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Dr. Chapman Q&A Transcript: Best Brain Health Fitness Tip? “Never let status quo be an option”

Here’s the lightly edited transcript of the January 4th online Q&A session with Dr. Sandra Chapman, Director of the Center for BrainHealth at UT-Dallas and author of the new book Make Your Brain Smarter (Free Press; January 2013). Enjoy!

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AlvaroF: You can start writing questions so we have a few to choose from as we start in a couple of minutes. Thank you!

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AlvaroF: Just one second and we’ll be ready. Already getting great questions!

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AlvaroF: Let me first thank Dr. Sandra Chapman for being with us today. She was one of the best speakers at our 2012 Summit, and since then we wanted to share her research and thinking with all SharpBrains readers. Read the rest of this entry »

Join brain health Q&A with Dr. Sandra Chapman (January 4th, 2013)

 We are pleased to announce that Dr. Sandra Chapman, Direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Brain­Health at The Uni­ver­sity of Texas at Dal­las and one of the most thought-provoking speakers at the 2012 SharpBrains Virtual Summit, will be answering questions from SharpBrains readers on January 4th, 2013.

When: Friday, January 4th, 2013. 11am-noon US Pacific Time/ 2-3pm US Eastern Time.

Who: As a cog­ni­tive neu­ro­sci­en­tist with more than 40 funded research grants, Dr. San­dra Bond Chapman’s sci­en­tific study elu­ci­dates and applies novel approaches to advance cre­ative and crit­i­cal think­ing, strengthen healthy brain devel­op­ment, and incite inno­va­tion through­out life. Dr. Chapman’s research record and brain health break­throughs have led to Read the rest of this entry »

Why I Wrote The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

We have always thought that “our brain shapes us.” I wrote my new book, The Woman Who Changed Her Brain (May 2012; Free Press, Foreword by Norman Doidge), to prove that the reverse is equally true. I wanted to demonstrate how “we can shape our brains.”

Imagine having a brain that is capable and incapable at the same time. Growing up, I had severe learning disabilities. I lived in a world that was confusing and incomprehensible. As I was to later discover, a critical part of my brain was not working properly, the end result being that all language was experienced as foreign and my translator was Read the rest of this entry »

Daniel Kahneman on the Need to Think Slow (at times)

So Much for Snap Decisions (The Wall Street Journal):
– “How is it that so many people make decisions that, from their perspective, seem so right—and turn out so wrong? Blame it, in part, on thinking “fast.”

– “On some occasions, when the stakes are high, examining the evidence more systematically—especially the evidence that makes you uncomfortable—is likely to be worthwhile.”

– “This is how scientists often operate in evaluating their own ideas. They imagine a severe reviewer who will be searching for weaknesses in their argument.”

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The Emotional Life of Your Brain: One Brain Does Not Fit All

If you believe most self-help books, pop-psychology articles, and television therapists, then you probably assume that how people respond to significant life events is pretty predictable.  Most of us, according to the “experts,” are affected in just about the same way by a given experience—there is a grieving process that everyone goes through, there is a sequence of events that happens when we fall in love, there is a standard response to being jilted, and there are fairly standard ways almost every normal person reacts to the birth of a child, to being unappreciated at one’s job, to having an unbearable workload, to the challenges of raising teenagers, and to the inevitable changes that occur with aging.

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