The Science and Practice of Brain Fitness

A few quick updates: Lecture

1)  Yes­ter­day we had a fun webi­nar with John Med­i­na, author of Brain Rules: 12 Prin­ci­ples for Sur­viv­ing and Thriv­ing at Work, Home, and School.

You may enjoy check­ing out the slides we dis­cussed.

2) Please remem­ber that there is anoth­er webi­nar com­ing, next Tues­day. I hope you can join us!

Webi­nar: In “The Sci­ence and Prac­tice of Brain Fit­ness, I will pro­vide an overview of the Brain 101, lat­est research find­ings and impli­ca­tions for how to improve brain health and per­for­mance based on my class at UC-Berke­ley Life­long Learn­ing Insti­tute and speak­ing engagements.
— Tar­get audi­ence: Any­one who wants to learn more about brain health and per­for­mance. This is designed to be not a tech­ni­cal ses­sion, but a fun, stim­u­lat­ing hour.
— Date and time: Tues­day June 10th, 2pm EDT/ 11am PDT
Reg­is­ter: Here

3) We often get asked “How do I eval­u­ate whether any pro­gram is good for me or my clients, patients or residents?”

We typ­i­cal­ly start answer­ing some­thing like: Ask what cog­ni­tive skills you want trained. Some pro­grams present the ben­e­fits in such a neb­u­lous way that it is impos­si­ble to tell whether or not they will yield any results. The gen­er­al word­ing “Brain train­ing” itself is of lim­it­ed ben­e­fit because such activ­i­ties as gar­den­ing or learn­ing a new lan­guage “train” the brain, too.

More at my Huff­in­g­ton Post arti­cle Brain Train­ing: Fact or Fic­tion?.

Good night!


  1. Mike Logan on June 6, 2008 at 5:49

    Hi Alvaro,

    Any way to take your class at UCLA long dis­tance? Webina­re per­haps? I am in Illi­nois and won’t be able to get out there in a time­ly man­ner. Thanks for the intrigu­ing and excel­lent work. Mike Logan

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