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Brain Fitness Newsletter: Brain Awareness Week is March 10-16th

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First, an announcement: March 10-16th is Brain Awareness Week, an international effort organized by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives to advance public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research. Join the hundreds of activities worldwide by visiting the International Calendar of events, or the week’s main website.

Brain Fitness in the News

Cognitive Health and Training News: round-up of stimulating news, from Dakim raising over $10 million dollars to grow their retirement community offerings, to the full video of our 90-minute panel on brain fitness trends, to a research report on how overall cognitive health rates have improved since 1993.


Brain Plasticity: How learning changes the brain: Why do London taxi drivers have a larger hippocampus than London bus drivers? Dr. Pascale Michelon explains how, when we become experts in a specific domain, the areas in our brain that deal with those learned skills grow.

Minding the Aging Brain: Dr. Joshua Steinerman highlights why the scientific community may not yet have the necessary tools to study brain fitness interventions designed to achieve successful cognitive aging.

Encephalon: Briefing the Next US President on Neuroscience & Psychology: questions posed by 24 bloggers on neuroscience and psychology issues. Very interesting points of view!

Health & Wellness

Maximize the Cognitive Value of Your Mental Workout: Prof. Shlomo Breznitz, a scientist and industry leader, encourages us to “engage in quality cognitive training exercises that cover the broad spectrum of cognitive skills and maximize the cognitive value per unit of time spent.

Preventive Medicine for Brain Health: Dr. Simon Evans and Dr. Paul Burghardt invite us to “ask not what the health care system can do for you. Ask what you can do to reduce the health care burden”. Great overview of good habits for the brain.

Self-Regulation and Barkley’s Theory of ADHD: A CDC report estimated that, in 2003, 4.4 million youth ages 4-17 lived with diagnosed ADHD, and 2.5 million of them were receiving medication treatment. And perhaps self-control, not attention, is at the core of the problem-Dr. David Rabiner reports.


The First Step Is Failure: Joanne Jacobs discusses why “when self-esteem became an education watchword in 1986, I thought it was a harmless fad. I was wrong: It wasn’t harmless.” Very stimulating.

Carnival of Education #159: Briefing the Next US President on 35 Issues: great collection of articles covering many education-related topics, from system issues to learning and teaching philosophies and daily practices.

Recommended Book

Enriching the Brain: How to Maximize Every Learner’s Potential, by Eric Jensen: last issue, we recommended a great book on physical exercise. This book is an excellent overview of overall enrichment opportunities for every brain.

Enjoy the weekend!

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