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TTC Video - Your Best Brain

TTC Video - Your Best Brain

Your Best Brain

By Professor John Medina Ph. D.

About This Course
24 lectures | 31 minutes per lecture

How Your Brain Works
Your Unique Thinking Abilities
Damaged Brain, Damaged Function
Neuroplasticity-Your Flexible Brain
How Your Brain Uses Memory
The Advantages of Forgetting
Creativity and Fluid Intelligence
How Your Brain Uses Your Senses
Seeing with Your Brain-Vision
Feeling with Your Brain-Emotion
How Emotion Drives Attention
Pleasure and Your Brain
What Makes You Happy
How Your Brain Manages Stress
Your Social Brain
How Infant Brains Work
How Adolescent Brains Work
Sex and Your Brain
How Your Brain Ages
How Your Brain Copes with Grief
How Self-Control Works
The Power of Exercise
Improving Your Memory
Why Your Brain Needs Sleep

The human brain is the most complex object in the known universe. This amazing organ has unique powers to make predictions about the future, form relationships with other people, adapt to rapidly changing circumstances, and much, much more.

But how does the brain accomplish these astonishing feats? We all have a basic conception of our brain's role in consciousness, memory, emotion, attention, creativity, and so forth. But what exactly goes on in the brain to make these things happen? And-even more intriguing-what happens when the intricate systems in the brain are not functioning as they should?

In Your Best Brain, Professor Medina walks you through the latest, peer-reviewed neuroscience research in an attempt to shed light on the mysterious world inside your head. Explore what science has discovered about:

Memory: Although we tend think of memory systems like hard drives in computers, there are actually many memory systems, and they are nothing like computer hard drives. You'll see exactly how your brain remembers details and events... and the surprising reason it forgets about them all.

Senses: Between your senses-like sight and smell-and your perception of those senses sit powerful processing and interpretative filtering systems. You'll uncover how the brain translates cues from the environment to create what we perceive as reality.

Emotions: Fear. Excitement. Happiness. Grief. Anger. From where do all these emotions come? You'll explore how the brain generates and uses emotions to connect with others, as well as to direct your attention to what's important.

Creativity: Brain scientists don't really know what "creativity" is, but the cognitive gadget that may come closest to describing it is something called "cognitive disinhibition". This is a process where the brain stubbornly refuses to rule out information that on the surface seems irrelevant to the task at hand. This fluidity of thought allows for staggering innovation-for example, the production of a designer fabric from discarded sour milk.
Tour the Five Key Aspects of the Brain

The first functional map of the cerebral cortex sprang from research done during the two World Wars. When scientists studied soldiers who sustained shrapnel wounds to the head, an examination of each soldier's lost-or in some cases, gained-functions told the researchers what the affected cortical region did. Since then, the field of neuroscience has been in a near constant state of disruptive transformation as researchers and doctors continue to discover revolutionary truths about our brains.

In 24 exciting lectures, Professor Medina will lead you on a spirited tour of five key aspects of this lively revolution:

The Evolving Brain: Killer whales are smart, but they don't write novels. Crows are smart, but they can't design microchips. The evolution of the human brain ensured that we not only survived, we actually conquered the world. You'll examine the physical structure and function of the brain and how it enabled a comparatively weak species to become the planet's apex predator.

The Learning Brain: We survived by being the smartest. But what does it mean to be smart? Take a scientific look into what it means to be intelligent, and uncover the sophisticated way your brain processes and analyzes information about the world around you.

The Feeling Brain: Being able to form relationships and societies gave humans a massive survival advantage. Central to that is our ability to imagine how others are thinking and feeling. Investigate the subtle nuances between emotions and feelings, how they occur on a biological level, and their role in forming and sustaining connections with others.

The Developing Brain: The first three sections of this course describe the fully developed brain. But how does it get that way? Peer into the development process of the brain-from the early years as an infant, to the turbulent teenage period, to how we age in later life.

The Optimized Brain: Wrap up this cerebral tour with an answer to the big question-how do you optimize your brain's processing performance? Find out what science has to say about the role of sleep, exercise, and more in ensuring that the brain performs at its very best. You'll learn practical, research-backed exercises and tips that you can apply in your life right away.

Optimize Your Brain
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