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So there I was, quietly working in my study, when my 11 year old sons came in, proudly bearing a breakfast tray for me. They had been away on camp for a week, and as my friends will tell you, I had missed them terribly whilst they were away. And clearly, whilst they were at said camp, they had learnt how to make omelettes. There on my tray, was a perfectly cooked omelette filled with mushrooms and cheese, and a glass of delicious fruit juice all beautifully presented.

While my sons were learning those fundamental cooking skills, I was busy doing my own learning. For years, I have been fascinated by the brain, and have studied it as extensively as I can. This interest has served me well in my coaching career as I help people to fulfil their potential by understanding how the human brain functions. And I learnt last week that new learning results in the secretion of the neurotransmitters dopamine (involved in newness, pleasure, performance) and oxytocin (bonding and safe connectivity). This explains why learning new information or skills is so stimulating and why group learning is so connecting.

A landmark study reported on in the Journal of Neuroscience (Jan 24 issue) reveals that learning slows cognitive decline, and keeps our brains functioning at a level associated with a younger chronological age. And a younger brain means a younger body.

Which I have to say is the best argument I’ve ever heard for lifelong learning.

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  1. Lianne Cawood says:

    Clearly better get on with those french lessons ….

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