Maintain Your Brain

Maintain Your Brain

Post from: MAPpingCompanySuccess to brain imaging scientists now know that your brain keeps growing as long as you’re alive.

Quite a difference from the old view that your brain stops making new neural connection around puberty.

Another new idea is that your brain needs just as much exercise as the rest of you, especially as you age.

Thinking is essentially a process of making neural connections in the brain.  To a certain extent, our ability to excel in making the neural connections that drive intelligence is inherited.  However, because these connections are made through effort and practice, scientists believe that intelligence can expand and fluctuate according to mental effort.

It’s simple; we’re talking Pilates for your brain.

And a simple way to do it, thank to some of the leading brains at Stanford and, what else, but a startup.

Now, a new San Francisco Web-based company has taken it a step further and developed the first “brain training program” designed to actually help people improve and regain their mental sharpness.  Called Lumosity, it was designed by some of the leading experts in neuroscience and cognitive psychology from Stanford University.

I registered and, like any good exercise, could feel the difference after doing just two modules. I doubt anything improved, but I felt more awake and energized.

And, like physical exercise, you don’t want to wait until age makes the exercise a necessity.

After all, you don’t want to end up an old codger or biddy.

Register and make time to do it daily.

Your brain will thank you. And as you age your family, friends and the healthcare system will all thank you.

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