a huge storage bin of precedents.
Because “close is good enough” as our brain fills in the blanks, we Read the rest of this entry »
By: Barbara Arrowsmith-Young
We have always thought that “our brain shapes us.” I wrote my new book, The Woman Who Changed Her Brain (May 2012; Free Press, Foreword by Norman Doidge), to prove that the reverse is equally true. I wanted to demonstrate how “we can shape our brains.”
Imagine having a brain that is capable and incapable at the same time. Growing up, I had severe learning disabilities. I lived in a world that was confusing and incomprehensible. As I was to later discover, a critical part of my brain was not working properly, the end result being that all language was experienced as foreign and my translator was Read the rest of this entry »
The Arrowsmith Program has agreed to become a Gold Sponsor @ 2012 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (June 7-14th): Optimizing Health through Neuroplasticity, Innovation and Data. Thank you!
The Arrowsmith Program, available in public and private schools in the U.S. and Canada, is a comprehensive suite of cognitive programs for students with learning disabilities that targets 19 areas of the brain that are most commonly involved in learning. The Arrowsmith Program identifies and strengthens the weak cognitive areas that affect learning and each student works on cognitive programs that are individually designed for his or her areas of learning difficulty.
Please note that Barbara Arrowsmith-Young, the founder of the program whose background story was described in the bestselling book The Brain That Changes Itself, by Norman Doidge, is releasing her own book this May. Titled, The Woman Who Changed Her Brain. Learn More Here.
On Tuesday, February 7, at 7 p.m., Cleveland Park Library in Washington, DC will host Alvaro Fernandez as he discusses The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: 18 Interviews with Scientists, Practical Advice, and Product Reviews to Keep Your Brain Sharp (book also available via DC library system).
The book expands on the concept of neuroplasticity that recent works such as the New York Times bestseller, The Brain that Changes Itself, and the PBS Brain Fitness Program have introduced to the world. Neuroplasticity, or the the brain’s capacity to Read the rest of this entry »
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