Transpartisan Attitude is good for: How to Train the Aging Brain, By BARBARA STRAUCH


Brain research suggests it is good to “bump up against people and ideas that are different”.  Brain health is now another reason to reach out across political differences.   And my fellow middle age people, good news!  ” Recently, researchers have found even more positive news. The brain, as it traverses middle age, gets better at recognizing the central idea, the big picture. If kept in good shape, the brain can continue to build pathways that help its owner recognize patterns and, as a consequence, see significance and even solutions much faster than a young person can.”  Take that youngsters.  Enjoy. Walt

How to Train the Aging Brain, By BARBARA STRAUCH

……..  Instead, continued brain development and a richer form of learning may require that you “bump up against people and ideas” that are different. In a history class, that might mean reading multiple viewpoints, and then prying open brain networks by reflecting on how what was learned has changed your view of the world.

“There’s a place for information,” Dr. Taylor says. “We need to know stuff. But we need to move beyond that and challenge our perception of the world. If you always hang around with those you agree with and read things that agree with what you already know, you’re not going to wrestle with your established brain connections.”

Such stretching is exactly what scientists say best keeps a brain in tune: get out of the comfort zone to push and nourish your brain. Do anything from learning a foreign language to taking a different route to work.

“As adults we have these well-trodden paths in our synapses,” Dr. Taylor says. “We have to crack the cognitive egg and scramble it up. And if you learn something this way, when you think of it again you’ll have an overlay of complexity you didn’t have before — and help your brain keep developing as well.”…….

Adult Learning | Neuroscience

How to Train the Aging Brain

Illustration from istockphoto.com

GRAY MATTER Neurons make new connections during learning.

Published: December 29, 2009

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