Contrary to popular belief that brain development only occurs in young children, adults can also improve their cognitive functioning. The first way to do this is by adopting a growth mindset by having new and challenging experiences. Another way is by regularly having cardiovascular fitness. A third way is by managing emotional health and reducing stress. A fourth method is to eat foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and antioxidants. A fifth way is to have quality restorative sleep. By implementing these methods, one can improve cognitive function and improve memory.
- Our lifestyle affects not only our physical health, but also our cognitive functions and memory. Therefore, through lifestyle changes, one can make positive improvements in these even when old.
- Unlike our assumptions that brains only grow in children, it has been found that adult brains also grow through a process called neuroplasticity.
- One way to improve the brain in adulthood is to take a growth mindset. This is the believe that one can improve abilities through continuous learning, practice and persistence.
“One reason for this is that aerobic exercise increases blood flow to the hippocampus, the area of our brain that is responsible for memory. A 2006 study found that cardiovascular fitness, especially in older adults, is associated with increased brain volume in the areas of the brain linked to age-related decline.”