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Biohacking Your Brain's Health

Emory University via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Subject Nutrition & Wellness
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
  • Session Upcoming
  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 2-3 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 4 weeks long

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With deteriorating health, particularly brain health, occurring at a global level, this course introduces you to methods for maximizing your brain's fitness through nutrition, exercise, meditation, and sleep. We'll debunk popular myths about prescribed practices for overall health and then uncover studies from the last few decades revealing practical routines and interventions that are proven to help improve the brain. You'll also get a glimpse at the brain's structure and common brain functions, as well as a "prescription" each week of tips for improving your brain's health.

Syllabus

WEEK 1

Nutrition and the Brain

In this first week, you'll get a simple primer on the brain before diving into the history of nutrition and landmark studies on certain diets that can improve brain health.

 

Exercise and the Brain

During our second week, we'll uncover what exercise does to the brain (including physical and mental exercises) and look at human and animal research that provides us with these insights.

 

WEEK 3

Meditation and the Brain

For our third week, we'll uncover the neuroscience behind meditation and mindfulness and recognize the effects of meditation on brain activity and brain structure.

 

WEEK 4

Sleep and the Brain

In this final week, we'll look at how sleep works as an active process in the brain, assess the effects of sleep deprivation, and consider helpful practices for improved sleep and brain health.

Taught by

Karima Benameur, MD

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Poon C
4.0 3 weeks ago
Poon completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.
An eye-opening course! You will know how diet (insulin resistance actually), meditation, sleep and exercise affect your brain. And full of reference article.

Some of the points are controversy, for example, the instructor says there is some benefit on cognitive exercise. However, other psychologists may not agree with this point.

I hope the instructor can share more her personal stories in biohacking her brain.

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Axel F
4.0 4 weeks ago
Axel completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I really liked the content of this course, and I believe that it's a great starting point to start investigating further into 4 key topics for one's health and personal development.

I found some of the lectures a bit boring at times and that made me have to read the text or review the videos several times to make sure I understood the context, otherwise, this would have been a 5!
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