Brain Training

On this site we generally concentrate on physical training to, on the one hand, continue to pursue the extreme and adventure sports and activities that we love for far longer in our lives than perhaps previously imagined and, on the other hand, enjoy the benefits that the results of such training bring us in our lives outside the actual sports. Well, in fact such training is not limited to the physical sphere according to Dr Michael Merzenich, co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Posit Science.

On this site we generally concentrate on physical training to, on the one hand, continue to pursue the extreme and adventure sports and activities that we love for far longer in our lives than perhaps previously imagined and, on the other hand, enjoy the benefits that the results of such training bring us in our lives outside the actual sports. Well, in fact such training is not limited to the physical sphere according to Dr Michael Merzenich, co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Posit Science. He is also Professor Emeritus at University of California, San Francisco.

{youtube}8TPDelw_-yE{/youtube}

Dr Merzenich is a leading researcher into brain plasticity, which is in essence the brain's ability to create the neural pathways that it uses in a particular activity as a response to learning that activity. Dr Merzenich calls this process brain change and maintains that the brain has the capacity for this process to continue throughout life. Brain change is the most dominant factor in children's development and it continues throughout life. Therefore, if you continue to learn new things, new skills the brain continues to develop.

During this video, Dr Merzenich talks about people training to hear better. That way information is more clearly and more sharply imprinted on the brain, which he claims will improve memory and also speech in older people. This is quite interesting since research from St Louis University which we reported on showed that people with music training, or who were involved in musical activity, had better verbal skills in later life due to better reaction to aural stimuli.

The slightly disappointing aspect of this video is that in the end he is pushing the Brain Training software that his company sells. We can't comment on its efficacy or otherwise, however it is encouraging that, through the right kind of hard work, the brain's ability to perform can be encouraged to continue at a high level, and that in that way any degradation due to ageing can be to some degree countered.

{youtube}qk20ffgYI50{/youtube}