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Can your brain generate new neurons (called neurogenesis)?
That's a hot topic of debate among neuroscientists.
They used to think the adult brain was static, slowly withering into old age.
While children could absorb new languages and habits like sponges, the rest of us were resigned to remain whoever we'd become.
Then came evidence for neurogenesis in adult primates in 1998, and soon after, adult humans.
More recently, it's been estimated that our brains grow about 700 new neurons daily.
There are several ways to boost neurogenesis, according to early research:
- Sleep more
- Stress less
- Eat whole foods
Quote of the Week: "Nothing speeds brain atrophy more than being immobilized in the same environment: the monotony undermines our dopamine and attentional systems crucial to our brain plasticity." - Norman Doidge, M.D.
Top Mind-Bending Articles & Videos:
- Watch: You can grow new brain cells. Here's how.
- Read: How to experience more wow - The psychology of awe.
- Listen: Hacking of the Human Mind - New Episode with Dr. Robert Lustig on The FitMind Podcast.
- Read: Study reveals gene expression changes with meditation.
- TIL: London Taxi drivers have to memorize ~25,000 streets (called "the Knowledge") to get licensed. A famous 2000 studyfound that they have larger hippocampi, a part of the brain associated with learning and memory.
Mental Fitness Tip #67: Take one step toward growing new neurons (as suggested above), such as jogging, sleeping in, or improving your gut microbiome.
Wishing you vitality, focus, and joy!
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