This kind of brain training actually slows cognitive decline

Your brain has to per­form many dif­fer­ent types of cal­cu­la­tions all at the same time:

  • pro­cess­ing sen­so­ry input
  • check­ing your inter­nal emo­tion­al sig­nals
  • respond­ing to social cues
  • being alert to dan­ger
  • run­ning sim­u­la­tions to pre­dict the out­come of numer­ous pos­si­ble actions
  • orches­trat­ing mus­cle activ­i­ty
  • and much much more

With all of these simul­ta­ne­ous activ­i­ties com­pet­ing for resources, your brain can eas­i­ly get over­loaded.

Have you ever exer­cised so intense­ly that you can bare­ly think straight? That’s because vig­or­ous use of your mus­cles sucks up lots of the glu­cose your brain needs to per­form its cal­cu­la­tions.

Brain researchers also use this prin­ci­ple in design­ing exper­i­ments. If you’re giv­en mul­ti­ple men­tal tasks to per­form at the same time, sci­en­tists can show a dete­ri­o­ra­tion of “high­er” brain func­tion: your rea­son­ing pow­er, moral deci­sion mak­ing, etc.

Giv­en the changes in metab­o­lism, cir­cu­la­tion and hor­mone func­tion that accom­pa­ny the aging process, it’s under­stand­able that cog­ni­tive decline is a com­mon chal­lenge for old­er adults.

Many have turned to men­tal exer­cis­es to slow the decline of brain pro­cess­ing.  But is there a type of men­tal exer­cise that’s actu­al­ly proven to be effec­tive?

The best-devel­oped research shows a mea­sur­able ben­e­fit from a com­put­er­ized train­ing sys­tem that tar­gets brain pro­cess­ing speed.

Speed­ing up the brain makes sense.  Since so many dif­fer­ent chan­nels simul­ta­ne­ous­ly occu­py the brain, speed­ing up each process by even  a minis­cule frac­tion of a sec­ond results in a sig­nif­i­cant boost in brain pow­er.

The research has pri­mar­i­ly used an online brain-train­ing sys­tem called Insight from Brain HQ. Any­one can sub­scribe to Brain HQ and have access to Insight and many of their oth­er brain-train­ing mod­ules.

If you com­bine the Insight pro­gram with oth­er meth­ods to main­tain cog­ni­tive health, includ­ing brain stim­u­la­tion with Neu­ro­Tac­tile Ther­a­py, an anti-inflam­ma­to­ry diet, and exer­cis­es that chal­lenge the brain, the health ben­e­fits can be enor­mous.

 

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About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods.

His website, askdrlavine.com, provides more information about his approach.

Please contact him at drlavine@yourbodyofknowledge.com or at 212-400-9663.

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