Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology Special Issue on Brain Health

The science of brain health has developed rapidly over the last decade. Although neuropsychological research has provided many important insights about brain functioning, the focus has largely been on documenting cognitive dysfunction, with considerably less attention paid to brain health and cognitive wellness. A more balanced literature considering both brain function and dysfunction will clarify the entire spectrum of brain health from states of wellness and thriving function through brain disease. This would allow for a far richer understanding of evidence-based, cognition-enhancing strategies useful across varied settings where neuropsychologists provide services, and, importantly, increase the utility and appeal of our work for the general public. Don't miss this special issue!

The Science of Brain Health: State-of-the-Art Perspectives and Clinical Applications 
John J Randolph, Justin B Miller

Reducing Your Risk of Alzheimer’s Dementia: Building a Better Brain as We Age 
David A Bennett

Psychosocial Protective Factors in Cognitive Aging: A Targeted Review 
Laura B Zahodne

Productive Social Engagement as a Vehicle to Promote Activity and Neuro-Cognitive Health in Later Adulthood (1 CE)
Michelle C Carlson

Helping Children and Teens Strengthen Executive Skills to Reach Their Full Potential 
Peg Dawson

Mindfulness Meditation: Impact on Attentional Control and Emotion Dysregulation 
Ruchika Shaurya Prakash

How Can Cognitive Reserve Promote Cognitive and Neurobehavioral Health? 
Yaakov Stern

Brain Health on DistanCE

Convenient continuing education credits for the latest topics on brain health - check out the curated selection of OnDemand webinars!

Evaluating and Designing Lifestyle and Social Factors to Promote Neurocognitive Health (1.5 CE)
Presented by: Michelle C. Carlson, Ph.D.

Disparities in Sleep Health and Impact on Brain Health (1.5 CE)
Presented by: Azizi Seixas, Ph.D.

Brain Function and Treatment Response for Internet Addiction Across the LifeSpan (1 CE)
Presented by: David R. Rosenberg, MD

Positive Neuropsychology: Orienting Toward Brain and Cognitive Health (1.5 CE)
Presented by: John J. Randolph, Ph.D.

Harnessing Positive Psychosocial Factors to Optimize Cognitive Aging (1.5 CE) 
Laura B. Zahodne, PhD

Mindfulness, Meditation, and Cognitive Augmentation (1.5 CE)
Ruchika S. Prakash, Ph.D.

Building a Better Brain as we Age (1 CE)
David A. Bennett, MD

How Can Cognitive Reserve Promote Cognitive and Neurobehavioral Health? (1 CE)
Yaakov Stern, Ph.D.


Brain Beat Podcast

A podcast series featuring discussions with experts on brain health and functioning, brought to you by the NAN Foundation. Listen in and learn how to keep your brain healthy as you age, facts and myths about concussion, how memory works, how brain development affects behavior, what we know about consciousness and more. Brain injury and brain disease can be life-changing and confusing. We break down big brain topics into practical and informative points and serve as a resource and support for individuals, families and communities.

Episodes include:
The Latest in Concussion Research with Dr. Munro Cullum
Updating The Seven Sins of Memory with Dr. Daniel Schacter
Successful Aging and Brain Health with Dr. John Randolph 

Spotlight on Women's Brain Health

NAN's Women in Leadership Committee, in collaboration with the Culture & Diversity Committee, has evidence-based considerations for your brain health! Be sure to download both the English and Spanish versions to share in your practice and community.

  1. Get Moving | Regular activity is key.
  2. Eat Smart | Follow a MIND diet. 
  3. Get Rest | Aim for at least 6 hours per night.
  4. Keep Sharp | Be a lifelong learner and have fun.
  5. Socially Connect | Engage with family and friends.
  6. Manage Risks | ❤ health = 🧠 health. 

Why does it matter?

  • Women make up 2 out of 3 Alzheimer's cases (due to longevity, women outnumber men 2:1)
  • Women have higher rates of other conditions, such as heart disease, increasing risk for cognitive impairment
  • Menopause increases risk of Alzheimer's

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