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Top insights on neuroplasticity, emotion and cognition (book highlights via Amazon Kindle)

brain circuitsInter­est­ed  in mod­ern brain sci­ence and what it has to offer to improve edu­ca­tion, health and qual­i­ty of life? Here you have some of the most pop­u­lar high­lights of the book The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness, cour­tesy of the thou­sands of read­ers enjoy­ing and anno­tat­ing the Kin­dle edi­tion of the book.

  1. Emo­tion is the sys­tem that tells us how impor­tant some­thing is. Atten­tion focus­es us on the impor­tant and away from the unim­por­tant things. Cog­ni­tion tells us what to do about it. Cog­ni­tive skills are what­ev­er it takes to do those things.”
  2. Work­ing mem­o­ry is the type of mem­o­ry that allows us to both hold infor­ma­tion in mind and work on it as need­ed.”
  3. The cen­tral con­cept in this new approach is neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty, the brain’s life­long capac­i­ty to change and rewire itself in response to the stim­u­la­tion of learn­ing and expe­ri­ence. This includes both the life­long abil­i­ty to cre­ate new neu­rons – neu­ro­ge­n­e­sis – and to cre­ate new con­nec­tions between neu­rons – synap­to­ge­n­e­sis.”
  4. Con­trol­ling and man­ag­ing emo­tion (includ­ing stress and anger) is cru­cial for per­form­ing suc­cess­ful­ly in any­thing.”
  5. Some­times our hypoth­e­sis will be right, and some­times it will be wrong. The fear of fail­ing, the fear of look­ing not smart, is a key obsta­cle to learn­ing.”
  6. a healthy brain is a brain that has the right amount of plas­tic­i­ty”
  7. Med­i­ta­tion is one of the tech­niques to change both brain activ­i­ty and struc­tures, and may give us unique con­trol over atten­tion by pro­mot­ing broad­en­ing and focus.”
  8. Learn­ing is phys­i­cal. Learn­ing means the mod­i­fi­ca­tion, growth, and prun­ing of our neu­ronal net­works, through expe­ri­ence.”
  9. …true brain fit­ness refers to hav­ing the brain func­tion­al­i­ty – cog­ni­tive, emo­tion­al, exec­u­tive – required to thrive in the envi­ron­ment we face each day.”
  10. In every field, elite per­form­ers devote more time to prac­tice than to the actu­al per­for­mance. To per­form at the high­est lev­el, you need to pro­tect and opti­mize prac­tice and learn­ing time.”

Which of these high­lights sur­prise you the most? Why?

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