Founder 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
By: Hemal Pathak, PhD
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 »
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?
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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 »