Op­ti­mise your brain’s health

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Education Guide -

YOU are in the mid­dle of your col­lege ed­u­ca­tion, well on the way to be­ing a work­ing adult, yet you find your­self on a roller coaster when it comes to plan­ning, mo­ti­va­tion and even manag­ing your tem­per.

It is not your fault – it is the way your brain is work­ing. We used to think peo­ple ma­tured at the age of 18. But thanks to science, we now know the hu­man brain does not fully de­velop un­til we are about 24 – or some­times even later.

This is im­por­tant be­cause the pre­frontal cor­tex – the bit that lies just be­hind your fore­head – is heav­ily in­volved in im­pulse con­trol, com­plex plan­ning, attention and de­ci­sion­mak­ing.

Young adults are not as good at self­dis­ci­pline as older adults. This means that you might have trou­ble ar­rang­ing facts, tak­ing risk into con­sid­er­a­tion and mak­ing de­ci­sions based on fact rather than emo­tion.

Sci­en­tists sug­gest train­ing your brain by staying phys­i­cally healthy. This means eat­ing prop­erly, get­ting plenty of sleep and staying off drugs.

You can also boost your over­all de­vel­op­ment by chal­leng­ing your­self cog­ni­tively with a rich learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

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