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BrainHealth Highlights Connection Between Mental Fitness and Relationships

Images of brain-health people thriving appear next to the logo for BrainHealth Week 2023.

Dallas Morning News

Ariel Castillo

Center for BrainHealth’s week of free events runs Feb. 20-24Over the past 20 years neuroscience has transformed how researchers view intelligence by demonstrating the remarkable adaptability of the human brain. Yet, according to a recent survey conducted by Center for BrainHealth, most people do not know how to change their brain and start to realize their cognitive potential.BrainHealth Week offers inspiring daily themes, like growth, clarity, connectedness, balance and impact, and ways for people of all ages to participate, kicking off with a Family Fun Fair focused on reaching children and teens. In addition to attending a variety of in-person and virtual events, people can participate in a Daily Text Challenge by texting BRAIN to 888-844-8991.


“It’s really about bringing community together. How can we use our brains to show up as our best, authentic self and then connect with other people so that we can feel a sense of family and community?”Maria Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP, director of youth and family innovations at Center for BrainHealth
Researchers note that, compared to physical changes, brain changes can fall off the radar. BrainHealth Week is part of the center's ongoing effort to raise awareness of how daily habits affect brain health, and how people can exert some control by creating personalized wellness plans for the brain.


“You only sort of pay attention to the brain when it’s not working right. It’s not been until really the last few decades that we’ve been able to image the brain, or know what it looks like or know that it can change.”Dr. Julie Fratantoni, research scientist and head of operations for The BrainHealth Project
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Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD

Chief Director Dee Wyly Distinguished Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Co-Leader, The BrainHealth Project

Julie Fratantoni, PhD, CCC-SLP

Head of Research Integration and Partnerships Center for BrainHealth

Maria Johnson, MA, CCC-SLP

Director, Youth and Family Innovations Lead Research Clinician and Trainer, Charisma Virtual Social Coaching


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