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“(As practiced today) There is too little wisdom in brain health”

Great quote yesterday at the 2016 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Reinventing Brain Health in the Digital Age.

“(As practiced today) There is too little wisdom in brain health” — Dr. Peter Whitehouse, Professor of Neurology at Case Western Reserve University



We will send a follow-up email today to registered participants (recordings, LinkedIn group, handouts…)

Thank you again–participants, speakers and sponsors–for a fantastic event!

The Summit Steering Group

Update: 20 Must-Know Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity and Improve Brain Health


Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e-newsletter,  providing a window into the ongoing brain health and neuroplasticity revolutions–plus some fun brain teasers. Happy reading and, for those of you in the USA, Happy Fourth of July, and for those of you in Canada, Happy Canada Day!

New research:

New tools:

New thinking:

Finally, some brain teasers:

Study: Wisdom requires both higher heart rate variability and adopting a third-person perspective

wise reasoning——-

Many cultures consider the human heart to be the seat of wisdom. Now scientists are finding some evidence for this, though the reality may be more complicated than it seems.

Previous research has suggested that higher heart rate variability (HRV)—the variability in the time between our heartbeats Read the rest of this entry »

How to properly “Use it or Lose it”: Kundalini Yoga vs. Crossword Puzzles

yoga_wellnessYoga better than crosswords for preventing pre-Alzheimer’s memory loss (The Telegraph):

“Historically and anecdotally, yoga has been thought to be beneficial in ageing well, but this is the scientific demonstration of that benefit…We’re converting historical wisdom into the high level of evidence required for doctors to recommend therapy to their patients. Read the rest of this entry »

Think Fresh: When Is a Hammer Not a Hammer?

Though the human brain is the most innovative instrument on earth, we remain a conservative species. Most of us relapse to old ways of thinking even when we think we are doing something new. Our brain’s “similar equals identical” mechanism, which comes from experience, is both a good and bad adaptation. Relying on experience, which is how we make sense of the world, how we learn, how we build civilization, is sufficient for most workaday matters. Read the rest of this entry »

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