How Coding, Music and Writing Change Your Brain: Think Bigger



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The habits and activities we engage in regularly can transform our brains and completely alter the way we think and approach problems. Often we assume that everyone thinks “like us” but the studies show something very different – we can use completely different brain regions to perform the same task with varying levels of efficiency!

With that in mind, writing and programming may be especially effective practices to help us extend the capabilities of our thought: to juggle abstract concepts and ideas, and to improve creative problem-solving.

Meanwhile, playing music appears to improve the speed and accuracy of our thought processing.

Brain training is all very good and well, but it amounts to a couple of hours a week performing dull tasks. This is a drop in the ocean compared to developing and honing a skill that relies on specific brain regions. Unfortunately, no Limitless pill exists. If you want to increase your brain power and enjoy all the benefits that come from that, you need to put in the time and work to get there. Just like training the body.

The good news is that it is certainly possible to do so!

(P.S. For the psychology students out there: the clip of the monkey was actually from Marlow’s study on parent-infant bonding. You may recognize it!)

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