Quiz 41: This Is Your Brain

Psychology

"Wisdom" can be defined as the ability an individual to think and understand the things rationally and their rational decision-making ability. Wisdom is not an inborn quality rather it comes with persistent experience and aging. More the person nurtures his skills, the more wisdom he gains over time. The characteristics of wisdom are: 1. Wisdom is not a trait. Wisdom is something a person gains in his own life and his wisdom ends with the death of the person. It doesn't pass from parents to offspring. 2. Wisdom increases with the age. More a person grows older, wiser he becomes in life. 3. We have to constantly nurture and work on our skills to increase our wisdom. More we polish ourselves, more we become wiser. 4. Wisdom and ego are interconnected. Ego defines our self and the world which is around us. The ego influences our wisdom a lot. 5. Wisdom improves our social relations. If we are wiser, people tend to connect with us. Therefore, wisdom is something that is mastered with time and age. Older people can regulate their emotions in a much better way than younger person as their brain are wired to do so.

We all suffer from the problem of forgetting the things in our day to day life. We tend to remember the old things happened in our life but the recent events or things slip our mind. Research suggest that this might be due to myelination loss which occur on one specific part of neurons. The part that is responsible for learning new things. However, the part responsible for long-term memory shows no such loss. A study conducted on rhesus monkey shows how well the brain hold up the things in the process of aging. There are two kinds of spines in monkeys as well as in human beings. One is the small and thin, that is responsible for learning and remembering new things and the other is short and stubby, that is responsible for remembering things of past. The brain tends to lose 45 percent of the small and thin ones and none of the short and stubby one. Therefore, this account for why we find it difficult to remember new things as we age but we still find old memories intact. The scientists hypothesize that expertise and knowledge are coded in synapses and spines so, they are not lost with age.

The "emotional intelligence" of an individual can be defined as the ability to regulate one's own emotion and monitoring emotions of other person as well as to identify various emotions and distinguish them correctly. Emotional intelligence improves our social relations. A study conducted on rhesus monkey shows how well the brain hold up the things in the process of aging. There are two kinds of spines in monkeys as well as in human beings. One is the small and thin, that is responsible for learning and remembering new things and the other is short and stubby, that is responsible for remembering things of past. The brain tends to lose 45 percent of the small and thin ones and none of the short and stubby one. Therefore, this account for why we find it difficult to remember new things as we age but we still find old memories intact. The scientists hypothesize that expertise and knowledge are coded in synapses and spines so, they are not lost with age. This also explain that emotional intelligence, social skill and self-control enhance with age. Basically, emotional skill is something that is mastered with time and age. Older people can regulate their emotions in a much better way than younger person as their brain are wired to do so.

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