The ancient adage that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” may be true in other aspects, but when it comes to the brain, scientists have discovered that this old saying do not apply, your brain has the ability to learn at any age.
MYTH About The Brain: It was believed that
“The human brain, which consists of around 100 billion neural cells, could not generate new ones”
“Each of us was born with a finite number of neural cells
“When a cell died no new cell could grow”
“The brain had an inability to create new neural pathways”.
“The human brain had a relatively small window to develop new pathways in our life span, then after that the pathways became immutable”.
This old model of the brain’s inability to regenerate new nerve cells is no longer relevant, the brain has an incredible ability to reshape itself when it comes to learning and memory consequently via the natural power of neuroplasticity.
Neuroplasticity refers to the ability of the brain to reorganize by creating new neural pathways to adapt, as it needs. Think of the neurological changes being made in the brain as the brain’s way of tuning itself to meet your needs. With this ability, you can
- enhance your ability to learn new information
- improve your memory at any age.
- increase your cognitive abilities
This ability is known as neuroplasticity and with the right stimulation, your brain can form new neural pathways, alter existing connections, and adapt and react in ever-changing ways. The more you focus and practice something the better you become at the new skill that you are learning or an obstacle you are trying to overcome. By doing this, new neural connections are created in the brain.This helps to sharpen our new skill.
At adulthood, the brain has developed millions of neural pathways that help you process and recall information quickly, solve familiar problems, and execute familiar tasks with minimum mental effort. However, if you always stick to these well-worn paths, you are not giving your brain the stimulation it needs to keep growing and developing. You have to shake things up from time to time!
Exercise Your Memory
Like muscular strength, memory requires you to “use it or lose it.” The more you work out your brain, the better you’ll be able to process and remember information. The best brain exercises breaks your routine and challenges you to use and develop new brain pathways.
Coming soon, “Tips on Improving Your Memory“