The New York Times has recently published several very good and seemingly unrelated articles…let’s try and connect some dots. What if we questioned the very premise behind naming some classrooms the “classrooms of the future” simply because they have been adding technology in literally mindless ways? What if the Education of the Future (sometimes also referred to as “21st Century Skills”) wasn’t so much about the How we educate but about the What we want students to learn and develop, applying what we know about mind and brain to the needs they are likely to face during the next 50–70 years of their lives? [Read more…] about Who Says This is The Classroom of the Future?
Our Market Report has received some recent additional accolades:
“In a widely scattered and unregulated field, this clear, credible document
is a first-class, pioneering compendium that’s likely to become industry-standard
for all of us in this field. Well done!”
— Eric Jensen, Founder of Jensen Learning Corporation.
“This is the first clear, concise and comprehensive overview and analysis I have seen of the emerging Brain-Training marketplace. It is a great market research for every investor, entrepreneur, manager, researcher and others who seek an understanding of the subject. Personally, I was waiting such a review for quite a while. The SharpBrains staff, led by Alvaro Fernandez, really did a great job here.”
– Danny Dankner, CEO, Applied Cognitive Engineering (ACE).
“Neuroscience is at a crossroads, and The State of the Brain Fitness Software Market 2008 by SharpBrains, points the way forward. Our understanding of how the brain works is just beginning to yield real fruit in the form of products that truly improve the function of the brain. This reports gives anyone interested in how to understand which products are truly in a position to make a difference in brain function, and which markets will be interested and profitable for such products an invaluable guide. We found the analysis clear, precise, loaded with substantive insight. One would be foolhardy not to use this publication as the best guide to this market.”
– Dr. Arthur Lavin, Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Case Medical School, and Medical Director of A Working Mind.
“As we begin the task of developing a Brain Fitness Center at our Sunrise Senior Living Community, this Brain Fitness Market Report is proving [Read more…] about Resource for Brain Fitness Centers
We are working on improving several sections of our website, especially our Resources section. It will look much better in a few days. Our first step has been to re-organize our Neuroscience Interview Series, and below you have how it looks today.
Today I have an announcement to make. You probably are seeingÃ‚Â all the articles about Brain Fitness in the press and wondering,Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“What is this all about?Ã¢â‚¬Â, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Can someone help me navigate through all the programs out there?Ã¢â‚¬Â, Ã¢â‚¬Å“How is Brain Fitness relevant to me in my personal life or at work?Ã¢â‚¬Â.Ã‚Â Well…we are delivering a series of workshops to companies and organizations combining modules ‑including scientific overview,Ã‚Â the industry trends and key players, fun team-building exercises- that can be tailored to each organization’s specific needs. Sessions last from 1 to 6 hours, depending on the group’s composition and agenda and are delivered either in person or via web conference.
We want to be able to reach more organizations, so please let us know of any ideas!
Some recent examples
1. Managing Stress for Peak Performance (we mentioned some notes on anÃ‚Â AccentureÃ‚Â session)
New and challenging situations Ã¢â‚¬â€œ such as taking on new responsibilitiesÃ¢â‚¬â€œ can trigger reactions in our brain and body that limit or even block our decision-making abilities. These reactions may also harm our long-term brain power and health. Although we cannot avoid change and stressful situations, we can learn how to manage our stress levels to ensure peak performance-even in tough moments. The latest neuroscience research proves that stress management is a trainable Ã¢â‚¬Å“mental muscle.Ã¢â‚¬Â This is true for any high pressure profession, be it trading, sports, or simply modern life.
2. The Science of Brain Health and Brain Fitness (similar to what I will teach at UC Berkeley OLLI)
Neuroscientists have shown how the human brain retains neuroplasticity (the ability to rewire itself) and neurogenesis (the creation of new neurons) during its full lifetime, leading to a new understanding of [Read more…] about Brain Health and Fitness Workshops