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Book: The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age (284 pages; April 2013)

–> Click HERE to learn more and to buy the book (avail­able as soft­cov­er and e-book).

What cred­i­ble review­ers have to say about the book:

  • A great start for mak­ing sense of new brain sci­ence and for tak­ing active steps towards smart health.” — Misha Pavel, PhD, Pro­gram Direc­tor at the Nation­al Sci­ence Foun­da­tion
  • On a per­sonal note, I have to say I wish I had read this awe­some guide when I was much younger.” — Sci­en­tific Amer­i­can
  • One of those books you can­not ignore. Insight­ful, to the point, action­able.” — Tobias Kiefer, Direc­tor Glob­al Learn­ing & Devel­op­ment at Booz & Com­pa­ny



See what world-class experts had to say, dis­cussing read­ers’ ques­tions.

  • Jan­u­ary 10th, 2014: Alvaro Fer­nan­dez (Sharp­Brains), on Let’s Talk about The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age. Read Q&A ses­sion tran­script
  • Jan­u­ary 14th, 2014: Dr. Bob Bilder (UCLA), on The Basics of Per­son­al Brain Man­age­ment Read Q&A ses­sion tran­script
  • Jan­u­ary 17th, 2014: Dr. Eliz­a­beth Zelin­s­ki (USC Davis), on Cog­ni­tive Enhance­ment for Healthy Aging Read Q&A ses­sion tran­script
  • Jan­u­ary 21st, 2014: Dr. Oscar Ybar­ra (Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan), on Social Inter­ac­tions and the Brain Read Q&A ses­sion tran­script
  • Jan­u­ary 24th, 2014: Dr. Andrew New­berg (UPenn), on Man­ag­ing Stress and Build­ing Resilience Read Q&A ses­sion tran­script
  • Jan­u­ary 27th, 2014: Alvaro Fer­nan­dez (Sharp­Brains), on Does Brain Train­ing Work? For Whom? For What? Read Q&A ses­sion tran­script
  • Jan­u­ary 31st, 2014: Dr. San­dra Chap­man (UT-Dal­las), on Why your Health Starts and Ends with Your Brain Health Read Q&A ses­sion tran­script
  • Feb­ru­ary 4th, 2014: Dr. Bob Syl­west­er (Uni­ver­si­ty of Ore­gon), on What Neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty Means for Edu­ca­tion and Life­long Learn­ing Read Q&A ses­sion tran­script

You can also use this Dis­cus­sion Guide with your friends and col­leagues to bet­ter digest the research find­ings and the prac­ti­cal tips dis­cussed in the book, and how to apply them in your life.



As described in the book’s final chap­ter, no two brains are exact­ly the same, so what is key is to apply this grow­ing knowl­edge in ways that address your spe­cif­ic pri­or­i­ties and inter­ests. Feel free to share your plans, ideas and ques­tions via

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