January 10, 2018: Boost Your Brain for 2018!

Jan 11, 04:03 AM

Ready to try an inspiring New Year’s exercise? Take a few moments to picture yourself – at the peak of health and happiness - one year from now, on New Year’s Day 2019. Close your eyes for about 30 seconds and savor the details… Now write one word describing each of the following: how you look, what you are doing, and how you feel (e.g. “glowing, dancing, joyful”). If you believe you can make choices in the next year to bring that three-word vision of yourself to life, then you are in the excellent company of many resilient, dedicated people who have used a “growth mindset” to achieve high levels of success. During decades of research on achievement, Stanford University psychologist Dr. Carol Dweck found that individuals with a “growth mindset” who believed their actions helped determine their success had consistently higher levels of achievement than individuals with a “fixed mindset” who believed their abilities and circumstances were largely unchangeable.So how does this relate to boosting your brain power? Ethan speaks to brain Health Specialist Dr. Michelle Braun about tips for boosting your brain, what works and what doesn't?

Michelle Braun, Ph.D. ABPP-CN, is passionate about empowering individuals to boost brain health and reduce the risk of Alzheimer's with science-backed strategies, and has been featured on PBS, Fox TV, radio, and in print media. Dr. Braun is a board-certified neuropsychologist specializing in memory and cognition, geriatric psychology, motivational enhancement, and psychotherapy. She completed her internship at Yale University School of Medicine, and postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Boston VA after earning her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and minor in Neuroscience from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Braun serves on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology and the Scientific and Advisory Panel of the Southeastern Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Association, and is an examiner for the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology, and previous board member of the Wisconsin Psychological Association. Dr. Braun previously served as the Assistant Director of Inpatient Mental Health at the Boston VA and Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Braun has 15 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and hundreds of scientific presentations. She was honored to receive a Practitioner of the Year Award from the Alzheimer’s Association, and to be named to the “40 Under 40” class of 2013 by the Milwaukee Business Journal.