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The Importance of Lifelong Brain Health

Sandi Chapman, PhD, gives a presentation on brain health.

BrainStorm by UsAgainstAlzheimer's

Meryl Comer


In this two-part episode, Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD, catches up with UsAgainstAlzheimer's co-founder Meryl Comer to share a hopeful view of post-pandemic brain health and how BrainHealth research is changing the conversation by introducing a way to measure the upward potential of the human brain.The cognitive neuroscientist discusses topics like the aging brain, male vs. female brain, the brain's potential to leverage technology, the all-too-frequent wear and tear caused by multitasking – and her research methodology, applying the maxim “what gets measured gets managed” to boosting brain performance.


"What we're trying to get people to realize is that brain health is more than absence of disease and injury. Brain health is being able to use your brain capacities to thrive, whatever your starting point.”– Dr. Sandi Chapman, founder and chief director, Center for Brain Health
Most brain health assessments measure deficits. However, BrainHealth researchers have created a novel metric capable of measuring the capacity for the brain to improve in function as a result of behavioral changes. The BrainHealth Index defines and measures brain health based upon multiple factors, including clarity, connectedness and calm (or emotional balance).Part 1: Listen at UsAgainstAlzheimer’sPart 2: Listen at UsAgainstAlzheimer’s

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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

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