PBS Explorer Collection: Brain Fitness, Vol. 1 [4 Discs] [DVD]

This release from PBS offers an in depth look at the brain's ability to improve itself, with documentaries about new developments in the field, and a lesson in mental exercises, designed to help heighten the brain's abilities, like the way the brain processes sensory input, such as sight and sound.
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Overview

Special Features

  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

The Brain Fitness Program
This 100 minute program takes a look at the brain and its ability to change and adapt itself based on what it's presented with. Dr. Michael Merzenich of the University of California and his team of scientists present a series of computer stimuli developed to encourage this growth and adaptation within the brain so that viewers can improve their own brain function. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

Brain Fitness Frontiers
A panel of neuroscience experts expands on the phenomenon of "neuroplasticity", i.e., the process the human brain undergoes while completing various transformations, such as aging or recovering from an injury. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

Brain Fitness: Peak Performance
Peter Coyote hosts this mental-fitness program, which offers a series of challenges designed to foster increased attention, sharpness, clarity, and memory recall, as well as general happiness, and a sense of well being. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi

Brain Fitness²: Sight & Sound
Join the world's most respected neuroscientists, psychologists, and neurobiologists as they explore the reasons why our brains may hold the key to our independence in this documentary special hosted by Peter Coyote. Every waking moment, our brains take in information. We make important decisions based on the way we perceive this information, so what happens as we get older, and the signals we receive from our ears and eyes becomes less reliable? Could we do something to dramatically impact these abilities? In this documentary, some of the world's most innovative experts reveal why the brain could be capable of changing and adapting even later in life. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Peter Coyote
    Peter Coyote - Narrator
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