The Personal Brain Trainer Podcast: Embodying Executive Functions

The Personal Brain Trainer Podcast

    The Personal Brain Trainer Podcast: Embodying Executive Functions

    Join Dr. Erica Warren and Darius Namdaran on an adventure to translate scientific jargon and brain research into simple metaphors and stories. they explore topics that will help you turbocharge your mind and steer around the invisible barriers so that you can achieve your goals. 

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    Here are a selection of our Podcasts: 

    #28 Expedition Planning: Lessons in Executive Functioning

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    Episode 27 explores the executive functioning tools required to have a successful expedition.

    #27 Executive Functions at Work

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    Episode 27 offers advice on workplace accommodations for those with EF problems.

    #26 Parental Support When Kids have EF Problems

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    Episode 26 offers a discussion on the many ways parents can support their children that exhibit executive functioning difficulties.

    #25 Our Personal EF Hacks: Cognitive Flexibility

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    Episode 25 presents a discussion on cognitive flexibility hacks and Dr. Warren and Darius Namdaran teach to their students and use in their own lives.  

    #24 Zoom and Executive Function

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    Episode 24 offers a discussion about Zoom and how it can be a helpful tool for executive functions.  Erica and Darius also discuss the platforms limitations. 

    #23 Our Personal EF Hacks Inhibitory Control

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    Episode 23 offers inhibitory control hacks.  Dr. Erica Warren and Darius Namdaran talk about their personal strategies as well as the approaches and tools that they teach their students.

    #22 Our Personal EF Hacks Working Memory 

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    Episode 22 presents working memory hacks.  Dr. Erica Warren and Darius Namdaran talk about their personal hacks as well as the approaches and tools they teach their clients.

    #21 Do I Have ADHD and Does it Impact Executive Functions?

    Episode 21 offers a discussion about ADHD, the symptoms and how it impacts the areas of executive functions.

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    #20 What is Auditory Processing?

    Episode 20 offers an indepth exploration into auditory processing and all the different types.

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    #19 Related Areas to Visual Processing

    Episode 19 offers a discussion about how different vision weaknesses can impact learning.  Additionally, we discuss a variety of compensatory strategies.

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    #18 Related Areas to Visual Processing

    Episode 18 offers a discussion on a number of cognitive areas that work in tandem with visual processing. Additionally, we discuss a variety of resources that can be used to enhance these cognitive skills.

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    #17 What is Visual Processing?

    Episode 17 offers exploration of visual processing and the vital key it plays in learning visual information. In addition, we also discuss how it is a fundamental skill for reading, math, and spelling.

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    #16 Executive Function and Memory

    Episode 16 offers exploration of the connection between working memory and long-term memory.

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    #15 Learned Helplessness

    Episode 15 offers a discussion about learned helplessness and its impact on learning. Strategies that can help students move through learned helplessness and embrace learning are also addressed.

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    #14 How Do You Teach Writing Skills?

    Episode 14 offers a discussion on how we teach writing skills to our own students as well as a number of key tools that make the process fun and memorable.

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    #13 How to Motivate Students to Do Their Homework

    Episode 13 offers a discussion on motivation. We also talked about how to properly praise a student.

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    #12 How Executive Functions, Dyslexia and ADHD Relate

    Episode 12 offers a discussion about executive functions, dyslexia, and ADHD relate.  

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    #11 How Do You Teach Executive Functioning?

    Episode 11 offers strategies and methods for teaching executive functions.

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    #10 Building a Routine for Improved Executive Functions and Memory

    Episode 10 focuses on the importance of building a routine for improved executive functioning skills. 

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    #9 Strategies to Help Improve Executive Function Skills

    Episode 9 explores 12 simple strategies that can be used to improve executive functions.

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    #8 What are Higher Level Executive Functions?

    Episode 8 looks that the uniting force of working memory, inhibitory control, and cognitive flexibility to reveal higher level executive functioning skills.

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    #7 Exploring Cognitive Flexibility

    Episode 7 offers a spotlight on cognitive flexibility - the third key area of executive functions. 

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    #6 How Inhibitory Control is essential to Executive Function

    Episode 6 presents a deep dive into inhibitory control where Erica and Darius discuss the many feature of this EF skill.

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    #5 Overview of Executive Functioning

    Episode 5 covers an overview of executive functions and looks at the three subsets of EF: working memory, inhibitory control and cognitive flexibility.

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    #4 What is Working Memory and How Can We Strengthen This Skill?

    Episode 4 offers a deep dive into working memory - one of the key components of executive functions and an outstanding indicator of academic success. 

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    #3 Learning to Automaticity: The Only Way to Multitask

    Episode 3 defines learning to automaticity and discusses how this needed skill can be used for academic areas that require multitasking such as reading and writing.

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    #2 How Can We Exercise and Improve Visualization Skills?

    Episode 2 offers a deeper exploration into visualization. and Erica and Darius explore how to improve visualization skills. 

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    #1 What is Visualization and How Can it Help Struggling Learners?

    Episode 1 presents a discussion about visualization and how it can be a secret weapon to learning for struggling learners. 

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    Introduction

    Our Introduction Episode tells the public about our podcast project.  We focus our discussions on executive functions and strategies to optimize our learning potential. 

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