Nicotine: An Unlikely Brain Enhancing Drug

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New research shows that nicotine, used in isolation, can be effective for brain enhancement and helpful in treating a number of brain-related disorders. Before we talk about nicotine as a brain enhancing drug, let’s just get the “elephant in the room” out of the way. Cigarette smoking is “Public Health Enemy Number 1.” (1) According to […]

Brain Freeze: Causes, Cures and Fun Facts

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Brain freeze from eating cold food is a common experience. Get some helpful remedies and find out why your ice cream headache may lead to a migraine cure.  You’re enjoying an ice cream, popsicle or frozen drink when suddenly a lightning bolt of severe pain shoots to the top of your head. Thirty seconds later the […]

15 Memory Improvement Myths Now Debunked

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Myths have distorted our understanding of how our brain and memory works. Recent advances in neuroscience can help you improve your memory and brain health. Scientists have learned more about the brain in the past 15 years than in of all previous history. (1) But neuroscience is in its infancy and there is much more to […]

The Brain Benefits of Learning a Second Language

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The proven benefits of learning a second language include improvements in intelligence, memory, and concentration and lowered risks of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Understanding language is one of the hardest things your brain does.  The benefits of learning a second language seem, in fact, to be proportional to the effort expended by the brain.  Because language […]

Does Brain Training Work? Neuroscientists Speak Out

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Online brain training programs claim all kinds of brain benefits. But does brain training work? Does the scientific evidence support it? Are there other ways to exercise your brain? Brain training is a term that most often describes the use of online games and software to exercise the brain. Online brain training is an exploding, billion […]

Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Meditation

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Meditation benefits physical and mental health in many ways. More than stress reduction, meditation can help you think better, feel happier, and live longer. The human brain thinks thoughts. That’s what it does — to the tune of 50,000 per day. (1)  And for most people, around 70% of their mental conversation is negative. (2) All this bad thinking isn’t […]

Best Memory Improvement Tips of All Time

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From ancient Greece to modern day, these are the best memory tips ever. Boost performance at work or school with practical ways to improve your memory … What’s the difference between someone with an exceptional memory and the rest of us who can’t find our car keys? Most people with impressive memories will tell you they weren’t born that way. […]

Smart Guide for How to Improve Concentration

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Learn how to improve your concentration to get more done. Get many simple lifestyle tips and techniques, including the single best way to get in the zone. It’s been said that the greatest power of the human mind is its ability to focus on one thing for an extended period of time. If you’ve ever held a magnifying […]

Brain Exercises That Keep Your Mind Sharp

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The right brain exercises deliver real improvement in memory, clarity, focus, and mood. Learn about neurobics, brain training, meditation, even knitting! Just as your body benefits from doing a variety of physical exercises — aerobics, strength training, and stretching — your mind benefits from doing various kinds of brain exercises, too.  But understanding what kinds of exercise your brain really needs […]