Looking for the perfect gift? How about a brain book? Here are are our top 5 recommendations for brainy books that everyone will love. But don’t take our word for it – check out what top reviewers think about these books, too!
Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change Your Life
by Michael Merzenich, PhD
New York Times science writer Sandra Blakeslee says, “Soft-Wired is the most authoritative, useful and entertaining book on the subject of brain … read more
I’m excited to announce that my brand new book Soft-Wired is now out and available in paperback or Kindle format. This book was a labor of love, and it took me many years and many iterations to say exactly what I wanted, how I wanted to say it. The result is a book that covers much of my life’s work in neuroscience and brain plasticity research.
In the book, I explain how the brain develops and grows throughout youth and … read more
I am so excited to share the official trailer for “Smarter Brains” – a new special about the brain that’s coming soon on PBS. The focus of the show is all about intelligence: how we get it, how we can increase it, and how it affects our lives. The show will feature top world brain scientists, including yours truly, and will premiere on PBS stations in August 2013. Check out this preview and let … read more
A few days ago, we hosted a Q&A session on Facebook about brain plasticity and brain fitness with Posit Science founder Dr. Michael Merzenich. For those who missed the discussion and prefer to read it in transcript form, I’ve re-posted it here.
Question: I would love to know what Dr. Merzenich thinks about brain plasticity and its response to chronic pain. Medications have been the go-to for pain but they are not very effective. Brain Plasticity seems like a more useful treatment for chronic pain.
Dr. Merzenich’s Answer: Pain ‘grows’ plastically in brains. That’s why it can endure long after the physical course of pain has been resolved. We are pursuing several strategies designed to treat it, by specific forms of training — for example, by weakening the pain by strengthening the power of innocuous inputs from the same body region.
Follow-Up Response: Thank you Dr. Merzenich! I work at a Chronic Pain Management clinic and the physical and cognitive training we implement appear to aid the patients more than any medications can as I’m sure it aids in training the brain to properly deal with pain.
Question: Who’s a good candidate for brain training?
8:33 AM: The session has ended. Alvaro Fernandez says there are more questions that Dr. Merzenich agrees to answer via email at a future date. We’ll be back to blog a couple more sessions today and tomorrow!
8:31 AM: Merzenich invites people to contact him if they’d like to collaborate on translating engineering and science to real-world help for people. There are fellowships available in the Brain Plasticity Institute – contact him at email@example.com. He thinks there’s a tremendous future in this and is motivated to offering help to everyone on the planet. … read more
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. Impressive claims are often made by the companies offering these products and it can be difficult to know which how to evaluate them.
The folks at SharpBrains believe they can help. SharpBrains is an independent market research company that continuously monitors the brain fitness market. They have provided a very helpful 10 item checklist to help consumers choose a product. Read on to find out how Posit Science measures up.
This week something really neat is happening in Long Beach, California. It’s the annual TED Conference- a meeting of some of the world’s great minds of science, technology, design, and entertainment. While not all of us are able to attend the very exclusive TED Conference, we can all benefit from the wonderful videos they post of the TED talks. They very accurately bill these videos as “riveting talks by … read more