How does a new idea relate to older knowledge?Weave new concepts into your past experiences. Challenge yourself to connect new ideas with the familiar – hopefully yielding good questions, observations and learning moments. Integrating new ideas with older ones is a powerful way to strengthen the brain's frontal networks. Applying knowledge from the past to newly-learned information helps to enhance cognitive flexibility and inform behavior in future situations.
Ways to Begin:
- Try a new route home from someplace in your neighborhood
- Explore a new source of information on a longstanding hobby or interest
- Learn a new game and reflect on strategies that overlap with games you already know
- Consider how prior knowledge can bring new meaning to recent events and interactions