For decades it was believed that once we reached adulthood, our brains became a static organ, limited by a fixed set of neuron performing functions. Although still capable of learning, we tended to learn in the same repetitive manner using fewer neuron pathways.
However, recently the theory of neuroplasticity is changing that idea completely. Scientists now believe that the brain is “plastic” throughout our lifetime and constantly changing.
This new idea has encouraged the development of programs such as Luminosity. This program is designed to sharpen memory through fun problem solving and task switching drills. The exercises although fun in nature, challenge the brain to look at objects differently and help remodel our thinking.
These programs allow adults to sharpen their memory, stave off cognitive decline and expand their ability to learn in a quick, easy and in most cases free format.
I completed some of the drills on the Luminosity site for free and found it fun and challenging. I was pleasantly surprised that there is a free app., as well as a free school program for qualifying schools. These programs are an easy and free way to continue to educate ourselves about how the brain works and how to use it to our advantage in our daily lives.