Brains at any age are capable of rewiring and changing. No one should be aging, thinking that ‘ it’s all downhill from here’ – Dr.Henry Mahncke
We all know that it is important to exercise our bodies; to keep moving, to keep our muscles supple and our joints limber. But how many of us work as hard to exercise our brain?
As theoretical physicist, Michio Kaku, says ‘the human brain has 100 billion neurons, each neuron connected to 10 thousand other neurons. Sitting on your shoulders is the most complicated object in the known universe’.
In this conversation with Dr. Mahncke, we unpack new insights into how we can keep that ‘most complicated object’ working optimally.
Dr. Henry W. Mahncke is a research neuroscientist, and the CEO of Posit Science who provides BrainHQ. This is an online and app program of plasticity-based brain training exercises to improve cognitive measures like attention, memory, processing speed and executive functions that improve measures of real world activities like driving, balance, gait, mood, confidence and everyday cognitive functions.
Was does brain plasticity mean? The brain is a physical organ that can be changed anatomically, or damaged by trauma, infections or the inability to cleanse and repair cells. In contrast, mind is an intangible complex of functions such as thinking, feeling, remembering. Brain training is a way to make physical changes in the brain, that translate into a more efficiently functioning mind.
Plasticity is the ability of the brain to create new neural pathways. It was once thought that when an area of the brain is damaged, for example by a stroke, the brain could not repair the damaged area and functions located there were lost forever. Now we know that ‘rewiring’ can work around that damage and recreate that functional ability. Furthermore, brain plasticity suggests that we may be able to rewire our brains regardless of age, neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s Disease and even genetic syndromes such as Down Syndrome.
Knowing that brains at any age are capable of rewiring and changing, how you use your brain matters – organize your life to be full of new learning and don’t be afraid of doing something new because you might fail but embrace the challenge
Most importantly, exercise your brain. BrainHQ is designed to train all the areas discussed and help your brain become become faster and more accurate
Find BrainHq :
Website: www.brainhq.com Or download the app.
You can listen to Rewiring Your Brain with Dr. Henry Mahnke here