Neuroplasticty – an overview

Neuroplasticity describes the process by which the brain adapts to new tasks or processes. The Brain may actually change as a result of this activity. Generally younger Brains are more receptive to such change, but older people who engage in higher intellectual activity also fare well.


The changing Brain

In one sense the brain is always changing as it adapts to the tasks that it is required to do

This is a process that you can encourage and manage

Changing the brain to a more flexible, adaptable state is useful both for the individual and the corporation

Caution is required because overwork is not something that the brain enjoys

Rest and relaxation are vital parts of any relearning process for the brain


Mind and Body


It is very useful to adopt a mind and body approach to this process

Think of the brain as a muscle, something that requires a good supply of nutrients blood and oxygen

A balanced diet is important

Physical activity helps both Brain functionality and its repair processes


Brain exercise


With the brain if you don’t use it you may lose it,  if the brain does not get adequate stimulation then the thinking capacity will tend to diminish

It had long been thought that age alone was a the key factor in mental agility, but there are ways to counter and reverse this trend

There is definite value in the concept of lifelong learning, it will help adaptability and promote flexibility in all new situations

For example creative thinking and problem solving skills often enhanced by a flexible brain

On the other hand the brain the falls into a very channelled thinking pattern, will not be receptive to new ideas.  The brain may resist change and tend to avoid situations that require more effort

With brain exercise it depends on what exactly you want to achieve. Rote-type training, simple repeat based will work quite well at remembering minor tasks. But brain flexibility requires an altogether different approach. In one sense the training activity should more closely reflect the activity you want the brain to do

Paradoxically the Brain can learn and remember poor habits just as easily as good ones. You really do have to be careful what you wish for

Brain exercise is a good idea providing it is linked to suitable rest


Brain overload

The creation of new pathways in the Brain is one of the most tiring activities you can undertake

The sensations of mental overwork are often confused with stress

Brain fatigue and cognitive overload can impair capability and lead to most unpleasant sensations

The modern passion for multitasking can misunderstand the strengths and weaknesses of the brain. An over busy short term memory will actually reduce the brains capacity to think


Rest Your Brain

The mindfulness type meditation breaks are very useful in allowing the brain to rest and reset itself

Sleep and proper relaxation are integral both to the learning and rendition process


Limitations of the short term memory

The short term memory is only a very small part of the human brain.  In modern society it tends to get overworked.

For improved memory it’s a good idea to link the memory to broader structure in the mind

Retention of information works much better when the brain is rested and the short term memory is not over busy

Help your Brain by using a larger part of its storage capacity


Improved thinking capacity

The deep thought process requires a period of focus concentration and no interruption. For the higher level tasks it’s a good idea to plan your time and space accordingly

Improvements in these areas will take time.  The basic management of the mind workload –then-rest is a discipline you could start today. The effects would be noticeable in just a week or so. The improvements to the flexibility and the adaptability of the mind may take a little longer











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