As we age, our brain has a harder time dealing with distractions. Brains get stronger by eliminating distractions rather than pushing to overcome them.
The Center for BrainHealth's 2010 lecture series offered the public an opportunity to learn more about how the brain changes over time and how trailblazing research provides hope for future therapies.
Dr. Norman Doidge, Columbia University and The University of Toronto
The recent discovery that mental experience changes brain structure and function and rewires brain circuitry is the greatest modification of our understanding of the brain in more than four centuries. This finding has major neurological, psychiatric and cultural implications.
Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, Center for BrainHealth
Life expectancy doubled during the last century and will doubtless climb higher in the years ahead. Meanwhile, more has been discovered about the brain over the past five years that in all previous millennia combined, and exciting reserach underway is looking at how to produce a brain robust enough to match the body's new lifespan.
Dr. Helen Fisher, Rutgers University
What happens to our brains when we fall in love? Why do we fall in love with one person instead of another? Fisher's research examines the brain's chemistry and how it influences romantic yearning, as well as ways biology and nature directly shape the timeless seach for love.
Dr. Paul Sanberg, University of South Florida School of Medicine
Pioneering research is advancing a better understanding of the role stem cells can play in the treatment of neurological conditions. The talk focused on the implications of this burgeoning science and its use of human umbilical cord blood cells to slow down, prevent or repair a great number of brain disorders.