New technologies help train the brain to improve memory
In this World Health DayAnd Radio Folha through Health channel this Monday (10), spoke with the Neuropsychopedagogue Andrea Medeirosfrom overcome, which brings the importance of brain training, within today’s topic. The conversation brought the application of new technologies, such as computers and mobile phones with applications, social networks and the speed of information on the Internet, as tools for brain training. However, not everyone is “born” able to handle these tools.
According to World Economic Forum (WEF), it is already possible to experience a technological revolution that in the coming years will completely change the way we live, work, and even our relationships. With the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the horizon, a combination of technologies is bringing surprising innovations that will impact beyond industries to transform the way jobs and education are viewed. This new world requires individuals to have greater problem-solving skills and greater focus so that a professional can achieve his or her career goals. This ability for behavioral adaptability is linked to cognitive ability, connecting different “networks” of the brain.
This ability to adapt to different situations and successfully deal with them, understand complex ideas and use different ways of thinking makes a big difference. So, the more adaptable an individual is, the more (and better) he will learn from experiences, and the more information will remain in short-term memory.
And there is no “wrong” age to start developing these skills – on the application to children, the neuropsychopedagogue emphasizes the difference between exposure to technology versus training skills using technological means. He also emphasizes the importance of family participation in regulating and being present in the lives of children.
“We have to be very careful about this. Children’s brains are developing and we must distinguish between training and exposure: children are exposed at an early age to activities that are only visualization. So this type of activity does not train the brain. otherwise, the longer the child is exposed to this situation, the more damage it causes,” commented Dr. Andrea Medeiros.
With a focus on the elderly population, the doctor reinforces that getting to know the world of new technologies goes beyond the professional area – which, with the aging of the population, also extends to later retirement – and offers health benefits and brain activity to that person, despite the challenges and certain social prejudices they have in relation to using computers, mobile phones, etc.
“Older people (people over 65 years old), younger ones, between 65 and 70 years old, are partly involved in technology, so much so that the use of Whatsapp is very frequent, some still play “Solitaire” on the computer. However, the elderly, over 75, have more difficulties. […] the family should be together; that grandson who has more skills [por exemplo]. Bearing in mind that the cognitive performance of an elderly person is no longer the same as that of an active adult or a child, therefore she needs some differentiated resources to reach her goal,” the doctor pointed out.
Knowing how to navigate a world ruled by new machines is more important than ever. We live in a period of transition between the era of the Internet itself, which is migrating from Web 3.0 to 4.0, and more and more schools and diverse labor markets demand that those present in their environment are connected, active and up to date with all innovations. For young people, the neuropsychopedagogue points out that the benefits come as a response in school, with good school performance and also emotionally, exercising their autonomy; for adults, the answer is good performance at work; and for the elderly, a more active and healthy spirit.
“The child will do well both in school and emotionally, and will have great success in life. Adults will begin to have good results at work, and the elderly will remain active and have autonomy for longer, because in 8 years there will be more elderly people in Brazil than children and adolescents. […] We will be an aging population, we will be on the market [de trabalho] longer, who will take care of us? We have to be careful,” the interlocutor added.
The entire interview can be found in the Podcast Health channel. You listen by clicking on player belowor in yours the preferred podcast aggregator.
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