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There’s a ton of research on the link between exercise and cognitive function Exercise and the brain: something to chew on. Neuroplasticity and Behavior Unit, Laboratory of Neurosciences, Intramural Research Program, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, Baltimore, MD. Wheel running attenuates microglia proliferation and increases expression of a proneurogenic phenotype in the hippocampus of aged mice. Pick up some mental—er, dental—floss on the way home today.14. Tackle a game of Tetris for some mental exercise.24.
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After all, when was the last time you heard literate adults express themselves in one-word sentences (“bottle,” “doggie”) or in short phrases such as, “Mommy open box.” Of course, showing that a copycat theory of language acquisition can’t explain these strange patterns in child speech is easy.To keep that noggin in tip-top shape, we've put together a list of new and creative ways to boost our brainpower, like golfing, mowing the lawn, and munching on pumpkin seeds. Department of Psychology, University of Illinois, Beckman Institute, Urbana, IL. And aerobic exercise seems like an especially great way to make it to MENSA—one study showed adults’ brain-processing speed improved after half an hour of moderate exercise. In one study, cardiovascular rehabilitation patients who exercised to music performed better on a test of verbal fluency than those who worked out sans tunes Short-term effects of exercise and music on cognitive performance among participants in a cardiac rehabilitation program. Research suggests doodling during a cognitive task helps improve memory because it keeps the brain stimulated. Letting the Mind Wander Whether it’s “listening” to a pal talk about her BF or just strolling down the block, there are lots of times when the mind goes off in strange directions. Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA.Read on for more easy ways to hit genius status pronto.1. But don’t hold back that brain—it turns out there are lots of cognitive benefits to letting the mind wander, like increased creativity and problem-solving ability Back to the future: autobiographical planning and the functionality of mind-wandering. Consciousness and Cognition 2011;20(4):1604-11..13. Flossing Fresh breath, fewer cavities, and avoiding embarrassing situations with poppy seeds are all great reasons to floss. A baby speaks directly to the camera: “Look at this. I go anywhere I want now.” He describes his stock-buying activities, but then his phone interrupts. And why is the idea of toddler speaking in perfect sentences so hilarious? This comedic law obscures an important question: Why don’t young children express themselves articulately?