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Donalee Markus, Ph.D. - Build A Better Brain

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Dr. Lara Boyd - Neuroscientist Substantiates Brain Plasticity

Dr. Joe Dispenza - Building a neural network

This TED Talk explains scientifically WHY and HOW Dr. Markus' cognitive exercises change the brain.

  1. They are NOVEL
  2. Context free- the individual is forced to think about the process they use to solve the problem
  3. Because all of the exercises, puzzles, instruments are hierarchical, there is an opportunity for varied rehearsal which leads to habituate great new patterns of behavior
  4. New patterns of behavior indicate that the brain has structurally changed

Prof. Stanislas Dehaene - How the Brain Learns to Read

Latest Blog Posts

Why Do Smart People Do Dumb Things?
Posted: Jul 14, 2020
Why Do Smart People Do Dumb Things? Personality Plays a Role
Posted: Jul 15, 2020
Rewiring the Brain After Injury — What a Simple Drawing Says
Posted: Sep 29, 2020
A Problem Well-Stated Is a Problem Half-Solved
Posted Dec 29, 2020
A Problem Well-Stated Is a Problem Half-Solved: The Options
Posted: Mar 5, 2021
Did I Already Do That?
Posted: May 24, 2021
Organizing Chaos
Posted: Aug 20, 2021
The Feet Tell the Story
Posted: Nov 21, 2021
How to Think: Cracking the Code
Posted Jan 21, 2022


Medical Journals

Designs for Strong Minds; Cognitive Rehabilitation for Mild or Moderate Posttraumatic Head Injuries Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America, Volume 18, Issue 1, Pages 109-131 D. Markus

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This article in Psychology Today changed my professional aspirations. I read it in the waiting room of a physicians' office. My journey with Reuben Feuerstein, the father of teachable intelligence, and my contribution to cognitive restructuring are documented on my web site.

Welcome to the science of brain plasticity!
The science of HOPE!

Articles by Dr. Donalee Markus

Designs for Strong Minds Program and Framework - View Article

Designs for Strong Minds for Corporations and Executives - View Article

Optimizing Memory in the Adult Brain for Effectiveness in a Multitasking Society - View Article

Mediation is Essential to Develop Brain Plasticity - View Article

Creating What You Need: Cognitive Prerequisites fr Creativity in a Gifted Population - View Article

Why Math Is Important - View Article

The Treatment: Mediation & Brain Plasticity - View Article

Brain Plasticity: Q & A - View Article

DSM & Business in 21st Century Q & A - View Article

Stress & Designs for Strong Minds™ - View Article

The Aging Brain & Designs for Strong Minds™ - View Article

Optimizing Memory in the Adult Brain for Effectiveness in a Multitasking Society - View Article

Designs for Strong Minds™ at work with NASA - View Article

Building Better Brains - View Article

Neuro-Cognitive Restructuring & DSM/LHTL Programs - View Article

The Science of Corporate Learning - View Article

Why Smart People Do Dumb Things - View Article


Head trips - A personal trainer for the mind suggests flexing your mental muscles - View Article

Mind Games - Educator teaches corporate executive how to learn - View Article

Brain workouts boost mental performance - View Article

Brain Power - Highland Park's Donalee Markus promotes mental agility - View Article

Executive Woman : The Brain Game - View Article

Changing Behaivors (Guest Post) - View Article