One subject I am fascinated by is the human brain. One night I spent quite awhile at a website called Sharpbrains.com. It contains many interesting articles covering different aspects of this topic, including brain plasticity, brain health, cognitive development, attention, and memory. It also has a large section of Brain Teasers which are fun to try.
I would like to highlight a few of the articles that I enjoyed, pertaining to brain health. I found these articles easy to understand, as well as informative.
This article, Stress and Neural Wreckage: Part of the Brain Plasticity Puzzle, describes how exposure to a lot of stress negatively affects the region of the brain called the hippocampus. This region, the article explains, deals with emotions and new memories. Exposure to high stress for over a half hour to an hour leads to the production of too high a level of the hormone called cortisol. The article mentions the negative effects caused by sustained increase of this type of hormone.
This article, Relaxing for your Brain’s Sake, suggests ways to relax and prevent the damage that over-exposure to stress can cause to our brains.
Physical Exercise and Brain Health discusses the positive effects that physical and mental exercise have on the brain.
This article, Sleep, Tetris, Memory and the Brain, deals with the positive effects that sleep has on our brains, especially memory.
The 10 Habits of Highly Effective Brains provides really good tips for maintaining and improving brain health. these include getting good nutrition, focusing on positive thoughts, and continuous learning.
Sharpen your brain with a visit to Sharpbrains.com!