Brain Plasticity - Your Brain Never Stops Changing
It has been long thought that at a certain age the connections in the brain become fixed. But research has shown that our brains never stop changing and in fact, they will form new connections between neurons when we are learning something new. By learning the internal structure of the existing synapses change, and as we become an expert in a certain field, the area in our brain that deals with that type of skill will grow.
Plasticity of the brain is affected by genetic factors, the environment in which a person lives and by his actions.
Scientists now know that neuroplasticity is occurring when:
- A person is growing up; his brain organizes itself from immature to mature.
- A brain injury happens; the brain changes itself so that it can compensate for lost functions or maximize remaining functions.
- Something new is learned and memorized; like learning a new language, having a new experience, etc.
It is well documented that meditation also has an effect on our brains. The results show, that long-term meditation (and even short-term meditation), changes the regions of brains, which are associated with attention, anxiety, depression, fear and anger. Not only that, the body also increases its ability to heal itself (Dalai Lama himself participated in this study).
Fitness and exercise change our brains too. But to enjoy maximum benefits, we must engage ourselves in different forms of exercise. The more versatile the exercises are, the more our brains become better at learning and memorizing.
Some interesting facts:
- London taxi drivers have a more developed hippocampus in the posterior region than London bus drivers. It’s because that part of the brain is responsible for navigating efficiently and is trained daily by processing complex spatial information. While taxi drivers have to navigate around the whole city, bus drivers are just following a limited set of routes.
- Professional musicians have much more developed brain areas, which are directly correlated with playing music, than amateur musicians or non-musicians. The difference is not as much a result of ‘talent’ or ‘good genes’, but they enhanced their brains by practicing rigorously.
- A person, who speaks two languages (bilingual), has a larger left inferior parietal cortex than a person, who speaks only one language (monolingual). As a result, the person, who already speaks two languages, will learn a third or fourth language much quicker, that monolingual people.
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