Brainiac book club week 1 - Sharp Brains Guide to Brain Fitness by Alvaro Fernandez


The Brainiac book club this week is looking at getting our brains in shape. Boot camp for our brains by a nicer name: brain fitness. Practicing brain fitness is a healthy habit we can each pick up to get our individual cranial contents in shape. This type of fitness is not for any aesthetic appeal nor superficial motivation of course, but is purely for performance.

It turns out putting the bounce back into your visual processing is only one of the many things involved in cognitive fitness. There are hundreds of titles out there as well as videos that teach us about the methods through which to sharpen our ability to achieve it. One new title is Sharp Brains Guide to Brain Fitness. Alvaro Fernandez, the book's authour, sat down with us to let us know a little more about what we can expect to find between its covers, which you can listen to here at the Brainiacs Book Club site. 

Alvaro offers insight on how to best care for your brain while he dispels some common misconceptions. The book sets itself apart from overhyped writing and media coverage that promise the public seemingly unending powers of the brain. At the same time, it equips its readers with tools to fight aggressive marketing claims with that do exactly that.

Rather than claim that new brain research is paramount to redefining human health and wellness, the book frames contemporary neuroscience and the novel ways of knowing our brains that it is developing as useful tools. We can use these tools to help us prevent cognitive decline, improve our memory, heighten our focus, increase resiliency and become smarter consumers of both media coverage and scientific research in the process.

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