Brain training is the new “craze” when it comes to shaping your mind. As it so happens, an explosion in training to improve cognitive processing occurred since scientists have discovered that the neurons in your brain do, in fact, make new connections with each other (this is called brain plasticity). When this was discovered and proven, it has been essentially ground-breaking science, although it may not seem that way.
When you were younger, your mother told you “use it or lose it”, and this phrase does apply to your brain. Amazingly, by using your brain in different ways, you can make new connections throughout your brain, which is believed to decrease your risk of diseases like Alzheimer’s, and you can truly make your brain stronger. There are two schools of thought on how to train your brain – passive and active brain training. What’s the difference, and what do these do for your brain?
Brain Training Types
Once people began to uncover this knowledge that you can train your brain, a new market seemingly popped up overnight. Companies like Luminosity have made brain training a lucrative business model. However, even simple puzzles that have been around forever (and are free) can actively train your brain. These types of puzzles include jigsaw puzzles, Sudoku, and the daily crossword puzzle can help your brain make these new connections over time.
Active Brain Training Benefits
Actively training your brain can lead to many positive improvements in your brain. These effects include increased processing speed, better verbal and visual-spatial short-term memory, and improved working memory. If you’ll notice, these effects all revolve around your short-term memory. You may be wondering why this would be important for you, but it is. Your short-term memory is just as (or even more) important relative to your long-term memory. Your short-term memory has so many components, scientists are not exactly sure how you store memories, although they have a good idea. Improving your short-term memory essentially means that you are able to process information faster and store it for longer before either sending it off to your long-term memory, or dropping the thought entirely. Long-term effects include sharper concentration, greater creativity, and improved analysis.
Passive Brain Training Compared to Active Training
By using your brain, your brain becomes better, smarter, stronger, and more resilient. It sounds like active brain training is the way to go, but what about passive training? Why even consider passive training if active training can get you all of these amazing benefits?
Passive brain training is on the rise in the scientific and consumer world. People are saying it will “change your life”, with long term benefits that will reduce negative thoughts, improve cognitive performance in several ways including increasing intelligence, your focus and concentration, even memory but will it actually? There has been evidence that brain training can work for you in several aspects, but only if you are actively training your brain regularly over the long-term. While active training mostly impacts your short-term memory, passive training can have long-term effects on your brain.
Additionally, active brain training can leave you feeling tired or groggy. After all, you’re working your brain pretty hard. When you work your muscles, they get sore. Work your brain, it gets tired, and it needs time to recover. Passive brain training takes advantage of the fact that your brain wants to respond to stimuli in the most efficient way possible – by using neural pathways it already has laid down. This sounds counterintuitive, but if you take the time to create new neural connections, your brain will have multiple roads it can go down when responding to a stimulus, which is an excellent thing. Passive Brain Training is reported by early enthusiasts training not to induce tiredness of the mind and reduce any brain fog symptoms during the day.
Essentially, passive brain training works with the frequencies of your brain to produce long-term, short-term, and immediate effects on your brain without bogging your mind down and leaving you feeling tired. This utilizes audio and visual brain training technology. In this passive brain training there are short-term and long-term benefits. An added plus is that short-term benefits over time can be beneficial long-term.
This is a new, proprietary science, created by Jeffrey Gignac. Jeffrey’s background is in psychology and as a clinical hypno-therapist. He is also a licensed master practitioner of neuro – linguistic programming, and an expert world renowned in brainwave stimulation and entrainment. His site is listed here for more details, if you are interested more in the basis of visual or video and audio technology, even brainwave entrainment, visit: http://jeffreygignac.com/the-science/.
Remember This About Training Your Mind Brain
Please keep in mind that this is a new and growing field of science. Both of these styles will benefit your brain, and there are many other things you can do if you want to improve your noggin. There is much research being done right now in order to determine just how we can improve our brains, especially in the prevention and intervention of brain conditions. If you want to keep yourself sharp for many years to come, keep yourself active, and keep your brain thinking. These are essentially the main components of both styles of thinking, so keep your brain going to keep yourself going!