Why should you learn about the brain?
Here are 3 main reasons:
Here is what you need to know to start translating neuroscience into practical skills and behaviors.
4. The final brain dynamic, and perhaps the most exciting one, is that our brains continue to learn and grow throughout our lives, There is this concept, “neural plasticity”, that basically means that if we practice new behaviors or patterns of thinking and responding, the neurons in our brains can form new connections. We literally create new wiring! Rather than stopping a habit, it is much more efficient to change or form new habits to facilitate this process of developing new wiring. So, you can teach an old dog new tricks - all it takes is repetition, or as neuroscientists like to say, “neurons that fire together wire together”. Not only do we form new neural connections, but we can also practice behaviors that enhance our brain’s resiliency, making us less prone to the ill effects of stress. But that’s for another blog - stay tuned.
Catherine Hambley, PhD, is a consulting psychologist who offers brain-based strategies to organizations, leaders and teams to improve their effectiveness and promote greater success. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org