Grow up your mind

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Grow up your mind

2015-08-15 13:02:56

Long time in the past we thought, that one person's brain only grows new cells when the person is young. It is not true. We are certain now, that brain may change itself even when person is fifty years old. It is truly possible for you to make your brain for growing new cells. It is important, because science clearly show, that new cells in brain, especially at area named hippocampus, boot up our power to learning. Growing up brain means to make better intelligence and mind strength. OK, so what you can do, to push brain for new cells growing?

  1. Physical training is one of the best thing you may do for make brain cells growing up. Such training works best combined with training of the mind (Curlik & Shors, 2013). It works better, if you take pleasure of it and do it without force (Olson et al., 2006) and works best, if your physical training uses strongly your proprioception (Moreau & Conway, 2013), it is sense of your body position in three dimentional space.
  2. There are proofs that physical training combined with limited calorie intake boot up brain cells growing better than only physical training or only limited food intake (Mattson, 2012).
  3. Video game playing may change brain by growing new cells (Colom et al., 2012). Very good effect have games designed for working memory training, like our dual-N-back (Owen et al., 2005).
  4. Meditation not only pushes brains for growing cells, but in addition have great number of certain good effects on mind and body (Fox et al., 2014).
  5. At the end small surprise. One very pleasing thing lets our brains growing it is experience of sex (Leuner et al., 2010).

As you may see, it is possible and even simple to combine business with pleasure, and use video game, specially loved sports or sex for strengthen brain power. Why not to try now?

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Fox, Kieran CR, et al. "Is meditation associated with altered brain structure? A systematic review and meta-analysis of morphometric neuroimaging in meditation practitioners." Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 43 (2014): 48-73.

Leuner, Benedetta, Erica R. Glasper, and Elizabeth Gould. "Sexual experience promotes adult neurogenesis in the hippocampus despite an initial elevation in stress hormones." PLoS One 5.7 (2010): e11597.

Mattson, Mark P. "Energy intake and exercise as determinants of brain health and vulnerability to injury and disease." Cell metabolism 16.6 (2012): 706-722.

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Olson, Andrea K., et al. "Environmental enrichment and voluntary exercise massively increase neurogenesis in the adult hippocampus via dissociable pathways." Hippocampus 16.3 (2006): 250-260.

Owen, Adrian M., et al. "N‐back working memory paradigm: A meta‐analysis of normative functional neuroimaging studies." Human brain mapping 25.1 (2005): 46-59.