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By Patrick J. Kiger


3 Tips to Boost Your Brain's Connectivity and Elasticity
In this episode of Brain Games, we learn that, like the historic city of London,
our brain is a mix of older parts that perform important basic functions, such
as regulating breathing and creating a startle response to protect you from
danger, to newer parts that handle complex duties, such as processing

As reported inPsychology Today. attention span. stress also interferes with the ability of the prefrontal cortex to form connections that would improve learning and memory. The various parts of your brain work together because of connectivity—that is. in turn. Harvard University neuroscientist Dr. the material that connects different regions in the brain. because the stress hormone cortisol helps to hardwire pathways between the hippocampus and the amygdala that enable you to stay in a chronically stressed-out state of flight-or-flight. Part of this is actually a bad sort of connectivity. is good. while hard-wiring it to be predisposed to anxiety. Berkeley neuroscientists have found that chronic stress triggers long-term changes that can cause your brain to decline. That. and more cognitive efficiency. as well as increased the volume of the musician's brain. the ability of your brain to rewire itself to perform new tasks or change the way that it does something. 0 COMMENTS Sign in . Take up music: In a study presented at the Neuroscience 2013  conference in San Diego. Another study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that exercise also boosted the thickness and density of white matter. reported in Medical News Daily.  found that a 30-minute session of vigorous exercise improved brain plasticity. Gottfried Schlaug and colleagues reported that practicing a musical instrument strengthened communication between brain areas. Here are some tips. and lead to improvement in both memory and motor skill coordination.  Break a sweat: A 2014 Australian study. Some experts say it's possible to boost both connectivity and plasticity and get more out of your brain. which are proven tools for managing stress. as it turns out. At the same time. might give you a greater memory capacity. Another key attribute is plasticity. depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. So do your brain a favor by learning some relaxation techniques such as meditation and breathing exercises. University of California. Reduce your stress level: Not all connectivity. their ability to communicate with one another and pool their efforts to perform challenging tasks.sensory information and understanding human language.


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