Are there activities we can do to improve the health of our brain other than maintaining a nutritious diet and physical exercise? Do mental exercises like crossword puzzles and brain games really help? As we age, how can we slow down cognitive decline associated with the retention of information, attention, and the speed at which we process information effectively? In this course, we will examine these questions as well as practical ways to improve the overall health of our brain, including an important aspect of the brain—our memory. We will explore some of the research under way in the field of cognitive science by beginning this course with a primer on how our brains and minds work, including central theories and cognitive models about them. By the end of the course, you will come away with a better understanding of the mind, the role our genes and our environment play in making up who we are, and how you can work to improve your own mind and memory. Guest speakers from the field of brain health will visit the class to discuss recent research findings.
Paul Li, Lecturer in Cognitive Science, UC Berkeley
Paul Li is a co-author of the textbook The Cognitive Sciences, and has written for Scientific American Mind and Psychology Today. He was a founding research scientist at Lumosity, an online neuroscience research and brain training company. He was also an episode consultant for National Geographic Channel’s Emmy-nominated series Brain Games. He has taught at Seoul National University, the Indian Institutes of Technology, National University of Singapore, and the University of Tokyo. He completed graduate studies in neuroscience at Columbia.
Schedule: 5 weeks (Saturdays), Oct 24-Nov 21, 9:30-12:00 pm (PT)
Format: Live Online