The sheer complexity of the human brain is mind boggling. We are still trying to get to grips with how the brain works but what we understand to date is truly fascinating. The fact is that we may never understand every intricacy of the brain, but the journey to understanding all its complexities is sure to be enthralling.
This infographic from Study Medicine Europe takes you through what we know about the brain and how we can best ensure healthy brain development.
Interestingly, the brain may not even be fully developed until we are in our 30s, so it is important to keep this in mind. Even after your 30s, there are things you can do to ensure your brain stays healthy.
The development of the prefrontal cortex is particularly vital as it is responsible for so many important functions. Without it, we would not be able to organize our life very well at all. For example, it is responsible for personality development, and any issues here are going to have a massive impact on someone’s life.
Beyond that, it is also in charge of decision making, complex planning, organized thinking, and much more. Even things like impulse control are controlled by the prefrontal cortex, and people with mental illnesses often have problems because of the suboptimal development of the prefrontal cortex. It really is incredible how important to prefrontal cortex is to who we are.
On a more general level, there are simple things we can do to keep our brains healthy. A lot of research has identified meditation as a potential way to enhance the development of our prefrontal cortex, so this may be an option worth exploring for some people.
Other things that can have a detrimental effect on brain development are stress and a lack of socialization. A large amount of stress can disrupt the architecture of the brain, so try to keep in mind that socialization can be a good stress reliever. Working too hard causes stress and we will often feel much more relaxed if we take a break for a few hours to meet some friends or relax with family.
Interesting new research has shown that we may be able to change our brain through a process called “neuroplasticity” and it will be interesting to see how that process develops over the next few years.
Find out more information about the brain in the infographic!