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Canadian teacher Maggie MacDonnell wins annual $1M Global Teacher Prize

Canadian school teacher wins $1M global teacher prize beating out thousands of applicants (CBS News):

“A Canadian school teacher who encourages hope and acts of kindness in an isolated corner of Quebec won a $1 million prize Sunday in what has become one of the most high-profile awards for teaching excellence. Read the rest of this entry »

Improving brain fitness literacy in Japan

Shoukei Matsumoto and Alvaro Fernandez. Courtesy of Newsweek Japan

— Shoukei Matsumoto and Alvaro Fernandez. Courtesy of Newsweek Japan

Newsweek Japan just published this great article to disseminate latest thinking and research about meditation, brain fitness and digital technologies, based on Alvaro Fernandez’ trip last week to discuss How is our societal obsession with technology changing our health and well-being at the World Forum on Sport and Culture in Tokyo.

Key insights discussed, coming from The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitnessnow in Japanese!–, included:

1) We are smarter and healthier than ever, so it is not true that technology (or Google) is killing our brains.

2) But it’s true is that we are facing growing health and brain challenges. Why? Because, even if we are smarter and healthier, our fitness is not keeping up with the demands on our brains and minds in our increasingly complex work and life environment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Holiday gift idea: The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness

Heads-up: the special promotion to buy The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age (284 pages; April 2013) at a discount (up to 40% off, depending on country and format) expires next Sunday, December 29th. We hope you will enjoy reading the book and then joining the online book discussions in January! Click Here to learn more.

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Brain training and brain teasers are part of Novelty, Variety, Challenge

brainsBrain fitness can include playing training games on computers (Los Angeles Times):

“…Today, the term “fitness” is as likely to encompass the body as it is the mind…Fernandez says that the key components of any brain-training program are novelty, variety and challenge — factors that Read the rest of this entry »

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