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MIT Solve launches Brain Health Challenge: How can every person improve their brain health and mental resilience?

As a Judge and mem­ber of the Challenge’s Lead­er­ship Team, let me share some rel­e­vant news for sharp brains world­wide: MIT Solve (a recent MIT off­shoot to iden­ti­fy and accel­er­ate scal­able social solu­tions) has just launched a Brain Health Chal­lenge to address the key ques­tion: How can every per­son improve their brain health and men­tal resilience?

Sum­ma­ry: Brain and men­tal well-being are crit­i­cal to the health and hap­pi­ness of the 7.5 bil­lion peo­ple who inhab­it our plan­et. The way we feel, solve prob­lems, and inter­act with one anoth­er all depend on the health of our brains. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, Read the rest of this entry »

Canadian teacher Maggie MacDonnell wins annual $1M Global Teacher Prize

Cana­di­an school teacher wins $1M glob­al teacher prize beat­ing out thou­sands of appli­cants (CBS News):

A Cana­di­an school teacher who encour­ages hope and acts of kind­ness in an iso­lat­ed cor­ner of Que­bec won a $1 mil­lion prize Sun­day in what has become one of the most high-pro­file awards for teach­ing excel­lence. Read the rest of this entry »

Improving brain fitness literacy in Japan

Shoukei Matsumoto and Alvaro Fernandez. Courtesy of Newsweek Japan

– Shoukei Mat­sumo­to and Alvaro Fer­nan­dez. Cour­tesy of Newsweek Japan

Newsweek Japan just pub­lished this great arti­cle to dis­sem­i­nate lat­est think­ing and research about med­i­ta­tion, brain fit­ness and dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies, based on Alvaro Fer­nan­dez’ trip last week to dis­cuss How is our soci­etal obses­sion with tech­nol­o­gy chang­ing our health and well-being at the World Forum on Sport and Cul­ture in Tokyo.

Key insights dis­cussed, com­ing from The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­nessnow in Japan­ese!–, includ­ed:

1) We are smarter and health­i­er than ever, so it is not true that tech­nol­o­gy (or Google) is killing our brains.

2) But it’s true is that we are fac­ing grow­ing health and brain chal­lenges. Why? Because, even if we are smarter and health­i­er, our fit­ness is not keep­ing up with the demands on our brains and minds in our increas­ing­ly com­plex work and life envi­ron­ment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Holiday gift idea: The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness

Heads-up: the spe­cial pro­mo­tion to buy The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age (284 pages; April 2013) at a dis­count (up to 40% off, depend­ing on coun­try and for­mat) expires next Sun­day, Decem­ber 29th. We hope you will enjoy read­ing the book and then join­ing the online book dis­cus­sions in Jan­u­ary! Click Here to learn more.

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