Recently, Fit Brains Chief Science Officer, Dr. Paul Nussbaum, shared the exciting news about Fit Brains’ new Emotional Intelligence program with Boot Camp’s Technology Correspondent, Fred Fishkin. This blog post is dedicated to sharing Dr. Nussbaum’s perspective on Emotional Intelligence and Fit Brains’ role in bringing Emotional Intelligence to the forefront of brain training!
According to Dr. Nussbaum, Emotional Intelligence is “a fascinating part of who we are.” But, did you know that until very recently Emotional Intelligence is an area of the brain that has been largely ignored by scientists and health experts? However, Emotional Intelligence is actually an extremely important brain function!
Without emotional control, people are unable to appropriately express emotions, read other people’s emotions, and make decisions accordingly. It may sound simple, but it’s actually pretty complicated and something that none of us should take for granted. In the words of Dr. Nussbaum, “Imagine how much better the world could be if we were all better at expressing our emotions and recognizing others’ emotions!” Of course world peace would be at the top of our list, but even just think of how much easier it could be to get along with a difficult family member, co-worker, you name it!
If you are still wondering about the important role of Emotional Intelligence, take as an example the effect that injuries from high impact sports can have on your brain. Football is one of the most common examples. When most of us think of brain injuries that are common to football players, we probably mostly think of purely cognitive brain issues, like poor memory or even dementia. However, one of the most interesting findings that Dr. Nussbaum relayed during the interview is that one of the primary problems facing football players is the toll that the game takes on one’s emotional control and how this impacts daily functioning. Stories of violence, abuse and depression are all too common, and hindered emotional control has much to do with this.
So how can you prime your brain for stronger emotional control and intelligence? According to Nussbaum, “Fit Brains has done a great job to build the ingredients of an app that goes after the emotional system and helps people work on that.”
Dr. Nussbaum recommends Emotional training as a lifelong pursuit and suggests even starting as young as age six. “The younger age the better. Six and Seven is not too young to begin doing these things. Brain health is a lifelong pursuit. The brain doesn’t know how old it is- it just wants to be stimulated.” (Makes sense, huh?)
If you haven’t yet, try Fit Brains new Emotional Intelligence games today! They are fun and free to try.
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