Surely you have heard the false myth that human beings hardly use 6% of their brain capacity, or that as we get older, we lose the ability to learn. This time I want to introduce neuroeducation as the new way to educate our mind.
The neuroeducation or neurodidactic is based on providing strategies and educational technologies focused on the operation of our most valuable and intelligent organ: the brain. It is a combination of neuroscience, pedagogy, cognitive science and psychology, focused on knowing more each day about how the brain learns. This new concept is associated with the recent scientific studies that explain how the brain has the gift of neuroplasticity, that is, that it can be changed and regenerated from the interaction with the environment.
All this puts an end to the old theories that the nervous system was a rigid and unchangeable structure and that, over the years, the possibility of synapsis (communication between two or more neurons) diminished until it stopped definitively.
Science has also shown that emotions do have a direct influence on learning. While it was already known that negative emotions such as stress and anxiety have detrimental effects on the learning process, on the other side of the coin, it has been shown that a relaxed and positive environment favors the brain’s ability to learn new knowledge Emotion, learning and memory are closely related.
A study led by Irish neuroscientist and academic Eleanor Maguire (2000) analyzed through magnetic resonance the hippocampus of taxi drivers in London, a city characterized by the intensity of its traffic. It was found that the size of the brain region, related to learning and spatial memory, was higher in taxi drivers than in the rest of the drivers. In addition, the size of the hippocampus of the most expert taxi drivers was greater than that of the less experienced taxi drivers.
This demonstrates, not only the validity of neuroplasticity but also confirms that, with adequate stimulation, our brain is capable of structurally modifying itself to adapt to the changes dictated by the environment.
These are excellent news because it means that while we are alive, we have the potential to learn and be flexible enough to change depending on the stimuli of the environment.
According to the book, «Use the brain. Knowing our mind to live better» by Facundo Manes and Mateo Niro, neuroeducation allows us to delve into the changes that occur in our brain from the first years of life, since such modifications condition both our ability to learn and our behavior on arrival to adulthood.
That is why in our conferences we include exercises and dynamics to take advantage of the natural neuroplasticity of our brain and accelerate meaningful learning.
Also on a daily basis you can try simple exercises that help you to become aware of your brain and «train» it: take different routes (by car or by walking) to get to the office, do daily tasks with your non-dominant hand (right if you are left-handed, left if you are right-handed) for example: brush your teeth or eat popcorn, mentally say the alphabet from «Z» to «A». These simple practices will make a difference in the education you give your brain.
Educate your mind and achieve all that you really want!