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Getting Smarter Daily (03:13)


Experts debate the definition of intelligence. This documentary will explore programs to improve neuroplasticity. Most people think the Intelligence Quotient assesses an individual's brain function; James Flynn published a report that children have higher scores than their parents.

Brain Evolution (01:35)

The neocortex, the outermost portion of the brain, provides higher function and reasoning. Jeff Hawkins studies the area to create better computers.

Different Constructs (02:45)

Crystallized intelligence comprises factual knowledge of prior learning and past experiences. Fluid intelligence is the ability to rapidly problem solve.

N-Back Testing (06:56)

Susanne Jaeggi and Martin Buschkuehl empower working memory, improving brain function. Testing scores increased after using a computer program over several weeks. Individuals need to continue to train to remain smarter.

Brain Training (03:02)

The brain can improve and overcome obstacles. Hawkins wanted to explore how the universe was created, laws of physics, the creation of life, and how to improve fluid intelligence.

Neuronal Chatter (07:58)

Christof Koch examines how neurons can send and receive input from other cells using pulses. The Human Brain Project tries to simulate an actual working brain using computers. The study will also improve computer science and green energy technologies.

Differences Between Computers and Brains (03:18)

Computers provide computations and brains are learning machines. Artificial Intelligence makes predictions, but it is very task-oriented and targeted.

Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease (03:30)

Rush University scientists study how lifestyle determinants affect neurological illnesses. Older adults who travel outside their towns and communities are less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease.

Staying Young (03:15)

Sal Cesarani credits teaching at the Parson's School with keeping him young. The fashion designer learns computer programs to improve fluid intelligence.

Improving Your Brain (02:57)

Handling life changes, adapting to circumstances, and challenging yourself forces improved cognitive function. Physical and social activities raise intelligence. Oscar Ybarra studies how positive interactions affect the brain.

Interventions to Cognition Impairments (05:40)

Arthur Kramer studies lifestyle changes that can be implemented to keep older adults independent. Increased amounts of oxygen, walking three times a week, and learning acting techniques improves brain function. Multimodal research includes components of physical activity, social interaction, and cognition.

Age and Change (06:26)

People are less likely to seek out new challenges as they grow older. Michael Fiello learned sign language to communicate with his grandson, Giovanni.

Impact of Fluid Intelligence (04:00)

Merzenich advocates never slowing down and improving neuroplasticity. Exercise, seek social interaction, and spread happiness. Smarter brains help create meaning within an individual's life.

Credits: Smarter Brains (00:60)

Credits: Smarter Brains

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What is intelligence? And how do we get it? And can we increase it? In Smarter Brains, guided by Dr. Michael Merzenich, we uncover the latest research, reveal ground-breaking experiments and show viewers the shocking truth of just how the actions in our daily lives impact just how smart we really are - and what we can do about it.

Length: 56 minutes

Item#: BVL151051

Copyright date: ©2013

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