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Brain Plasticity Healing and Growth in the Adult Brain

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Cognitive therapy and literally making connections is easy using brain games. Making connections is literally about your brain creating new neurons and neural connections throughout your entire life.

It was thought at one time that brain cells, once they died off naturally or were otherwise killed, could not be regrown. In the past century science has proven that our brain can grow new cells just as every other part of our body does. The human body is not static. Cells are continually dying and being replaced by new cells. In fact, every seven years or so, you literally have a whole new body. More incentive for you to take care of it. Physical exercise stimulates this process by keeping veins and arteries pumping blood to the brain and cognitive exercise stimulates the process by increasing the number of neurons and connections the brain grows.

Cognitive problems can run the gamut from childhood learning disabilities to Alzheimer's disease and can often be traced to biochemicals so don't blame yourself for 'personality flaws'. Cognitive therapy - making connections - can help. According to Eric R. Braverman, M.D., a cutting edge authority on brain balance research, the following are some of the signs that you might be 'losing your edge':

Absentmindedness, being accident prone, an experience of feeling automated as if in a dream, anger management problems, blurred vision, constipation, delays in processing information, distractedness, dizziness, increased impulsiveness with regret, lack of coordination, panic attacks, short temper, reactive confusion, spatial perception difficulties, thought confusion, among others.

Many people live with these conditions or others and compensate for them indirectly. By bending the brain's chemistry the right way, many of these symptoms will disappear. In the same way an overweight person can lose weight through diet but will still need to exercise to gain muscle function and condition, brain chemistry can be corrected but cognitive exercise is needed to regrow lost function.

Learning anything new - something which is different and has a difficulty level above what you normally experience on a day to day basis - is one way to stimulate the brain. If you love to cook, learning a new recipe is not stimulating or difficult enough. If you take cooking classes in a foreign country and learn the language first, that is new for your brain. You not only had to learn the language, but you have to transpose the new language into your native language so you can keep up in class.

If you drive for a living, taking a new route is not learning something new. Perhaps driving in a country where they drive on the opposite side of the road would be a challenge which would be stimulating.

Cognitive therapy games are exercises which work. Online computer games like those put out by Lumosity increase problem solving skills, brain flexibility, memory, speed, and attention. Learning to work on a computer if you have never done so is a great challenge. Video games and pinball machines work, too, if they are something new to you. Anything which challenges your brain in a new direction will work to actually grow new connections. The more 'power' you have turned on in your brain, the easier and more quickly things will come to you. And this has a snowball effect. The more you learn, the greater your 'electrical' power and the more brain power you create the greater you learn.

One final thought. It's not enough to just learn. Biophysics and quantum science have proven that an affirmative thought is hundreds of times more powerful than a negative thought. Do what makes you happy and you will be fueling not only your brain, your heart and the rest of your body, but the entire multiverse of worlds in a positive way.

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