July 14, 2009
‘Brain fitness’ is something on a lot of people’s minds. As our population ages, there is growing concern over retaining cognitive function – the ability to learn, plan and retain information, to be able to focus and shift attention as necessary. More and more people are looking for ways to exercise their brains, some with the hope of simply being able to ‘stay sharp’ and other to try and ward off diseases like Alzheimer’s. And then there’s the field of neuroplasticity – the understanding that the brain is not as hardwired as we used to think. Researchers are now looking at ways that the brain can be retrained to deal with traumatic injuries and even diseases like Parkinson’s.
On tonight's Community Conversation, we'll discuss some of the ways you can keep your brain fit. We'll also talk to a Binghamton University researcher who is looking at ways to reduce the symptoms of Parkinson's disease by training the brain to work around the affected areas of the brain.
Jan Fiore, a licensed Brain Gym practitioner and consultant with a background in education and whole-brain learning.
Dr. Christopher Bishop, Associate Professor of Psychology, Binghamton University.