Brain Plasticity – How our brains adapt to new experiences

brain plasticity

How to take better advantage of brain plasticity?

Brain plasticity refers to the brain’s ability to change and adapt as a result of experience.

This is a video by author David Shenk explaining how our brain physically changes as we learn new things. Brain plasticity is a phenomenon that explains how we become what we are, how we adapt to new experiences. It particularly describes:

  • How to push yourself beyond your abilities.
  • How to persevere?

Who is David Shenk?

David Shenk is an American writer, lecturer, and filmmaker. He is an author of six books, including:

  • The Genius in All of Us (2010),
  • Data Smog (1997), The Forgetting (2001),
  • and The Immortal Game (2006),

He has contributed to

  • National Geographic,
  • Slate,
  • The New York Times,
  • Gourmet,
  • Harper’s,
  • Wired,
  • The New Yorker,
  • The New Republic,
  • The Nation,
  • The American Scholar,
  • NPR and PBS.

In mid-2009, he joined as a correspondent.

He is a 1988 graduate of Brown University.

2 thoughts on “Brain Plasticity – How our brains adapt to new experiences”

  1. Good video! A student I tutor was talking about being frustrated with the feeling she just can’t get past the level of English she has been stuck in for a while. It’s hard for many language learners when they are struggling (for various reasons) to improve their English at the speed they want.

    I’ll have to check out more from David Shrenk. Thanks for posting it.

  2. Alicia Mengod Andreu

    Fantastic video!I think the problem is that sometimes we refuse to try to do new things because we don´t like to fail, besides we are a little bit too lazy to make and effort. This video gives us hope!

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