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New Brain Fitness Guide

Sharp BrainWe are very excit­ed to announce our new­ly released Brain Fit­ness for Sharp Brains: Your New New Year Res­o­lu­tion. We wrote it in order to pro­vide an intro­duc­tion to the con­cept, sci­ence, and prac­tice of brain fit­ness in plain Eng­lish, by answer­ing the Top 25 ques­tions we have received over the last four months. Dr. Elkhonon Gold­berg, Alvaro Fer­nan­dez and myself (Car­o­line) have been work­ing hard on this.

You can click here to get your copy of the com­plete guide. Oth­er­wise, keep check­ing back this blog, as we will pub­lish a new ques­tion and its answer every Mon­day and Thurs­day before 9AM Pacif­ic Stan­dard Time. If we missed your press­ing ques­tion, let us know!

Here is a sneak pre­view of the ques­tions we will be answer­ing …


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Intro­duc­tion
Top 25 Ques­tions About Brain Fit­ness
  

 

Defin­ing Brain Fit­ness

  • What are cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties?
  • Are cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties the same thing as intel­li­gence?
  • What is brain fit­ness?
  • Is brain fit­ness sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly proven to improve cog­ni­tive skills?

Brain Fit­ness Pro­grams

  • DoI real­ly need a brain fit­ness pro­gram?
  • How do I start a brain fit­ness pro­gram?
  • I already do cross­words and sudoku. Do I need any­thing else?
  • Why are com­put­er pro­grams bet­ter than paper-based ones or sim­ply attend­ing a class in per­son?
  • How do I know if the com­put­er-based pro­grams work?
  • Why are so many pro­grams appear­ing now?
  • Is it nec­es­sary to train under the super­vi­sion of a doc­tor or oth­er spe­cial­ist?

Healthy Aging

  • What does “nor­mal aging” mean? Do we all age the same way?
  • Are there spe­cif­ic pro­grams for adults?
  • Does a brain fit­ness pro­gram pre­vent Alzheimer’s dis­ease and oth­er forms of demen­tia?
  • I don’t want to ever retire. What can I do to remain sharp?

The Oth­er Pil­lars of Brain Fit­ness

  • Are yoga and med­i­ta­tion good for my brain?
  • Are there herbal and vit­a­min sup­ple­ments that will pro­tect my mem­o­ry?
  • Is phys­i­cal fit­ness impor­tant?

Spe­cif­ic Top­ics in Brain Fit­ness

  • How can I improve my con­cen­tra­tion and my mem­o­ry?
  • Can a brain fit­ness pro­gram help me become more cre­ative?
  • I am a busy exec­u­tive with a chal­leng­ing job. All this doesn’t sound very rel­e­vant to me.
  • Are there spe­cif­ic pro­grams for kids? My kids have prob­lems with math-why should they do these things that may dis­tract them?
  • Dur­ing my preg­nan­cy, I felt real­ly absent-mind­ed. Is this nor­mal? What can I do?
  • Ever since menopause, I can’t real­ly think or con­cen­trate as I used to. Is this nor­mal? What can I do?
  • I play casu­al games online, such as Bejew­eled. Is that good? Do I need some­thing else?

Neu­ro­science Inter­view Series
Dr. Elkhonon Gold­berg
Dr. Daniel Gopher
Dr. Torkel Kling­berg
Dr. Brett N. Steen­barg­er
Dr. James Zull

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