3 Myths to Dispel About the Brain

What if we could improve our memory, reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and keep our brains young with just a few simple mindfulness techniques?

Deepak Chopra recently appeared on the Dr. Oz show discussing memory and the brain. With the recent release of his new book, Super Brain, co-authored by Harvard neuroscientist Rudy Tanzi, there has been a lot in the air about the connection between the mind, aging and brain health. Deepak and Rudy discuss some key themes from the book, including memory, love, and sleep, on The Chopra Well series, SUPER BRAIN.

As it turns out, we have more of a say in the strength and resilience of our brains than we may have thought. Here are three myths to dispel before we can harness the power of our “super brains.” If we can wrap our minds around these, then we are off to a great start.

Myth #1: Over the course of our lives, our brains continuously lose cells that will never be replaced.

Truth: We do lose brain cells as a natural course of wear and tear (about one per second), but these cells are replaced and can even increase in a process called “neurogenesis.” Several thousand new nerve cells come into being every day in the hippocampus, home of short-term memory. We can promote the birth of these new cells by choosing to learn new things, take risks, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. This includes avoiding emotional stress and trauma, which have been shown to inhibit neurogenesis.

Myth #2: The brain is hardwired and cannot be changed.

Truth: Our brains are actually incredibly flexible, if we can just learn to nurture and foster their development. The term for this “re-wiring” is neuroplasticity and is dependent on our own will to try new things, tackle new goals and experience change. The brain’s circuitry can be reshaped by our thoughts, desires, and experiences. This property has been vividly illustrated by dramatic recoveries after injuries, but it also comes to bear every time you take a new route to work or learn a new skill.

Myth #3: Memory loss with age is irreversible.

Truth: It is possible to prevent and even reverse memory loss! Ever misplaced your keys and blamed it on old age? The fact is, you have to learn something in the first place before you can forget it. So it may be that you just never learned where you placed your keys. Practice mindfulness as the first step toward building a resilient memory. Also, memories associated with feelings are much stronger than memories based in simple, hard fact. We must take an interest in everything going on around us, stay alert, and resist feeling hopeless or apathetic about the aging process. Our brains are capable of miracles, regardless of age.

For more, watch Deepak Chopra on Dr. Oz, and grab a copy of Super Brain so you can start strengthening your brain right now!

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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson2 years ago

thanks! interesting

Janni K.
Janni K.2 years ago

Loved the article! Thank you!

Patricia H.
Patricia H.2 years ago

thanks for sharing

Lynn D.
Lynn D.2 years ago

Very interesting,thank you!

Shanti S.
S S.2 years ago

Thank you.

Mari Garcia
Mari Garcia2 years ago

THanks for the facts! The brain is so complicated and amazing. I know we have still so much more to learn about it.

tiffany t.
tiffany t.2 years ago

Do not know much about the brain, it is always wait and see

tiffany t.
tiffany t.2 years ago

try to tell that to people are addicted to certain substances, tell that to people with brain injuries, and until scientist figure out what is causing the build up of aluminum in the brain of Alzheimer's patients, we really do know much about the brain

Dianne L.
Dianne L.2 years ago

Really interesting article and we are just learning about the brain and I am sure there will be more surprizes with the function of our brains to come with research. It is great that they have been busting the old myths.

Marie W.
Marie W.2 years ago

Wondering where to find them.