Your Best Brain

Your Best Brain

  • 2014
  • 1 Season

The most complex object in the known universe is the human brain. We all have a basic conception of how our brains function, but do you truly understand the inner workings of your mind? In 24 exciting lectures, probe the origins of consciousness, memory, emotion, intelligence, and more. Learn scientifically proven methods to improve your memory, boost your creativity, and keep your mind sharp.

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Why Your Brain Needs Sleep
24. Why Your Brain Needs Sleep
November 14, 2014
You've probably noticed how poor sleep can hinder your ability to think and focus. But why exactly is sleep so important? How does it contribute to a healthy brain? Uncover answers to these questions and more, and get four science-backed tips for sleeping better.
Improving Your Memory
23. Improving Your Memory
November 14, 2014
Want to improve your memory? Learn what scientific research indicates is useful for improving memory - and more importantly, what popular beliefs have been debunked. Discover how you can use diet, social interaction, and even certain kinds of video games to increase your ability to remember events and details.
The Power of Exercise
22. The Power of Exercise
November 14, 2014
Decades of research points to exercise as a key for strengthening your brain. Find out how regular movement drastically improves cognitive performance, combats depression, and can even cut the risk of dementia in half. See just how much exercise you need to start seeing these benefits (it's less than you might think).
How Self-Control Works
21. How Self-Control Works
November 14, 2014
Discover the origins of self-control in your brain. Explore what the research has to say about its role in helping you succeed in life, handle tough situations, and thrive in society. Examine an evolutionary explanation for cases of impaired self-control like ADHD.
How Your Brain Copes with Grief
20. How Your Brain Copes with Grief
November 14, 2014
Why do we grieve the loss of loved ones? Is there an evolutionary reason for it? And why does grief leave some people devastated while others move on quickly? Explore these questions and more. Also, learn strategies from brain science for dealing with - and helping others deal with - the pain of great loss.
How Infant Brains Work
16. How Infant Brains Work
November 14, 2014
The human brain is not fully functional until adulthood. From birth, an infant's brain is constantly making new connections as it experiences the world. Explore the development stages of an infant from a neuroscientific perspective, including what science recommends to ensure that your kids eat their veggies.
Your Social Brain
15. Your Social Brain
November 14, 2014
The social nature of human beings is an evolutionary advantage that put us at the top of the food chain. But our social abilities have the potential for painful or dangerous consequences. Reflect on the joys and risks of relating to others. Consider what a recent business school experiment uncovered about how you can more easily resolve conflicts.
How Your Brain Manages Stress
14. How Your Brain Manages Stress
November 14, 2014
Though stress is usually considered negative, research reveals it is our perceived inability to control stress that does most of the damage. Unravel how the brain responds to stress on a neurological and chemical level, and survey what neuroscience research has to say about how to reduce stress in your life by learning to control it.
What Makes You Happy
13. What Makes You Happy
November 14, 2014
Is happiness sustainable? What makes some people happier than others, despite similar life circumstances? Explore the stories of two lottery winners, one who crashed and another who thrived. Discover two key areas you can focus on to create a happier life.
Pleasure and Your Brain
12. Pleasure and Your Brain
November 14, 2014
Explore the brain's "pleasure highway" with a tour of what drives the sensation of pleasure in our brains, and understand how video games and other substances hijack this process to create addictions. Then, learn how to harness your brain's craving for pleasure to break nearly any habit.
How Emotion Drives Attention
11. How Emotion Drives Attention
November 14, 2014
Your senses bombard your brain with far more information than it can possibly handle at one time. How does your brain prioritize all of the input? Examine the brain's ability to act as a "central executive," and see how it uses emotion like post-it notes to decide what is important.
Seeing with Your Brain - Vision
9. Seeing with Your Brain - Vision
November 14, 2014
We often think of vision being like a video camera - our eyes take a picture, and that's what we see. But that's not how the brain works. Uncover the complex process the brain uses to construct the hallucination that is our sense of vision.
How Your Brain Uses Your Senses
8. How Your Brain Uses Your Senses
November 14, 2014
The objective reality of the world around you and what your body senses are two very different things. Examine the three-step process the body uses to create sensations in response to outside stimuli. Then, learn a simple trick for using your senses to boost your ability to remember facts.
Creativity and Fluid Intelligence
7. Creativity and Fluid Intelligence
November 14, 2014
What makes people creative? Scientists believe it may it hinge on two contrasting elements: open-mindedness and deep focus. Tour the neuroscience of creativity, explore the significance of working memory in the creative process, and learn how you can boost your creative output.
The Advantages of Forgetting
6. The Advantages of Forgetting
November 14, 2014
Discover the surprising evolutionary purpose of memory, and why it has nothing to do with recalling the precise details of the past like a computer. Find out what causes our brains to forget facts and data, and why. Then, get three research-based tips to improve your memory.
How Your Brain Uses Memory
5. How Your Brain Uses Memory
November 14, 2014
Why are scientists so unsure of the exact definition of intelligence? Explore the challenges of measuring and quantifying intelligence, including the problem with IQ tests. Find out how researchers currently think about intelligence, and the implications these ideas have on the way we design school curriculums.
Neuroplasticity - Your Flexible Brain
4. Neuroplasticity - Your Flexible Brain
November 14, 2014
Dive deeper into the physical structure of the brain and its components. Examine the three primary types of neuron wiring, how they operate on a cellular level, and how the brain is able to create new connections and pathways.
Damaged Brain, Damaged Function
3. Damaged Brain, Damaged Function
November 14, 2014
The brain is a physical organ whose job is to process information. And if it's damaged, your processing can go haywire. Tour the physical structure of the brain, the three overall regions within it, and the role each part has in keeping you alive (including a look at your brain's internal "consciousness switch").
Your Unique Thinking Abilities
2. Your Unique Thinking Abilities
November 14, 2014
What makes the human brain so different from the brains of other animals? Explore the brain's evolutionary journey, and discover the unique ability that allowed humans to not only survive in the face of change - but to thrive.
How Your Brain Works
1. How Your Brain Works
November 14, 2014
Begin your journey with a "flight map" for your tour of the world's most sophisticated survival organ - the human brain. Establish some common language and principles for understanding and exploring the human brain. #Science & Mathematics
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The most complex object in the known universe is the human brain. We all have a basic conception of how our brains function, but do you truly understand the inner workings of your mind? In 24 exciting lectures, probe the origins of consciousness, memory, emotion, intelligence, and more. Learn scientifically proven methods to improve your memory, boost your creativity, and keep your mind sharp.Your Best Brain is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (20 episodes). The series first aired on November 14, 2014.

Your Best Brain is available for streaming on the The Great Courses Signature Collection website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Your Best Brain on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon and The Roku Channel.

  • Premiere Date
    November 14, 2014