Monday, 11 May 2015

Make your brain smarter: it's not what you think

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This is an essential 11 minutes of your life.

Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD, founder and leader of the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas
relates new scientific evidence that you literally can think your brain smarter and healthier.
She debunks long-standing beliefs about what smart is and shares proven strategies
to expand your brain span to more closely match the ever-increasing human lifespan. Whether you are young or old, Dr. Chapman will inspire you to test the limits of your own brain potential.
Your brain is your greatest asset and natural resource. It is the most changeable part
of your entire body. However, vastly more personal attention and effort are directed
at improving physical health than at strengthening and regaining the highest level of brain performance. Dr. Chapman's research taps into the secret of making your brain smarter,
harnessing the CEO of your brain performance - your frontal lobes.
Her techniques show how to engage your frontal lobes, ignite your passion
and learn to be strategic about the way you expend precious brain energy.
From teens to corporate executives to warriors to healthy agers, as well as individuals with brain disease or injury, Dr. Chapman and her team at the Center for BrainHealth have created strategies to increase creativity, energy and focus for people of all ages. In the junior high school classroom, these strategies take a new approach to education and have improved teen reasoning ability, showing 30% gains in critical thinking across socioeconomic status.
Business leaders who have embraced these healthy brain habits report increased innovation
and their employees demonstrate greater productivity and efficiency.
Former military service personnel have used these brain-training techniques
to bridge barriers to returning to civilian society, making home life and work life markedly better. One veteran described his transformational experience as "cognitive resurrection".
Healthy agers and individuals debilitated by mild cognitive impairment, which is often
the pre-cursor to Alzheimer's disease, showed increases in memory and other cognitive functions. Individuals with concussions or traumatic brain injury (TBI) exhibited brain repair
and improved cognitive performance, even years after injury.
Dr. Chapman's dream is that you will act now to make an investment in your brain potential
and build the cognitive reserves today to ensure that your best brain years are ahead of you,
not behind you.

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