While you read this, your brain changes. Throughout the course of life, your brain and cognitive abilities –the capacity to perceive, attend, remember and reason – are constantly changing.
Human brains and cognitive functioning are in a constant flux of change throughout life. The question is: can you decide to what extent your brain and cognition will change, and how?
Research has yielded astonishingly different perspectives on cognitive and brain changes throughout life. On the one hand, studies point to brain development and aging being under genetic control. On the other hand, there are associations between intellectual and physical experiences and cognitive function across the lifespan, and recent studies show that brain and cognition are improved by targeted cognitive interventions. However, the time course, stability, generalizability and restrictions to training effects on brain and cognition are largely unknown.