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Update: A Fresh Look at Enhancing Brain & Mental Health Across the Lifespan

kid brainTime for Sharp­Brains’ May 2013 e‑newsletter, which fea­tures a vari­ety of arti­cles offer­ing a more opti­mistic and evi­dence-based approach to brain and men­tal health than cur­rent prac­tices.

First of all, let us high­light that Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can just pub­lished an excel­lent review of our new book. The author sums it up by say­ing that “…I wish I had read this awe­some guide when I was much younger…I find the emerg­ing field of neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty immense­ly excit­ing, and guides like this one are both hope­ful and rea­son­able.” As a read­er points out, the word “awe­some” does not appear often in sci­ence-ori­ent­ed publications…so we are espe­cial­ly proud to see the book mer­it such treat­ment.

New think­ing:

New sci­ence:

New tools:

That’s it for now. Have a stim­u­lat­ing June!

Great review of The SharpBrains Guide at Scientific American’s Beautiful Minds

beautiful-mindsReview of The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness (Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can’s Beau­ti­ful Minds blog):

In the high­ly sal­able field of “brain fit­ness,” there is an awful lot of hype. How can con­sumers pos­si­bly sort the sci­ence from the pseu­do-sci­ence? Thank­ful­ly, there are resources such as The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness…this guide helps the every­day read­er come to a basic under­stand­ing of brain func­tion­ing and the lifestyle changes that mat­ter the most for keep­ing the brain in tip top shape…There are so many gems in this book, but I thought I’d high­light ten that par­tic­u­lar­ly caught my atten­tion:” Keep read­ing book review by Scott Bar­ry Kauf­man

Scientific American Mind Promotion offer

One of our favorite pop­u­lar sci­ence pub­li­ca­tions is Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can Mind, a mag­a­zine that always brings good arti­cles on brain & mind issues and some fun teasers.

Scientific American Mind
We are there­fore pleased that Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can is offer­ing a Spe­cial Part­ner­ship offer for Sharp­Brains read­ers: a sub­scrip­tion to Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can Mind mag­a­zine, at 55% off the cov­er price. Plus, they offer an exclu­sive gift for new sub­scribers: a spe­cial pub­li­ca­tion on Secrets of the Expert Mind.

You can click Here to learn more about this offer.

Descrip­tion: SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN MIND is a new mag­a­zine from the edi­tors of Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can — tak­ing read­ers inside the most riv­et­ing break­throughs in psy­chol­o­gy, neu­ro­science and relat­ed fields.

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Scientific American Partner Network

We are proud to announce that Sharp­Brains has joined the soon-to-be-launched Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can Part­ner Net­work. This won’t change any­thing in our day-to-day oper­a­tions.
Scientific American Partner Network

Also, please vis­it us tomor­row Mon­day to read a superb arti­cle on Sleep and the Brain by Shan­non Mof­fett, author of the superb book The Three Pound Enig­ma: The Human Brain and the Quest to Unlock its Mys­ter­ies. Mof­fett recent­ly appeared on the PBS spe­cial The Brain Fit­ness Pro­gram, which aired nation­wide on PBS.

Have a nice Sun­day!

Cognitive Development and Brain Research: Articles, Books, Papers (ASA)

brain fitness eventWe had a very fun ses­sion titled Teach­ing Brain Fit­ness in Your Com­mu­ni­ty at an Amer­i­can Soci­ety on Aging (ASA) con­fer­ence for health pro­fes­sion­als a cou­ple of weeks ago. Full house, with over 60 atten­dants and very good par­tic­i­pa­tion, show­ing great inter­est in the top­ic. I can’t wait to see the eval­u­a­tions.

These are some of the resources I promised as a fol­low-up, which can be use­ful to every­one inter­est­ed in our field:

Good gen­er­al arti­cles in the busi­ness and gen­er­al media:

Change or Die

Want a sharp mind for your gold­en years? Start now

You’re Wis­er Now

On how new neu­rons are born and grow in the adult brain:

Salk Sci­en­tists Demon­strate For The First Time That New­ly Born Brain Cells Are Func­tion­al In The Adult Brain

Old Brains, New Tricks

On the sur­pris­ing plas­tic­i­ty and devel­op­ment poten­tial through­out life:

Brain Plas­tic­i­ty, Lan­guage Pro­cess­ing and Read­ing

Jug­gling Jug­gles the Brain

Suc­cess­ful Aging of the Healthy Brain

Oth­er impor­tant aspects:

Stress and the Brain

Exer­cise and the Brain

Humor, Laugh­ter and The Brain

On the impor­tance and impact of men­tal stim­u­la­tion and train­ing: Read the rest of this entry »

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