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Your Best Brain

by The Great Courses
$84.99$234.99

Make the most of your brain by understanding what goes on inside it.

Skill Level

Beginner

What You Get

  • 24 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including a 219-page course guidebook with lesson-by-lesson summaries and exercises
  • More than 12 hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers from fellow classmates in our virtual classroom

How it works

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  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Did you know that the human brain is the most complex object in the known universe? Take an in-depth, science-based tour of this remarkable organ with award-winning molecular biologist John Medina, Ph.D. He’ll share the latest neuroscience research to help you optimize your brain’s performance, including proven strategies for improving your memory, boosting your creativity and more. Plus, find out what happens when the brain’s intricate systems aren’t functioning as they should.

Lesson Breakdown

1. How Your Brain Works
34:33
Meet John Medina and begin your journey with a 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.
2. Your Unique Thinking Abilities
31:01
3. Damaged Brain, Damaged Function
31:02
4. Neuroplasticity: Your Flexible Brain
33:57
5. How Your Brain Uses Memory
32:42
6. The Advantages of Forgetting
33:38
7. Creativity & Fluid Intelligence
32:31
8. How Your Brain Uses Your Senses
32:03
9. Seeing With Your Brain: Vision
31:08
10. Feeling With Your Brain: Emotion
32:49
11. How Emotion Drives Attention
31:48
12. Pleasure & Your Brain
32:59
13. What Makes You Happy
33:36
14. How Your Brain Manages Stress
30:41
15. Your Social Brain
30:51
16. How Infant Brains Work
31:32
17. How Adolescent Brains Work
32:32
18. Sex & Your Brain
30:31
19. How Your Brain Ages
28:55
20. How Your Brain Copes With Grief
30:28
21. How Self-Control Works
32:37
22. The Power of Exercise
33:14
23. Improving Your Memory
32:34
24. Why Your Brain Needs Sleep
32:37

Taught by

John Medina
John Medina
John Medina is an affiliate professor of bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Washington State University. A leading advocate for brain research and its potential application to real world problems, Dr. Medina founded two leading brain research institutes. He is the author of several books, including the New York Times bestseller "Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School."

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