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December 13th, 2012
10:41 AM ET

Neuroscientist Dr. Rudy Tanzi and Deepak Chopra Discuss how to stay in control of your brain

Ever feel like your brain controls you more than you control it? Neuro-scientist Dr. Rudy Tanzi and alternative medicine practitioner Deepak Chopra study the brain in depth in their new book, “Super Brain: Unleashing the Explosive Power of Your Mind to Maximize Health, Happiness, and Spiritual Well-Being.” Chatting with Soledad, they discuss the potential of the brain to change and how to strengthen it as you age.

Dr. Tanzi says, “Your brain is constantly adapting, so it’s rewriting itself, the chemistry is changing. The genetics are changing every moment in response to the world around you and in response to your own mind.”

The brain needs to constantly adapt to the newest stimuli. Introducing it to new information as well as habits can strengthen it as you get older. Dr. Tanzi clarified that the brain strives from new material, not just rehashing the same material or tendencies, “Anything new, you’re making new synapses and connections. When you learn something new, you strengthen what you already know and the more synapses you have the better off you are as you age.”

To stay in control of your brain, the book suggests five strategies that help you to stay in control of your brain including: self reflection, self awareness, and conscious choice making.