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CBS News in Focus (The Human Brain: Plasticity) Part I #849924

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 17, 2007
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(Studio: Katie Couric) Statistics about the human brain cited. Start of a CBS News/"Time" magazine series called "A User's Guide to the Brain" introduced & the first report from CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta noted.

(Studio: Sanjay Gupta) The revolutionary view in neuroscience that the brain is not hard-wired but can be changed in size & function examined; details given about research on the brain & on cognitive training. [Illinois at Urbana professor Arthur KRAMER†- says walking can increase the volume & efficiency of the brain; states older brains have plasticity.] [78-year-old Grace MILLER - says walking has made a difference.] [University of California at San Francisco Mike MERZENICH†- says the brain changes itself as you learn new things.] [Study PARTICIPANT - says the program stimulates the brain & makes you remember.] What is known about the brain, Alzheimer's disease & early cognitive problems discussed.

(Studio: Katie Couric) Tomorrow's segment on the brain previewed.

Reporter(s):
Couric, Katie;
Gupta, Sanjay
Duration:
00:05:10

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