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Optimizing Brain Fitness: Free Video Lecture on How Your Brain Works

Taught by Dr. Richard Restak, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

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How Your Brain Works

As you’re reading these words, your brain is shaping thoughts and images. You’re remembering and associating what’s being written with your experiences. You’re forming new networks of ideas that are encoded into your brain’s intricate circuitry. And it’s all part of brain plasticity, the phenomenon through which your brain continues to change throughout your life.

Brain plasticity is a concept discovered in recent years by neurobiologists, who traditionally thought that the brain was fully formed by adulthood. But in fact, it is life experiences that shape and mold the brain throughout the span of a human life and that influences the brain’s messengers, known as neurotransmitters. Which means you can increase your brain’s power by your own effort. All it takes is applying what you know about how the brain works to meet everyday challenges and about using the principles of brain operation to solve problems and learn new things.

In How Your Brain Works, you learn

  • which lobes of the brain are responsible for foresight, talking, and other functions;
  • how brain cells communicate and share vital information with one another;
  • how the human brain develops from infancy to one’s teenage years; and more.

Watch this free video lecture to make better sense of the mysterious workings of the human brain!

How Your Brain Works is delivered by Dr. Richard Restak. Dr. Restak is Clinical Professor of Neurology at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He also maintains a private practice in Washington, DC. A prolific writer, Dr. Restak has written 20 books on the human brain—4 of which were Main Selections of the Book of the Month Club. His awards include Georgetown University Medical School’s Linacre Medal for Humanity and Medicine.