Eat Popcorn with Chopsticks

When something seems new, people pay more attention to it. And when people pay more attention to something enjoyable, they tend to enjoy it more. So, why not eat popcorn with chopsticks or sip cold water out of a martini glass? You can even eat a pizza in an unconventional way. Forego the usual way […]

Cat Napping in the Afternoon

Napping in the afternoon boosts cognition, especially word-recall. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, the ideal nap should last between 20 to 40 minutes. Limiting the amount of time you nap will help you avoid feeling groggy after you wake up and will ensure you don’t have trouble falling asleep at night. So when your eyelids […]

Challenge Keeps You on Top of Your Game

Do you want to improve a skill, such as how to juggle, finger the notes in a G chord, learn to drive a stick shift or speak French? The problem is most practiced physical actions hit a peak performance after a certain level of mastery. The first time you do something, you use the frontal […]

Watching Television is not Brain-Worthy or Is It?

Watching television is the only leisure activity associated with an increased risk of cognitive decline. Routinely hanging out on the couch engrossed in the latest season of Game of Thrones or binge-watching your favorite sitcom on Netflix is not stimulating intellectual activity. This passive pastime rarely pushes the viewer to think about the next level […]

Aerobics is Brain-Boosting

Did you know physical exercise, primarily aerobics, is the best thing you can do for your brain?  Research shows it promotes brain functioning through a variety of ways, such as increased brain volume, blood supply and growth hormone levels. So don’t delay, start your cardiovascular exercise regiment today. Here’s a range of ideas to get […]

Give Your Brain a Music Boost: Change Up Your Playlist

Often we listen to the same old music we did when we were youngsters. We can’t help but enjoy the beat and familiarity of those old tunes. However, your brain will reap the benefits if you listen to music to which you are unaccustomed. Listening to new harmonic sounds challenges the brain in ways that […]

Give Your Brain a Rest, Take a Mental Breather

Training your brain is like training your body. If you consistently push yourself to the limit without taking time for rest, you’ll wind up doing more harm than good. So, whenever you’re engaging in mental activity that requires attention and focus, apply the same rules and give your brain time to rest and recharge. Take […]

Exercise Your Attention Skills

Imagine that you are reading a book in a public place, such as an airport. Your brain captures the information as you follow the main character on their latest adventure. At the same time, it tunes out the television set playing above your head so you can pay attention to what really matters – like […]

Enjoy Exercise by Playing Your Favorite Sport

Some folks love the gym, others hate it. If you detest walking on a treadmill or believe weightlifting is best left to olympians, then you might want to exercise outside the gym. And since the real key to exercise is movement, it doesn’t matter where you do it. What matters is that you exercise. So trade […]

Instead of Multi-Tasking, Focus On One Thing At A Time

Can you juggle, chew gum and watch television all at the same time? Maybe you can, but you probably wouldn’t do them all successfully. This is because the brain is most efficient when it processes one thing at a time. Multi-tasking is a stressful way to save time and it is a poor replacement for […]