The Care And Feeding Of Our Growing Brains – Review – iBloomBerg Reports
It seems like adding novelty and learning to exercise increases the chances of survival for new born brain cells. So, add some balance and jumping to your next run.
(FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL 9/5/15) By Patricia Churchland Stock Market Quotes, Business News, Financial News from http://www.ibloomberg.net To boost my memory, I am going for a run. My dogs’ memories will get a boost too as they bound through the woods chasing squirrels. Over the past two decades, neuroscientists have discovered that new nerve cells (neurons) are constantly being born in one tiny area of the brain crucial for learning and memory — and that physical exercise promotes the numbers of these newborn neurons. Before these findings, the conventional wisdom had been unwavering: At birth, a human infant supposedly had all the neurons she would ever have. Innovative methods for chemically labeling newborn cells and staining neurons have now overthrown this old dogma. In reptiles, it turns out, new neurons are born all over the brain.