By: Alvaro Fernandez
Registered participants in the new e-course How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach can take part in a monthly online Q&A session to discuss progress and open questions with the course faculty and with fellow participants. Below is the transcript of the October 30th Q&A session, lightly edited and anonymized.
Course Faculty (or F): OK, we are ready to start. You can start writing and submitting any questions and comments! Read the rest of this entry »
By: Judith C. Tingley, PhD
The words, The Agile Mind captured my attention immediately. The title conveyed energy, innovation, change, bouncing on a trampoline in my head. I knew that investigating the book would be an adventure.
As soon as the book The Agile Mind by Wilma Koutstaal was in my hands, I explored the 24-page index, looking for my favorite topic, problem-solving thinking. On page 29 I accessed a brand new take on the intuitive versus rational problem solving challenge. A central aspect of mental agility Read the rest of this entry »
By: Andrew Zolli
Over and over again—in natural disasters, after the SARS epidemic, following the loss of a child or spouse—Bonanno’s longitudinal studies on loss and trauma revealed the exact same pattern at the population level. No matter how bad the trauma, rates of PTSD never exceeded one-third, and rates of resilience were always found in at least one-third and never more than two-thirds of the population.
“This pattern of response is so ubiquitous, and so consistent, it begs the question: Why are we, as a species, designed this way?” asks Bonanno.
One possible answer is that the design ensures that there is always at least a sizable minority, or even a majority, to take care of those deeply affected by a trauma. Read the rest of this entry »
By: Alvaro Fernandez
Time for SharpBrains’ March 2012 eNewsletter, featuring in this occasion thought-provoking perspectives on emotions, ADHD, health and the brain, and a brief status update of the upcoming 2012 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (June 7-14th, 2012).
New Research and Resources:
Update on 2012 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (June 7-14th):
- Preliminary Agenda: with 30+ Speakers and 5 Educational Workshops
- Sponsors: Learn about Gold Sponsors The Arrowsmith Program and Brain Resource; Learn how to Sponsor/ Exhibit
- Partners: Learn about 10+ Summit Partners; Learn how to Partner
- Register: very-early-bird rates apply until next Tuesday, April 3rd. Don’t miss them!
If you believe most self-help books, pop-psychology articles, and television therapists, then you probably assume that how people respond to significant life events is pretty predictable. Most of us, according to the “experts,” are affected in just about the same way by a given experience—there is a grieving process that everyone goes through, there is a sequence of events that happens when we fall in love, there is a standard response to being jilted, and there are fairly standard ways almost every normal person reacts to the birth of a child, to being unappreciated at one’s job, to having an unbearable workload, to the challenges of raising teenagers, and to the inevitable changes that occur with aging.
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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 »
Veterans learn to use yoga and meditation exercises to reconnect with their emotions (Wisconsin State Journal):
“Rich Low of Madison served as an infantry officer in the Army in Iraq in 2005 and 2006, leading some 280 combat missions. When he came back from the service, he didn’t think his experience affected him in any major way. He had nightmares, and he startled easily, but he chalked that up to just something veterans live with. Read the rest of this entry »