Commonwealth National Podcast

Adam Gazzaley: Brain plasticity across the lifespan (6/15/11)

Duration: 
1:07:26

Brain Plasticity Across the Lifespan


Adam Gazzaley, Professor, UCSF


It is now known that our brain changes structurally and functionally in response to our interactions with our environment throughout our lives, not just during critical times like childhood. This modern perspective is called neuroplasticity and scientists are actively exploring the intricacies of this phenomenon. Gazzaley discusses new theories on the topic, such as cognitive reserve, use-it-or-lose-it, and neural efficiency. He will also tackle the hotly debated topic of the impact of brain training and cognitive exercises.


This program was recorded in front of a live audience at The Commonwealth Club on June 15, 2011