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5 Simple Ways to Zombie Proof Yourself from the Walking Dead

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What better way to zombie-proof yourself than to shrink your brain? That’s right, you can easily make yourself too stupid to be a target for the walking dead with these five simple techniques. Continue reading 5 Simple Ways to Zombie Proof Yourself from the Walking Dead

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Step-by-step recipe for meeting your academic goals

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If you could just make yourself study… If you could just make yourself read the textbook… If you could just quit wasting so much time on FaceBook… If you could just make yourself get up in the morning…

Psychology research has unlocked the secret to willpower. Discover the step-by-step, simple method for achieving your goals, whether those goals are academic or physical. Click here to find out how.

Iron New Information Into Your Brain

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Did you ever try to iron a shirt with a cold iron? Could you get that shirt ironed without the heat? Sure, but it would take for-freakin-ever! Ironing a nice fold into a shirt is oh-so-much faster when you’ve got HEAT.

Trying to learn stuff by going over it again and again is about as effective as ironing with a cold iron. You can do it, but it’s sloooooow and it’s a LOT of work. Getting memories ironed into your brain is much easier if you know how to Bring The Heat! Continue reading Iron New Information Into Your Brain

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Two Types of Learning

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I originally wrote this in response to some reading I was doing about the psychology of learning which was discussing some interesting studies on learning in children versus in adults. I no longer recall the name of the book.

Initial brain development in animals occurs by overproducing synapses and then pruning away those that aren’t used. This allows for maximal flexibility and adaptation to the environment. For example, if one eye is damaged at birth, the other eye will get more synaptic connections, while the damaged eye receives fewer synaptic connections. In adults, however, new synaptic connections are built as learning occurs, rather than pruning away existing connections.  Continue reading Two Types of Learning

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Watch TV to Build Your Brain

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The heck you say!

No, it’s true, at least according to Steven Johnson, author of Everything Bad is Good for You: How Today’s Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter. Of course, you can’t watch just any ol’ television tripe; you’ll need to watch shows with complex plots that force you to pay attention and work a bit to figure out what the heck is happening. Shows such as E.R., Lost, and Flash Forward should fit the bill.

A sparing application of boob-tube therapy may be just what the psychologist ordered. So watch a little TV guilt free.

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Maintain Your Study Focus

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One distraction after another can really tank your study time and short-circuit your concentration.  Here’s a slick trick to grow some mondo focus chops.

Your brain is like a big puppy.  Puppies know that when you get out the leash the walk around the block is soon to follow.

“A walk! Joy!”

Your brain thrives on similar cues to pattern its behavior. Examples…

Boost Your Brain Performance With These Powerful Tips

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  • sailorsleepGet adequate sleep at night and take a nap during the day when possible. The average person needs about 8.5 to 9 hours per night, but some need more and some need less. Stress in your life—physical, mental, or emotional—will often increase your need for sleep (though it may make sleep more difficult). If possible, try to go to sleep at the same time each night and allow your body to wake up on its own. The research on this is hard to fault. Numerous excellent studies from around the world show that getting enough sleep is absolutely critical to functioning at your peak, mentally and physically. Example: A U.S. Navy study of recruits in training published in 2008 noted, “In short, recruits who receive 8 hr of sleep per night scored on average 11% higher [on a standardized test] than their counterparts who receive only 6 hr of sleep, supporting our hypothesis that more sleep was associated with significantly better academic performance.”
  • Exercising your body exercises your brain. Regular physical exercise makes your brain work better. Not only should you work up a sweat four or five times a week, you should also Continue reading Boost Your Brain Performance With These Powerful Tips
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More Productive Studying By Raising Your Heart Rate

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Exercise in many ways optimizes your brain to learn. –Dr. John Ratey

In my personal practice I’ve found it helpful to get up from my studies or work every thirty to forty-five minutes and do some exercise … something to get my blood pumping … something that I can complete in two to five minutes. I use this helpful (free) timer to keep me on track.

I’ve found that my concentration levels remain higher, I’m more productive, and I can work much longer over all. I also don’t end up feeling as tired by the end of the day.

You will, of course, need to identify things that work well for you personally (and, of course, consult a doctor if you have any physical issues). The point is to get your heart rate up a bit.

I personally alternate between these exercises…

  • push ups
  • sit ups
  • brisk walking around the block
  • jogging
  • jumping jacks
  • squats or lunges
  • curls (I just use a basic pair of dumbbells I have)
  • bench press
  • dips (putting my feet on one chair and my hands on two more chairs)
  • shadow boxing
  • crunches

You can find demos of many/most of these at youtube.

By the way, there is solid research finding a correlation between exercise and better brain functioning.