to a nimble mind
are continuously washing through our brains, each exerting its own influence on our feelings and behaviour. Dopamine
is involved in motivation and reward, and noradrenalin produces an outward-looking state. Stress hormones, such as cortisol
and norepinephrine, interfere with attentive, memory and learning.
We boost our brains when we enjoy ourselves - on the move, eating well, relaxing, meeting
people, planning and remembering. Also, when you challenge the brain with new skills and new ways of doing things, it increases
the number and strength of connections. This is because the brain is infinitely malleable. This mallability is called neuroplasticity.
Below are short videos
that illustrate these ideas.
Neurons and how they work
The brain and its complexity (4.51 secs, Discovery Channel)
Brain Plasticity (Sandrine Thuret) -Neural brain cell researcher. Watch her TED Talk.
Brain HQ and the 'Active Study'. A 10 year trial comparing 3 kinds of cognitive training. Speed training gave a 33% risk reduction
of developing AD.
Read about study above and its result.
Brain Fitness with John Byrne (Interview - 26 mins approx.).
The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain - Occasional Forgetfulness Just Part of the Picture. Book by Barbara Strauch