Social stimulation is important for brain health

Written by Nicole Scheidl

August 7, 2011

While computers can be great for so many things it is important to remember that complex human interaction can vastly improve our cognitive skills — reasoning, contextual thinking, problem-solving, decision-making. When we enter into a human relationship we are reacting on many different levels to the other person. We are called on to develop social skills and creative responses in our conversations and activities with others. This interaction is also vitally important as we age. Often social isolation can lead to a decline in cognitive function because we are not using our mind to interact.  Those people skills – tolerance, acceptance, and the art of building real relationships – must remain in use throughout our lives to continue to enrich our experiences as we age and keep our brain healthy.

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