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Barbara Arrowsmith Young: Every kid should practice stress reduction and targeted cognitive exercises at school

Bar­bara Arrow­smith Young

What is your cur­rent job title and orga­ni­za­tion, and what excites you the most about work­ing there?
As dis­cussed in The Brain that Changes Itself and in my own book, The Woman Who Changed Her Brain, I launched the Arrow­smith Pro­gram, a suite of cog­ni­tive exercises–now in more that 60 schools–designed to strengthen weak cog­ni­tive areas that under­lie a num­ber of spe­cific learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and disabilities.

I did so based on my jour­ney to over­come my own severe spe­cific learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties Read the rest of this entry »

Silvia Damiano (About my Brain Institute): Why not democratise access to neuroscience?

Sil­via Damiano

What is your cur­rent job title and orga­ni­za­tion, and what excites you the most about work­ing there?
I am the CEO of the About my Brain Insti­tute, based in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, with activ­i­ties in Europe and North Amer­ica. What excites me the most is work­ing with the young tal­ent in my organ­i­sa­tion, as a great way to keep my brain young and con­tin­u­ously learning.

Please tell us about your inter­est in brain health and per­for­mance. What areas are you most inter­ested in? What moti­vated you to pur­sue work in your field?
I had my own brain scanned last year and, being in the lead­er­ship space for so many years, I thought, this is great, but why not democ­ra­tise access to neu­ro­science? I believe that Read the rest of this entry »

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


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 »




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