Brain Secrets With Dr. Michael Merzenich
Airs Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 7:30 a.m. & Sunday, March 10 at 11 p.m. & Tuesday, March 12 at Noon on KPBS TV
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With the release of “The Brain Fitness Program” in 2006, audiences were astonished to learn that they had the power to improve their own brains.
More than a decade later, Dr. Michael Merzenich, the neuroscience pioneer who revealed that even adult brains could be “rewired” for better health and function, is back with the latest research to reveal even more brain secrets.
In “Brain Secrets,” Dr. Merzenich leads viewers on a journey to understand how we as humans have evolved into the people we are today, and how we can grow our brain powers to become the better, stronger people we’d like to become.
With practical advice that anyone can follow, Dr. Merzenich reveals that it’s never too late to improve our mental abilities.
He explains how “neuroplasticity” — the ability of the brain to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections — affects the brain across the lifespan and shows how to use brain secrets to deal with the unavoidable fact that as our brains age they are prone to decline.
With his set of seven secrets, Dr. Merzenich reveals how to improve and maintain cognitive fitness and demonstrates real ways to gain protection from the symptoms of a broad spectrum of neurological diseases.
In addition to fascinating descriptions of how our brains have produced unique memories, skills, quirks and emotions, he offers sound advice for evaluating brains and gives clear, specific, scientifically proven guidance for rejuvenating, remodeling and reshaping our brains to improve them at any age.
Shot in a documentary style, Dr. Merzenich is joined by other luminaries in neuroscience, as well as journalists, authors and researchers on the cutting edge of developments in the study of brain change.
Interested in Dr. Merzenich’s thoughts on a wide variety of neuroscience-related topics–from war-related brain injury to autism to cognitive training? Check out his blog!
“Brain Secrets” is hosted by Maria Shriver, the mother of four, a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, a New York Times bestselling author, NBC News special anchor and the founder of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement.
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Producer: Inky Dinky Worldwide, Inc. Executive Producer: Bob Marty.