It's an unfortunate fact of evolutionary heredity that, by the time we are in our thirties, our brain is already experiencing a decline in cognitive function.
And, it's not just the effects of the morning coffee, evening wine and the luxury of working in a crowded open plan office. As we grow older, the rate of decline increases, and the cumulative effects become more noticeable.
We have increasing difficulty remembering, paying close attention, responding rapidly and performing complex tasks. Many other cognitive functions that once came easily are now more difficult. Our children become impatient with our momentary "brain lapses" and we find our sentences finished before they have even begun. This is both disturbing and disheartening, but our seemingly deteriorating brain also provides all those past their biological "peak" with a solution.
At the Mind and Its Potential Conference, Dr. Michael Merzenich reveals that neuroplasticity exists from cradle to the grave and that radical improvement in cognitive functioning is possible even in the elderly. Thanks to the brain's neuroplasticity, and Dr. Merzenich's coterie of targeted brain exercises, old dogs can easily learn new tricks.
Dr. Michael Merzenich has been a leading pioneer in brain plasticity research for more than three decades. He was the founding CEO of the Scientific Learning Corporation, which markets and distributes software that applies principles of brain plasticity to assist children with language, learning and reading. In 2007, he retired from a long career at the University of California, San Francisco as Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience. As co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Posit Science, he now leads a global team that creates "brain training" software for adults.
Neuroplasticity expert Michael Merzenich explains that the secret to maintaining a youthful brain is to take ourselves off of "autopilot" -- that is, to actively practice accurate listening, receiving, and interpreting information.