What Does a Brain Want? Alvaro Fernandez and the SharpBrains Team Put Brain Fitness to the Test (New York Public Library):
“Many have referred to the 21st century as the century of the brain. In the 20th century the average lifespan in the U.S. increased from 47 to 74, but research on the brain lagged behind. As lifespan increases this becomes more and more of a societal, and personal, concern…
May I recommend a book to cut through the chatter on the brain? The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age…I discovered SharpBrains when the first edition of the book came out in 2009 and Mr. Fernandez came to speak at The New York Public Library. He delighted the crowd of library staff and some members of the public in the audience, and elucidated complicated concepts in an entertaining way.
My major take-away from this book: that our brains need variety. If you have done crossword puzzles all your life, doing more won’t help your brain; what you need are activities and lifestyle changes that incorporate all the ingredients that make for a healthy brain. To illustrate, chapter 9, “How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach,” gives 10 vignettes of average people, male and female, ages 16–75, and discusses what changes each might make based on their unique situations; the missing puzzle pieces for them.”
To learn more:
- What Does a Brain Want? Alvaro Fernandez and the SharpBrains Team Put Brain Fitness to the Test
- Book: The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age
- Full NYPL talk by Alvaro Fernandez (opens YouTube video)