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Review of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness

In the highly salable field of "brain fitness," there is an awful lot of hype. How can consumers possibly sort the science from the pseudo-science? Thankfully, there are resources such as The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age (284 pages; April 2013).

May 28, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Gorillas Agree: Human Frontal Cortex is Nothing Special

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish -- Douglas Adams In a humbling moment for our species, the following big news has just been published: When it comes to the frontal lobes, we're not so special after all.

May 16, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

One Alien's Report on the Current State of Education on Earth

I don't know if you've heard the big news, but we've been recently visited by an alien. His name is Cretal, and he is from the planet Zoran. He was sent over to Earth to study humans and how they achieve personal contentment and happiness in life.

May 13, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Turning Adversity into Creative Growth

"I create - in order not to cry." -- Painter Paul Klee There's little doubt that trauma can be immensely painful, often leaving deep emotional and psychological scars long after the stressful experience has passed.

May 6, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Profiling Serial Creators

Every single day, all across the globe, extraordinarily creative and talented students sit in our classrooms bored out of their minds . These budding innovators may differ drastically in what particular domain captivates their attention, whether it's science and engineering, architecture and design, arts, music and entertainment, business and finance, law, or health care.

April 22, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

In Defense of Working Memory Training

One minute we're being told that brain training makes you smarter, and the next minute we're told it's all bogus. Confused? I don't blame you. The research literature on brain training is confusing and even sometimes contradictory.

April 15, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

Can You Smell Personality?

First impressions matter. This may not come as much of a surprise, but just how quickly we form impressions, and which cues we use to make such rapid judgements may very much surprise you.Take the face.

April 3, 2013 — Scott Barry Kaufman

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