Michael C. Patterson and Roger Anunsen are brain health strategists. They are co-founders of MINDRAMP CONSULTING which provides clients with dynamic educational programs, presentations, training workshops and consultation designed promote brain health and enhance mental development through creativity and the arts.
Michael is an author, educator, writer, speaker and gerontologist specializing in brain health, creativity, the arts and longevity. Patterson is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University where he has taught courses on the prevention and treatment of dementia, and the creative arts and brain health. He is an executive board member for the National Center for Creative Aging and serves on numerous advisory boards including the Research Center for Arts & Culture. Patterson ran the award-winning Staying Sharp brain health program at AARP developed numerous projects for PBS and was a founding member, actor and director with the Bear Republic Theater.
I greatly admire working scientists who are also good writers. My passionate interest in the brain was stimulated by Steven Pinker's encyclopedic book, How The Mind Works. Antonio Damasio is an important leader in the field of neuroscience and is a wonderful writer. Richard Dawkins and E.O. Wilson are brilliant scientists whose writing is profoundly philosophical. Nobel Prize winner, Eric Kandell, writes beautifully on the brain, art, culture and history. I just enjoyed reading Anjan Chatterjee's new book on neuroaesthetics. I will read anything written by V.S. Ramachandran, Michael Gazzaniga and David Linden. Jared Diamond's book "The Third Chimpanzee" got me hooked on primate studies and I just loved his great book "Guns, Germs and Steel." I admire the writing of Jonah Lehrer. I would have to say that Matt Ridley is the science writer I most admire and wish to emulate. William James has been described as a scientist who writes like a poet. He is a delight to read.
In the realm of fiction, my favorite is probably Garbriel Garcia Marquez.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I do my best work in the morning and wake up eager to start writing. I use the discipline of writing to structure my learning and to challenge my own thinking. I can't imagine more compelling and fascinating subjects to explore than brain function and human behavior. Anticipating the first cup of coffee also helps.
Brain health is simply in concept, difficult in execution. Minimize risks, maximize challenge and growth! Simple! Two daunting obstacles to this simple strategy remain: knowing exactly what to do and doing it! Better Brains by Design provides a roadmap to brain health that helps you overcome both obstacles and gets you started on the process of building a stronger, healthier, more creative mind.
Learn to design and implement activities for older adults that promote cognitive wellness - the combined benefits of brain health and “flourishing. Learn how to integrate evidence-based research from neuroscience, cognitive aging and positive psychology. Make every activity an opportunity to strengthen brains and enhance the capacity to feel fulfillment and joy.
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The creative process is a complex, multi-faceted activity. Building on the work of creativity scholars, MINDRAMP describes seven major stages of the creative process and how to use them to improve creative performance.
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