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PBS: Secret Life of the Brain and Neuroplasticity

Thanks to our 3-month-old daughter, my wife and I have been learning much about baby brains. Mostly learning on the job, as you can imagine.

We just watched a very nice PBS series titled Secret Life of the Brain that covers brain development across the lifespan: babies, kids, teenagers, adults, seniors. A bit dated (2002) but excellent watching even today.

Secret Life of the Brain DVD Series (5 programs, $59.98)

Description: A startling new map of the human brain has emerged during the past decade of neuroscience research, contradicting much of what was previously believed. Narrated by Blair Brown and directed by David Grubin, this series tells stories through a mix of personal histories, expert commentary, and cutting-edge animation. Viewers learn startling new truths about the brain as they journey inside about this organ.
To learn more and purchase, you can click Here.
PBS offers a very high-quality website to accompany the series, including a 3D tour of the brain, mind illusions and more: visit The Secret Life of the Brain website.
If you would like to watch something more recent, focused on brain plasticity and brain fitness, you may enjoy this program too:

The Brain Fitness Program DVD ($24.95)

Description: “This program presents a workout to help viewers get their brains in better shape. The Brain Fitness Program is based on neuro-plasticity, the ability of the brain to change and adapt  even rewire itself. In the past two Peter Coyote Brain Fitness Programyears, a team of scientists has developed computer-based stimulus sets that drive beneficial chemical, physical and functional changes in the brain. Dr. Michael Merzenich of the University of California San Francisco and his colleagues around the world have been leading this effort; he brings the research findings, along with a scientifically based set of brain exercises, to PBS viewers in this innovative and life-altering program. Peter Coyote (pictured) narrates. ”

To learn more and purchase, you can click Here.


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