Concept ten: Fear and stress impair learning.
Evolution has shaped our brains to err on the side of caution and to trigger fear whenever it might be remotely useful. Fear makes us less intelligent because amygdala activation—which occurs as part of the fear response—interferes with prefrontal functioning. Fear also shuts down exploration, makes our thinking more rigid, and drives “neophobia,” the fear of anything new.
Stressful situations trigger the release of the stress hormone cortisol, which interferes with neural growth. Prolonged stress impairs our ability to learn and maintain physical health.
Success in life depends upon our ability to somehow decrease our stress. The inclusion of stress-management techniques into life’s routine is an obvious application of neuroscience that can improve learning, emotional well-being, and physical health. We can use our warmth, empathic caring, and positive regard to create a state of mind that decreases fear and increases neuroplasticity and learning.
Concept Eleven: Brain is a muscle
New Research Shows the Brain Can Be Developed Like a Muscle. New research shows that the brain is like a muscle. It gets stronger with practice. Scientists have been able to show just how the brain grows and gets stronger when you learn.
Want to give your brain muscle some exercise? Here is a video that does that.
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