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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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