Your Brain on Autopilot Ever realized you have driven yourself home but have not really been paying attention? Brain scans have revealed that when your mind wanders, it switches into “autopilot” mode, enabling you to carry on without much conscious thought. Our autopilot mode seems to be run by a set of brain structures called […]
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Your Brain on Art We generally laugh more, cry more and enjoy ourselves more at a live performance than when we are watching TV at home. We may even lose ourselves and feel connected to something larger. How does this happen? Source: Washington Post
Lifelong Brain Changes Myth: You are stuck with the brain you have had since you were born. Truth: While many neural pathways for learning are created before birth, new pathways can be created throughout life. Source: U.S. News & World Report
Curiosity Can Influence Decisions What if you had a choice between a fortune cookie dipped in chocolate and covered in sprinkles or a plain fortune cookie that contained a personalized fortune, which would you eat? A new study finds that feeling curious can help people make smarter, and even sometimes healthier, decisions. Source: Medical Daily
Prioritize Sleep Quality Research has shown that the brain needs time to recharge for the next day, which often happens when we are sleeping. Recent studies have shown that lack of sleep can mean more than a change in brain function and mood; it can also have adverse effects on one’s personality and ability to learn. Source: Science World […]
Strengthen Your Strategic Attention Think back through your day. How often did you spend more than ten minutes on one task at home or at work? Take note of how many sidesteps arose because of multitasking or being pulled off task by distractions. Try this brain challenge: Practice strategically attending to a core task for […]
Practice Synthesizing Complex Information Stretch and challenge your mind to construct deeper-level, abstract ideas. Continually interpret incoming information as often as possible. For example, practice devising a newspaper-like headline to capture the essence of what you experienced during a meeting or social gathering.
Utilize Your Brainpower to Brainstorm Think back to one of your favorite movies or books from the past year. Challenge yourself to generate five different take-home messages that could be gleaned from the movie or book. Look back over your list. Which lesson would influence your life the most and why?
Food for Thought: Chocolate and Your Brain Adding dark chocolate to your daily diet could benefit your brain, according to Italian researchers. “Regular intake of cocoa and chocolate could indeed provide beneficial effects on cognitive functioning over time,” said researchers from the University of L’Aquila in Italy. Studies have found that the cocoa bean is […]
Give Your Brain a Well-Deserved Break Your brain works hard twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Reward your brain by giving it a break for five minutes, five times a day. Ideally, these breaks should be distraction-free (from your phone, radio, tv)– they should be dedicated chunks of time that allow your brain to rest and recharge […]