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Neuroplasticity, Brain Fitness and Cognitive Health News


About this Blog

Your Window into the Brain Fitness Revolution offers a mix of fun brain teasers and serious commentary, focused on the implications of cognitive neuroscience research on Health, Education and Corporate Training.

SharpBrains’ Mission is to make Mind Fitness available to all by raising public awareness and helping bring to market neuroscience-based products and programs, a.k.a. “brain gyms”.


Alvaro Fernandez is Managing Director of SharpBrains, Inc. He holds an MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University. Alvaro started his career in McKinsey & Company in Europe and has participated in the launch of online bookstore Bertelsmann Online, the turnaround of corporate e-learning company Docent, Inc, and the launch of a new business unit of Edusoft, a Houghton Mifflin company. He enjoys advising the management teams at social enterprises Ashoka, abcd espanol and Arcandina, and teaching the class  Exercising Our Brains  at the Bay Area Osher Lifelong Learning Center.

alvaro123 (at) sharpbrains456 (dot) com. (Note: Get rid of the numbers.)

Contributing Editor:

Caroline Latham serves as Director of Communications for SharpBrains. She received her undergraduate degree in experimental psychology from Davidson College and worked in research labs studying human memory, pain perception, oculomotor behavior, and attention. After several years working towards a combined MD/PhD in neurosurgery and neuroscience at the University of Texas Medical Branch, she launched her career working with medical and health-related companies and publications.

Advisory Board

Dr. Phil Delio, Associate Director of Stroke Services at the Rehabilitation Institute of Santa Barbara. Former Chief Neurology Resident at Stanford University.

Dr. David Gamon is a best-selling author focused on making brain research exciting and accessible to all readers. While Building Mental Muscle is his best-known work, he has authored or co-authored a total of 10 books in the Brainwaves line of popular brain science books. He studied German literature at Reed College and cognitive science at U.C. Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D. in Linguistics. He serves as contributing writer to the Curious Mind newsletter and the ScienceMaster science education website, winner of the National Academy Press’s “Coolest Science Site” award. His current projects include books about the brain’s construction of sensory reality; humor and the brain; the science of psychopathy; and the evolution of language.

Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg is an author, scientist, educator and clinician, internationally renowned for his clinical work, research, writings and teaching in neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience. He is a Clinical Professor of Neurology at New York University School of Medicine, and Diplomate of The American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology. A student and close associate of the great neuropsychologist Alexander Luria, Dr. Goldberg has continued to advance Luria’s scientific and clinical tradition, and written popular science books such as The Executive Brain and The Wisdom Paradox.

Susan Hoffman launched and now leads the San Francisco State University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and is a Board member of Gateway High school. Susan’s creative work-screenplays, stories, commentaries- has appeared in small press and mainstream publications as well as on-screen. For many years, she ran a performing arts venue at Fort Mason Center and represented arts organizations in Sacramento and Washington as the state’s arts advocate.

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  1. Elona says:

    Thank you for the wealth of resources you have provided. I can hardly wait to read the rest of your blog. 🙂

  2. Alvaro says:

    Elona, thanks for your kind comment. Every writer needs readers, so thanks for checking our blog!



  3. Elona says:

    Alvaro, I’m going to put you on my blog roll.

  4. Alvaro says:

    I appreciate, Elona!

  5. Hello, Alvaro. I looked all over here and your business Web site and could not find an e-mail address. I had a couple of questions.

    I have added you to both my blogrolls as neuroscience is a major focus of mine. idealawg’s URL will be picked up above. The other blog at which I added yours is at . All the best to you.

  6. Alvaro says:

    Stephanie, thanks for reaching out. Great to talk to you. You have very interesting blogs on Neuroscience and Law.

  7. Just stumbled upon your blog and am very interested in reading what you have to say. I’d love to subscribe to get updates, but your blog doesn’t display any of the common RSS feed chicklets, nor do you have a FeedBlitz subscription form. Any chance you will include one or the other on your blog so it is easy to stay in touch? Thanks!

  8. Alvaro says:

    Patsi, thanks for your interest. Yes, we will have both very soon. I apologize for the delay.

  9. Danny Dankner says:

    Alvaro, great blog. Both helpful and thought provoking. Very well balanced between academic review and sheer fun.
    Keep up the good work!

  10. Alvaro says:

    Thanks Danny! We are happy you find it thought-provoking, so we are sure you are growing some neurons and connections on us 🙂

    Fun is not bad, either…

    Caroline and I will keep doing our best.

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