Brain Plasticity


How to take better advantage of brain plasticity?

This is a two-minute video of author David Shenk explaining how our brain physically changes as we learn new things:

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 TheAtlantic.com as a correspondent.

He is a 1988 graduate of Brown University.


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2 Responses

  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 says:

    Fantastic video!I think the problem is that sometimes we refuse to try to do new things because we donĀ“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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