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A description of how the PositScience program improves brain plasticity, and a few other ideas on how to improve brain fitness.

A description of how the PositScience program improves brain plasticity, and a few other ideas on how to improve brain fitness.

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  • 1. PositScience Program Primer
    Brain Plasticity
  • 2. What is brain plasticity?
    Ability of brain to grow and reorganize itself
    POSITIVE BRAIN PLASTICITY: Brain grows in more efficient way
    NEGATIVE BRAIN PLASTICITY: Brain grows or reorganizes in less efficient way
    Negative brain plasticity results in cognitive decline, but is preventable with training!
  • 3. Factors which result in NEGATIVE plasticity
    Brain disuse
    Noisy processing
    Weakened neuromodulatory control
    Negative learning
  • 4. How the program helps
    Program reverses negative brain plasticity and improves auditory stimuliin the brain.
  • 5. Program drives positive brain plasticity
    Engages brain to reverse brain disuse that drives negative plasticity.
    Uses repetition, success and rewards
  • 6. Program drives positive brain plasticity (continued)
    Increases ability of brain to extract meaningful information in a noisy environment.
    Engages memory and cognitive systems to improve accuracy.
  • 7. Program drives positive brain plasticity (continued)
    Strengthens neuromodulatory system to open gates to brain plasticity.
    Attention (acetycholine)
    Reward (dopamine)
    Novelty (norepinephrine)
  • 8. Program drives positive brain plasticity (continued)
    Guides user out of learned behaviors into new behaviors.
    Requires attentive and active listening
  • 9. Positive plasticity
    New
    Challenging
    Progressive
    Engages sensory systems
    Rewarding
    Novel or surprising
  • 10. Some Additional ways to improve brain power (only a sampling)
    Exercise
    Healthy food
    Music
    Video games
    Meditation
    No smoking and limit alcohol
    Certain supplements may help
    Quality of sleep important
    Talk, write, socialize
    Laugh
  • 11. Hands on: Let’s improve our brains!