Have you ever considered how your brain works? For instance, How do we learn? And why do people learn things more easily than others?
Brain studies and research have taken a phenomenal shift in advancement and revelation in what we knew about ourselves. Recent studies show that many of the things we considered scientific facts about the brain are simply fallacies.
For example, we thought that after childhood, the brain lost its flexibility and becomes adamant to change. However, we now know that that is miles away from true.
Another misconception about the brain is the capacity of use. We were once told that we could only use parts of our brains at any given time. And when no activity is on, the brain is relatively sleeping. But this is also untrue. It turns out that brain activity is also high even when an individual is at rest.
In the wake of massive advances in technology, we have been exposed to new discoveries about our brains and how they work. Inventions such as MRI and others have helped us make some of these discoveries.
How the brain changes
One of the most exciting of these new discoveries is that any time you learn a new fact or skill, your brain changes.
We once thought that after puberty, the only changes that happen in the brain were negative. However, new studies show that changes in the brain are not restrained to age. In addition, the nature of change is determined by patterns and information, rather than age group. Our brains go through changes every time.
Your brain is shaped structurally and functionally by everything you do and everything you don’t do. How interesting? This is the reason why addiction is possible. On the other hand, it is responsible for not trying new things.
Your brain knows what you can do, not by your potential, but by what you have done before. This is why risk-taking can cause so much worry and anxiety because your brain is not used to that activity. As a matter of fact, what an individual considers risk is a risk to him or her because the brain does not recognize that activity as normal.
Climbing a mountain may be very risky to you, and you may never try that till you die. However, to a mountain climber, it is so much fun, and probably the new essence for existence.
So how much did this short article change your brain?
After reading anything or doing anything new your brain changes. Your brain reshapes itself just because you introduced something new to it. It can be either very beneficial or very hurtful. This depends on the nature of what is introduced.
Do you know that the same way a person is addicted to drugs, a person can also be addicted to learning?
You can ultimately choose the kind of changes you want in your brain by being intentional about what you expose it to. Although your brain is safely guarded within your skull, it has so many windows and doors connected to every part of your body. The windows to your brain are your nerves, while the doors are the primary senses.
There is so much out there to read. Voluntarily and involuntarily, we are exposed to so much content, especially on the internet. We cannot control what is put out there, but we can control what we allow in here.
In conclusion, choose wisely!