Debunking brain training myths

This week kicked off brain awareness week… and the people over at sharpbrains.com debunked 10 myths around brain fitness… here are my 5 favourites!

Myth 1. Genes deter­mine the fate of our brains.

Fact: Life­long brain plas­tic­ity means that our lifestyles and behav­iors play a sig­nif­i­cant role in how our brains (and there­fore our minds) phys­i­cally evolve.

(we have some aspect of control and can create new neural pathways – say with exercise for brain change!)


Myth 3. Med­ica­tion is the main hope for cog­ni­tive health and enhance­ment.
Fact: Non-invasive inter­ven­tions can have com­pa­ra­ble and more durable ben­e­fits, and are also free of side effects.

(drug side effects are not necessary, but side effects – like endorphins – from exercise are encouraged!)

(wolfestone.co.uk)

Myth 4. There’s noth­ing we can do to beat Alzheimer’s dis­ease and cog­ni­tive decline.
Fact: While noth­ing has been shown to pre­vent the pathol­ogy of Alzheimer ’s dis­ease, there is abun­dant research show­ing we can delay the onset of symp­toms for years –a very mean­ing­ful out­come which is often overlooked.-

Myth 8. Brain train­ing is pri­mar­ily about videogames.
Fact: Real, evidence-based brain train­ing includes some forms of med­i­ta­tion, cog­ni­tive ther­apy, cog­ni­tive train­ing, and biofeed­back. Inter­ac­tive media such as videogames can make those inter­ven­tions more engag­ing and scal­able, but it is impor­tant to dis­tin­guish the means from the end, as obvi­ously not all videogames are the same.

(yay meditation!… see the benefits of meditation and how to start HERE)

your brain on meditation (mindovermatter.com)

Myth 10. As long as my brain is work­ing fine, why should I even pay atten­tion to it?
Fact: For the same rea­sons you should add gas to your car and change the oil reg­u­larly – so that it works bet­ter and per­forms longer.

(some more ideas on “building brain muscles” HERE!)

… so, what are you doing to “train your brain”?? much love.

(see original post HERE)

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15 thoughts on “Debunking brain training myths

    • Yes! Gamma waves are implicated in subjective awareness (consciousness!)… though the scientific jury is still out! A study done a few years ago (maybe at McGill in Montreal QB?) showed when Buddhist Monks meditated on compassion, large gamma wave oscillation/activity occurred (and this was not seen in new meditators). The science of “consciousness” is so fascinating!

  1. Reblogged this on Gym Yoga and commented:
    This is such a great post! Helping people train their brains through meditation and concentration during exercise is something that Yoga instructors have been doing for a long time. However, the fitness industry is trending this way too. In my training with PTA Global they emphasized training the clients, not just their body. Giving clients a cerebral challenge helps increase the benefits of exercise by involving the whole body physically and mentally.

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