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Enhancing Human Cognitive Capital by Harnessing the Brain’s Inherent Neuroplasticity

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Human Performance Optimization: The Science and Ethics of Enhancing Human Capabilities

Sandra B. Chapman, Lori G. Cook, Asha K. Vas and Ian H. Robertson

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Overview

This chapter from Human Performance Optimization: The Science and Ethics of Enhancing Human Capabilities addresses the possibility of improving human cognitive performance – referred to as cognitive capital. A long-term goal involved with harnessing this potential is improved cognitive function in situations where great complexity is involved, such as military/political operations, corporate directions, and education. The chapter outlines the fact that measuring gains in cognitive capital extends beyond the traditional bounds of cognition, and that it must be a multidimensional framework with psychological, life-functionality, and emotional-cognition factors also involved. To illustrate the potential for enhancing mental agility, the chapter describes an existing cognitive training program that has produced successful results, not only with activities such as concept abstraction, big picture thinking, and innovation but also in the areas of stress moderation and emotion regulation. Overall, human cognitive capital is presented through a comprehensive lens that considers the smaller- and larger-scale implications of its improvement.

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT
Sandi Chapman with blue jacket and green/blue lights, horizontal. Founder and Chief Director, Center for BrainHealth, Co-Leader, The BrainHealth Project Dee Wyly Distinguished Professor

Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD

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

Lori Cook in a blue blouse with blue lights, vertical. Director of Clinical Research, BrainHealth Research; Head of Research, The BrainHealth Project; Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Lori Cook, PhD, CCC-SLP

Director of Clinical Research Head of Research, The BrainHealth Project Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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