How Things You Do Change Your Brain



Ever wonder how ballet dancers can spin and spin and spin, but never seem to get dizzy? Neuroplasticity, that’s how! Anthony explains how it works, and how you can use your brain in the same way.

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Ballet dancers’ brains adapt to stop them feeling dizzy
http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/newsandeventspggrp/imperialcollege/newssummary/news_26-9-2013-17-43-4
“Scientists have discovered differences in the brain structure of ballet dancers that may help them avoid feeling dizzy when they perform pirouettes.”

The Neuroanatomical Correlates of Training-Related Perceptuo-Re?ex Uncoupling
in Dancers
http://cercor.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/09/24/cercor.bht266
“Sensory input evokes low-order re?exes and higher-order perceptual
responses.”

Changes in London taxi drivers’ brains driven by acquiring ‘the Knowledge’, study shows
http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/News/Media-office/Press-releases/2011/WTVM053658.htm
“Acquiring ‘the Knowledge’ – the complex layout of central London’s 25 000 streets and thousands of places of interest – causes structural changes in the brain and changes to memory in the capital’s taxi drivers, new research funded by the Wellcome Trust has shown.”

Increased Cortical Thickness in Sports Experts: A Comparison of Diving Players with the Controls
http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0017112
“Sports experts represent a population of people who have acquired expertise in sports training and competition.”
THE PLASTIC HUMAN BRAIN CORTEX
http://www.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146/annurev.neuro.27.070203.144216?journalCode=neuro&
“Plasticity is an intrinsic property of the human brain and represents evolution’s invention to enable the nervous system to escape the restrictions of its own genome and thus adapt to environmental pressures, physiologic changes, and experiences.”

Strength increases from the motor program: comparison of training with maximal voluntary and imagined muscle contractions
http://jn.physiology.org/content/67/5/1114.short
“This study addressed potential neural mechanisms of the strength increase that occur before muscle hypertrophy. In particular we examined whether such strength increases may result from training-induced changes in voluntary motor programs.”

Modulation of muscle responses evoked by transcranial magnetic stimulation during the acquisition of new fine motor skills
http://jn.physiology.org/content/74/3/1037.short
“We used transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to study the role of plastic changes of the human motor system in the acquisition of new fine motor skills.”

Cache Cab: Taxi Drivers’ Brains Grow to Navigate London’s Streets
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=london-taxi-memory
“Manhattan’s midtown streets are arranged in a user-friendly grid. In Paris 20 administrative districts, or arrondissements, form a clockwise spiral around the Seine.”

The Brain: How The Brain Rewires Itself
http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1580438-1,00.html
“It was a fairly modest experiment, as these things go, with volunteers trooping into the lab at Harvard Medical School to learn and practice a little five-finger piano exercise.”

Do Musicians Have Different Brains?
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/eyes-the-brain/201006/do-musicians-have-different-brains
“In the last twenty years, brain imaging studies have revealed that musical training has dramatic effects on the brain. Increases in gray matter (size and number of nerve cells) are seen, for example, in the auditory, motor, and visual spatial areas of the cerebral cortex of musicians.”

Cocaine Use Leads to Rapid Growth of New Mouse Brain Structures
http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2013/08/108326/gallo-center-study-mice-links-cocaine-use-new-brain-structures
“Mice given cocaine showed rapid growth in new brain structures associated with learning and memory, according to a research team from the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at UC San Francisco.”

Musicians’ Brains Highly Developed
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110505083421.htm
“New research shows that musicians’ brains are highly developed in a way that makes the musicians alert, interested in learning, disposed to see the whole picture, calm, and playful.”

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31 thoughts on “How Things You Do Change Your Brain

  1. Its called FOCUS….plain and simple. I would suggest however that one becomes CONSCIOUSLY AWARE of WHAT ones PRIMARY FOCUS IS so one can CHOOSE to either REFRAIN from focusing on UNWANTED HABITS or REINFORCE BEHAVIORS that are FAVORABLE and MOST WANTED. See how simple it was for EINSTEIN to GROW HIS FAVORITE SUBJECT TO LEVELS OF GENIUS ?! He CREATED and EXPANDED FAVORABLE HABITS and INTERESTS! YOU can DO THAT TOO!!!

  2. i wanna train my brain to conduct multipliclation, factorization of 4 digit and larger  numbers as well as to be able to predict a prime number in a given range.

  3. I really want to know what's different in an archer/ and or/ a hunter's brain now. I've always felt like what we do changes us- mentally- from before we started doing them.

  4. I remember learning that in high school psych! That mental practice can be almost efficient as actually practicing…that was a long-ass time ago, and that stuck with me, haha. That's why I mentally practice vibrato on my violin….I still stuck though :-/

  5. You can find tons of studies on TM and probably many on mindfulness meditation on the internet if you are willing to search for them. You'll get your evidence there. But you appear to be close minded and maybe you're lazy too so I don't expect you to search.

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