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Unlocking Cognitive Potential: The Impact of SMART Strategies on Brain Health

Cognitive Neuroscientist Dr. Julie Fratantoni of UT Dallas Center for BrainHealth shares tips and exercises that benefit cognitive function as we age.



BrainHealth expert and regular WFAA guest Julie Fratantoni, PhD, talks about the importance of exercising the brain in order to strengthen brain performance and mitigate some effects of age-related decline.Built upon over 25 years of research, Center for BrainHealth's SMART™ brain training brings together science-backed strategies for improving executive functions, like attention, reasoning and innovation, in daily life. Research shows brain-healthy habits can help prompt functional and structural brain change. Recent studies involving the SMART intervention have shown that after 12 weeks of applying training strategies in daily life, participants increased brain blood flow by 8%, showing decades of potential progress in a few short months.Taking a SMART approach to brain health is simpler than it may seem.


"We have a set of 9 different strategies we call SMART, standing for Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Tactics. The first group of strategies is called Strategic Attention, and one example is to avoid multitasking. A lot of people don't realize that when you multitask you add stress to your brain." – Dr. Julie Fratantoni
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Julie Fratantoni, PhD, CCC-SLP

Head of Research Integration and Partnerships Center for BrainHealth

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