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Practice Makes A Bigger Brain!

We've all heard the saying, "practice makes perfect", but what does practice actually do?! Practice creates and strengthens neural pathways that make a task more automatic creating the illusion of muscle memory. This concept is known as neural plasticity and it should make you excited! We base all of our therapy in this concept that no matter how far out you might be from an injury, or how old (or young) you are, YOU can grow and change your brain!

You might wonder why we have such an emphasis on mindfulness meditation here at Brainthropology. That is because we have read the research! Brain scans conducted on individuals who practice meditation reveal that experienced meditators boasted increased thickness in parts of the brain that deal with attention and processing sensory input. This means you can strengthen your ability to focus and handle overwhelming sensory input. Since focused attention is the foundation of all new learning, this turns your brain into an efficient super learning machine!

To learn more, watch this TED Ed video! It beautifully describes neural plasticity! If you want more tips on how to use neural plasticity to your advantage tune in to our podcast!

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