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Upgrading education with lifelong brain development in mind

Two researcher/ prac­ti­tion­ers, involved in spe­cial and life­long learn­ing, explore emerg­ing best prac­tices to help schools, edu­ca­tors, par­ents, and old­er adults nav­i­gate and apply core find­ings from cog­ni­tive and affec­tive neu­ro­science.

  • Chair: Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, CEO & Edi­tor-in-Chief of Sharp­Brains
  • Deb­bie Gilmore, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Arrow­smith Pro­gram
  • Susan Hoff­man, Direc­tor of the Osh­er Life­long Learn­ing Insti­tute at UC Berke­ley

These pre­sen­ta­tions took place at the 2016 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit: Rein­vent­ing Brain Health in the Dig­i­tal Age (Decem­ber 6–8th, 2016).

Announcement: Nine new excellent Speakers @ 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit

We are delight­ed to announce nine new excel­lent Speak­ers at the upcom­ing 2016 Sharp­Brains Vir­tu­al Sum­mit: Rein­vent­ing Brain Health in the Dig­i­tal Age (Decem­ber 6–8, 2016):

  • Dr. Corey McCann, CEO of Pear Ther­a­peu­tics
  • Debra Gilmore, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of The Arrow­smith Pro­gram
  • Edward Kli­phuis, Invest­ment Direc­tor at Mer­ck Ven­tures
  • Eri­ka Jack­son, VP of Train­ing and Oper­a­tions for Well­coach­es
  • Franck Tarpin-Bernard, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of Sci­en­tif­ic Brain Train­ing (SBT)
  • Mark Wat­son, Co-Direc­tor of the Wat­son Cen­tre for Brain Health
  • Ron Ober­leit­ner, CEO of Behav­ior Imag­ing Solu­tions
  • Susan Hoff­man, Direc­tor of the Osh­er Life­long Learn­ing Insti­tute at UC-Berke­ley
  • Dr. Uma Vaidyanathan, Sci­en­tif­ic Pro­gram Man­ag­er at the Nation­al Insti­tute of Men­tal Health (NIMH)

You can explore the Sum­mit Agen­da here, Speak­ers’ bios here, and Reg­is­ter here. Look­ing for­ward to a great event!

Workshop on Brain Fitness: The Science and Practice

LectureFyi, I will be teaching this work­shop soon, as part of our col­lab­o­ra­tion with sev­er­al Osh­er Life­long Learn­ing Institutes: 

 

San José State University’s Osh­er Life­long Learn­ing Insti­tute (web­site) presents

Title: Brain Fit­ness: The Sci­ence and Prac­tice.

When: Sat­ur­day, Feb­ru­ary 2, 2008 9:30–3:30

What: Neu­ro­sci­en­tists have shown how the human brain retains neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty (the abil­i­ty to rewire itself) and neu­ro­ge­n­e­sis (cre­ation of new neu­rons) dur­ing its full life­time, lead­ing to a new under­stand­ing of what aging means. In this class, we will review the sci­ence behind some of the key con­cepts in this field and explore their impli­ca­tions on our lifestyles in a fun and engag­ing way. We have all heard “Use it or lose it.” Lat­est research sug­gests, “Use it and improve it!” Read the rest of this entry »

Baby Boomers, Healthy Aging and Job Performance

There has been an inter­est­ing dis­cus­sion about the issues relat­ed to the aging of the legal pro­fes­sion. Stephanie intro­duced us to the arti­cle “the Gray­ing Bar: let’s not for­get the ethics” by David Giacalone.

In short: sta­tis­tics about the increas­ing ratio of lawyers over 70 in active prac­tice, on the one hand, and the gen­er­al inci­dence of Alzheimer’s and oth­er demen­tias, on the oth­er, lead David to point out an increas­ing like­li­hood that some lawyers may be prac­tic­ing in less than ide­al con­di­tions for their clients, beyond a rea­son­able “brain age”. The ques­tion then becomes: who and how can solve this prob­lem, which is only going to grow giv­en demo­graph­ic trends?.

We are not legal experts, but would like to inform the debate by offer­ing 10 con­sid­er­a­tions on healthy aging and job per­for­mance from a neu­ropsy­cho­log­i­cal point of view, that apply to all occu­pa­tions:

1- We should talk more about change than about decline, as Sharon Beg­ley wrote recent­ly in her great arti­cle on The Upside of Aging — WSJ.com (sub­scrip­tion required).

We dis­cussed some of these effects with Dr. Elkhonon Gold­berg, who wrote his great book The Wis­dom Para­dox pre­cise­ly on this point, at The Exec­u­tive Brain and How our Minds Can Grow Stronger.

2- Some skills improve as we age: In our “Exer­cis­ing Our Brains” Class­es, we typ­i­cal­ly explain how some areas typ­i­cal­ly improve as we age, such as self-reg­u­la­tion, emo­tion­al func­tion­ing and Wis­dom (which means mov­ing from Prob­lem solv­ing to Pat­tern recog­ni­tion). As a lawyer accu­mu­lates more cas­es under his/ her belt, he or she devel­ops an auto­mat­ic “intu­ition” for solu­tions and strate­gies. As long as the envi­ron­ment doesn’t change too rapid­ly, this grow­ing wis­dom is very valu­able.

3- …where­as, yes, oth­ers typ­i­cal­ly decline: Read the rest of this entry »

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