The dangers of hyperstimulation in children's learning

The development of a person covers many years. From the time a child does it until he becomes an adult he goes through different stages in which a part of his body evolves until reaching its final state. An example is the brain, which undergoes numerous changes that make it ready for one or another task.

However, what happens when a brain has not reached the necessary maturity to face a task? What effects can children have on different tasks at the same time? This has been the object of study of the University of Granada in one of his works where he has analyzed the hyperstimulation in the little ones.

Influence on brain development

Those responsible for this research have analyzed the various factors that influence the development of the brain of children. As indicated Milagros Gallo, responsible for this work, "There are certain moments during the formation of the brain, which covers from the prenatal stage to adolescence, in which environmental factors such as diet have a decisive influence, but there are also other circumstances that affect the subsequent behavior and the way of learning in adult stages, as it is the type of situations to which we were exposed during the early periods ".


What are the behaviors that affect brain development in children? Hyperstimulation is one of them. As indicated by the results of this work the fact of facing a mind to a task for which it is not yet prepared can produce permanent deficiencies in the capacity of learning throughout life.

Why does this happen? The researchers give two hypothesisOn the one hand, the emotional blockade of not being able to perform a task could make the little ones afraid to face a task they could not carry out. The second approach bets on a memory modification that learns a bad form of executing an action and in the long term maintains it as the only formula to do it.


However, researchers have something clear after the analysis of the cases studied: "In both cases, the result is the same: you learn worse if you have taught us using complex techniques before the brain has formed properly," concludes Gallo.

Learning diet

Along with the hyperstimulation analysis, researchers from the University of Granada also analyzed the relationship between learning and other factors such as diet. "Depending on our diet, we will have a cognitive or other development, that is, what we eat affects the way the brain is configured," says this researcher.

In studies conducted with subsistence allowance rich in choline, an essential nutrient for cerebral and cardiovascular functioning, have proven that the enrichment or deficiency of diets in choline (nutrient that can be found in egg yolk, in milk, in veal meat, in peanuts, in lettuce), during sensitive periods of brain formation, improves or permanently impairs cognitive abilities in an adult.


Damián Montero

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