Brain Training

A fascinating article from the NY Times on the plasticity of brains as we get older (ie. the ability of our brains to keep learning and growing). It seems that new science on the subject is remarkably upbeat:

The brain, as it traverses middle age, gets better at recognizing

the central idea, the big picture. If kept in good shape, the brain can

continue to build pathways that help its owner recognize patterns and,

as a consequence, see significance and even solutions much faster than

a young person can.

The trick is finding ways to keep brain connections in good condition and to grow more of them.

“The

brain is plastic and continues to change, not in getting bigger but

allowing for greater complexity and deeper understanding,” says

Kathleen Taylor, a professor at St. Mary’s College of California, who

has studied ways to teach adults effectively. “As adults we may not

always learn quite as fast, but we are set up for this next

developmental step.”

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.