Time for SharpBrains’ November 2012 eNewsletter, featuring latest science, tools and thinking to upgrade brain health. Before we start, do you believe these 32 neuromyths? Do we only use 10% of our brain?
Finally, a request to reporters, analysts and bloggers reading this. As we’re preparing to release a major market report, we’d like to ensure you are in our Media List. If you’re interested in brain health & innovation and want to be notified as soon as the report becomes available, please Fill This Form and let us know a bit about the publication/s you are writing for. Thank you!
Courtesy of the recent study Neuromyths in education: Prevalence and predictors of misconceptions among teachers, by Sanne Dekker et al, here you have 32 brain-related statements. Are they correct or incorrect?
- We use our brains 24 h a day (C ).
- Children must acquire their native language before a second language is learned. If they do not do so neither language will be fully acquired (I).
- Boys have bigger brains than girls (C ). Read the rest of this entry »
By: Dr. Bill Klemm
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 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.
By: Dr. Helena Popovic
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 »
By: Alvaro Fernandez
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!
By: Alvaro Fernandez
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 »