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Brain Fitness 101: Answers to Your Top 25 Questions
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Brain Fit­ness 101: Answers to Your Top 25 Ques­tions was writ­ten by Dr. Elkhonon Gold­berg and Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, with Car­o­line Lath­am, to pro­vide an intro­duc­tion to the con­cept, sci­ence and prac­tice of brain fit­ness pro­grams to sharp­en our minds — not only improve our mem­o­ry, but our con­cen­tra­tion, stress man­age­ment, and oth­er cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Intro­duc­tion

Top 25 Ques­tions About Brain Fit­ness

Defin­ing Brain Fit­ness

What are cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties?

Are cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties the same thing as intel­li­gence?

What is brain fit­ness?

Is brain fit­ness sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly proven to improve cog­ni­tive skills?

Brain Fit­ness Pro­grams

Do I real­ly need a brain fit­ness pro­gram?

How do I start a brain fit­ness pro­gram?

I already do cross­words and sudoku. Do I need any­thing else?

Why are com­put­er pro­grams bet­ter than paper-based ones or sim­ply attend­ing a class in per­son?

How do I know if the com­put­er-based pro­grams work?

Why are so many pro­grams appear­ing now?

Is it nec­es­sary to train under the super­vi­sion of a doc­tor or oth­er spe­cial­ist?

Healthy Aging

What does “nor­mal aging” mean? Do we all age the same way?

Are there spe­cif­ic pro­grams for adults?

Does a brain fit­ness pro­gram pre­vent Alzheimer’s dis­ease and oth­er forms of demen­tia?

I don’t want to ever retire. What can I do to remain sharp?

The Oth­er Pil­lars of Brain Fit­ness

Are yoga and med­i­ta­tion good for my brain?

Are there herbal and vit­a­min sup­ple­ments that will pro­tect my mem­o­ry?

Is phys­i­cal fit­ness impor­tant?

Spe­cif­ic Top­ics in Brain Fit­ness

How can I improve my con­cen­tra­tion and my mem­o­ry?

Can a brain fit­ness pro­gram help me become more cre­ative?

I am a busy exec­u­tive with a chal­leng­ing job. All this doesn’t sound very rel­e­vant to me.

Are there spe­cif­ic pro­grams for kids? My kids have prob­lems with math-why should they do these things that may dis­tract them from math?

Dur­ing my preg­nan­cy, I felt real­ly absent-mind­ed. Is this nor­mal? What can I do?

Ever since menopause, I can’t real­ly think or con­cen­trate as I used to. Is this nor­mal? What can I do?

I play casu­al games online, such as Bejew­eled. Is that good? Do I need some­thing else?

Neu­ro­science Inter­view Series

Dr. Elkhonon Gold­berg

Dr. Daniel Gopher

Dr. Torkel Kling­berg

Dr. Brett N. Steen­barg­er

Dr. James Zull

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