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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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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 »

White House BRAIN Initiative should start with the end goal in mind

human-brainWhite House BRAIN Initiative is a nice start, but it’s too small and timid (Venture Beat): “…it’s unlikely to move the needle because, unlike previous national projects, it lacks adequate funding and actionable objectives that can capture the imagination of innovators and the public at large…Is there an alternative approach? Yes. Start with the societal goal in mind, and chart the most likely path to make a groundbreaking difference there…Although the BRAIN Initiative is often compared to the moon project, perhaps the better opportunity would be for it to draw inspiration from JFK’s fitness initiative. In announcing that program, President Kennedy said, “The strength of our democracy and our country is really no greater in the final analysis than the well-being of our citizens.” Read full article

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