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The Grain of the Brain

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The Grain of the Brain

The brain is literally ‘wired’ for learning through networks of 100 billion ‘grey cells’ or neurones. However, not every brain is wired to learn in the same way. The wiring in your brain is partly due to your genetic make-up and partly due to your life experiences.

Our brains are wired to learn, but not all brains are wired to learn in the same way

The unique way in which your brain is wired for learning has been likened to the individuality of your fingerprint.

Another helpful image that is used to describe the differences in how individual brains are wired for learning is the ‘Grain of the Brain’. To plane wood successfully it is important to plane with the grain. Planing against the grain never produces the desired result. The unique way in which your brain is wired to learn is known as ‘grain of the brain’.

In school most of us were taught through a ‘one size fits all’ approach. We were taught as if we should all learn in the same way. This approach is now as outdated as the insistence that children write with the right hand and not the left!

The key to successful learning is learning with the ‘grain’ of your brain and not against it. If you try to learn against the grain of your brain you will lose motivation and give up.

We know now that when a child or adult is taught to learn with the grain of the brain, learning will always be successful and rewarding. This in turns improves the motivation to go on learning. Learning against the grain ‘turns people off’ learning.

Although lifelong learning is the key to a healthy brain, many people are put off the idea of learning due to past experiences in education. Some older people are put off learning because they feel it will take too much effort to introduce learning into their lives in retirement. This is where the BrainFit Plan can help!

The BrainFit Plan identifies learning activities that ‘fit’ the grain of your brain.

Your BrainFit Action Plan identifies the grain of your brain and matches interesting and varied learning activities to the way in which your brain is ‘wired to learn’. In other words, the activities in your personal Action Plan will go with the grain of your brain and not against it.
This means that you will be:

  • more motivated to learn, because the learning will ‘fit’ with how your brain learns.
  • more successful in learning and this success breeds more learning.

Success in learning is important. It makes learning satisfying and can motivate you to keep on learning as a part of your lifestyle. However, the most important result is the effect it will have on your brain. As you ‘fit’ your learning to your brain you will be improving the ‘wiring’ of the nerves in your brain that can keep your brain fit for life. This will make retirement fulfilling and reduce the risks of social isolation, depression and dementia drastically.

Lifelong learning produces the changes in your brain that can keep it fit for a longer and better life