How Learning New Skills Rewire Your Brain

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How Learning New Skills Rewire Your Brain by Mind Map: How Learning New Skills Rewire Your Brain

1. Introduction

1.1. Every time you learn a new skill, you change your brain. More specifically, you change the connections inside it.

1.2. You can learn any skill you want - our bodies and brains are amazingly adaptable

1.3. If presented with a challenging environment, our body and mind adapts to it.

1.3.1. This reorganisation of the brain is the basis of all skill acquisition and development.

1.4. By straining your body when learning a certain skill, you are signaling that this is important, and the mind and body should adapt

1.5. When practicing a skill, we are strengthening neural connections, making it easier to perform fast, fluent and precise actions.

2. It’s all about having the right connections

2.1. By practicing a new skill, you start creating new connections and pathways in your brain.

2.1.1. If we keep practicing, these connections will become stronger, which leads to improved performance in the skill.

2.2. Often used connections are strengthened, while rarely used connections are weakened or eliminated

2.3. Your neurones don’t know the correct way to do something.

2.4. If you practice in a sub-optimal way, you will only become better at performing the skill sub-optimally.

2.5. Changes to the structure of the brain is gradual, and if you want to improve a lot, practice consistently over time.

3. Make some mistakes

3.1. Targeted, mistake-focused practice is effective. Struggle is not an option: it’s a biological requirement.

3.2. Challenge yourself to stretch past your current capabilities.

4. Stress your body to rewire your brain

4.1. By trying to do something just outside your capability, the body will try to adapt, to be able to perform.

4.2. Push your limits

4.3. If you are just repeating what you already know, you will maintain your current skill level, but will not improve much.

4.4. If you don’t do anything, things you have previously known how to do, will gradually weaken and disappear from your skillset.

5. Don’t strengthen the connections you don’t want

5.1. If you repeatedly practice poor technique, this means that you will only improve at doing something poorly.

5.2. Don't practice when you're tired

6. Use it or loose it

6.1. You will not remember skills and movement patterns that you don’t use