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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 http://www.pbs.org/support

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.

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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?

If you have these ques­tions, check out this new book, The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness:

“Final­ly, an insight­ful and com­plete overview of the sci­ence, prod­ucts and trends to debunk old myths and help us all main­tain our brains in top shape. A must-read”
Glo­ria Cavanaugh, for­mer Pres­i­dent & CEO of the Amer­i­can Soci­ety on Aging and found­ing Board mem­ber of the Nation­al Alliance for Care­giv­ing

Kudos for an excel­lent resource! This Sharp­Brains Guide is full of top notch infor­ma­tion, pro­vides prac­ti­cal tips and helps sep­a­rate hype from hope in the brain health are­na.”
Eliz­a­beth Edger­ly, Ph.D., Chief Pro­gram Offi­cer, Alzheimer’s Asso­ci­a­tion

A mas­ter­ful guide to the brain train­ing rev­o­lu­tion. Promis­es to stim­u­late a much need­ed con­ver­sa­tion that will nudge soci­ety to build a new brain fit­ness cul­ture on sol­id, research-based, foun­da­tions.”
P. Murali Doraiswamy MD, Pro­fes­sor of Psy­chi­a­try, Duke Uni­ver­si­ty and Co-author of The Alzheimer’s Action Plan

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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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