Cognition is the collective functions of the brain that enable you to think and act. Cognitive training therefore, is any process which specifically exercises the cognitive functions of your brain.
These types of brain exercises were specifically developed to stimulate the parts of your brain that controls:
- your attention span
- how well you remember
- your ability to learn
There has been an exciting explosion of brain training software and programs to improve cognitive ability. These programs utilise your brain’s natural plasticity and build your cognitive reserve.
Cognitive reserve gives your brain greater resilience or plasticity to be able to compensate for age related decline, so you remain sharper for longer or to help you resist the effects of stress, disease and brain injury to enable you to bounce back faster and more fully.
Normally cognitive reserve is built up from a lifetime of learning and novel experiences that stimulate and challenge your brain. However, now it is possible to perhaps build cognitive reserve in a way that is faster and more efficient than just life experience alone with cognitive exercises. This means you could enhance and strengthen the reserve you have already built up or begin to create the reserve you may be lacking from life so far.
The exciting news is that training cognitive function has now become cheap, fun and easy with software and programs that target the main cognitive functions. This is a double bonus because the brain structures that are exercised in the training also control your mood and energy, so you will also feel more switched on and happier, which also gives you emotional resilience to deal with the inevitable ups and downs of life.
Through neurofeedback and my meditation and deep relaxation CD’s and MP3, as well as cognitive brain training you can achieve optimum brain performance.