This course is designed to help you learn about how your brain works and how you can keep it healthy. You will learn how to eat for your brain, how to exercise for your brain, and how to engage in challenging cognitive activities that will improve the function and health of your brain.
Learn to Make your Brain Healthier through Nutrition, Exercise, and Cognition.
You will learn how to take care of your brain so that it will take care of you later.
The course will address some basics of neuroanatomy and discuss activities you can engage in to keep your brain healthy. You will learn how food, exercise, and cognitive activity have the power to change your brain. We'll discuss the effects of sugar on the brain. We'll look at how aerobic exercise can help you grow new brain cells. Finally, you'll get introduced to the types of cognitive activities that are most beneficial for the brain (hint: its not crossword puzzles).
Never taken a course on the brain? Intimidated by neuroanatomy? No problem... This course is designed to make complex research on the brain more accessible to you. Through video lectures and readings you will become an expert on the brain in about 1 month. Additionally, you will learn healthy practices to increase the function of your brain now and throughout your lifespan. These skills will make you more efficient and they will help you fight the effects of aging.
Welcome to the course! View this video to get excited about the major topics that we will cover in the course. You'll also learn more about me, your instructor.
How does your current knowledge of the brain rate? Can you spot common neuromyths? This pre-test will assess your general knowledge of the brain and some principles of keeping the brain healthy by using nutrition, exercise, meditation, and cognitive activity.
This lecture includes a video and a PowerPoint. You will learn basic concepts and principles about the brain that will enable you to be successful in the remainder of the course.
This lecture describes the basic anatomy of the brain.
Ever wonder how much of what you hear is true? In this lecture you'll learn about common neuromyths and why they are false. You'll also learn more basic principles of brain function to help you correctly evaluate neuroscience research.
This is a 10 question quiz on your understanding of the concepts presented in Section 1.
What should you eat? How much should you eat? In this true/false quiz, you'll get to test your knowledge on nutrition.
Wonder where calories come from or how many calories you need in a day? This video will provide you with some basic information on nutrition and get you ready to eat the food your brain needs.
This lecture expands on some of the ideas presented in Lecture 5. Here you'll learn about the specifics of the macronutrients.
In this lecture we'll examine several micronutrients and their role in brain health. Micronutrients addressed include B vitamins, antioxidants, carotenoids, and flavonoids.
This table provides a brief description of the role different nutrients play in brain function, the recommended daily intake of each nutrient, and food sources for each nutrient.
Ever wonder how your morning cup of coffee or a glass of wine with dinner affects your brain? In this lecture we'll cover substances we enjoy with no nutritional value.
This brief 5 question quiz will assess your learning of the information presented in Lectures 4 and 5.
This video discusses ways to help you improve your nutrition.
Think you know the different kinds of exercise and how much you need? Take this quick quiz to find out how much you really need.
In this lecture you will learn about the different types of exercise (i.e. cardio, strength training, stretching).
This lecture will cover current research in humans and animals that shows positive effects of exercise on the brain.
This 5 question quiz will assess your learning of material in Lectures 6 and 7.
This lecture will discuss research on cognitive activity and how it can help keep your brain healthy.
Now that you know what can help your brain get healthier, its time to change your behavior. In this lecture, you'll learn some strategies to help you change.
One last quiz to test your knowledge of what you have learned in this section.
A few last bits of advice on what to do now.
As a professor of psychology, I am interested in many facets of behavior. My specialization is in neuropsychology. This means I study the brain to examine where behavior comes from. This biological approach to psychology is important because the brain is the organ that controls and regulates our behavior. By understanding how the brain works, we can gain a better understanding of behavior.
With these ideas in mind, I have been teaching psychology for 8 years. After earning my PhD from Virginia Tech in 2006, I began my career at Adams State University in Alamosa, CO. I taught in the classroom for 4 years and then moved to online teaching, where I have been for the last 4 years. In the last year, I have also been teaching and developing courses for Southern New Hampshire University. As an online instructor, I have learned the roles that interaction and student relationships play in learning. I have also become skilled at communicating with students from a distance.
Teaching online has afforded me a number of opportunities to learn and grow as an instructor. I have had the ability to develop a variety of courses that look at different aspects of behavior with respect to the brain. Some of my courses include Brain and Behavior, Drugs, Society, and Behavior, and Introduction to Neuroscience and Education. I also recently wrote a book on the principles of learning and the brain - it is currently being published!
Teaching online has also afforded me the opportunity to be at home with my young children. I have a 2 year old daughter and a 4 year old son. We live on our family potato farm in southern Colorado. The areas is very rural, but we are able to enjoy lots of great outdoor hobbies including, hiking, camping, gardening and skiing.