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Do It Better — Brain Training ++

Train your brain to improve your memory and to develop a calm, focused, mind.
3.7 (46 ratings)
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Last updated 11/2013
English
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  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 hour on-demand audio
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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Description

Want a better brain? Want a more focused mind?

This course will not only develop your memory, attention, and problem solving skills, but it will also teach you how to undo the negative cognitive side-effects of our modern technologies.

I’ve been writing and teaching at universities across North America about the mind, the brain, and cognition for the past fifteen years. I am continually struck by how unaware people are of the simple things they could be doing to improve their mental and emotional well-being.

Heavy technology use will lead to brain fatigue, stress, and depression

… unless coping strategies are implemented.

This course will give you those tools:

— Exercises and techniques for developing a daily brain/body routine that works with your lifestyle;

— Knowledge of the most important brain basics so that you can make healthy life choices.

The course is designed to be followed as a four-week programme, five days/week. Each week is a focus module: Brain Basics, Cognitive Exhaustion, Cognitive Distraction, Attention and Memory. On each of the five module days you will watch a short, easy-to-follow video lecture in which you will either learn some of the basic concepts relevant to the week’s focus or you will be shown exercises and techniques to help you optimise with respect to that focus. You will also be encouraged to do a daily meditation — the course offers many different guided meditations for you to choose from!

What People are Saying about Dr. Salay and The Course:

“Seriously, this class is fantastic. … I’ve learned so much and am practicing most of the things suggested – they only take a few minutes a day. Memory, focus and productivity are improving. Anyone who is interested in learning and growing will benefit from taking this class.”

— Deb, Udemy Student

“I took this course as part of my Continuing Professional Development as a professional accountant--but this course would be useful to all professionals, students, and anyone who wants to improve their cognitive capacities: focus, concentration, and productivity. The daily meditation with Dr. Salay quickly became the highlight of my day.”

— Erin Webster, CPA

Who is the target audience?
  • Absolutely everyone will benefit from this.
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What Will I Learn?
• After taking this four-week brain training+ programme, you will know the basics about your brain, about how your brain and body together support cognition, and you will have at your disposal a toolbox of exercises and activities to help you maintain mental focus, optimise memory, and develop a calm mind.
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Requirements
  • Must have a brain.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 54 Lectures Collapse All 54 Lectures 04:39:19
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Brain Basics
13 Lectures 01:04:06

Watch this first! In it you will learn everything you need to know about how the course will proceed.

Links from this Lecture

Do It Better

ESC Research

Queen's University

Contact E-Mail:info@do-it-better.ca

Preview 06:38

Topics Covered

Brain/Nervous System

Spinal Stretch

Preview 05:47

Daily Meditation — Monday
04:25

Topics Covered

Neurons

Neuroplasticity

Neurons
02:18

Daily Meditation — Tuesday
05:59

Topics Covered

Meditation

Meditation
04:54

Studies — Positive Effects of Meditation
1 page

Daily Meditation — Wednesday
07:25

Topics Covered

Neuroplasticity

Neurogenesis

Neuroplasticity
03:53

Daily Meditation — Thursday
07:56

Studies — Positive Effects of Physical Activity
2 pages

Topics Covered

Spinal Flex

Cobra

Week Summary

Spinal Exercises
05:34

Daily Meditation — Friday
09:17
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Cognitive Exhaustion
10 Lectures 49:12

Topics Covered

Module Focus: Cognitive Exhaustion (CE)

Complete Breathing

Complete Breathing
04:40

Daily Meditation — Monday
04:25

Topics Covered

What Cognitive Exhaustion Feels/Looks Like

What is Cognitive Exhaustion?
03:15

Daily Meditation — Tuesday
07:58

Topics Covered

Cognitive Exhaustion Techniques

  1. Sitting Dizzy/Focus
  2. Standing Dizzy/Focus
Cognitive Exhaustion Techniques
01:27

Daily Meditation — Wednesday
05:59

Topics Covered

How/Why Cognitive Exhaustion Techniques Work

How Cognitive Exhaustion Techniques Work
02:25

Daily Meditation — Thursday
07:25

Topics Covered

More CE Techniques

  1. Standing Balance
  2. Standing Balance/Coordination
  3. Balance + Arm Coordination

Week Summary

More Cognitive Exhaustion Techniques
02:23

Daily Meditation — Friday
09:15
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Cognitive Distraction
10 Lectures 50:18

Topics Covered

Module Focus: Cognitive Distraction (CD)

Prevalence of CD

Cognitive Distraction in the Technological Age
02:51

Daily Meditation — Monday
09:17

Topics Covered

What Cognitive Distraction Feels/Looks Like

What is Cognitive Distraction?
04:49

Daily Meditation — Tuesday
04:25

Topics Covered

Techniques for Dealing With Cognitive Distraction

Cognitive Distraction Techniques
02:09

Daily Meditation — Wednesday
05:57

Topics Covered

How/Why Cognitive Distraction Techniques Work

How Cognitive Distraction Techniques Work
02:06

Daily Meditation — Thursday
07:58

Topics Covered

More Cognitive Distraction Techniques

More Cognitive Distraction Techniques
03:21

Daily Meditation — Friday
07:25
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Attention and Memory
12 Lectures 51:22

Topics Covered

Module Focus: Attention

Introduction to Attention

Links from this Lecture


George Washington University

Johns Hopkins University

NASA

Northwestern University

NEXUS

Oxford University

Queen’s University

Attention Introduction
02:31

Daily Meditation — Monday
04:25

Topics Covered

Attention and memory

Attention and Memory
03:41

Studies: Training Working Memory
1 page

Daily Meditation — Tuesday
07:58

Topics Covered

Attention Exercises

Links from this Lecture

Lumosity

Attention Exercises
01:56

Daily Meditation — Wednesday
09:17

Topics Covered

Saccade Patterns

Vision tracking

Links from this Lecture

Vision Help

Vision and Attention
02:32

Daily Meditation — Thursday
07:25

Topics Covered

Memory Exercises

Links from this Lecture

Lumosity

Memory Exercises
02:12

Daily Meditation — Friday
05:59

Topics Covered

Course Summary

Links from this Lecture

Do It Better

ESC Research

Queen's University

Contact E-Mail:info@do-it-better.ca

Course Wrap-Up
03:26
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Extra Meditations and Exercises
9 Lectures 01:00:21
Short Meditation — mp3 Download
04:14

Medium Meditation — mp3 Download
06:35

Longer Meditation — mp3 Download
08:45

Mindfulness Meditation — mp3 Download
08:45

3 Minute Meditation — Music Only
03:12

5 Minute Meditation — Music Only
05:13

6 Minute Meditation — Music Only
06:13

7 Minute Meditation — Music Only
07:11

10 Minute Meditation — Music Only
10:13
About the Instructor
3.8 Average rating
58 Reviews
3,442 Students
2 Courses
Cognitive Science and Philosophy Professor

I am the founder of Do It Better, an organization whose mission is to bring brain/body solutions to everyday problems, as well as Director of ESC, the Embodiment, Systems, and Complexity Institute for Embodied Cognitive Science. I’ve been writing and teaching at universities across North America about the mind, the brain, and cognition for the past fifteen years. I am thrilled to be reaching a wider audience with these new online opportunities.

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