You've probably heard the phrase "You do not teach an old monkey to wince." However, recent studies in neuroplasticity indicate the opposite and confirm that it is possible to learn new things, even when one is old.
How many times have you heard that we are born with millions of neurons, but once they die they can not be replaced?
Have you ever wondered how it is possible that, despite the fact that we are losing thousands of neurons over time, our ability to learn and assimilate new information is growing?
The secret lies in our brain's ability to create new neural connections from learning.
Neuroplasticity is a term that refers to the innate ability of our brain to adapt throughout our lives to create new neural connections and fortify the synapses that connect neurons to each other.
This phenomenon is a response to lived experiences, development and learning.
This "plastic" ability allows us to assimilate new information, create new memories, and be able to continue learning day after day, despite the normal decline in our cognitive capacity that accompanies physical and mental aging.
Development of brain plasticity
The most interesting thing about neuroplasticity is our brain's ability to develop new abilities without using other resources than the very determination to "get them moving" by using everyday situations as a basis for learning.
Thus, the action ofdeveloping neuronal plasticity is not a difficult task, it all depends on the effort and perseverance provided to develop the brain.
Are there any keys to improving brain function?
Recent studies in this area have shown that certain healthy habits that keep one of the most important organs "young" and active.
– Pay attention to what is happening around us: it has been proven that activities that involve memorization are related to all levels of brain function,and therefore to its development.
These areas are the reception of ideas, the ability to remember, and thinking. Can you trace what you did today since you got up? When did you learn a song by heart for the last time?
– Get enough sleep: Sufficient sleep is essential for brain development.
The process of consolidating learned information and memories starts when we rest at night. Studies have shown that people who suffer from insomnia have more difficulty in retaining new information.
– Challenge your abilities:Complete a crossword page, solve a puzzle, or use your less skilled hand to complete tasks that help with intellectual development.
These activities, although simple, require concentration and reasoning that contribute to the creation of new neural connections.
Use your brain
It's never too late to change! Fortunately, each person has the ability to "reconnect" or "reprogram" themselves so that their thoughts and actions go in the direction of the goal they want to achieve.
This is a conquest that is won day after day. In the case of the brain, we must be aware that if we do not use it, it atrophies …
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