Big picture implications of neuroplasticity research

December 20, 2009 at 9:09 am 3 comments

As part of the promotion for the SharpBrains virtual summit on technology and cognitive health and performance (which looks to be a fantastic event), Alvaro Fernandez interviewed  Dr. Michael Merzenich, a pioneer in brain plasticity research. The brief interview is focused on “the likely big-picture implications of neuroplasticity research” over the next five years, including tools for safer driving, maintaining cognitive vitality, and remote monitoring and interventions for mental health issues.

In addition to these areas of development, Dr. Merzenich adds:

I believe we’ll need to focus on public education, for people to understand the value of tools with limited “face value”. One important aspect of this is the need to find balance between what is “fun” and what has value as a cognitive enhancer – which requires the activities to be very targeted, repetitive and slowly progressive. Not always the most fun – people need to think “fitness” as much or more than “games.”

To learn more or register for the SharpBrains virtual summit, click here.

Note, the above image was found on Laurie Bartels’ wonderful Neurons Firing, “a blog to create for herself ‘the graduate course I’d love to take if it existed as a program.’”

Laurie wrote a great post on the SharpBrains blog that provides a basic introduction to neuroplasticity and a review of Norman Doidge’s book, The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science.

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  • 1. Alvaro  |  December 20, 2009 at 2:25 pm

    Jason, happy to see you enjoyed the interview. Pls drop me a line if you want to participate in the Summit, we want to engage neuro/cog students/ bloggers.

    Happy holidays and sharp 2010!

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  • 2. brain training advocate  |  December 22, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Hi, Jason.

    An excellent excerpt. Too often people want a quick or easy fix. When it comes to changing the brain that’s not what it takes.

    (I like that image from Laurie’s blog, too.)

    Martin

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  • [...] Barbara Arrowsmith, June 16, 2009. I found out about this piece thanks to a post by Jason Atwood at playthink, which took me back to a post I wrote for SharpBrains reviewing Doidge's book. A comment on that [...]

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Jason R. Atwood

I'm an avid trail runner and doctoral student at U.C. Berkeley who studies motivation and the relationship between the mind and body. This blog is a forum to share research, news, and musings about these topics of interest. More


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