The Neuroscience Behind ACTIVATE™ Brain Training
Meet Bruce E. Wexler, MD
Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of C8 Sciences, is professor of psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine. In 45 years of neuroscience research, he has advanced the understanding of brain plasticity and been an international leader in developing computer-presented brain exercises to improve executive cognitive functions. His patent-pending innovations led to the development of the ACTIVATE™ cognition cross-training program for children that integrates computer-presented and physical exercises to improve executive function skills essential for learning. For this work, he received an NIH Director’s Award for “high innovation, high impact, paradigm-changing” research. Dr. Wexler’s book Brain and Culture: Neurobiology, Ideology, and Social Change (MIT Press; Chinese translation Zhejiang University Press) has received international attention. Oliver Sacks called it “a major achievement, touching the deepest biological and human issues…a very powerful and very important book.” Professor Howard Gardner of Harvard University School of Education called it “A pioneering and bold effort to construct a bridge between scientific findings about the brain and the diversity, strengths, and fragilities of human cultures.” Dr. Wexler has given multiple academic and public lectures in North and South America, Europe and Asia. He is a consultant for the Kennedy Foundation Forum on Technology and Mental Health Innovations and BrainFutures, and previously served as a consultant for the GE Brain Trust and the Gates Foundation.
Dr. Wexler graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, studied psychiatry at Anna Freud’s Hampstead Clinic and Neurology at the Institute of Neurology, Queen’s Square, London. He received his Doctor of Medicine from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and training in psychiatry at Yale.