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Brain Fitness 2: Sight & Sound, at PBS

PBS recently announced the second installment of their popular Brain Fitness Program show, and released this trailer via YouTube:

Watch: Brain Fitness 2: Sight & Sound (2:30)

Description: Join host Peter Coyote in “Brain Fitness 2: Sight & Sound,” the follow-up to “The Brain Fitness Program,” as he explores the brain’s ability to change and grow, even as we age, helping us maintain and improve our vision and hearing.

“Brain Fitness 2: Sight & Sound” is a special in-depth look at the advances in neuroplasticity and how it relates to healthy aging, with a particular focus on making the most of information filtered through our eyes and ears. Check your local listings to catch it, beginning in December 2008. Your brain will thank you. Help PBS continue to offer all Americans; from every walk of life; the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. To donate, please visit

Schedule: You can check the schedule for the program by city Here.

And Here you have some information on the first show, titled the Brain Fitness Program

The Brain Fitness Program DVD ($24.95). “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 years, 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 narrates. ”

To purchase: click Here.


Note: How can anyone take care of his or her brain when every week brings a new barrage of articles and studies which seem to contradict each other?

Do supplements improve memory? Do you need both physical and mental exercise –or is one of them enough? Why is managing stress so important to attention and memory? Which brain training approach, if any, is worth one’s time and money?

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  1. Nick Maceus says:

    Does a nice job of succinctly and clearly conveying the emerging neuroscience discoveries on the brain, and how malleable it is, even maintaining its neuroplasticity even as we age, contrary to dictum up to this point. You come away with solid advice on how to care for and improve your own brain, so that you can stay alert and learn through well-made PBS documentaries.

    – Nick Maceus

  2. Sara Pecare says:

    A very informative and easy to understand look at sight and sound perception. One error I would like to point out is actually a minor detail. In the sight portion, a picture of a group of military personnel are boarding a transport plane. The group was wrongly identified as Marines. There is a Canadian flag on the tail of the plane, the kit (duffle) bags being carried are Canadian style, and the blue berets are the internationally recognized headwear of the Canadian Peacekeeper – definitely not Marines!

  3. Helene says:

    Thanks for your contribution to my Take Charge of Your Health Care Carnival. Keeping your brain fit is important at any age, especially as we age.

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