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Unless you’re Liam Neeson, your body and brain function are going to
deteriorate with age. Adopting a healthy diet and exercise
regimen help slow the body’s decline, but what about your brain? Some
people claim that “exercising” it with crossword puzzles, brain teasers, and
games found on websites like Lumosity
is the answer. Is it?
“The brain responds positively to stimulus and novelty,”
explains John Medina, Ph.D., director of the Brain Center for Applied Learning
Research at Seattle Pacific University and author of Brain Rules. “When it encounters
something new, it produces a dopamine surge that can translate into increased
In other words, when you’re doing a crossword and trying to
figure out a three-letter word for “boning,” you’re receiving a small benefit.
But research also shows that doing something as simple as
chewing a stick of gum improves cognition and memory. So brain games aren’t
vital to a healthy brain. One thing that is sure to limit your brain’s
function, however, is sitting in a cubicle and staring at a computer screen for
hours at a clip. “Our brain craves stimulation. When it encounters something
boring, it stops paying attention,” Medina explains. “We’re wired to think best
That’s why instead of suggesting people make time to plow
through a crossword or Suduko puzzle each day, Medina advocates activities that
stimulate the entire body. “A total of 150 minutes of sustained aerobic
activity a week is what we’ve found to be the minimum required for sustained
cognitive change,” he says.
So shutting off the goddamned iPad and going for a run —
sans iPod, so that you’re continually processing everything going on around you
— is the best way to keep your brain in perfect working order, just as it’s the
best way to keep your body from falling apart. At least you can kill two birds
with one stone.
Posted on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 10:35:06 AM