Saturday, January 02, 2010

The middle-aged brain and how to make it better

Interesting NYT article "How to Train the Aging Brain". So prejudiced employers listen up - you're just doing yourselves a disservice by not hiring those above 40.

- "Recently, researchers have found even more positive news. The brain, as it traverses middle age, gets better at recognizing the central idea, the big picture. If kept in good shape, the brain can continue to build pathways that help its owner recognize patterns and, as a consequence, see significance and even solutions much faster than a young person can." (See, young friends, I'm not cynical - I'm just old.)

- “There’s a place for information,” Dr. Taylor says. “We need to know stuff. But we need to move beyond that and challenge our perception of the world. If you always hang around with those you agree with and read things that agree with what you already know, you’re not going to wrestle with your established brain connections.” (Go on, go out and start arguments at the pub - most people are too polite but I'm going to challenge old people - after all, it's for their (and my) own good! LOL)

Such stretching is exactly what scientists say best keeps a brain in tune: get out of the comfort zone to push and nourish your brain. Do anything from learning a foreign language to taking a different route to work. (I'm going to try to learn French in 2010)"

(By the way, the diagram is NOT from the venerable NYT. Pic of the young brain (haha) from

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