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

Cover of book Human Performance Optimization, which includes the chapter "Enhancing Human Cognitive Capital by Harnessing the Brain’s Inherent Neuroplasticity."

Oxford University Press

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

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Chapter 12 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 improving cognitive function in complex situations, such as military operations, political activities, corporate initiatives and educational endeavors. "Enhancing Human Cognitive Capital by Harnessing the Brain’s Inherent Neuroplasticity" outlines how measuring gains in cognitive capital extends beyond the traditional bounds of cognition into a multidimensional framework that includes psychological factors, life-functionality, and emotional-cognition factors. To illustrate the potential for enhancing mental agility, this chapter describes an existing cognitive training program and how it has produced successful results, measuring skills such as concept abstraction, big picture thinking and innovation, and also observing positive changes in the areas like stress moderation and emotion regulation. Overall, the authors of this chapter present the concept of subject of human cognitive capital through a comprehensive lens intended to consider both smaller- and larger-scale implications of improving cognitive performance.

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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

Lori Cook, PhD, CCC-SLP

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

Ian Robertson, PhD

T. Boone Pickens Distinguished Chair Co-Leader, The BrainHealth Project


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