Episode 60: The Art and Science of Unlocking the Brain That Relearns

Episode 60: The Art and Science of Unlocking the Brain That Relearns

The name Shepherd Ivory Franz won’t ring a bell for many, but he is a notable individual in the arena that is now known as neuropsychiatry and neuropsychology. Close to 100 years ago, he was testing the ability to relearn after performing an ablative brain surgery on cats that he had initially “taught”. This type of work and eventual application to the veterans who survived brain trauma provided Franz with early insights into neuroplasticity, which is the foundation of the current approach to cognitive retraining.

On today’s podcast, Rick Parente, Emeritus Professor at Towson University in Baltimore and a celebrated expert in the field of cognitive retraining will discuss how targeted and specific interventions after a traumatic brain injury are more effective than comprehensive, but non-targeted ones. Because finding ways to help people to learn, remember, and think is as much an art as science, this discussion will lead us all to deploy careful scrutiny when assessing symptom presentation, functional needs, and perceived limitations of the brain.

About Rick Parente, Ph.D.


@RickParente says injury to the brain affects Attention, Memory and EF skills and one needs “some skills” to learn to compensate for the lack of skills and to work with people and oneself as the brain injury creates barriers. Click To Tweet @SuchetaKamath interviews @RickParente who has authored 75+ journal articles and 3 books on NeuroRehabilitation and explains why interventions that target language and attention are likely to produce the greatest improvement. Click To Tweet




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Sucheta Kamath
Executive Function Specialist at Cerebral Matters
Sucheta Kamath, founder of private practice (Cerebral Matters®), is an expert in brain training & Executive Function development. She is a TEDx speaker and a recent graduate of the Leadership Atlanta class of 2015. Sucheta will be launching ExQ®, an educational software company that offers accessible, web-based learning management tools for all in Fall of 2019.

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