This month we bring you a brain, memory, life, and longevity links special!
Good news…. You can, in fact, think yourself smart. Scientific research studies from the mid 90’s tell that intelligence is actually not fixed, static, or genetically pre-determined – thus breaking us free from the learning models of earlier decades which believed the brain could not ever change. Today, a revolutionary facet of neuroscience called neuroplasticity is being embraced by scientists the world over, brining revelation to some of humanity’s biggest questions.
So while we navigate a land seemingly saturated in buzzwords like mindfulness and metaphysical healing, we thought we’d put the theory of brain change to the test and take things a little further: diving into scientific resources hidden in those places only once deemed safe for the ‘brainiest’ of us to go.
Dr Caroline Leaf’s title is a hefty one: ‘cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology and a BSc in Logopedics and Audiology, specialising in metacognitive and cognitive neuropsychology.’
While that may be far too complicated to unpack, her short and digestible podcast episodes are not. Dr Leaf takes cutting edge research and theories surrounding the common concerns of mental health, memory, and cognition and makes them easily applicable for us all.
Have a listen to a favourite one HERE.
Dr Daniel Goleman is a long time legend in the meditation and behavioural science sphere. He has authored several books on emotional intelligence and the human brain, also reporting on such topics for 12 years while working as a science journalist for The New York Times. Dr Goleman’s influence continues to spread and make total sense to the willing minds it falls upon.
Have a listen to him discuss all things brain hacking in a conversation that aired in 2017 HERE.
It’s said the poverty of the modern world is loneliness. Despite being more technologically connected than ever, studies now show we are possibly the most disconnected of all generations, which THIS article regretfully comes to tell us is a quick route to scary brain shrinkage…. Get your mates together pronto!
Neuroplasticity and the ability to rethink our thinking patterns is the good news we’ve all been waiting for. But just what will that mean for us going forward? THIS article outlines a study that may prove how a life of brain-gymming will help us stay shooting sharper when we get older and riper…..Seems like the twilight of one’s life can be more fruitful than we thought!
Not only are our brain neurones malleable and fluid, turns out a flow on effect from this is that our genes are too. This is what a new field of science called ‘epigenetics’ is all about. THIS (slightly long and confusing) article teases out the following statement at large:
“Scientists now understand that the information in the DNA code can only serve as a template for a protein. It cannot possibly serve as instructions for the more complex task of putting the proteins together into a fully functioning being, no more than the characters on a typewriter can produce a story.”
And what does this actually mean?
Our cells are capable of “natural genetic engineering.” Meaning they hold the potential to frequently alter their own sequences, reprogramming DNA and genomes throughout the entire body making our once popular understanding of genes a supposed myth…..Turns out our cells like to change their appearance every once in a while too!
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Image two: Motion Pleat by Richard Sweeney.
Image three: Eylül Aslan.