WHEN YOU LEARN YOU LITERALLY BUILD UP YOUR BRAIN MAKING IT SMARTER AND STRONGER
Reading this post will make you smarter…
“How does the learning happen?”
This is the quest(ion!) we have tried to answer this week during our online Brainology class in level 3.
To do so, we have visited Dr. Cerebrus’ Lab again and have made some experiments too.
Here’s what we have learnt so far:
- Recent studies and research in neuroscience have shown that the brain and intelligence are not fixed: they both change when you learn.
- The brain grows more new cells and the cells make new connections when you learn.
- You get smarter by exercising your brain.
- How can you exercise it?
- By exploring new information, learning new concepts and practicing skills.
- Practice is the key to learning
- Practicing something over and over again* is the only way to ensure* that you grow new connections in the area of your brain responsible for learning that thing (do you remember what happens to the brain of people learning to play the piano?)
- The more connections you make, the easier and faster it gets to make new connections
- Learning makes the brain denser* (think of the studies with lab rats: can you remember the differences between “Couch potato rats” and “Summercamp rats”?)
- Learning makes areas of the brain larger and more active (recall* the studies on London taxidrivers: what was their hippocampus like, compared to other people’s?)
- Different environments* can influence brain growth
- Stimulation and active learning are the secret
- You are never too old to learn and develop your brain!
- You don’t risk “brain consumption” or “brain exhaustion” by exercising your brain and learning new things! Just the opposite*!
So… here’s my wish for you: may your dendrites grow longer and stronger!
May you grow lots of new connections every day!
May you get smarter and smarter… you know how to do it!
Over and over again: ripetutamente
To ensure: garantire
Dense: denso (denser: più denso)
To recall: richiamare alla mente
Just the opposite: proprio il contrario
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