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The Theory and Practice of Brain Exercise and Fitness for Cognitive Health

What didn’t say ‘Using it or loose it’ Now, what does “It” mean? I gave a talk at the Italian Consulate in San Francisco last week and one of the most interesting fields of participation appeared to be discovering what our brains are and how they function, peaking into our minds’ “black box.” Why do we make informed choices regarding our own brain wellbeing and wellness without knowing, at least, the basics? bring your healthy mind to the future┬áis one of the authority sites on this topic.

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Let’s look at it in one look:

The brain is composed of three “brains” or main sub-systems, each named after the apparition of the evolutionary moment in which the sub-system is believed. 1) Neocortex, or Human Brain, is the latest area where high-level thinking and complex integrative tasks are carried out. Many species have the aspect too, albeit in a lesser proportion to the total volume of the brain. This is where we have hemispheres on our right and left. The Neocortex forms of the

-Frontal Lobes: or the Brain CEO with complex brain roles such as architecture and conceptualisation.

-Parietal lobes: addressing movement, senses and certain forms of recognition

-Temporal lobes: sensory and linguistic systems

-Occipital: core of sensory transmission (credit: morphonix)

  1. B) Limbic system, or Mammalian brain, critical to memory and emotions;

Here emotions are generated, as are the appetites and the urges that help us survive. For eg, the amygdala gets stimulated to brace us for a threatening scenario which results in our feeling of fear. Hippocampus is key to memory formation.

  1. C) Cerebellum and stem, or Reptilian brain, which regulates basic vital variables such as respiration, heartbeat and motor coordination.

When we exercise our brains, we put in action our Neurons and neuronal connections.

Given the diversity of functions outlined above, it is clear that various activities will activate different areas of the brain, which scientists now know thanks to neuroimaging. There is no perfect silver bullet (either crossword puzzles, computer applications, or physical exercise): we need a range of intellectual relaxation or “memory exercises.”

“Cells that work together wire together” implies that the more frequently the corresponding neurons “chat” to each other are solidified through synapses-unions between neurons.

You have some tips here which can help you put this whole theory into practice:

— Weird to be! Get to know your local library and community college, find local churches or organizations that offer classes or workshops

— Do a variety of things including things that you’re not good at (if you like to sing, try to paint too)

— Work puzzles such as crosswords and sudoku, or play chess and bridge games

— Use a computerized brain exercise system for tailor-made workout

— If you can just do one thing every day, learn something new!