We are what we practice. Neuroscience has shown that our brains are plastic, constantly seeking new challenges and new stimuli. Our daily choices can drive this plasticity in either a positive or negative direction, making our later years rich and enjoyable or predictable and limited. Keeping ourselves sharp, engaged and on the ball is critical to our emotional and physical well-being. In BRAIN FITNESS PEAK PERFORMANCE, host Peter Coyote leads a journey to explore the extraordinary levels of skill and ability involved in music, sports and language and how we can apply the lessons of experts in these fields to our own lives. Bonus material features extended interviews with the neuroscientists featured in the program, focusing on the scientific background behind the expertise exhibited by the simultaneous interpreter, baseball players and musicians that were profiled.
Brain Fitness Peak Performance illustrates that changes that arise in specialization are not merely functional. They are physically remodeling the structures of the brain. Skills that we think of as commonplace were all developed through skill acquisition, practice and eventual skill mastery. That mastery is reflected in our neurology. To develop this expertise requires active engagement of elementary skills and abilities and developing them into personal expertise. By essentially waking up our modest skills we all becoming masters through active training and practice. Through our powerful plasticity we can retain, increase and master new skills at any age.