In order to learn something, we need to use the right hemisphere of the
brain more, but when we reach a certain level of skill, these
activities become controlled by the left hemisphere of the brain.
For example, when someone is learning to drive, they need all their
senses and it seems that they will never be able to do everything at
the same time: The clutch, managing the gears, the compulsory stopping
at a stop sign and to top all that the driving instructor asking
questions... However, with time, not only can one drive around town
without becoming stressed but also listen to music, talk to the
passenger and talk on the phone as well ( obviously on the hands-free
set!) without going through a red light.
Why does this happen? Because it is when such a level of learning has
been achieved, (as far as driving is concerned) that the left
hemisphere has automated this learning. And this is fantastic because
it allows us to do various things at once without becoming stressed
and without thinking about each step that we’re going to take,
BUT this automation of most of our daily activities, although
making our lives easier, also means the death of many of our neurones
since we don’t make use of them.
Routine is our neurones worst enemy but there is a simple remedy: Train
them. In the same way that we go to the gym to stretch the muscles of
our body, we can train our neurones with simple “cerebral gymnastics”.
Take a look at this presentation. Your neurones will appreciate it.