The CR Way approach to “Getting Smarter ” is a new, more effective way to boost brain power. The idea is to take CR and ketogenic biochemistry, proven to improve cognitive capabilities, and integrate them with brain training so that improvement happens more rapidly.
A goal of the Brain Booster program is to make it easier for you to make gains in fluid intelligence – the ability to make decisions independent of previously learned knowledge. Improved I.Q. scores can be seen in as little as three weeks.
Some of you who have asked about how to use the CR Way to protect against Alzheimer’s Disease. Like exercising a muscle to prevent age-related loss of strength, the beneficial physiological changes that enhance thinking power and may produce stronger more disease resistant neural pathways have been shown to decrease risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. Many activities, especially new ones, will train your brain – things like playing bridge or chess or a musical instrument or the games in the Brain Training Program
Central to an effective brain training program is the improvement of working memory. This is described as the system that actively holds information in the mind to do verbal and nonverbal tasks such as reasoning and comprehension. The following introduction to a review paper on working memory describes it this way:
Department of Psychology, University of Bristol, UK.
C R Acad Sci III. 1998 Feb-Mar;321(2-3):167-73.
It is suggested that working memory comprises a system for the temporary storage and manipulation of information, forming an important link between perception and controlled action. Evidence is presented for a three-component model, comprising an attentional control system, the central executive, and two subsidiary slave systems. One of these, the visuo-spatial sketch pad holds and manipulates spatial information, while the other, the phonological loop performs a similar function for auditory and speech-based information. Evidence is presented for the view that the phonological loop has evolved as a mechanism to facilitate the acquisition of language.
PMID:9759336, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, PubMed access to the biomedical citations of Medline.
Growing New neurons
For a long time it was thought that the brain could not initiate new cellular growth. Dramatic experiments have shown that not to be true. Significant physiological changes can take place with brain training. Consider this inspiring paper, showing how remodeling of the brain takes place with training:
Wei-Chung Allen Lee, Hayden Huang, Guoping Feng, Joshua R Sanes, Emery N Brown, Peter T So, and Elly Nedivi
PLoS Biology. 2006 Feb;4(2):e29. Epub 2005 Dec 27.
Despite decades of evidence for functional plasticity in the adult brain, the role of structural plasticity in its manifestation remains unclear. To examine the extent of neuronal remodeling that occurs in the brain on a day-to-day basis, we used a multiphoton-based microscopy system for chronic in vivo imaging and reconstruction of entire neurons in the superficial layers of the rodent cerebral cortex.
Here we show the first unambiguous evidence (to our knowledge) of dendrite growth and remodeling in adult neurons. Over a period of months, neurons could be seen extending and retracting existing branches, and in rare cases adding new branch tips. Neurons exhibiting dynamic arbor rearrangements were GABA-positive non-pyramidal interneurons, while pyramidal cells remained stable. These results are consistent with the idea that dendritic structural remodeling is a substrate for adult plasticity and they suggest that circuit rearrangement in the adult cortex is restricted by cell type-specific rules.
PMID: 16366735, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, PubMed access to the biomedical citations of Medline.
Take a moment to click on the title of the abstract and you can access the whole paper, including photos of the physiological changes that took place in adult neurons.
The Brain Booster program emphasizes glucose control, which can increase CR’s ability to generate noticeable cognitive improvement. This is the reason that The CR Way to Great Glucose Control is now provided as a benefit of the program. To see more on how low glucose can improve brain power see Ketosis Improves Cognition.