Sunday, 18 October 2015

A game called PEAK

Did you know that, while you’re awake, your brain generates enough electricity to power a light bulb? This electricity is generated by the neurons in your brain, firing as they communicate with each other using pathways. Each task or thought uses a different pathway.
The more you repeat a task, the more frequently these pathways are used, the more efficient they become. This means that the pathways used for your habits will be extremely efficient and well used.
Until recently, it was believed that our brains stopped developing once we reached adulthood. In the last 10 years, research has shown that throughout our lives, no matter how old we are, our brains are capable of creating new pathways and strengthening existing ones. This is called neuroplasticity.
Brain workouts capitalize on your neuroplasticity to build up useful cognitive skills. Each time you repeat an action your brain strengthens the pathway, so the more you practice the stronger this pathway becomes. This is the same principle as going to the gym: the more you exercise a specific muscle, the stronger it will become.
I started to play this game one weak ago, and i already can see some small improvements. I would say that some meditation techniques that i practice are a bit more efficient than the game, but if you do not meditate, and you have a lot of time to spare, this is a better alternative to some silly games. Higher quality research on this area was done by neuroscientist Adam Gazali, but i will talk about it probably in one dedicated post. Peak works with leading scientists to develop games that each focus on training a specific function in your brain. With regular practice, Peak aims to improve your cognitive function and in turn, your general well-being. 

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