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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. 

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  1. Susan says:

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

  2. Alvaro says:

    Great to hear, Susan!

  3. Alan Kelly says:

    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 says:

    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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