A few recent studies, such as ones by Arne May and Denise Park, do suggest that learning new skills, such as juggling or photography, for even three months may enhance brain functioning in adults.
No matter what our age, the ability to learn helps us grow as people and helps us expand our general knowledge. Sometimes learning new hobbies can be daunting and it’s easy to give up quickly. Truly though, we can learn anything we want at any age. Establishing new hobbies increases our cognitive ability through our life and we want to encourage Odessa assisted living residents to seek out a new skill they would like to learn. This process can be intimidating in adulthood, but what if we learned from the best learners? Infants.
Adults are often reluctant to go outside of their comfort zones. We don’t have consistent access to teachers. We fear looking stupid for making mistakes; we fear failure could cost us our jobs. We abandon the six aspects because they make us inefficient adults—we typically get paid for what we know. Perhaps a reason we see cognitive decline is that we do not engage in learning new skills for many years.There are six aspects in the environment and within infants and children that help these young learners learn so efficiently.
- Open-minded, input-driven learning (learning new patterns, new skills, exploring outside of one’s comfort zone).
- Individualized scaffolding (consistent access to teachers and mentors who guide learning).
- Growth mindset (belief) that abilities are developed with effort).
- Forgiving environment (allowed to make mistakes and even fail).
- Serious commitment to learning (learn to master essential skills rather than hobbies, persevere despite setbacks).
- Learning multiple skills simultaneously (such as developing language, motor, visual and social skills).6 Secrets Infants Can Teach Adults about Learning