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Brain and Cognition Expert Contributors

As you have probably noticed, a growing number of Expert Contributors are writing in our blog, so that we can collectively discuss the latest research and trends on cognitive and brain health, and the implications of brain research in general for our everyday lives. 

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Below you have the profiles of some of our Contributors and links to their best articles with us so far. Enjoy!

Pascale Michelon
Dr. Pascale Michelon has a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology and has worked as a Research Scientist at Washington University in Saint Louis, in the Psychology Department. She conducted several research projects to understand how the brain makes use of visual information and memorizes facts. She is now an Adjunct Faculty at Washington University, and teaches Memory Workshops in numerous retirement communities in the St Louis area.     

Social Connections for Cognitive Fitness. 

Teaser: Boost your visuospatial skills.

Brain Plasticity: How learning changes your brain.

Teaser: Words in your brain, learn as you exercise!.

Gregory Kellet on stress management
Gregory Kellett has a masters in Cognitive Neurology/Research Psychology from SFSU and is a researcher at UCSF where he currently investigates the psychophysiology of social stress.     

Relaxing for your Brain’s Sake.

Stress and Neural Wreckage: Part of the Brain Plasticity Puzzle.

David Rabiner
Dr. David Rabiner is a child clinical psychologist and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. His research focuses on various issues related to ADHD, the impact of attention problems on academic achievement, and attention training. He also publishes Attention Research Update, a complimentary online newsletter that helps parents, professionals, and educators keep up with the latest research on ADHD.    

Working Memory Training for Adults.

How Strong is the Research Support for Neurofeedback in Attention Deficits?.

Self-Regulation and Barkley’s Theory of ADHD.


Greater Good Magazine



Greater Good Magazine, a UC-Berkeley-based quarterly magazine that highlights ground breaking scientific research into the roots of compassion and altruism.     

Robert Sapolsky on Peace Among Primates: Part 1, Part 2. Part 3.

Daniel Goleman: The Power of Mindsight.

Jill Sutie: Mindfulness and Meditation in Schools.

John Medina-Brain Rules
John Medina, author of “Brain Rules,” is a developmental molecular biologist and research consultant. He is an affiliate professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is also the director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning Research at Seattle Pacific University. His article on exercise and the brain was selected by the Harvard Business Review (Feb 2008) as one of its “Breakthrough Ideas for 2008.”     

Brain Rules: science and practice.

Bill Klemm
W. R. (Bill) Klemm, D.V.M., Ph.D. Scientist, professor, author, speaker As a professor of Neuroscience at Texas A&M University, Bill has taught about the brain and behavior at all levels, from freshmen, to seniors, to graduate students to post-docs. His recent books include Thank You Brain For All You Remember and Core Ideas in Neuroscience.     

New Neurons: Good News, Bad News.

Schlomo Breznitz CogniFit
Prof. Schlomo Breznitz is the Founder and President of CogniFit. Previously, he served as the Lady Davis Professor of Psychology and the founding director of the Center for Study of Psychological Stress at the University of Haifa. He has also been visiting professor at the London School of Economics, Berkeley, Stanford, and National Institutes of Health.     

Maximize the Cognitive Value of Your Mental Workout.

eduwonkette is an anonymous blogger who writes a fantastic Education Week blog described as “Through the lens of social science, eduwonkette takes a serious, if sometimes irreverent, look at some of the most contentious education policy debates.”     

Schools: what should they do, and for whom?.

Simon Evans Brain fit for life
Paul Burghardt Brain Fit for lifeDrs. Simon Evans and Paul Burghardt currently collaborate in the University of Michigan’s Department of Psychiatry, and the Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience Institute to study the effects of nutrition and exercise on brain function. They host the Brain Fit for Life blog and are collaborating on an upcoming book on the subject.     

Preventive Medicine for Brain Health.

Joanne Jacobs- Our School
Once a Knight Ridder columnist, Joanne Jacobs now blogs on education at Her book, Our School: The Inspiring Story of Two Teachers, One Big Idea and the Charter School That Beat the Odds, is available online and in book stores.     

The First Step Is Failure.

Shannon Moffett-Three Pound Enigma
Shannon Moffet has an MD from Stanford University School of Medicine, and is in her residency in emergency medicine at Highland Hospital in Oakland, CA. Her book on the brain (and eight dynamic brain-mavens, including Robert Stickgold) is The Three Pound Enigma: The Human Brain and the Quest to Unlock its Mysteries. Moffett recently appeared on The Brain Fitness Program, which aired nationwide on PBS.     

Sleep, Tetris, Memory and the Brain.

Larry McLeary
Larry McCleary, M.D, (blog) is a former acting Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Denver Children’s Hospital. He is trained and has practiced as a pediatric neurosurgeon and has completed post-graduate training in theoretical physics. His scientific publications span the fields of metabolic medicine, tumor immunology, biotechnology and neurological disease. He is the author of The Brain Trust Program: A Scientifically Based Three-Part Plan to Improve Memory, Elevate Mood, Enhance Attention, Alleviate Migraine and Menopausal Symptoms, and Boost Mental Energy (Perigee Trade, 2007).     

Why is Brain Evolution Meaningful Today to Improve Our Brain Health.

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