A recent article in Fast Company raised interesting questions about the brain and learning. As we age, it becomes harder for the brain to build up new neural pathways and acquire new skills. Targeted approaches can help in this effort. We’ve summarized the three techniques suggested in the article, along with an additional tip of our own.
- Focus your attention.
Start honing a talent that requires you to exert mental effort. Examples include learning a new language, learning to play a musical instrument, or another challenging new skill. The important thing is that practicing this task is should be difficult enough to leave you physically and mentally exhausted.
- Repeat and practice this skill over and over again.
It takes a while for new neural pathways to form in your brain. Tara Swart, senior lecturer at MIT, states that it takes three months for the new connections in your brain to become permanent. The more time and practice you invest, the better.
- Stay physically healthy.
Your brain absorbs a huge amount of your body’s nutrients. If you’re not eating right, exercising regularly, and staying in shape, your brain won’t have the resources it needs to change. Maintaining your physical health is an important part of enhancing your brain’s flexibility and ability to improve.
- Use neurofeedback.
All of that may sound like a lot of work just to keep your brain in shape. There’s a lesser-known technique, named neurofeedback, that can boost one’s ability to achieve a flexible, malleable brain. Neurofeedback has been shown for several decades to enhance the brain’s neuroplasticity, or ability to change. New applications of this innovative method of brain training are now more widely available. Read more about neurofeedback.
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