Have you noticed these 2 new buzzwords: brain fitness, neuroplasticity?
Yes, those two words that appear everywhere in the media nowadays, and were nowhere to be found just one or two years ago.
What do they mean? How can they help me?
We just polled over 1000 folks about their main questions on neuroplasticity and brain fitness. I have selected and answered the 7 most typical ones below. I hope you enjoy the FAQ session.
Q: What exactly does neuroplasticity mean, and why is it so significant for education and health?
A: Learning changes your brain physically. In essence, neuroplasticity means our brains ‘ capability to change themselves thru experience. The brain has the dazzling ability to rearrange itself by forming new connections between brain cells (neurons). For a long while, it was assumed that as we aged, the connections in the brain became fixed. Research has demonstrated that in fact the brain never stops changing thru learning.
Q. I read lots about supplement, exercise, different brain training products…where do I start.
A. You are not alone. We suggest concentrating on 4 pillars of brain fitness: physical activity, a carefully balanced diet, stress management, and brain exercise. Anxiety management is important since stress has been shown to literally kill neurons and cut back the rate of creation of new ones. Brain exercises range from low-tech (i.e. Meditation, learning new complicated abilities, lifetime learning and engagement) to high-tech (i.e. Utilising the increasing number of brain fitness software programs).
Q. Everyone seems obsessive about brain games. What about meditation?
A. As Daniel Goleman latterly indicated, “the good news is that we will grow our willpower; like a muscle, the more we use it, the more it continuously increases over time. But doing this takes, of all things, willpower.” Mindfulness coaching has been shown to be an efficient practice to drive neuroplasticity and build attention, so it a very important part of the mix.
Q. Do brain training exercises and cognitive training programs work?
A. As a category, it definitely appears so , so long as we ask the right questions: Which programs?, Work For Whom, Work For What? Brain training is a complicated field, as companies and newspapers often make contradictory claims. These claims are commonly based totally on press releases, without a deeper analysis of the systematic evidence. In summary, I'd say that research has shown how coaching can help fit grown ups improve precise cognitive skills, and improvements appear to go on longer than the training itself. Not only that, but cognitive training seems to help adults in the early stages of cognitive impairment and even Alzheimer’s Disease. Now, not all programs do the same, so consumers and execs must make well-informed decisions. There are no magical tablets out there.
Q. So this is more significant than “brain games” like Nintendo Brain Age?
A: Nintendo did indeed create purchaser awareness for brain games, but brain training has solid roots in neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience. It is often expounded that new neuroimaging methods have changed neuroscience in the same way that the telescope modified astronomy: scientists now understand far better than only 20 years back what haappens inside the brain of a live person.
Q. What about neurofeedback?
A. After many years of more hope than good science, one or two systematic studies released in 2009 are beginning to how how neurofeedback can be productive, for instance to help diagnose and treat attention deficits.
Q. Based on all this, how can one improve memory?
A. The most important thing to realise is that the brain does more than “memory”. As an example, if I don't focus on something, how can I'm expecting to remember it later? By choosing to attend to something and focus on it, you make a personal interplay with it, thereby giving it private meaning, making it easier to remember. Hence programs that build our perception and attention capabilities can in truth help improve our memory.
Let me give you an example: are you able to draw from memory both sides of a penny? Please try, adding all of the details you can remember.
Now go get a real penny and compare. Did you remember all the details? Did you draw them in the best position? Most likely not, regardless of having had thousands of penny coins in your hands for years.
John has over 40 years of experience in business promoting sales engineering general management online real-estate planning, for the past 20 years John has been a active Meditation Student. He has worked for and with worldwide corporations such as IBM, Electronic Data Systems and Mahindra British Telecomm. He has a BS from Brown in Computer Science an MA through IBM in Industrial Electronics, he also has a PhD in International Trade and Management from the London School of Business and Trade.