Left, right, analytical or creative, it's all one split brain.
“Who you are depends on what your neurons are up to, moment by moment.”— David Eagleman, The Brain: The Story of You
The classical textbook tells you that you're immutable after a certain point, that in fact, you can no longer change. After your teens, your neurocognitive code is set in place.
But today's neuroscience studies show that the mind is elastic. Staying challenged and interested in new experiences, you can plant even more brain cells and make even more connections. Writes Sharon Begley in Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain:
William James, the father of experimental psychology in the United States, first introduced the word plasticity to the science of the brain, positing in 1890 that “organic matter, especially nervous tissue, seems endowed with a very extraordinary degree of plasticity.”
It's therefore vital that the information you choose to digest and the pathway you decide to take enhance the brain's flexibility rather than deteriorate it.
You may be born with a set number of preconditions, but that will never account what you can gain from trial and error. Neuroplasticity ensures that you can redesign your brain if you so wish.
It's inevitable. In technology, nothing stands still.
We'll know what we want to accomplish and we'll do so with incredible pace and confidence.
The only thing that stands in our way is lack of belief in the brain and body's flexibility.
Virtual or non-virtual reality, there will only be one continuous world. Everything else is information, waiting to be decoded.
The human part will transcend the robot, the robot part will bring new meaning to the brain's neuroplasticity. We'll be able to recall Instagrams before the tip of the tongue.
Through neuro-chip exertion, the mind will make ‘always-on' an exaggeration of the past.
Sleep may be the nature's last organic recharge.
Imagine having a “highly superior autobiographical memory” (H.S.A.M).
That's the case for Australian Rebecca Sharrock who remembers everything from the time she was born to what she did on any particular Saturday a decade ago. ALL in clear detail.
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Only 60 people in the world are known to have the memory condition. And while it comes with benefits — she can even remember every word from the Harry Potter books — there are negative moments in her life that she can't forget. Yet, even when times get tough she can recall the good memories to balance it out.
If you’re looking to boost your memory and brain power, this video contains some excellent tips and reminders.
- Exercise. Physical exercise helps form new brain cells and solidifies existing neurons. It also increases the hippocampus brain area which is responsible for memory and learning
- Never stop learning. Learning something new builds new brain cells. In fact, parts of your brain shrink when you stop learning. Be a life-long learner!
- Play music. Learning to play music stimulates your verbal memory. This is because music training improves your left temporal lobe.
- Use Mnemonics. Associate new information with a shortcut of memorable images, sentences, or simple words. Also, try the Acrostic and Mind Palace techniques. The more you can combine words with images, the stronger your brain power. Keep in mind what Einstein said about creativity.
- Gain new experiences. Do small things like eating with your weaker hand to stimulate more connections between areas of your brain. Such practice also strengthens nerve cells and ward off the negative impact of aging.
- Try brain games. You can also
work outyour brain with puzzles, crosswords or Sudoku. Playing brain games improves cognition and keeps surviving neurons active.
- Eat omega-rich foods. Your brain needs omega-3 fatty acids to function at its optimal level.
- Challenge your brain. It’s vital to do small tasks like practicing math skills so you don’t outsource all your thinking to computers.
Above all, stay mentally active by engaging in mental stimulation. That does not mean chasing the nearest dopamine hit. Do any of the above tips on a daily basis instead.