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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 »

Book review of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined

Ungifted_KaufmanJust a couple weeks ago I had a discussion with several psychologists and neurologists who seemed to share the opinion that “brain fitness” is a meaningless concept and pursuit. On the one hand, they thought, intelligence is a fixed trait and no intervention has shown so far to reliably increase it. On the other hand, nothing has been shown to prevent the pathology of Alzheimer’s Disease. According to this mindset…why bother?

Well, what if such mental framework was wrong or, worse, misleading? Read the rest of this entry »

Are we intelligent about developing human intelligence?

Ungifted_KaufmanWhen it comes to our understanding of human intelligence, for too long, there has been a mismatch between theory and practice. Theoretically, the two main threads running through definitions of intelligence have been (a) adaptation to the environment, and (b) the cognitive, affective, and volitional characteristics that enable that adaptation. Practically, IQ tests measure an important but limited slice of intellectual functioning in a very limited testing environment. Why such a disconnect?

Intelligence tests were born out of necessity. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 40 Brain Fitness & Training Questions/ Course Registration Ends this Sunday

Let us share below a list of 40 common brain fitness, brain health, brain training questions that we will make sure to address during the upcoming online course, How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach in 2012 (starts March 7th). The questions are sequenced by their approximate order of appearance in the syllabus. We look forward to an engaging, interactive and valuable experience! ***Please remember that course registration ends on Sunday, March 4th.***

Top 40 Brain Fitness & Training Questions

  1. How can one define brain fitness
  2. What is link between stress, focus and memory
  3. Does “brain age” even exist
  4. How to enhance overall mental productivity, vs just IQ
  5. Is there some “ceiling” to my improvement or can I always try more things
  6. How brain functions evolve with age. What improves, what declines, what should I be paying attention to Read the rest of this entry »

61 Lifelong Learners registered so far: How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach in 2012

Only a couple weeks ago we announced the new online course How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach in 2012, and we are happy to report 61 lifelong learners have registered since. Take a look at the fascinating geographic distribution of participants! We are looking forward to it.

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