Neuroplasticity, Brain Training and Academic Achievement

Presented by: Bruce E. Wexler, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University
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Structure and function of the human brain are shaped after birth by stimulation from the environment.  Moreover, we humans are the only animal that shapes the environment that in turn shapes our brains and it is this powerful dialectic that most distinguishes us from other animals.  Understanding and harnessing this “neuroplasticity” creates new opportunities for educators and clinicians.  In this webinar, Yale University Professor of Psychiatry, Bruce Wexler discussed current models of brain function, new research on neuroplasticity, and state-of-the-art brain training programs based on neuroscience research.  Bruce also shared evidence from New York City and Connecticut schools that brain training programs can promote cognitive development and enhance educational outcomes.  He described a new neurocognitive training program that integrates computer-presented brain exercises and physical exercises that engage the same brain systems as do the computer exercises, but in the context of whole body activity and social interaction.