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Rays of Hope for the Brain [electronic resource]

Telepool GmbH
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
How well do we understand the neurology of learning? Why does the brain's ability to learn diminish as we age? Can science find a way to extend brain "fitness," even for the very old? This program addresses those questions as it describes important medical experiments and studies. Topics include the central role of nerve cell connections in learning and cognitive development; cerebral plasticity, or the breakdown of unused connections; and growing evidence that plaque, diet, and poor blood circulation all "age" the brain. Tests at Germany's Max Planck Institute and the University of Zurich highlight comparisons between healthy and Alzheimer-afflicted brains while assessing the potential for an Alzheimer's vaccine.
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27 min.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Nov. 17, 2009.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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Series Statement
On the trail of. Fountain of youth
  • Exercise the Brain (1:09)
  • Rat Brain Study (0:52)
  • Complexity of Human Brain (1:00)
  • Human Brain Development (1:22)
  • Learning and Brain Development (1:07)
  • Genetic Quality of Nerve Cells (1:04)
  • Scientific Memory Test (1:05)
  • Instability of the Elderly (1:12)
  • Aging Processes (0:59)
  • Positive Changes in Brain Cells (1:15)
  • Dementia and Brain Cell Destruction (1:05)
  • Discovery of Alzheimer's Disease (1:11)
  • Vaccine Against Alzheimer's Disease (1:28)
  • Ongoing Battle Against Alzheimer's Disease (1:20)
  • Diet and Cerebral Functions (1:06)
  • Poor Diet: Poor Brain Capacity (1:16)
  • Blood Sugar and Learning Capability (1:03)
  • Need for Body and Brain Activity (1:04)
  • Stress and Brain Function (1:04)
  • Chronic Stress and Memory (1:13)
  • Reaction Time in Traffic (1:44)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2009], c2005.
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  • 40634s Films Media Group
  • 40636 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (27 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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