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When did you finish school? Does it matter for your brain?

Posted by Peter Barnes on January 20, 2020 at 2:50 PM

head_lightbulb_black_background.jpgDid you finish school last year?  Last decade?  Last century?

Does it matter when? 

It might, if you want to keep your brain sharp and agile.

It’s unlikely you completed school last year. Most readers of this blog are older than that. You might have finished in the 2000’s. Or last century -  in the 1990’s, 1980’s, 1970’s or even earlier (like me!).

You learnt new things almost every day when you were in school.  Your brain was very active, building new neural pathways and strengthening existing ones.

If you finished school last decade or last century, it is likely you haven’t been learning new things nearly every day since then, and it’s the new things, the novel things, are best for keeping your brain sharp.

It’s likely that your brain hasn’t been building pathways anywhere near as intensively as it did when you were in school. And it’s possible your brain is not as fast and agile as it once was.

But you can sharpen it up. Think faster, remember more, focus better.

Brain research has proven our brains are “plastic”.

This means you can change and improve your brain at any age.  Even if you are 40, 50, 60 or older. All you need to do is exercise it.  But not just any exercise. Doing a Suduko puzzle can good for your brain but to get the best results you need variety and increasing levels of challenge.

Dr Michael Merzenich, winner of the Kavli prize, the neuroscience equivalent of Nobel Prize, has developed a simple set of exercises, known as BrainHQ to sharpen up your adult brain.  You can also use the Fast ForWord exercises that Dr Merzenich developed along with other eminent neuroscientists. The Fast ForWord exercises also develop language skills which can help improve your reading ability.

How would you like to:

  • Be more effective learning what you need to do for your work?
  • Have better listening & communication skills?
  • Think a bit faster?
  • Keep up better with conversations?
  • Remember more?
  • Focus better?
  • Think clearer?
  • Feel more alert, and articulate?
  • Speed up your reactions?


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