The Three Drivers of Intelligence

In A Memory Made, we share countless methods for improving your intellect and cognitive performance; these range from adopting a brain-healthy diet, mental exercise, how to best use smart drugs, lifestyle changes, and much more. You may be wondering exactly how all these suggestions actually work to make you smarter. In other words, what is actually occurring in your brain when you follow the course, and how does that translate to improved intelligence?

Research into intelligence and the mind have identified three main drivers behind your cognitive performance. Everything taught in this course works on one of these drivers, which in turn directly improves your intelligence. These three drivers are the number of neurons (brain cells) we possess, the number and strength of the synaptic connections between these cells, and the efficiency at which these neurons can communicate with each other. Read on to learn more about how improving each of these drivers can enhance your intellect and mental performance.

Increasing Our Number of Brain Cells

It used to be common knowledge that the brain is incapable of creating new brain cells. Once your brain reached maturity your number of brain cells was fixed, and everyone lost was one you would never get back. We now know that this is completely false and that new brain cells are constantly being created by the brain in a process called neurogenesis. 1

Furthermore, we’ve identified ways that we can improve the rate at which our brain creates new brain cells. Two proteins in particular; nerve growth factor (NGF) and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) play a strong role in the neurogenesis process. 2Building Brain Power not only identifies ways by which we can increase levels of BDNF and NGF, but also other ways we can improve the rate at which new brain cells are formed.

Increasing Connections Between Brain Cells

In order for neurons to communicate with each other to form thoughts and memories, they must be connected to one another. Known as synaptic connections, each neuron is connected to many other neurons by these. The concept of synaptic plasticity shows us that these connections can be easily created and strengthened when the appropriate actions are taken. 3 Whenever you learn a new skill, engage in a novel experience, or otherwise undergo mental stimulation your brain is constantly adding new connections between neurons and strengthening existing ones.

Building Brain Power shows not only how you can improve the plasticity of your brain, allowing you to create more and stronger connections between your brain cells, but it also shows you how to best take advantage of your brain’s increased plasticity in order to quickly learn new skills, solve complex problems, and excel at work or school.

Improving Efficiency of Communication Between Neurons

The third driver behind intelligence that Building Brain Power shows you how to improve is the efficiency at which your brain cells can communicate with each other. Every second you are alive your brain cells are in constant conversation with each other. Chemical messengers known as neurotransmitters bounce back and forth between neurons, each one carrying different instructions. Many of these messenger molecules are vital for cognitive processes such as learning, memory, and focus.

Building Brain Power shows you how you can harness neurotransmitter levels to improve your mental performance. Using nootropics (smart drugs) is the most effective way to increase neurotransmitter functionality, however, this course examines other methods as well.

Bringing It All Together

While improving just one of these drivers can be beneficial to your intelligence and cognitive performance, the real magic happens when all three are improved simultaneously. This is the prime focus of the Building Brain Power course. It lays out step by step exactly how you can supercharge your intelligence and mental performance by improving all three of these drivers of intelligence.

Resources

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16435309

http://www.jbmb.or.kr/jbmb/jbmb_files/%5B42-5%5D0905250942_%28239-244%29BMB222.pdf

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/1986/presentation-speech.html

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