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A Golden Age for the Brain

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What do we really know
… about the human brain?

When Albert Einstein died in 1955 at the age of seventy- six, there was tremendous curiosity about the most famous brain of the twentieth century. An autopsy was performed on Einstein’s brain. Defying expectations that big thoughts required a big brain, Einstein’s brain actually weighed 10 percent less than the average brain!

Major breakthroughs in neuroscience are all pointing in the same direction. The human brain can do far more than anyone ever thought. Contrary to outworn beliefs, its limitations are imposed by us, not by its physical shortcomings

One of the unique things about the human brain is that it can do only what it thinks it can do.

The minute you say, “My memory isn’t what it used to be” or “I can’t remember a thing today,” you are actually training your brain to live up to your diminished expectations. Low expectations mean low results.

What if you could teach your brain to be unlimited?

In their new book Super Brain, mind/body guru Deepak Chopra and Harvard Medical School professor Rudolph E. Tanzi define the “super brain” and how to use your brain as a gateway for achieving health, happiness, and spiritual growth.

Great quote from the book ~

“Every day you step into the invisible firestorm of electrical and chemical activity that is the brain’s environment. You act as leader, inventor, teacher, and user of your brain, all at once.
As leader, you hand out the day’s orders to your brain.
As inventor, you create new pathways and connections inside your brain that didn’t exist yesterday.
As teacher, you train your brain to learn new skills.
As user, you are responsible for keeping your brain in good working order.”

… and some surprising concepts gleaned from the book:

  • Alzheimers can be reversed (depending on how advanced it is when the victim begins trying).
  • Music lessons, exercise, other repetitive physical activity benefit the brain
  • Keeping busy and interested in life is essential to brain health
  • Why keeping a pet can save your life
  • The many benefits of cultivating your memory
  • Indulging your passion increases brain power

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The Older But Wiser Brain

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It’s not all bad news! Yes, it’s true our reaction time is slower and it takes us longer to retrieve information … BUT we are more shrewd 🙂  In other words, our complex reasoning skills improve. We’re able to anticipate problems and reason things out better than when we were young.

And, there’s another area of improvement as we age: empathy — the ability to understand the emotional point of view of another. Empathy increases as we age.

One of the great discoveries from recent neuroscience research is that the human brain is always changing, from moment to moment and throughout life. It continues to develop, and even continues to grow new brain cells.

Physical Fitness Helps
Art Kramer, a neuroscientist from the University of Illinois has found that memory can improve with treadmill workouts. He writes that after treadmill training, MRI scans of his elderly test subjects revealed larger hippocampi and other brain regions .

Also Important!

  1. Eat right – Many foods, including nuts, fish and red wine, have been linked to a healthy brain. But concentrating on an all-around healthy diet may be the best nutritional strategy for keeping the brain sharp. And don’t skip breakfast!
  2. Good posture – Maintaining an upright, un-slouched posture improves circulation and blood-flow to the brain.
  3. Sleep well – A good night’s sleep is vitally important to a healthy mind, especially memory. Get enough sleep and take naps.
  4. Paint, draw, or doodle – Whether it’s a masterpiece or a mere doodle, simply making a picture is an excellent workout for the brain.
  5. Listen to music – Music affects the brain profoundly, and has been linked to improved cognition and memory functioning.
  6. Learn something new – Many colleges and senior centers offer engaging, low-cost lectures and classes for older adults. Ongoing education is a surefire way to keep sharp.
  7. Do puzzles – When you challenge and stimulate yourself intellectually, you exercise your brain and increase your mental capacity. Crosswords are a popular choice.
  8. Write – Writing improves working memory and your ability to communicate.

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