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Alvaro F. Healthy Living Professional

San Francisco, California
Alvaro Fernandez is SharpBrains' co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, and has been quoted by The New York Times, Reuters, Associated Press, Congressional Quarterly Researcher, among others. He recently wrote the acclaimed article Brain Health Business Grows With Research and Demand for the... Full Bio
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New online cognitive self-assessment by Cogniciti (Baycrest): a thermometer for the mind? by Alvaro F. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Baycrest memory experts launch ‘thermometer’ for the mind (Press release): “According to the test’s creators, the majority of people will score in the normal, healthy ... Read on »
Study: Mindfulness can modify stress-related brain behavior by Alvaro F. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Marine study examines stress, brain behavior (Lemoore Navy News): “A recent study led by Naval Health Research Center shows that brain behavior, or mechanisms related ... Read on »
What cognitive skills are for (or, is the Internet making us dumber?) by Alvaro F. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health (Click on the image above to play with the “gigapan” NASA  built using 36,000 “selfies”) NASA Releases Earth Day ‘Global Selfie’ Mosaic (press release): “F ... Read on »
Registration open for 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit: Shaping the Practice and the Future of... by Alvaro F. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health The 2014 Sharp­Brains Vir­tual Sum­mit (October 28-30th) will fea­ture over 30 of the world’s top sci­en­tists, inno­va­tors and prac­ti­tion­ers work­ing on evidence-ba ... Read on »
To improve memory, enhance attention and other cognitive abilities by Alvaro F. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Remembering, as en Extreme Sport (The New York Times): “We found that one of the biggest differences between memory athletes and the rest of us,” said Henry L. Roedig ... Read on »
Use and misuse of ADHD drugs and nootropics among teenagers and toddlers by Alvaro F. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Ritalin may pose brain risks for young people without ADHD, study shows (Fox News): “Smart” drugs, like Ritalin, also known as nootropics, are known to increase a per ... Read on »
Brain Teaser: What “some kind of asset” are we talking about? by Alvaro F. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health An excellent article at the Times,  Who Gets to Graduate , explores new thinking and tools to help college students succeed. Towards the end of the quite long article th ... Read on »
Brain teasers for teens and adults to test and train cognitive skills by Alvaro F. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Mind games that can sharpen the brain (Miami Herald): “A great resource for finding “mind games,” or what’s popularly know as “brain training,” is the website of SharpB ... Read on »
Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center adopts Intelligym cognitive training by Alvaro F. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Intelligym’s Cognitive Therapy Technologies Added to Comprehensive Approach in Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center’s Hockey Program (press release): “Cognitive trainin ... Read on »
The New York Times starts to pay attention: Exercising The Mind to Treat Attention Deficits by Alvaro F. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Exercising The Mind to Treat Attention Deficits (The New York Times): “Poor planning, wandering attention and trouble inhibiting impulses all signify lapses in cognit ... Read on »
Study: For cognitive training to work, it must induce neuroplasticity in brain regions that matter by Alvaro F. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Over the last several years, cognitive training has received large amounts of public interest and support because reliably improving cognitive performance would have wide ... Read on »
Larry King interviews Alvaro Fernandez on Brain Fitness! by Alvaro F. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health – To watch the 28-minute program, click HERE  (in the USA) or HERE  (outside the US). It will open a 28-minute  video, with Larry King interviewing Alvaro Fernandez, ... Read on »
Brain fitness is not about crossword puzzles and blueberries by Alvaro F. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Top 15 Insights About Neuroplasticity, Emotions and Lifelong Learning  (The Huffington Post): “A consequence of the brain’s plasticity is that the brain may change ... Read on »
Brain Health, Brain Injury Pioneers Receive SJBF Angel Awards by Alvaro F. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Today, May 8th, 2014, we are pleased to recognize the following amazing people, from journalists to clinicians to brain injury survivors and their family members, with the ... Read on »
Study: Sleeping less than 5 hours, or more than 9, can lead to cognitive decline by Alvaro F. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Too little sleep, and too much, affect memory (Harvard Health Blog): “A group of women taking part in the Nurses’ Health Study were asked about their sleep habits in ... Read on »
For Mother’s Day, give the gift of knowledge by Alvaro F. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Dear reader, Mother’s Day is almost here. Want to thank your mom—or any loved one—by helping her stay as vital as possible, as long as possible? Give her a copy of  Th ... Read on »
Which kind of mindfulness meditation to choose? Comparing sitting meditation, body scan, and... by Alvaro F. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Let’s say you want to be more mindful—that is, cultivate intentional, non-judgmental attention to each moment. Meditation is the core of mindfulness, but there are many di ... Read on »
On brain development, socioeconomic status and parenting styles by Alvaro F. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Rich Man, Poor Man: Socioeconomic Adversity and Brain Development  (Cerebrum): “..While early exposure to additional languages or music may lead to beneficial changes ... Read on »
Perspective: Neurofeedback treatment for ADHD is gaining strong support by Alvaro F. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Neurofeedback — also known as EEG Biofeedback — is an ADHD treatment in which individuals learn to alter their typical EEG pattern to one that is consistent with a focused ... Read on »
Update: To train your brain, work as a physician, air traffic controller, financial analyst, or... by Alvaro F. Healthy Living Professional Posted in: Blog Posts in Brain Health Glass Brain Project, courtesy of Adam Gazzaley @ UCSF   Time for  Sharp­Brains’ April 2014 e-newsletter . If you’re looking for new thinking, research and tools ... Read on »