CogniFit's Science blog: Brain Health And Brain Plasticity Explained

Brain Health And Brain Plasticity Explained

The health of your brain will ultimately affect the fulfillment of your life. A brain that doesn’t function properly and "fire" information in a sub-optimal way can also have important consequences on your feelings and daily mood.

This is why it is so important to learn more about brain health, brain plasticity and how both can dramatically improve your standard of life.

So what is brain plasticity? It's the ability of your brain to change dramatically through learning and experience makes the human brain so very unique.

Plasticity refers to this fact that your brain is constantly changing for better or for worse as you age and live out your daily cycle.

And this is not just a figure of speech, the actual gray matter in your brain alters physically as you learn more and experience events throughout your life. Besides the gray matter changing form, your brain also uses neural pathways and connections that are constantly evolving.

Anytime you learn something new, you are creating new pathways in your brain that will hardwire itself in their so you can recall it and perform the same task again without having to relearn how to do it. The more you practice something, the more your brain strengthen the connections it uses to perform that specific tasks.

These pathways also can "go away" with time when you don’t have to use them for an extended period of time. If you have ever forgotten someone’s name, this is a good example of that neural pathway being weaken.

Brain health can be optimized with certain mind training and brain rehabilitation exercises and programs. Using advanced and scientific programs will help keep your brain healthy as you age and you may also even increase cognitive abilities with consistent training.

New brain research is telling us that brain plasticity is even more remarkable than we originally thought. Our brain functions are tightly tied in with our emotions and feelings and we can train them to stay positive and healthy even as we get older. We might even in the future use brain training programs on people that have known illnesses like autism, bipolar disorder and depression to better their lives and help treat their illnesses.

So if you want to maintain great brain health or even improve your own memory and learning abilities, take advantage of your own brain plasticity and use scientifically proven programs to train your brain for the better. We all need to remain sharp and witty through brain exercises and training.