As someone who is fascinated by brain function and who knows that we can change because our brain can change (re-wiring = neuroplasticity), I enjoyed this article that I found posted on care2.com’s site.
6 Surprising Things That Affect Your Brain by Jon Spayde, Experience Life
posted on care2.com by Megan, selected from Experience Life Nov 8, 2010 5:12
Brain scientists in recent years have discovered a number of surprising ways that the brain influences our overall health, as well as how our behavior influences the health of our brain. And unlike in the days of old — when scientists believed the brain was “fixed” after childhood, only to start an inexorable decline in the middle to later years — today, research is showing that the brain is perfectly capable of changing, healing and “rewiring” itself to an unexpected degree.
It turns out that the age of your brain may be a lesser influence on its structure than what you do with it. Pursuits that require intense mental focus, like language learning, “switch on” the nucleus basalis, the control mechanism for neuroplasticity.
In short, neuroplasticity means you have some control over your cranial fitness. While brain function naturally deteriorates somewhat as you age (though not nearly as much as you might think), various strategic approaches can create new neural pathways and strengthen existing ones as long as you live. What’s more, these efforts to build a better brain can deliver lasting rewards for your overall health.
Here are just a few of neuroscience’s most empowering recent discoveries….. >>> go to care2.com to read the full article
Care2.com is a fascinating green publication. In the CEO’s own words ……
Welcome! I started Care2, back in 1998, to help make the world a better place. The idea is simple: Make it easy for everyone to live a healthy, green lifestyle and impact the causes they care about most. …… Randy Paynter