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Brain Books: Your Suggestions?

Last Decem­ber we launched brain books our stim­u­lat­ing Author Speaks Series to pro­vide a plat­form for lead­ing sci­en­tists and experts writ­ing high-qual­i­ty brain-relat­ed books to share their insights with Sharp­Brains read­ers. Par­tic­i­pants so far include (in order of appear­ance):

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Brain Fitness Newsletter: End-March Edition

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We are proud to announce that we now belong to the exclu­sive Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can Part­ner Net­work. Sci­en­tif­ic Amer­i­can Mind spoke high­ly of our web­site last year, so it was only nat­ur­al (but made us very pleased) that we were invit­ed to join their new blog­ger network. We remain an inde­pen­dent company, so there will be few obvi­ous changes — main­ly some more links between their web­site and ours and new ban­ner ads admin­is­tered by Sci­en­tif­ic American’s great team. 

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Brain Fit­ness Soft­ware Report: Reviews:  our just released Mar­ket Report is earn­ing a grow­ing num­ber of acco­lades as a must-read pub­li­ca­tion for exec­u­tives and investors inter­est­ed in emerg­ing brain health trends and opportunities.  

Brain Rules- sci­ence and prac­tice: mol­e­c­u­lar biol­o­gist John Med­i­na releas­es a new book to make brain sci­ence acces­si­ble and rel­e­vant to all, and writes a fun arti­cle chal­leng­ing the very exis­tance of class­rooms and cubi­cles. Read the rest of this entry »

Sleep, Tetris, Memory and the Brain

As part of our ongo­ing Author Speaks Series, we are hon­ored to present today this excel­lent arti­cle by Dr. Shan­non Mof­fett, based on her illu­mi­nat­ing and engag­ing book. Enjoy!

(and please go to sleep soon if you are read­ing this late Mon­day night).
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Two years ago I fin­ished a book on the mind/brain, called The Three Pound Enig­ma: The Human Brain and the Quest to Unlock its Mys­ter­iesShannon Moffett-Three Pound Enigma . Each chap­ter pro­files a leader in a dif­fer­ent aspect of mind/brain research, from neu­ro­surgery to zen Bud­dhism, from cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science to phi­los­o­phy of mind. One of my sub­jects was Dr. Robert Stick­gold, a zany, hyper-intel­li­gent men­sch of a Har­vard sleep researcher. When I met him, I was in med­ical school and hav­ing a grand old time—I’d exact­ed an exten­sion of my tenure beyond the cus­tom­ary four years, so I had enough time to write the book, do my course­work, and have a life. I was busy, but still got enough sleep, had time to exer­cise dai­ly, and even went for din­ner and a movie some­times. Although I found Stickgold’s work inter­est­ing, there was a part of me that just didn’t get it.

Fast-for­ward to the present, when I am a res­i­dent in emer­gency med­i­cine at a busy inner-city trau­ma cen­ter; I have two-year-old twins and a hus­band with a 60-hour-a-week job of his own. I do not exer­cise. I do not eat unless I can do some­thing else pro­duc­tive at the same time, and even when I do get to sleep in my own bed, my slum­ber is frac­tured by the awak­en­ings of two cir­ca­di­an­ly dis­parate tod­dlers. It seems to take me twice as long to “get” new con­cepts as it used to, and I nev­er feel like I’m func­tion­ing at top speed. In short, I am a mess. And NOW I get what Stickgold’s work is all about, and under­stand that he is both quan­ti­fy­ing and explain­ing exact­ly what I’m feel­ing.

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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.
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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!

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