We have designed this new course to empower participants to apply emerging neuroscience and tools to enhance brain health and functionality across the lifespan.
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) December 28, 2011
SharpBrains, an independent market research and publishing firm tracking brain fitness and applied neuroplasticity research and marketplace, is offering a new online course designed to equip participants with the understanding and information required to apply emerging science and tools to enhance brain health and functionality across the lifespan.
Detailed information and Registration: Here.
Summary: Information overload and longer lives expose our brains to more demands than even before. This fast-paced and interactive online course will examine the emerging science of neuroplasticity and cognitive reserve and survey latest tools and best practices to equip you to become your own ‘brain fitness coach’ and address personal and professional priorities. Available online from anywhere with an Internet connection, this course will help you pinpoint ways to optimize brain health and functionality and delay decline, navigating the maze of fragmented research, superficial media coverage and exaggerated marketing claims. The course is based on The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness –recently named a Best Book by AARP– and SharpBrains’ new ABBC framework (Address Basics, Build Capacities), and includes weekly readings and activities.
Mechanics: The course consists of four two-hour-long live sessions to be held in March 2012 (see detailed syllabus below), and an online private forum for Faculty and Participants to interact during March and April 2012. Live sessions will take place on four consecutive Wednesdays –03/07, 03/14, 03/21 and 03/28– from 11am US Pacific Time/ 2pm US Eastern Time to 1pm PT/ 3pm ET. Registration fees: $195 before January 31st, 2012; $245 afterwards.
WHO THIS IS FOR
This course is for anyone who wants to understand how emerging cognitive and affective neuroscience can be applied to enhance brain health and performance, and who is willing to participate in a fast-paced course that leverages e-learning to facilitate a global learning experience.
Note: In order to ensure a valuable and interactive experience, participation will be limited to the first 200 individuals who register.
INSTRUCTOR AND GUEST LECTURERS
Instructor: Alvaro Fernandez is the cofounder of SharpBrains, an independent market research and publishing firm helping organizations and individuals navigate the emerging brain fitness field, and the coauthor of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: 18 Interviews with Scientists, Practical Advice, and Product Reviews, to Keep Your Brain Sharp, recently named a Best Book by AARP. He is a nationally-known speaker and expert, quoted by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New Scientist, CNN, and other media outlets. Alvaro is also produces the largest annual global and virtual conference where scientists, technologists and professionals discuss latest developments in the field. Alvaro holds an MBA and an MA in Education from Stanford University.
Guest Lecturer: Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD, is the Director of the Berenson-Allen Center for Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation and a Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Pascual-Leone researches the physiology of higher cognitive functions with emphasis on the study of brain plasticity in skill acquisition and recovery from injury across the lifespan. Dr. Pascual-Leone obtained an M.D. and a Ph.D. in Neurophysiology from the Faculty of Medicine of Albert Ludwigs University in Germany, and trained at the University of Minnesota and the US National Institutes of Health. He greatly enjoys teaching and is the recipient of numerous awards.
Guest Lecturer: Robert M. Bilder, PhD, ABPP-CN is the Michael E. Tennenbaum Family Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Bilder is also the Chief of Medical Psychology-Neuropsychology at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, directs the Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity; is Co-Director of an NIMH-sponsored Center for Intervention Development and Applied Research focusing on translational research to enhance cognitive control.
Session I. Debunking Brain and Brain Fitness Myths: We will first debunk popular misconceptions that stand in the way of making informed decisions to spend our time and money wisely. We will explore hot topics such as genetics vs. environment vs. lifestyle, intelligence, left/ right brain hemispheres, “brain age”, cognitive enhancement, supplements, learning styles, brain training, neurogenesis, neuroplasticity, cognitive reserve, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Additionally we’ll contrast the findings from a major recent scientific study with their media coverage, equipping participants to become better informed readers of news and scientific findings.
When: Wednesday, March 7th, 11am-1pm US Pacific Time (live session will be recorded for later viewing).
- Introduction and Chapter 1 of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness
- Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). 2010. Alzheimer’s Disease and Cognitive Decline, Structured Abstract and Evidence Report. April 2010.
Activity: five-finger meditation.
Session II. How to Address the Basics: In this session we will discuss the complementary roles and mechanisms underpinning the major lifestyle pillars for brain fitness: healthy nutrition, aerobic exercise, stress management and mental stimulation that incorporates novelty, variety and challenge. We’ll explore how the human brain is a dynamic system to optimize and enhance, and how each of the major lifestyle pillars plays a fundamental role in developing, enhancing, and maintaining key cognitive, executive and emotional self-regulation functions require to thrive at every stage of life (“brain fitness”).
When: Wednesday, March 14th, 11am-1pm US Pacific Time (live session will be recorded for later viewing).
- Chapter 2 of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness.
Activity: cognitive reappraisal.
Session III. How to Build Brain-Based Capacities: What are some of the most promising research-based “brain training” methods (hint: meditation, cognitive training, biofeedback, cognitive therapy) and what are emerging best practices and guidelines on how and when to use each of them to build core capacities such as attention, working memory, emotional self-regulation, information processing, cognitive monitoring and reappraisal? This session will survey the value and limitations of available tools and suggest appropriate scenarios of use.
When: Wednesday, March 21st, 11am-1pm US Pacific Time (live session will be recorded for later viewing).
- Chapters 3 and 4 of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness.
Activity: participants choose biofeedback-based exercise or cognitive training.
Session IV. How to Be Your Own Brain Fitness Coach: This session will equip you with the frameworks and checklists required to integrate the knowledge and tools introduced during the whole course to meet your specific personal and professional priorities. “No one size fits all” applies to brain fitness, and this course is designed to help you build your own personal “brain fitness toolkit” to meet the priorities you are facing today and will face tomorrow.
When: Wednesday, March 28th, 11am-1pm US Pacific Time (live session will be recorded for later viewing).
- Chapters 6 and 7 of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness.
Activity: develop your own “brain fitness plan” for 2012.