Brain Power

You have probably been told, and likely still believe, that your brain was only allotted a certain number of “brain cells” and that once gone that your brain would never be able to recoup those lost entities.

Scientific studies have revealed over the last decade this simply isn’t true. You can actually not only regain “lost” brain cells, but you can also change different parts of the brain. Simply put, your brain adapts to the excercises you put it through. For example, if you are studying for an exam, the parts of your brain that are involved in learning and memory retention grow and become more dense, effectively making you more adept at learning and retaining new skills and knowledge.

But, when does these new parts of the brain form and can you do anything to help it along?

In an average person, the brain “regenerates” or “grows” when you’re asleep. In other words, when your conscious mind has gone to bed and your subconscious mind is at its peak of its working day. So, this in turn tells us something else, if you let your conscious mind “go to sleep” and you simply let your subconscious mind do what it needs, you can then allow this to happen, even when you are not asleep.

But how can you get into such a state then? Well, you could consider the notion of day dreaming, meditation, self-hypnosis etc. which could also be called by the term “trance state”. No, I do not mean in the sense of doing a seanse looking for dead people, but rather a very common state which an average person actually enters, normally, several times through the day.

If you consider those times you’ve driven to work, but can’t remember anything of the drive, apart from going into and getting out of the vehicle, this is what I am talking about. You’ve simply let your subconcious mind drift away processing whatever it needs to process.

You can, as noted above, also use meditation or self-hypnosis for the same purposes. In actual fact, some research has claimed that from a 20 minute meditation session, your brain has then created a new synapse, a complete neural pathway representing a specific “thing” (emotional connection, memory association, etc. etc.)…

If you’re curious about reading more about this, I found a decent starting place, which includes further references. It is a student paper, so itself is an introduction for those who want the scientific references and data.

http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/node/3932

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  1. Damn… I must have loads of new synapses and pathways…. considering the amount of day dreaming I enjoy doing ๐Ÿ™‚ Definitely recognize the “how did I get here so fast” while driving ๐Ÿ™‚

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