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In the Age of Google, Should Schools Teach Memorization Skills?

As school is about to resume, peo­ple are reminded of their strong opin­ions about how to fix schools: more fund­ing, bet­ter teach­ers, less gov­ern­ment inter­fer­ence, more gov­ern­ment inter­fer­ence, etc. But the one obvi­ous, and never-stated prob­lem, is that stu­dents don’t remem­ber what they are taught. In spite of all the “teach­ing to the test” that par­ents and teach­ers com­plain about, stu­dents still don’t remem­ber the very things they were taught as answers to test questions.

The rea­son they don’t remem­ber is that they are not taught how to mem­o­rize. Why is that? Read the rest of this entry »

The Arrow­smith Pro­gram to Sponsor 2012 SharpBrains Summit; upcoming book by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

Arrowsmith ProgramThe Arrow­smith Pro­gram has agreed to become a Gold Spon­sor @ 2012 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (June 7-14th): Opti­miz­ing Health through Neu­ro­plas­tic­ity, Inno­va­tion and Data. Thank you!

The Arrow­smith Pro­gram,  avail­able in pub­lic and pri­vate schools in  the U.S. and Canada, is a com­pre­hen­sive suite of cog­ni­tive pro­grams for stu­dents with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties that tar­gets 19 areas of the brain that are most com­monly involved in learn­ing. The Arrow­smith Pro­gram iden­ti­fies and strength­ens the weak cog­ni­tive areas that affect learn­ing and each stu­dent works on cog­ni­tive pro­grams that are indi­vid­u­ally designed for his or her areas of learn­ing difficulty.

Please note that Bar­bara Arrowsmith-Young, the founder of the pro­gram whose back­ground story was described in the best­selling book The Brain That Changes Itself, by Nor­man Doidge, is releas­ing her own book this May.  Titled, The Woman Who Changed Her Brain. Learn More Here.

 

To Harness Neuroplasticity, Start with Enthusiasm

We are the archi­tects and builders of our own brains.

For mil­len­nia, how­ever, we were obliv­i­ous to our enor­mous cre­ative capa­bil­i­ties. We had no idea that our brains were chang­ing in response to our actions and atti­tudes, every day of our lives. So we uncon­sciously and ran­domly shaped our brains and our lat­ter years because we believed we had an immutable brain that was at the mercy of our genes.

Noth­ing could be fur­ther from the truth. Read the rest of this entry »

Wishing You Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah

Thank you for vis­it­ing us today. May we encour­age you to dis­con­nect from the World Wide Web for a few days, includ­ing clos­ing this web page, and to spend time con­nect­ing with your Loved Ones.

Hav­ing said that, if you really really need to read good infor­ma­tion on brain, cog­ni­tion, neu­ro­plas­tic­ity, learn­ing and life­long brain health, may we encour­age you to read some of our recent eNewsletters:

If you’re look­ing for a great book to read (yes, we’re biased, but we do think it is a great book), please take a look at The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness. If you are look­ing for brain teasers and games, look Here.

We’ll be back next week. In the mean­time, let us Wish You Happy Hol­i­days, Merry Christ­mas and Happy Hanukkah!

Top 10 Quotes on Lifelong Neuroplasticity and Neurogenesis (and a Call to eBook Readers)

You may have  noticed that Amazon.com is shar­ing aggre­gated data on how ebook read­ers inter­act with the books they are read­ing. For exam­ple, the “Pop­u­lar High­lights” sec­tion (towards the bot­tom of our Kin­dle book page) ranks the Top 10 sen­tences that Kin­dle read­ers have high­lighted and shared while read­ing The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: 18 Inter­views with Sci­en­tists, Prac­ti­cal Advice and Prod­uct Reviews, to Keep Your Brain Sharp (April 2009; 182 pages; ranked #1 in Kin­dle Store’s Pre­ven­tive Med­i­cine section).

This infor­ma­tion is invalu­able to authors and pub­lish­ers - as you can imag­ine, we’ll make sure to not only main­tain but to elab­o­rate on these top­ics as we pre­pare future edi­tions of the book.

So, what are so far the Top Ten Quotes on Life­long Neu­ro­plas­tic­ity and Neu­ro­ge­n­e­sis, Read the rest of this entry »

Reminder: Q&A Today with Alvaro Fernandez, co-author of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness

Reminder:—> Join Live Q&A with Alvaro Fer­nan­dez by click­ing HERE, today Novem­ber 15th at 11am Pacific Time/ 2pm East­ern Time. Chat about the present and future of cog­ni­tion, learn­ing, brain train­ing, tech­nol­ogy and more with Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, co-founder of SharpBrains.com and co-author of The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness. You can also learn more about the Brain Fit­ness Q&A Series.

Is the University Centered on The Learner or the Professor?

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The aca­d­e­mic ethos of uni­ver­si­ties has changed very lit­tle since the Mid­dle Ages until the present. How­ever, there is a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence between the ori­gin of uni­ver­si­ties as social insti­tu­tions and con­tem­po­rary uni­ver­si­ties. At first, their struc­ture was more infor­mal and, con­trary to what one might think, more flex­i­ble. It was stu­dents who sought out pro­fes­sors Read the rest of this entry »

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