I recently read a great article in Runners’ World called The Running Machine Myth. It is a must-read for anyone who is interested in how your brain plasticity processes can shape and affect your physical training goals, and how you can approach training to best apply your brain’s natural ability to grow and change. The world class athletes, coaches, and neuroscientists in the article all agree that in doing so, you can push training to the next level and even improve your marathon time or sprint time.
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New York Times science writer Sandra Blakeslee says, “Soft-Wired is the most authoritative, useful and entertaining book on the subject of brain plasticity. Written by the scientist who launched the field, this book stands above them all.”
I’m excited to announce that my brand new book Soft-Wired is now out and available in paperback or Kindle format. This book was a labor of love, and it took me many years and many iterations to say exactly what I wanted, how I wanted to say it. The result is a book that covers much of my life’s work in neuroscience and brain plasticity research.
In the book, I explain how the brain develops and grows throughout youth and early adulthood, and how positive and negative brain plasticity remodel the brain across the lifespan. Then I offer my best advice for how to evaluate your own brain–and how your lifestyle may be changing it for better or worse–and offer clear, specific, scientifically proven advice for how you can rejuvenate, remodel, and reshape your brain at any age. I even share all the things that I do on a daily basis so I can stay sharp in my own life.
I am so excited to share the official trailer for “Smarter Brains” – a new special about the brain that’s coming soon on PBS. The focus of the show is all about intelligence: how we get it, how we can increase it, and how it affects our lives. The show will feature top world brain scientists, including yours truly, and will premiere on PBS stations in August 2013. Check out this preview and let us know what you think!
A few days ago, we hosted a Q&A session on Facebook about brain plasticity and brain fitness with Posit Science founder Dr. Michael Merzenich. For those who missed the discussion and prefer to read it in transcript form, I’ve re-posted it here.
Question: I would love to know what Dr. Merzenich thinks about brain plasticity and its response to chronic pain. Medications have been the go-to for pain but they are not very effective. Brain Plasticity seems like a more useful treatment for chronic pain.