May 05 2012

The New York Times: "How to Train the Aging Brain"

What is the best way to affect positive changes on an aging brain?

Notice differences.

That is the conclusion of Barbara Strauch, the Times’ health editor.

Strauch draws her research from adult educators:

– Deborah M. Burke, a professor of psychology at Pomona College in California
– Jack Mezirow, a professor emeritus at Columbia Teachers College
– Kathleen Taylor, a professor at St. Mary’s College of California

Challenge your assumptions by including foreign perspectives into your life.

“There’s a place for information,” Dr. Taylor says. “We need to know stuff. But we need to move beyond that and challenge our perception of the world. If you always hang around with those you agree with and read things that agree with what you already know, you’re not going to wrestle with your established brain connections.”

– see Washington Post breathing article

– see Harvard Gazette article on the thinning of the neurocortex

– what exactly is meant by neuroplasticity? click here

– brain plaque: this link is a scientific journal interview with Steven Finkbeiner, a researcher with recent findings into the causes of neurodegenerative disease. His research suggests that brain plaque is a coping mechanism of the brain rather than a cause of neurodegenerative diseases like Huntington’s and Alzheimers.
– memory loss: how much is normal? link here for a better understanding of forgetting.

read NYT’s How to train the aging brain

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