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To boost brainpower, ignore “smart drugs” and focus on experiences that harness neuroplasticity the right way

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Tra­di­tional sci­en­tific ideas cast the human brain as a fixed and essen­tially lim­ited sys­tem that only degrades with age. This view saw the brain as a rigid machine in many ways, pretty much set after child­hood. By con­trast, we have now come to appre­ci­ate that the human brain is actu­ally a highly dynamic and con­stantly reor­ga­niz­ing sys­tem, capa­ble of Read the rest of this entry »

Top insights on neuroplasticity, emotion and cognition (book highlights via Amazon Kindle)

brain circuitsInter­ested  in mod­ern brain sci­ence and what it has to offer to improve edu­ca­tion, health and qual­ity of life? Here you have some of the most pop­u­lar high­lights of the book The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness, cour­tesy of the thou­sands of read­ers enjoy­ing and anno­tat­ing the Kin­dle edi­tion of the book. Read the rest of this entry »

Transcript Available: Prof. Bob Sylwester on what Neu­ro­plas­tic­ity Means for Edu­ca­tion and Life­long Learning

The most brain-friendly book dis­cus­sion con­tin­ued today. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Essential (and Overlooked) Facts About Your Brain and Your Mind

NeuronsAn aspir­ing clar­inetist begins by get­ting a sense of the way the instrument’s sounds are pro­duced by the air she blows through it. A dri­ver must be acquainted with var­i­ous vehi­cle fun­da­men­tals, such as adding gas, accel­er­at­ing, and read­ing the speedome­ter. It is no dif­fer­ent with the brain. Max­i­miz­ing your brain’s health and per­for­mance begins with a basic under­stand­ing of how it works and how it evolves across the lifespan.

The human brain evolved to help us oper­ate in com­plex, chang­ing envi­ron­ments by con­tin­u­ally learn­ing and adapt­ing. Suc­cess­fully doing so involves Read the rest of this entry »

Neuroeducation: Top findings to update education and learning

neuroeducationNeu­roe­d­u­ca­tion: 25 Find­ings Over 25 Years (Inno­va­tion Excellence):

To cel­e­brate the progress of this mon­u­men­tal dis­ci­pline, we have com­piled a list of the 25 most sig­nif­i­cant find­ings in neu­ro­science edu­ca­tion over the past 25 years..” Read the rest of this entry »

How learning about learning leads to brain fitness

Alvaro FernandezFounder of Sharp­Brains talks about brain health (Salud­ify): “My pas­sion is learn­ing,” Fer­nan­dez told Salud­ify. “I love learn­ing, and I love to see other peo­ple learn. I just real­ized that if we can improve the way our brains work, in not just me but mil­lions of peo­ple, then we can help every­one learn bet­ter in every sin­gle decade of their lives.” …Fernandez’s work in the field led to the release of the book The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness. The impe­tus behind the book came from Fer­nan­dez exam­in­ing pro­fes­sional research related to the brain’s learn­ing abil­ity and func­tion­al­ity at var­i­ous peri­ods of life.

We thought the book would be per­fect to edu­cate peo­ple on this new under­stand­ing of the brain and equally impor­tant how to apply it to one­self, which is after all what peo­ple really want to do,” Fer­nan­dez said. “It’s what we call brain fit­ness. How peo­ple can main­tain their brains and minds in top shape.” Keep read­ing article

Why Scientific Literacy and Learning Enhance Brain Function and Neural Health

Often in dis­cussing health related find­ings with non-scientists, I’ve found that sci­en­tific lit­er­acy in the gen­eral pop­u­la­tion tends to be inad­e­quate for eval­u­at­ing sci­en­tific claims. A sur­pris­ing num­ber of peo­ple are reluc­tant to study sci­ence despite the poten­tial to ben­e­fit from the vast amount of use­ful knowl­edge being accu­mu­lated by sci­en­tists. Neil DeGrasse Tyson dis­cussed a sim­i­lar issue with the New York Daily News sev­eral years ago (A Cry to Pass the Sci­ence Test, 2006). In a time when sci­en­tific infor­ma­tion is con­stantly reshap­ing our under­stand­ing Read the rest of this entry »

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