What excites you the most about your job?
As a Professor and the founder of Brain Trainers Mental Fitness LLC, I love seeing how the right information can have a life-changing effect on people.
Please tell us about your interest in applied brain science. What areas are you most interested in? What motivated you to pursue work in your field?
I’m an educator first and foremost: I like to see people empowered with clear, accurate, and useful information about their brains. Just understanding more about diet, exercise and sleep could revolutionize our society. Beyond education, I’m especially interested in biofeedback, neurofeedback, mindfulness, mental athletics, and lucid dreaming.
What are 1–2 key things you’d like every person to understand regarding his/ her own brain and mind, that you think is commonly misrepresented or not addressed in the popular media?
People just expect too much of human memory. It’s not a recording device. I can’t count the number of times someone has come to me thinking there was something “wrong” with their memory, only to describe limitations that are perfectly normal. I’m considering putting this on my tombstone: “There is nothing wrong with you!” [Read more…] about Matthew Barrett: Human memory is not a recording device