Strength Training Bulk up the brain and hit the weight room. Psychobiology and Exercise Research Center, CEPE, Sao Paolo, Brazil. Research suggests dancing involves mental challenges like coordination and planning, and may protect against cognitive decline Six months of dance intervention enhances postural, sensorimotr, and cognitive performance in elderly without affecting cardio-respiratory functions. Try involving new senses in routine activities, like eating with the eyes closed and placing more emphasis on taste and smell (probably not the best exercise to try with hot soup). A tumble between the sheets raises levels of serotonin, which boosts creativity and logical decision-making, and the hormone oxytocin, related to problem-solving ability (skills that might help with figuring out where those undergarments ended up last night…) Rationality and Emotionality: Serotonin Transporter Genotype Influences Reasoning Bias. Read on for more easy ways to hit genius status pronto. Aerobic Exercise Read books, study hard—and do jumping jacks? 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. Summer vacation is in full swing, but that's no reason to let the brain veg. Department of Psychology, University of Illinois, Beckman Institute, Urbana, IL. 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. Training-induced neural plasticity in golf novices. Adults studying a new language may be more likely to remember words when they write them out instead of typing them.
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Department of Psychology, Ohio State University, Columbus. Research suggests strength training not only builds strong muscles and bones—it can also boost cognitive functioning Spatial memory is improved by aerobic and resistance exercise through divergent molecular mechanisms.