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Brain Fitness Blog Carnival #2

Welcome to the February 19, 2007 edition of brain fitness.

Today we want to highlight an excellent Interview with Aaron Beck on the History of Cognitive Therapy submitted by the Beck Institute. Dr. Beck was 83 when he gave this interview. To the question “Do you have a view about ageing?”, he responds “I can only speak for myself. I know that practically all my colleagues from medical school days who are still around have retired. That is not something that I think about. It is no more on my horizon now than it was when we first met a quarter of a century ago. I keep looking ahead.” He also says “I have always liked to unify different fields. Given my background in neurology I do not see a conflict between neurology and psychology. But if you look at the training of contemporary psychiatrists, for example, the two domains are totally distinct. If psychiatry is to survive as a discipline, a merging of the concepts of neurology and psychology will need to occur.”

Science and Philosophy

D.A.N. presents a great new article in its series Look at the Human Mind Part2: Perception.

Neurophilosopher explores Neurogenesis in the adult human brain. “One of the central dogmas of neuroscience was that the brains of adult mammals cannot generate new nerve cells. But about 10 years ago, this changed, when … “. “Now, an advance online publication on the website of the journal Science provides evidence that neurogenesis may also occur in the olfactory bulb of the human brain.”

GrrlScientist makes the point that maybe the starting point in Brain Fitness is to get rid of the bad stuff-check out What’s Your Poison?.

Bora explores whether our social environment or our physical one may be influencing us more, by discussing an experiment on their respective effects on our biological clock, at Sun Time is the Real Time.

Dr. Jane Chin presents Love Does Not Come From the Heart and says that “Freedom is achieved when we become conscious of all that compels and impels us. In order to understand how we become conscious, we need to understand the unit process of becoming conscious.” Jane is clearly exercising her mind by exploring Rudolf Steiner’s The Philosophy of Freedom.

Turil Cronburg presents The Wise Turtle’s Guide to Human Needs saying, “A beautiful and creative expression of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs as seen from a philosophical health perspective.”

Alvaro interviews a Notre Dame researcher to discuss ADD/ADHD and working memory training.

Caroline summarizes the research behind Cognitive Reserve and Lifestyle that indicates how important mental stimulation is for healthy brain aging.

Education and Professional Development

Stephanie West Allen explores the potential value of fMRI to be able to answer the question Do clients tell the truth when surveyed about satisfaction? The brain knows and it might be telling.

Michelle B helps us identify obstacles to peak performance and learn how to manage them, in Taming of the Trader’s Gremlin(s).

Brett Steenbarger reviews research on heart rate variability in Enhancing the Trader’s Self-Control, showing a quantitative way to tame that gremlin.

Dr. Beck would probably agree that implementing Michelle and Brett’s suggestions require conscious and repeated practice. Senia writes a great article, Create New Habits: Self-Regulation, with both great context and specific recommendations.

Kare Anderson presents a great blog discussing Paul Ekman’s work in teaching you to recognize genuine or feigned facial expresssions in Wonder What He’s Really Feeling?. Developing that skill can help you improve both professional and personal relationships, and maybe even spot a terrorist.

Health and Wellness

The Positivity Blog presents Take the Positivity Challenge!, with very specific training suggestions to adopt a more positive (but not delusional) attitude to life. The article starts with a great quote by Anais Nin: “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

Scott Lee discusses the role of genetics, the environment, and our consciousness in creating who we are, with Evolution & Inner Awareness.

Craig Harper presents The Incredible Relationship between our Mind and our Body. saying, “We are a collective of people who are (typically) stressed on a regular basis. We make ourselves sick.”

Vahid Chaychi provides advice to caregivers in At the Receiving End of an Anxiety Disorder.

Personal stories and techniques

Alvin Soon explains How To Give A Good Compliment and how he has trained himself to “open up conversations, give people a lift, and raise my self-esteem at the same time”.

Barbra Sundquist helps us understand why “the things that make us angry are very revealing” Who Pushes Your Buttons?. And proposes a technique to “neutralize anger”.

Raymond David Salas on How to Have Beginner’s Luck.

Joanne presents her views about The Mind, Grace and Anandagiriji.

Shamelle shares part of her journey and three brief meditations in Relax and Unwind-Without Spending Any Money!.

We hope you have enjoyed this edition. Please help us spread the word by linking to this post. Submit your blog article to the next edition of brain fitness using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

The next edition will be hosted by Neurophilosopher on March 19th.    

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9 Responses

  1. eleanor says:


    Sorry I didn’t have time to contribute this time, looks really interesting though! – I will link to this post



  2. Alvaro says:

    No problem Eleanor. Thanks for the link and looking forward your post next month!

  3. Alvin says:

    Hey Alvaro,

    Thanks for including me! Been busy busy busy 😛

  4. Alvaro says:

    Welcome back, Alvin!

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