Our Changing Brain
Lifelong learning and helping to keep your brain healthy!
Keeping your brain healthy through cognitive challenges
Being a lifelong learner has never been more important. New research has found that providing yourself cognitive challenges throughout your life can help to fight against Alzheimer's disease! These studies prove that we need to instill a sense of lifelong learning in our students so that they will go on to lead mentally stimulating lives!
Lifelong learning and your changing brain
Providing plenty of chances for your brain to exercise actually causes your brain to change over time! Studies have shown that brains that there are more synaptic connections in your brain based on how much learning you have done. High school drop-outs were shown to have fewer synaptic connections than students who had graduated college! Up to 40% more synaptic connections! This means for a faster, leaner brain that is more able to process information!
Structural Plasticity and what it means for Educators
Structural plasticity is the way in which our brain can change from creating new memories, having new experiences, or learning new things. Our brains never stops changing throughout our lives, and the connections that we make continue to grow and develop. We as educators need to realize this and remember that creating stimulating learning environments and experiences that still help to reinforce the lessons that we are trying to teach will help to better aid retention and connections between subjects.