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El Cerebro Que Cura is a bestseller for the third week in Catalonia, Spain

From the offi­cial list in el Per­iódi­co for the week March 11–17th:

NO FICCIÓN CASTELLANO

1-‘Cómo hac­er que te pasen cosas bue­nas’.  Mar­i­an Rojas.  Espasa.  Un lli­bre que vol aju­dar a mil­lo­rar les nos­tres vides.  200 pàgines.  12 set­mana.  19,90 euros.

2-‘Una his­to­ria de España’.  Arturo Pérez-Reverte.  Alfaguara. Pérez-Reverte ofer­eix la seva visió de la història d’Espanya.  256 pàgines.  1 set­mana.  18,90 euros.

3-‘Come comi­da real’. Car­los Ríos.  Paidós. Una guia per trans­for­mar la nos­tra salut men­jant salud­able­ment.  304 pàgines.  2 set­mana.  17 euros.

4-‘A mí no me callan’.  Pepe Rubianes.  Alrevés. Monòlegs, escrits i reflex­ions de l’actor Pepe Rubianes.  224 pàgines.  2 set­mana.  20 euros.

5-‘Dic­cionario de las cosas que no supe expli­carte’.  Ris­to Mejide.  Espasa. Ris­to Mejide expli­ca les seves emo­cions i exper­ièn­cies.  206 pàgines.  5 set­mana.  19,90 euros.

6-‘Sodoma. Poder y escán­da­lo en el Vat­i­cano’.  Frédéric Mar­tel.  Roca Edi­to­r­i­al. Una anàlisi dels escàn­dols i la decadèn­cia del Vat­icà.  604 pàgines.  1 set­mana.  20,90 euros.

7-El cere­bro que cura’. Álvaro Pas­cual-Leone, Álvaro Fer­nán­dez-Ibáñez y David Bartés-Faz.  Platafor­ma Edi­to­r­i­al.   Els ben­efi­cis d’una ment sana. 232 pàgines.  3 set­mana.  20 euros. Read the rest of this entry »

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As you prob­a­bly know Sep­tem­ber is World Alzheimer’s Month, and we’d like to help improve pub­lic knowl­edge about brain health and Alzheimer’s risk fac­tors by mak­ing The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize your Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age eas­i­er to access and read. Read the rest of this entry »

A conversation with Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg on Creativity, Neuroscience, and Technological Innovation

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Dear Elkhonon, a plea­sure to have you with us. Let’s get out the gate by dis­cussing how are new ideas born — for exam­ple, how exact­ly did you first think about writ­ing your new book, Cre­ativ­i­ty: The Human Brain in the Age of Inno­va­tion?

Orig­i­nal­ly, I set out to write a book about how the brain deals with nov­el­ty — a long-stand­ing focus of my own research. But the more I thought about it, the more the sub­ject of cre­ativ­i­ty was com­ing up, so I decid­ed to tack­le nov­el­ty and cre­ativ­i­ty at the same time.

Do we need yet anoth­er book on Cre­ativ­i­ty?

We absolute­ly do. Cre­ativ­i­ty is not just an indi­vid­ual feat; it is embed­ded into a cul­ture which either fos­ter, sti­fles, or shapes it in a vari­ety of ways. And it is nev­er a strict­ly soli­tary process, since even the most cre­ative mind draws on the pre­vi­ous­ly accu­mu­lat­ed knowl­edge. So, in order to tru­ly under­stand cre­ativ­i­ty, we must inte­grate neu­ro­sci­en­tif­ic and cul­tur­al per­spec­tives into a coher­ent nar­ra­tive. To my knowl­edge, this has not been done before, and this is what my book aims to accom­plish.

I am par­tic­u­lar­ly fas­ci­nat­ed by the dynam­ic rela­tion­ship between over- and under­ac­ti­va­tion of pre­frontal cor­tex areas in the cre­ative process and dis­cuss it exten­sive­ly in the book. This is one of the most intrigu­ing and pos­si­bly most con­se­quen­tial aspects of the brain machin­ery of cre­ativ­i­ty.

What have we learned about the brain mech­a­nisms of cre­ativ­i­ty over the last five to ten years?

We have learned a lot: that cre­ativ­i­ty is not a mono­lith­ic trait; that is con­sists of many mov­ing parts and may take many paths even with­in the same are­na of human endeav­or; that it is not linked to any sin­gle brain struc­ture or to a sin­gle gene or even a small group of genes.

How do you define Cre­ativ­i­ty, and what can Neu­ro­science con­tribute to its under­stand­ing?

Cre­ativ­i­ty is often defined as the abil­i­ty to come up with con­tent which is both nov­el and salient. Read the rest of this entry »

Neuroplasticity as seen by one of its earliest scientist proponents: Neuroscience pioneer Santiago Ramón y Cajal

– One of Ramón y Cajal’s icon­ic images, show­ing a Purk­in­je neu­ron with its tree­like struc­ture

A cou­ple of weeks ago The New York Times pub­lished an excel­lent arti­cle about the life and work of neu­ro­science Read the rest of this entry »

New book on how to practice mindfulness meditation with humor and playfulness

JoyonDemandFrom the out­side, med­i­ta­tion appears to be a thor­ough­ly seri­ous endeav­or. You have to sit down, duti­ful­ly count your breaths and rein in your wan­der­ing mind, and prac­tice this every day whether it’s fun or not.

But that isn’t Chade-Meng Tan’s approach to mind­ful­ness. The found­ing chair of the Search Inside Your­self Lead­er­ship Insti­tute, which start­ed as a mind­ful­ness class at Google and now trains employ­ees around the world, Tan lives by the mot­to that “life is too impor­tant to be tak­en seri­ous­ly.” And he adopts the same atti­tude toward cul­ti­vat­ing mindfulness—outlined in his new book, Joy on Demand: The Art of Dis­cov­er­ing the Hap­pi­ness With­in.

While Tan acknowl­edges that there are oth­er routes to mas­ter­ing med­i­ta­tion (includ­ing sheer dis­ci­pline and will), his focus is on joy. The book Read the rest of this entry »

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