When it comes to learning and memory, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news: our brains start slowing down as early as our mid-20s.
The good news? We can improve our learning and memory skills at any age. Researchers agree that we CAN teach ourselves new tricks, as our brains have a remarkable ability to adapt and change even into old age.
Memory and learning are critical functions of human brain. The learning and memories we acquire enable us to function normally, live independently, and shape our individual lives based on the accumulation of daily experiences from which we remember and learn.
Whether you are learning new information for education or a profession, or an aging individual seeking to preserve and enhance your learning and memory skills, there are certain things we can do to improve cognitive ability.
For the most part, activities that are good for the body are good for the brain: a healthy balanced diet, moderate exercise, sufficient sleep. But the brain benefits from its own workout for optimal health. The more you work out your brain, researchers say, the better you will be able to process and remember information.
Do something new. Try new and different activities to stimulate brain function.
Do something challenging. Learn a new language, sport, instrument, or try a challenging new game or crossword puzzle.
Do something fun. Having fun helps to engage the brain, and the more fun you have, the more likely you are to continue with the activity.
Keep stress under control. Meditation is noted for its “stress-busting, brain boosting” benefits. Research indicates that those who meditate regularly have more activity in the left prefrontal cortex, an area associated with joy. It is further indicated that meditation increases the thickness of the cerebral cortex and encourages more connections between brain cells, all of which increase mental sharpness and memory ability.
Monroe Products offers a wide selection of titles for memory and learning enhancement. Additionally, here are two great websites offering tools and techniques that may be helpful: http://helpguide.org and http://www.fitbrains.com.
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