By: Gilkey, Roderick, Kilts, Clint,
Harvard Business Review,
Nov 2007, Vol. 85, Issue 11
Brain-imaging studies indicate, for example, that acquired expertise in areas as diverse as playing a cello, juggling, speaking a foreign language, and driving a taxicab expands and makes more communicative the neural systems in the parts of the brain responsible for motor control and spatial navigation. In other words, you can make physical changes in your brain by learning new skills.
So how can you become cognitively fit?
Understand How Experience Makes the Brain Grow
Work Hard at Play
Search for Patterns
Seek Novelty and Innovation
Exercising Your Brain: A Personal Program
Manage by walking about.
Read funny books.
Find what you're not learning and learn
Take notes - and then go back and read them.
Try new technologies.
Learn a new language or instrument.
Exercise, exercise, exercise.
Roderick Gilkey is an associate professor of organization and management at the Goizueta Business School at Emory University in Atlanta and an associate professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine. Clint Kilts is the Dr. Paul Janssen Professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.