Cognitive Dimension TBI Improvement

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Cognitive Dimension TBI Improvement       

by William C. Jarvis                                                             

Improved cognition after TBI can light up your world.

Improved cognition after TBI can light up your world.

A traumatic brain injury greatly affects the cognitive thought process.  Every aspect of thought can be challenged, e.g., attention, memory, reasoning ability, language.

The cognitive benefits are best understood by reviewing Bloom’s Taxonomy for the Cognitive Domain.  This represents the various levels of thinking from the most basic to higher level thinking:

1.  Knowledge (understand content)

2.  Comprehension (understand how to do it)

3.  Application (performance of a skill)

4.  Analysis (how to do it best)

5.  Synthesis (ideas of your own)

6.  Evaluation (how did I do; reflection) 

Magic as a hobby helps with attention and verbal presentation skills.  The presentation of a person’s hobby to others can help language skills.  Also, a hobby can greatly help your cognitive thought process.[1]

Let’s take a general hobby as an example and see how it addresses all elements in Bloom’s Taxonomy of Cognitive skills.  Usually a hobby comes with directions; that can be representative of knowledge.  A person reads and attempts to follow the directions for doing the hobby.  That is, “comprehension” or understanding of the important aspects of the hobby.  Then “application” is the actual “doing” of the hobby or a person’s personal involvement in participating in the requirements of the hobby.  In the case of painting or “magic,” it is the respective actual creation of a picture or performance of a trick. 

In the process of analysis, a person understands the various basic elements of the hobby as he studies its various components and then “synthesizes” or applies his ideas and comes up with his own approach to implementing the hobby.  Lastly, he makes a judgment (evaluates) how he performed in the implementation of the hobby and continues to explore its possibilities.

In the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy many of the lower levels are basically the same referred to by a different name.  However, the highest level of cognitive thought is “creating.”  Therefore, any hobby that used creative thought processes helps in having a clear mind in rehabilitation.

This is all representative of developing cognitive skills needed for life’s decisions.  There are added benefits to my ideas of presentation of a person’s hobby to a group.  He also develops language and communication skills.

It is important to be involved in a hobby to give pleasure in life.  This will change the focus of a person’s life.  The more a person enjoys life, the more he has the probability of getting through his adversity.

Having a hobby is motivating and a person concentrates solely on his hobby and thinks less about his problems.  Developing other interest will do that for everyone.

Actively engage in creating interest that will involve your commitment of time and energy.  Some may include other people and some may be totally individual in nature.  A personal interest activity will benefit you socially and mentally.  It will give the opportunity to share ideas and interest with others.  This is especially good for providing new directions to engage your thinking.  When an interesting hobby or activity absorbs a person, he increases the joy of living. 

This blog from ideas expressed in the Traumatic Brain Injury Improvement through Motivation. (Jarvis Rehabilitation Method)

November 25, 2011


[1] Bloom’s Taxonomy for the Cognitive Domain,  http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/hrd/bloom.html

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