By: Alvaro Fernandez
If the media is your main source of information about brain training and cognitive enhancement, you will probably believe the following:
1) All brain training is the same…
2) …and it simply doesn’t work.
3) Commercial brain training programs, especially, don’t work.
4) How could they work? Genetics is destiny, aging is a predetermined process…so by age 60 or 70 or 80, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”
If you tracked and analyzed the scientific literature around cognitive training, cognitive therapies, biofeedback, meditation, brain reserve and neuroplasticity in general, you’d know those 4 beliefs are wrong. They are myths that prevent a more nuanced conversation about brain-enhancing lifestyles and about the emerging brain training and neurotechnology toolkit.
Good news is, a just-published study should help debunk those myths–especially with regards to computerized cognitive training–and provide a better Read the rest of this entry »
By: Alvaro Fernandez
In honor of Brain Awareness Week, let’s debunk ten myths about brain fitness and brain health that remain surprisingly popular.
Top 10 brain fitness and brain health myths, debunked:
Myth 1. Genes determine the fate of our brains.
Fact: Lifelong brain plasticity means that our lifestyles and behaviors play a significant role in how our brains (and therefore our minds) physically evolve.
Myth 2. We are what we eat. Read the rest of this entry »
We are pleased to offer the first self-paced course designed to equip lifelong learners with the understanding and information required to apply neuroplasticity and cognitive reserve findings and tools to enhance their own brain health and functionality.
Detailed information is available at How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach. Registered participants can immediately log into the course and gain access to four recorded lectures–each lasting two hours– and to online materials and discussions. Registration fees are $95, and students have six months to complete course.
TOP 40 QUESTIONS ON BRAIN HEALTH, BRAIN FITNESS AND BRAIN TRAINING TO BE ADDRESSED BY THE COURSE: Read the rest of this entry »
Let us share below a list of 40 common brain fitness, brain health, brain training questions that we will make sure to address during the upcoming online course, How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach in 2012 (starts March 7th). The questions are sequenced by their approximate order of appearance in the syllabus. We look forward to an engaging, interactive and valuable experience! ***Please remember that course registration ends on Sunday, March 4th.***
Top 40 Brain Fitness & Training Questions
- How can one define brain fitness
- What is link between stress, focus and memory
- Does “brain age” even exist
- How to enhance overall mental productivity, vs just IQ
- Is there some “ceiling” to my improvement or can I always try more things
- How brain functions evolve with age. What improves, what declines, what should I be paying attention to Read the rest of this entry »
Here you have the syllabus for upcoming online course How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach. There are still some seats available, so please take a look and register if interested.
Session I. Debunking Brain and Brain Fitness Myths: We will first debunk popular misconceptions that stand in the way of making informed decisions to spend our time and money wisely. We will explore hot topics such as genetics vs. environment vs. lifestyle, intelligence, left/ right brain hemispheres, “brain age”, cognitive enhancement, supplements, learning styles, brain training, neurogenesis, neuroplasticity, cognitive reserve, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Additionally we’ll contrast the findings from a major recent scientific study with their media coverage, equipping participants to become better informed readers of news and scientific findings.
When: Wednesday, March 7th, 11am-1pm US Pacific Time (live session will be recorded for later viewing). Read the rest of this entry »