Sep 21, 2006
By: Alvaro Fernandez
|These 3 pictures represent a simplified image of brain activity taken from right above our heads, with our forehead/ Frontal Lobes at the top of each image. Dark color indicates most activity, light color some activity. (Basic brain anatomy here).
The 3 images show the brain activity happening in 3 different moments in time when one person is doing exactly the same thing.Question: How is that possible? how come we don’t see the same activation patterns, even if we’re talking the same person doing the same thing?
Answer: the image to the left shows the person learning how to master the activity (juggling three balls). The image to the right shows the person once he has already mastered the activity — which explains why there is very little activation in the frontal lobes. This is why learning new things is so important is we are to truly exercise our brains. Doing more of the same is not enough.
Credit for image: The Wisdom Paradox: How Your Mind Can Grow Stronger As Your Brain Grows Older book.