The purpose of this interview was to learn more about boosting neurogenesis to repair the brain, improve mood/attitude, and prevent degenerative diseases.
Alex: Hello and welcome to a fantastic interview with a top brain health expert. Today we talk to Dr Leslie Sherlin about Neurogenesis. Dr Leslie Sherlin is the CSO (Chief Science Officer) of Sense Labs, he is the co-creator of Versus Brain Training Software, he is the best possible person to have this talk with. We discuss, in particular, this article. about Neurogenesis and what it means to you and I.
If you have someone in your family with Alzheimer’s, dementia, if you know anyone who has had a stroke or if you suffer from stress this is an interview that you don’t want to miss. So, I’ll go ahead and get into it without further ado. Here is Dr Leslie Sherlin.
Alright, Welcome back, Dr Sherlin, I gave a little bit of an intro to our talk today. Talk about neurogenesis as the basis for brain plasticity and how it relates to some of the stuff you’re doing over there at the – at the clinic. So we want to reference some of the stuff pointed out in this article.
So I’ll just start out by recording a quick segment – recording a quick segment out of the article and then asking specifically your experience that relates to that specific segment. So we’ll start out here, a quote from the article reads that: Research in 2008 shows that stem cells in the hippocampus survive better and flourish in correlation to the increased mental effort, and when greater number of stem cells mature they produce higher levels of serotonin that then lead to positive moods and joyful emotions.
The section goes on to say that brain exercises that produce more stem cells slow both onset and progression of degenerative diseases like alzheimer’s and dementia. One researcher propose that challenging brain exercises also elevate mood better than pharmaceutical drugs. So the question to you, I know personally that – you know, I’ve dealt with this in my everyday life but I wanted to ask with your experience with high-level athletes and people in very high stressful situations and all the years that you’ve been using your feedback and clients you’d help with brain training you notice their dispositions outside their everyday life changing as a result of the training process?
Dr Sherlin: Yeah, so maybe you know the disposition in a general way, the answer is yes. We certainly see someone who has a bit more calm poise. A bit more presence about them that you might have experienced before but it’s more about personal awareness and the attitude that they bring in more than, you know, some characteristic sort a traits around their personal attributes so certainly we see a shift and they, many times in fact it’s the family members and those individuals around the client who start to notice these things first and point it out to them because it’s an internal thing it’s a reflection that we’re maybe not aware of until others point it out to us but absolutely just a calm demeanor and poise is a word I like to use because it’s that ability to control ourselves with some intent. It’s kind of the definition that – that like you see people carrying that confident about, with purpose and intent, acting and carrying themselves.