The Brain

 Anatomy, Zoology. the part of the central nervous system enclosed in the cranium of humans and other vertebrates, consisting of a soft, convoluted mass of gray and white matter and serving to control and coordinate the mental and physical actions

The human brain is arguably the most sophisticated machine that has ever been created. It has an amazing network of millions of neurons which work endlessly processing information to carry out functions outside of it. Unfortunately we pay much more attention to physical fitness while ignoring the significance of brain fitness. Brain fitness helps to improve the ability of our brain to perform its tasks more efficiently and even more effectively.

The brain is central for relaying all information to and from all of our organs. In fact this powerful thing we call a brain which interprets textures, sounds, images, smells into usable data to accomplish functional tasks for the rest of our bodies. One of the most important sensations that the brain empowers is vision. Our ability to see is seated in an intricately laid out network between our eyes and the brain.

 Yet even with this intricate mechanism that process can be hampered and result in a condition known as visual processing disorder which reduces the ability to properly process information received through the eyes. This condition can manifest into - short attention span, delayed motor perception ability - resulting in high levels of frustration and stress.

A common problem area related with visual perception disability is known as visual motor integration which is the inability to use visual cues to guide one's movement. The people suffering from this condition are generally referred to as clumsy and tend to bump into things while walking. Poor visual integration can generally interfere with all the aspects of a person's life including social, professional etc.

However, if there is no physical damage involved in the brain/eye mechanism these kinds of conditions are correctable with proper steps. Brain fitness can be achieved through visual perception training designed to help improve coordination between the brain and the eye. It basically involves these three steps:

·    Spatial relation: This is the ability to perceive an object with relation to other objects and helps in maneuvering oneself in a better manner.

·    Visual discrimination: This is the ability to differentiate between various objects based on specific attributes like size, shape, color etc.

·    Visual closure: The ability to identify an entire object when the full object cannot be seen.

The essential idea behind brain training is not in making yourself smarter per se, but rather to help you achieve a better use of your brain to complete the tasks it is capable of doing. Someone with a deformed leg may not become an Olympic high jumper, but he/she can certainly improve the co-ordination of that leg through training. That is the essence of brain fitness

The Brain—is wider than the Sky—

For—put them side by side—
The one the other will contain
With ease—and You—beside—

The Brain is deeper than the sea—
For—hold them—Blue to Blue—
The one the other will absorb—
As Sponges—Buckets—do—

The Brain is just the weight of God—
For—Heft them—Pound for Pound—
And they will differ—if they do—
As Syllable from Sound—

Emily Dickinson