Do you adhere daily to the fact that all you surround yourself with PLUS what you ingest trains or alters your brain?
The optimistic person we share a space with, the composition of brass instruments in music, or salad verses fries can make all the difference. Cognitive science is linking biology with cultural experiences.
Science is teaching us how to train our brain, so we are exploring the research. Below are questions, links, and action steps equaling 15 insights on how to train your brain to live healthy.
Here Is What You Hear
April science news shared a new part of the brain was revealed through auditory testing. Scientists say our brain has neuroplasticity. This leaves us with new evidence supporting the ability to change the way we think, feel, act. According to the latest research our sensitivity in hearing is one way to improve poor functioning through something called frequency-following responses.
This reveals how important our auditory processing really is. Music was already discovered to improve reading skills. It also improves active listening within noisy environments.
- What lifestyle direction does your musical interests suggest?
- What mechanical sounds surround you in the workplace?
- What slang do your peers speak?
- Explore the sound to taste phenomenon in multi-sensory food perception.
- Can’t Stop This Feeling? What purpose does this song motivate you towards?
Food To Get High
In 2009 scientists discovered that overeating triggers changes in the brain. Additionally, science and doctors repeatedly share statistics and research on health benefits of a plant-based diet verses animal based. Two resources include this 2013 update or the fact-based book How Not To Die.
Essentially, food is fuel. Research demonstrates the better the fuel the better prevention of injury, diseases, and fatal outcomes. Why fuel high costs medically and emotionally?
- What’s behind those workplace and home kitchen cabinets?
- What food is in view at the workplace and at home?
- Who in your circles eats to live verses lives to eat?
- Browse theses A to Z nutrition topics to watch and learn food facts.
- Fast sugar for one day. What sights and sounds peak or reduce your sugar fix?
Stop That! Please Add That.
This recent study supports findings (also documented in 1997) that sharing environments has a significant impact on coping. It’s focus is on the set of causes that results in anxiety and attentional control – the ability to regulate one’s awareness and concentration.
Repeatedly, studies demonstrate deliberately removing stimuli has a harm or help effect. The worst cases are fear related; the best encourage.
- What are the ‘things’ within those places that motivate your performance?
- How do you cope with fear?
- Where do you resort to for encouragement?
- Identify 5 design effects causing moments of inspiration.
- Observe your emotions in various shared environments. What are the common denominators?
The brain is complex but it’s our treasure with many jewels meant to be discovered and refined.
What’s one way you currently train the brain through sound, food, or sight?