Here you have a round-up of recent news on how cognitive and affective neuroscience findings are starting to inform education and health across the lifespan:
We are pleased to announce a new online course designed to equip participants with the understanding and information required to apply emerging science and tools to enhance brain health and functionality across the lifespan.
Course description: Information overload and longer lives expose our brains to more demands than even before. This fast-paced and interactive online course will examine the emerging science of neuroplasticity and cognitive reserve and survey latest tools and best practices to equip you to become your own ‘brain fitness coach’ and address personal and professional priorities. Available online from anywhere with an Internet connection, this course will help you pinpoint ways to optimize brain health and functionality and delay decline, navigating the maze of fragmented research, superficial media coverage and exaggerated marketing claims. The course is based on The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness –recently named a Best Book by AARP– and SharpBrains’ new ABBC framework (Address Basics, Build Capacities), and includes weekly readings and activities.
Mechanics: The course consists of four two-hour-long live online sessions to be held in March 2012 (detailed syllabus available), and an online private forum for Faculty and Participants to interact during March and April 2012.
Who this is for: This course is for anyone who wants to understand how emerging cognitive and affective neuroscience can be applied to enhance brain health and performance, and who is willing to participate in a fast-paced course that leverages e‑learning to facilitate a global learning experience.
Note: In order to ensure a valuable and interactive experience, participation will be limited to the first 200 individuals who register.
- Instructor: Alvaro Fernandez (SharpBrains)
- Guest Lecturers: Alvaro Pascual-Leone (Harvard Medical School), Robert M. Bilder (UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior)
To Learn More and Register, please visit the course page: How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach in 2012.
The University of Pennsylvania announces their 3rd annual Neuroscience Boot Camp, July 31-August 10, 2011!
Why Neuroscience Boot Camp?
Neuroscience is increasingly relevant to a number of professions and academic disciplines beyond its traditional medical applications. Lawyers, educators, economists and businesspeople, [Read more…] about Neuroscience Boot Camp: For Anybody who Needs to Understand, Predict or Influence Human Behavior
(Editor’s note: Daniel Goleman is now conducting a series of audio interviews including a great one with Richard Davidson on Training the Brain. We are honored to bring you this guest post by Daniel Goleman, thanks to our collaboration with Greater Good Magazine.)
Yes, You Can:
New research suggests we can build our willpower
– By Daniel Goleman
Those of us who struggle to resist junk foods or otherwise suffer a lack of willpower will be heartened by some good news from neuroscience. But there’s some bad news, too.
First, the bad news. A slew of studies suggest that we each have a fixed neural reservoir of willpower, and that if we use it on one thing, we have less for others. Tasks that demand some self-control make it harder for us to do the next thing that takes willpower.
In a typical experiment on this effect, one group of people was made to watch a video of a boring scene; another was not. Then both groups had to circle every “e” in a long passage of writing. The result? The people who had to first sit through the boring video gave up faster. The same loss of persistence has been found when people try to resist tempting foods, suppress emotional reactions, or even make the effort to try to impress someone.
This all suggests we have a fixed willpower budget, one we should be careful in spending. Some neuroscientists suspect that self-control consumes blood sugar, which takes a while to build up again; thus, the depletion effect.
But the good news is that we can grow our willpower; like a muscle, the more we use it, the more it gradually increases over time. But doing this takes, of all things, willpower.
As the muscle of will grows, the larger our reservoir of self-discipline becomes. So people who are able to [Read more…] about Daniel Goleman: Yes, You Can Build Willpower (meditate on neuroplasticity!)