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Dr. Sanjay Gupta on How You Can Actually Improve Brain Function as You Age

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Credit: Dr. Sanjay Gupta

“We use our whole brain, but 90% of the time we’re using 10% of our brains.”

This past (very long) year, Dr. Sanjay Gupta has been immersed in all things Covid-19, as CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent reporting on the front lines of this novel virus. “All I think about is COVID,” he told Katie, “Viral transmission, how people evaluate risk, social behavior. There’s no part of our society that hasn’t been touched in some way.” But Sanjay is also a neuroscientist and in addition to his on-air work and a daily podcast (Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction), Sanjay has somehow found the time to write a new book called Keep Sharp: Building a Better Brain at Any Age, which is out now.

On this episode of Next Question with Katie Couric, Katie and Sanjay talk about how to keep the brain healthy with tips you can use right now to protect and improve your brain. But Katie starts the conversation by asking the Covid-19 about the status of the pandemic and if we’re truly out of the woods. 

Find out more from this episode:

Keep Sharp: Building a Better Brain at Any Age, by Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, The Acclaimed Guide to Stress, Stress-Related Diseases, and Coping, by Robert M. Sapolsky
iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy — and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood — and What That Means for the Rest of Us, by Jean M. Twenge