Workshop on Brain Fitness: The Science and Practice

LectureFyi, I will be teaching this work­shop soon, as part of our col­lab­o­ra­tion with sev­er­al Osh­er Life­long Learn­ing Institutes: 


San José State University’s Osh­er Life­long Learn­ing Insti­tute (web­site) presents 

Title: Brain Fit­ness: The Sci­ence and Practice.

When: Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 2, 2008 9:30–3:30

What: Neu­ro­sci­en­tists have shown how the human brain retains neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty (the abil­i­ty to rewire itself) and neu­ro­ge­n­e­sis (cre­ation of new neu­rons) dur­ing its full life­time, lead­ing to a new under­stand­ing of what aging means. In this class, we will review the sci­ence behind some of the key con­cepts in this field and explore their impli­ca­tions on our lifestyles in a fun and engag­ing way. We have all heard “Use it or lose it.” Lat­est research sug­gests, “Use it and improve it!”

Who: Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO and Co-Founder of has been fea­tured as a brain fit­ness expert by Forbes, MSNBC, Mar­ket­Watch, La Opin­ion, and oth­er pub­li­ca­tions. Alvaro start­ed his career at McK­in­sey & Com­pa­ny and worked on the launch and turn­around of sev­er­al pub­lish­ing and edu­ca­tion com­pa­nies with­in Ber­tels­mann, Docent, Inc, and Houghton Mif­flin. He has an MBA and MA in Edu­ca­tion from Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty, and enjoys teach­ing The Sci­ence of Brain Health and Brain Fit­ness at UC-Berkeley’s OLLI and Exer­cis­ing Our Brains at SFSU’s OLLI.


Fees: Reg­is­tra­tion required. Pro­gram fee is $45.

Reg­is­ter: Call 408–924-2734 to reg­is­ter or for more information.

Where: San Jose State Uni­ver­si­ty, at the Dr. Mar­tin Luther King, Jr. Library.

Free park­ing in the City’s 4th and San Fer­nan­do garage. 


  1. Susan on January 22, 2008 at 9:19

    Thank you Alvaro. The enrol­ment to your course is going very well.

  2. Alvaro on January 23, 2008 at 7:58

    Great to hear, Susan!

  3. Alan Kelly on February 5, 2008 at 6:32

    Are you active with Ashoka? The same name is giv­en a pre-school in a com­mu­ni­ty of dhar­ma prac­ti­tion­ers I know of.

    Thank you for main­tain­ing — I just vis­it­ed the Stroop test page and actu­al­ly “felt” my brain!

  4. Alvaro on February 5, 2008 at 8:54

    Hel­lo Alan,

    Yes, I am active with Ashoka, a great orga­ni­za­tion that sup­ports social entre­pre­neurs worldwide.

    Am hap­py you enjoyed the Stroop Test. Yes, good exercise!

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