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!)
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)
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)