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Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD

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

Dr. Sandi Chapman is one of the nation’s preeminent cognitive neuroscientists furthering our understanding of what makes the brain stronger, faster and last longer. She is committed to enhancing human cognitive capacity and the underlying brain systems across the lifespan.

She collaborates with researchers and leaders around the world to advance the science of brain health, melding expertise in cognitive neuroscience, brain plasticity, brain imaging, medicine and neuroengineering.

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Key Research and Publications

With more than 50 funded research grants and 200+ peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Chapman directs clinical trials to develop, test and apply novel and multidimensional approaches to build cognitive capacity and well-being, improve life function and enhance supporting brain systems. She leads major international efforts to deliver the first-of-its-kind BrainHealth® Index – a composite measure of brain health – to motivate improvement in three broad domains: clarity, resilience, and fortitude. She is committed to democratizing access to brain health strategies and tools to achieve for brain health what has been done for heart health in individuals ages 10 – 100 from all walks of life around the globe. Her work is transforming how we care for our brain before something goes wrong, removing stigma, and elevating brain health with scientifically validated measurements, interventions and practices.

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A Novel BrainHealth Index Prototype Improved by Telehealth-Delivered Training During COVID-19

This groundbreaking study examines the potential to revolutionize global health using a holistic, personalized measure of brain fitness (the BrainHealth® Index) in conjunction with SMART™ Brain Training.

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A Brain Capital Grand Strategy: Toward Economic Reimagination

Brain capital, a key component in shaping economic resilience, is linked to our digitalized, globalized, complex and interconnected, yet fragile, global economy. These researchers argue the time is now to catalyze a Grand Strategy for Brain Capital.

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Distinct Brain and Behavioral Benefits From Cognitive vs. Physical Training: A Randomized Trial in Aging Adults

Both cognitive and physical training enhance brain functioning and cognition, but this randomized controlled trial (RCT) shows that cognitive training like SMART™ can have a distinct impact on executive function.

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Efficacy of Cognitive Training When Translated From the Laboratory to the Real World

This study presents preliminary evidence on the efficacy of SMART™ protocols administered to military, veteran and law enforcement populations over a condensed time frame.

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The Peripheral Effect of Direct Current Stimulation on Brain Circuits Involving Memory

Researchers have observed the activation of the noradrenergic pathway to the hippocampus can modify functional connectivity, supporting the consolidation of a memory event.

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Make Your Brain Smarter: Increase Your Brain's Creativity, Energy, and Focus

Based upon decades of cognitive research, Make Your Brain Smarter by Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD, is the ultimate guide for keeping your brain fit during each decade of your life.

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Flex Your Cortex: 7 Secrets to Turbocharge Your Brain

Why is there a stigma associated with our brain’s health?

Consider that the brain is the most powerful, most staggeringly complex electro-biochemical machine ever created. Until recently, this complicated organ was thought to be static and unchangeable.

Aspen Brain Institute Expert Series on Brain Optimization

You are an expert. You have wisdom. Your life is full of experience. But is your brain keeping up?

Cutting-edge science shows you can have a younger working, more energized brain while expanding your cognitive capacity and retaining the key knowledge. Shouldn't your best brain years be ahead? Learn what you can do NOW to extend the clock for enhanced Brain Health fitness to align with the gift of increased longevity.

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