Lessons from the Hand and Mind Symposium

Ed. Note: this article originally appeared on Dr. Merzenich’s blog On The Brain on May 26, 2010. I had the great pleasure of attending a symposium held in the College of Education at my alma mater, the University of Portland, focused on this interesting subject, and the implications that it bears for effective learning and teaching. My…

Evaluating Brain Fitness Programs – Which Should I Choose?

The brain fitness market has expanded rapidly in recent years, and there is now a large selection of computer and on-line brain training exercises to choose from. At one end of the spectrum are games that are purely for entertainment purposes. At the other end are exercises that have been scientifically validated in clinical trials.…

When Words Teeter on the Tip of Your Tongue (or Finger)

We’ve all been there: you’re having a casual, run-of-the-mill conversation, and all of a sudden you just… can’t… quite… think of… the… umm… hoo boy. At this point, you may try to make a joke to play off the situation, and if you’re of a certain age, that joke probably involves the phrase “senior moment”…

Tips for Growing Brains, Behaviors and Ideas!

Ed. note: Today we are pleased to present a guest post from Dr. G, aka M. A. Greenstein, Ph.D. Dr. G is an internationally recognized speaker, coach, and researcher of visual culture and neurosomatics.  With the ever increasing research buzz on brain fitness, and especially “novel” mental stimulation to insure the health and longevity of…