Everybody’s familiar with the supposed fact that human beings only use 10 percent of their brains. Somebody probably told that to you when you were a kid. You might even still believe it as an adult. But technically speaking it isn’t true. According to neuroscientists, we actually use pretty much every part of our brain pretty much all of the time. Nobody seems to know where the 10-percent figure came from, but it wasn’t from any peer-reviewed research.
However, while we may be using all of our brains, that doesn’t necessarily mean we’re using them with maximal efficiency. You may use every muscle in your body, but that doesn’t mean your muscular system has reached its full potential. With proper training, it can do so much more. And the same can be said for your brain. You may be using all of it, but with a little training, you could be using it better.
Now, thanks to the magic of the internet, decades of psychology and neuroscience research have been distilled into online courses that you can take from the comfort of your own living room. Resources like the ones below essentially teach you how to rewire your brain—how to recognize underlying patterns of thought, how to achieve greater cognitive flexibility, how to learn things faster and better, how to deconstruct bad habits, and how to build better ones.
If you’re interested in learning some real science-based self-help strategies, you should definitely take a look at these courses.
The Neuroplasticity course by Brain Academy seeks to teach you how to rewire your brain by creating cognitive flexibility and stimulating new neural connections, enabling you to do things like change old habits and learn new skills. The course is taught by psychologist Gregory Caremans, who founded Brain Academy in 2014. It consists of 30 different lectures and two-and-a-half hours of content, to which participants have 24/7 lifetime access. Caremans starts with theory backed by actual brain research, then moves on to actual brain exercises that help you reshape your brain to suit your specific needs.
Another popular course from Brain Academy, Master Your Brain seeks to help you better understand your mind with a Neurocognitive and Behavioral Approach that blends neuroscience, social psychology, and behavioral sciences. Then is helps you leverage this knowledge to improve your daily life, with an emphasis on recognizing underlying cognitive and behavior patterns and creating stronger relationships. This course features 65 lectures and three hours of content, and just like Neuroplasticity, participants get 24/7 lifetime access.
Becoming a happier person with more authentic relationships is nice. However, if you’re looking for something designed specifically to help you learn things better and faster, Become A SuperLearner 2 by Jonathan Levi might be the way to go. Featuring 62 lectures and five hours of content, this course starts by exploring the cognitive and neurological science of learning. After that it teaches you proven techniques for speed reading with high comprehension, as well as memory techniques to help you retain and recall vast amounts of information.
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