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Sean McManus

Executive Editor
Sean McManus is Program Director of the Ideas Economy Project at The Economist Group in New York where he oversees a series of offline events and edits the Ideas Economy website. Prior to that, he was executive editor of Big Think where he oversaw all editorial operations and led the production of over 400 interviews with experts and thought leaders from around the world. Earlier, Sean was an editor at 02138 magazine. His work has appeared in the New York Times, New York magazine, Worth, and Details. He is a graduate of Washington & Lee University and earned a masters degree in American History from the University of North Florida, where he was the teaching assistant for a visiting professor from South Africa named Desmond Tutu.

Better Hit the Brain Gym

Discoveries about neuroplasticity--the brain's ability to rewire itself throughout life by creating neural connections in response to mental activity--has led to the new brain centers, which "promise to keep older minds sharp with computer, walnuts and green tea."