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Remodeling the Brain

The Big Idea for Friday, January 24, 2014

The brain is not a finished product at birth. In fact, the brain develops in stages. One of the most important times of development happens during adolescence, when the brain remodels itself in order to prepare itself to leave the home and enter an unsafe and uncertain world.

In today's lesson, we explore how this knowledge is not only fascinating, but extremely useful. If we view adolescence as time of raging hormones that one simply needs to get through, then we are misunderstanding what is really going on, and missing an opportunity to optimize the brain in ways that will lead us on a positive path into adulthood. After all, the brain is remodeling itself according to the skills we would like for it to do. So if you want to be a future chess champion or Olympic athlete, use it or lose it. 


  1. 1 The Rebellious Brain: Harnessing the Passion of Adolescence
    Big Think Editors Specific Gravity
  2. 2 Dennis Charney: The Resilient Brain
    Dennis Charney
  3. 3 What is Punk?
    Henry Rollins
  4. 4 Neuroplasticity: You Can Teach An Old Brain New Tricks
    Daniel Honan Think Tank

Remodeling the Brain

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