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Encephalon #12 is out

and served with a great dose of humor at AlphaPsy blog. Enjoy

Stress Management as part of Brain Fitness Programs

The article Job Stress Fuels Disease reports on the results from a new study of 677 workers that show that “When work stress becomes unmanageable, job burnout can lead to a combination of three symptoms:

  • Emotional exhaustion
  • Physical fatigue or exhaustion
  • Cognitive weariness (slow thinking)”

and that “Studies have shown that workplace stress can lead to an increase in rates of heart disease, flu virus, metabolic syndrome and high blood pressure.”

Which is why we are equally focused on Mental Stimulation/ Brain Exercise Programs and on Stress Management-both are needed for Brain Fitness.

You can read more on the topic, and learn some tips:

Brain Coach Answers: I’m a mother of 2, with a career. Are there any quick ways to reduce stress?

Good Stress and Bad Stress

Brain Yoga: Stress – Killing You Softly

Lifelong Learning and Brain Training

Very fun session today at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, titled Exercising our Brains: new Brain Research and implications for our Lives. As usual, we combined some research background with many fun group activities, such as the ones you will find in our Brain Exercises section (click here).Want to try a brain teaser? Please count the number of times that the letter “f” appears in this sentence:

“Finished files are the result of years of scientific study combined with the experience of years” (The solution appears as first comment for this post).

We reviewed some areas that typically improve as we age, such as Self-regulation, Emotional functioning and Wisdom, defined as Pattern recognition building on the accumulation of experiences.
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About this Blog

Your Window into the Brain Fitness Revolution offers a mix of fun brain teasers and serious commentary, focused on the implications of cognitive neuroscience research on Health, Education and Corporate Training.

SharpBrains’ Mission is to make Mind Fitness available to all by raising public awareness and helping bring to market neuroscience-based products and programs, a.k.a. “brain gyms”.


Alvaro Fernandez is Managing Director of SharpBrains, Inc. He holds an MBA and MA in Education from Stanford University. Alvaro started his career in McKinsey & Company in Europe and has participated in the launch of online bookstore Bertelsmann Online, the turnaround of corporate e-learning company Docent, Inc, and the launch of a new business unit of Edusoft, a Houghton Mifflin company. He enjoys advising the management teams at social enterprises Ashoka, abcd espanol and Arcandina, and teaching the class  Exercising Our Brains  at the Bay Area Osher Lifelong Learning Center.

alvaro123 (at) sharpbrains456 (dot) com. (Note: Get rid of the numbers.)

Contributing Editor:

Caroline Latham serves as Director of Communications for SharpBrains. She received her undergraduate degree in experimental psychology from Davidson College and worked in research labs studying human memory, pain perception, oculomotor behavior, and attention. After several years working towards a combined MD/PhD in neurosurgery and neuroscience at the University of Texas Medical Branch, she launched her career working with medical and health-related companies and publications.

Advisory Board

Dr. Phil Delio, Associate Director of Stroke Services at the Rehabilitation Institute of Santa Barbara. Former Chief Neurology Resident at Stanford University.

Dr. David Gamon is a best-selling author focused on making brain research exciting and accessible to all readers. While Building Mental Muscle is his best-known work, he has authored or co-authored a total of 10 books in the Brainwaves line of popular brain science books. He studied German literature at Reed College and cognitive science at U.C. Berkeley, where he received his Ph.D. in Linguistics. He serves as contributing writer to the Curious Mind newsletter and the ScienceMaster science education website, winner of the National Academy Press’s “Coolest Science Site” award. His current projects include books about the brain’s construction of sensory reality; humor and the brain; the science of psychopathy; and the evolution of language.

Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg is an author, scientist, educator and clinician, internationally renowned for his clinical work, research, writings and teaching in neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience. He is a Clinical Professor of Neurology at New York University School of Medicine, and Diplomate of The American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology. A student and close associate of the great neuropsychologist Alexander Luria, Dr. Goldberg has continued to advance Luria’s scientific and clinical tradition, and written popular science books such as The Executive Brain and The Wisdom Paradox.

Susan Hoffman launched and now leads the San Francisco State University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and is a Board member of Gateway High school. Susan’s creative work-screenplays, stories, commentaries- has appeared in small press and mainstream publications as well as on-screen. For many years, she ran a performing arts venue at Fort Mason Center and represented arts organizations in Sacramento and Washington as the state’s arts advocate.

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