How do we keep our minds healthy? Can we make ourselves smarter? These are in many ways age-old questions, but thanks to the latest in neuroscience, we know more than ever about what makes our minds tick and how we can maximize their health and effectiveness.
As part of TVO's Mysteries of the Mind week back in January, The Agenda explored the latest insights about the brain with Dr. Norman Doidge, noted psychiatrist and author of The Brain That Changed Itself, and with other experts from around North America.
We delved into what we know about "the healthy brain." Do conditions like dementia, Alzheimer's and autism reside in the brain alone or does the body have a bigger role to play in the mind's health? How can lifestyle choices and practices affect brain health: exercise, weight, diet, tobacco, alcohol and sleep?
We also learned the latest about "the smarter brain." What constitutes intelligence and how can you train your brain to be more agile? Can you make yourself — and your brain — smarter? Do brain games work? And, is this rapidly changing technological world creating better brains or short-circuiting our potential?
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