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Learning & The Brain Conference: discount for SharpBrains readers

San Francisco Golden Gate BridgeCon­text: Last Feb­ru­ary we had the chance to attend a great con­fer­ence on how brain research is influ­enc­ing edu­ca­tion. High­ly rec­om­mend­ed. Car­o­line wrote our impres­sions, sum­ma­rized as “It was a fas­ci­nat­ing mix of neu­ro­sci­en­tists and edu­ca­tors talk­ing with and lis­ten­ing to each oth­er. Some top­ics were meant to be applied today, but many were food for thought — insight on where sci­ence and edu­ca­tion are head­ed and how they influ­ence each oth­er”. See some of our take-aways below.

Announce­ment: the 2008 edi­tion of this con­fer­ence, titled Using Brain Research to Enhance Learn­ing, Atten­tion & Mem­o­ry For Edu­ca­tors, Par­ents and Clin­i­cians, will take place in San Fran­cis­co, on Feb­ru­ary 7–9th, 2008. The orga­niz­ers have kind­ly invit­ed me to deliv­er a lec­ture on Inter­ven­tions to Sharp­en Minds, as part of the Brain Plas­tic­i­ty & Atten­tion track. I will pro­vide an overview of the sci­ence behind com­put­er-based cog­ni­tive train­ing inter­ven­tions and dis­cuss a num­ber of research-based pro­grams that are being used today. Let me know if you are plan­ning to attend!

Reg­is­tra­tion fees: the gen­er­al reg­is­tra­tion fees are $495 per per­son, if you reg­is­ter before Jan­u­ary 25th, 2008.

Spe­cial Dis­count for Sharp­Brains read­ers: you can reg­is­ter for $450 before that date,  mak­ing sure to write
SharpBrains1 in the com­ments sec­tion of How did you hear about the con­fer­ence? in this Reg­is­tra­tion Page.

To learn more about the con­fer­ence:

Pro­gram overview: click here

Co-spon­sors: click here

Here you have some of our take-aways from last con­fer­ence:

- Humans are a mix­ture of cog­ni­tion and emo­tion, and both ele­ments are essen­tial to func­tion and learn prop­er­ly

- Edu­ca­tors and pub­lic pol­i­cy mak­ers need to learn more about the brain, how it grows, and how to cul­ti­vate it

- Stu­dents of all ages need to be both chal­lenged and nur­tured in order to suc­ceed

- Peo­ple learn dif­fer­ent­ly — try to teach and learn through as many dif­fer­ent modal­i­ties as pos­si­ble (engage lan­guage, motor skills, artis­tic cre­ation, social inter­ac­tion, sen­so­ry input, etc.)

- While short-term stress can height­en your cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties, long term stress kills you  you need to find bal­ance and release

- Test anx­i­ety and sub­se­quent poor test results can be improved with behav­ioral train­ing with feed­back based on heart rate vari­abil­i­ty

- Dr. Robert Sapol­sky is a very very enlight­en­ing and fun speak­er

- Allow time for rest and con­sol­i­da­tion of learned mate­r­i­al

- Emo­tion­al mem­o­ries are eas­i­er to remem­ber

- Con­fer­ences like these per­form a real ser­vice in fos­ter­ing dia­logues between sci­en­tists and edu­ca­tors

(Pic: cred­it goes to have­back­pack­will trav­el, via flickr).

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  1. Kristin Einberger says:

    Janelle Sel­l­ick and I have one book out and anoth­er cur­rent­ly being pub­lished enti­tled Strength­en Your Mind: Activ­i­ties for Peo­ple with Ear­ly Mem­o­ry Loss, pub­lished by Health Pro­fes­sions Press. We are avail­able for pre­sen­ta­tions and would love the oppor­tu­ni­ty to do so. Are there any oppor­tu­ni­ties with your group?

  2. Alvaro says:

    Hel­lo Kristin,

    Thanks for stop­ping by. I speak often at con­fer­ences, com­pa­nies and learn­ing cen­ters, as you can see in, most­ly in the West Coast and New York. Where are you based? we could exchange leads.

  3. Kristin Einberger says:

    We are based in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, in the Napa Val­ley.

  4. Denise Kramer says:

    What con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion cred­its are avail­able for health pro­fes­sion­als at this con­fer­ence? I would need both RN and CCM. Thank you.

  5. Alvaro says:

    Hel­lo Denise, I for­ward­ed your ques­tion to the orga­niz­ers, and they sug­gest you check

    adding that
    “There, we explain all the pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment
    cred­its we are able to pro­vide. We can give cred­it to
    some RNs only.”

  6. Alvaro says:

    Denise, the orga­niz­ers just added that:

    There are only RN or school nurs­ing cred­its for those in PA, MA, CT, and NJ. There are no doc­tor cred­its or nation­al nurs­ing cred­its avail­able.”

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