Traditional scientific ideas cast the human brain as a fixed and essentially limited system that only degrades with age. This view saw the brain as a rigid machine in many ways, pretty much set after childhood. By contrast, we have now come to appreciate that the human brain is actually a highly dynamic and constantly reorganizing system, capable of [Read more…] about To boost brainpower, ignore “smart drugs” and focus on experiences that harness neuroplasticity the right way
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!
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: 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 more…] about Dr. Chapman Q&A Transcript: Best Brain Health Fitness Tip? “Never let status quo be an option”
Teamwork Builds Big Brains (Science Now):
— “The average adult human’s brain weighs about 1.3 kilograms, has 100 billion or so neurons, and sucks up 20% of the oxygen we breathe. It’s much bigger than an animal our size needs. According to a new computer model, the brains of humans and related primates are so large because we evolved to be social creatures.”
— “The idea behind the so-called social intelligence hypothesis is that we need [Read more…] about Why our brains weigh 1.3 kilograms, have ~100 billion neurons, consume 20% of the oxygen we breathe
Kudos to Patricia Cohen for one of the best articles I have read in The New York Times in a long time: A Sharper Mind, Middle Age and Beyond, by Patricia Cohen. These are a few quotes — please do read the article in full, it is worth it.
- “Some people are much better than their peers at delaying age-related declines in memory and calculating speed. What researchers want to know is why. Why does your 70-year-old neighbor score half her age on a memory test, while you, at 40, have the memory of a senior citizen? [Read more…] about Education for Mental Fitness: “A Sharper Mind, Middle Age and Beyond”
As promised in my previous post (10 Brain Training Tips To Teach and Learn), here are some of the resources that inform my understanding of the brain: books, conferences, and websites.
There are a multitude of books about the brain. For educators, the best of these are books that demystify the language of neuroscience while providing information applicable to the teaching/learning process.
Among the more prolific or well-known authors of this type include Jeb Schenck, Robert Sylwester, Barbara Givens, Robert Marzano, Marilee Sprenger, and Eric Jensen.
I have found books [Read more…] about Learning & the Brain: Resources for Educators