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Study debunks 4 common myths about brain training and lifelong cognitive enhancement

If the media is your main source of information about brain training and cognitive enhancement, you will probably believe the following:

1) All brain training is the same…

2) …and it simply doesn’t work.

3) Commercial brain training programs, especially, don’t work.

4) How could they work? Genetics is destiny, aging is a predetermined process…so by age 60 or 70 or 80, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”

If you tracked and analyzed the scientific literature around cognitive training, cognitive therapies, biofeedback, meditation, brain reserve and neuroplasticity in general, you’d know those 4 beliefs are wrong. They are myths that prevent a more nuanced conversation about brain-enhancing lifestyles and about the emerging brain training and neurotechnology toolkit.

Good news is, a just-published study should help debunk those myths–especially with regards to computerized cognitive training–and provide a better Read the rest of this entry »

Debunking 10 Brain Fitness and Brain Health Myths during Brain Awareness Week

brain fitness mythsIn honor of Brain Awareness Week, let’s debunk ten myths about brain fitness and brain health that remain surprisingly popular.

Top 10 brain fitness and brain health myths, debunked:

Myth 1. Genes deter­mine the fate of our brains.
Fact: Life­long brain plas­tic­ity means that our lifestyles and behaviors play a significant role in how our brains (and therefore our minds) phys­i­cally evolve.

Myth 2. We are what we eat. Read the rest of this entry »

New Self-Paced Brain Fitness Course Answers 40 Common Questions about Brain Health and Brain Training

We are pleased to offer the first self-paced course designed to equip lifelong learners with the under­stand­ing and infor­ma­tion required to apply neuroplasticity and cognitive reserve findings and tools to enhance their own brain health and func­tion­al­ity.

Detailed information is available at How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach. Reg­is­tered par­tic­i­pants can imme­di­ately log into the course and gain access to four recorded lectures–each last­ing two hours– and to online mate­ri­als and discussions. Registration fees are $95, and stu­dents have six months to com­plete course.

TOP 40 QUESTIONS ON BRAIN HEALTH, BRAIN FITNESS AND BRAIN TRAINING TO BE ADDRESSED BY THE COURSE: Read the rest of this entry »

Top 40 Brain Fitness & Training Questions/ Course Registration Ends this Sunday

Let us share below a list of 40 common brain fitness, brain health, brain training questions that we will make sure to address during the upcoming online course, How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach in 2012 (starts March 7th). The questions are sequenced by their approximate order of appearance in the syllabus. We look forward to an engaging, interactive and valuable experience! ***Please remember that course registration ends on Sunday, March 4th.***

Top 40 Brain Fitness & Training Questions

  1. How can one define brain fitness
  2. What is link between stress, focus and memory
  3. Does “brain age” even exist
  4. How to enhance overall mental productivity, vs just IQ
  5. Is there some “ceiling” to my improvement or can I always try more things
  6. How brain functions evolve with age. What improves, what declines, what should I be paying attention to Read the rest of this entry »

Syllabus for online course How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach (starts March 7th)

Here you have the syllabus for upcoming online course How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach. There are still some seats available, so please take a look and register if interested.

Ses­sion I. Debunk­ing Brain and Brain Fit­ness Myths: We will first debunk pop­u­lar mis­con­cep­tions that stand in the way of mak­ing informed deci­sions to spend our time and money wisely. We will explore hot top­ics such as genet­ics vs. envi­ron­ment vs. lifestyle, intel­li­gence, left/ right brain hemi­spheres, “brain age”, cog­ni­tive enhance­ment, sup­ple­ments, learn­ing styles, brain train­ing, neu­ro­ge­n­e­sis, neu­ro­plas­tic­ity, cog­ni­tive reserve, and Alzheimer’s Dis­ease. Addi­tion­ally we’ll con­trast the find­ings from a major recent sci­en­tific study with their media cov­er­age, equip­ping par­tic­i­pants to become bet­ter informed read­ers of news and sci­en­tific findings.

When: Wednes­day, March 7th, 11am-1pm US Pacific Time (live ses­sion will be recorded for later viewing). Read the rest of this entry »

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