Since 1983, Donalee Markus and her Designs for Strong Minds™
associates have been maximizing intelligence for individuals
and corporations throughout the U.S. An innovative program
of exercises, Designs for Strong Minds™, uses game-like,
content-free exercises to filter out emotional influences,
allowing the participants to work solely on skills.
Markus has designed programs for children, adolescents,
professionals, and aging adults. Dr. Markus has had tremendous
success working with individuals who have suffered traumatic
head injuries. In addition, she was selected to design
a program for NASA's Critical Thinking Skills Project.
people play to their strengths, avoiding situations where
they need to use skills with which they are less comfortable.
However, through content-free exercises, Dr. Markus helps
these individuals improve on their weaknesses by building
and exercising their mental muscles.
The Designs for Strong Minds™ exercises allow individuals to hold more information,
sort and organize information in innovative ways, and collect
information from a broader base. These skills then help
||Increase their flexibility
and risk taking
||Improve their analytical
||Optimize their creativity
Designs for Strong Minds™ maximizes intelligence by making
participants aware of the ways in which they think. The
to understand their thought processes
||Gives them insight into
their problem solving strategies
||Gives them the courage
to take risks
||Presents them with options
for change and change to come
||Offers the opportunity
to habituate new processing behaviors
Dr. Markus earned her Ph.D. at Northwestern University
in Evanston, Illinois in 1983. She did post-doctoral work
under Reuven Feuerstein (see pic below) at the Hadassah-Wizo
Research Institute, Jerusalem, Israel.