What Is Brain Health?
Traditional thinking about brain health is rooted in the medical model, focusing on disease, disorder and deficits.
BrainHealth researchers have determined that interventions shown to help populations with specific deficits also helped people with different deficits.
Eventually, research led to the discovery that these interventions can even help healthy people strengthen their brain health. Our research shows that better brain health helps people thrive within the context of their personal life.
We are reframing how to define brain health: it’s about making the most of your capacity to thrive in life.
The concept of IQ might have been useful 100 years ago when it was developed, when repetitive, assembly-line work was the norm and the ability to remember a lot of information was prized.
But this concept is limiting – today, complex skills such as adaptability, innovation, meaningful social connection, and deriving meaning from data are the strongest drivers of success, not to mention our ability to use computers and phones to store and retrieve almost infinite amounts of data.
So what is the “IQ test” for the 21st century?
BrainHealth researchers developed the BrainHealth Index: the world’s first multifaceted performance metric for the integrated, complex brain functions that are directed by the brain’s frontal networks.
At Center for BrainHealth, cognitive neuroscientists have teamed up with clinicians to translate exciting scientific findings into real-world applications.
Common thinking once held that after our mid-20s, the only brain change possible was decline. In the late 1990s science began to reveal the power of neuroplasticity, and researchers started exploring the extent to which the brain can grow stronger, adapt and work better throughout our lifespan.
Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Tactics, or SMART™, teaches strategies to calibrate mental energy, reinforce strategic thinking and ignite innovation.
It is still common to envision a healthy brain as a set of pillars – all equally important and seeming to function independently.
However, research demonstrates that the multiple components of the brain’s health are tightly integrated, and that cognitive fitness creates change across all the components.
Because cognition is the way we perceive and engage with the world, this component undergirds the others.