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10 Amazing Tools For Brain Enhancement

10 Amazing Tools For Brain Enhancement

The old saying is true, if you don’t use it, you lose it. It is especially true of our brains, which need to be worked out as much as our bodies do. For decades, one of the main ways that people exercised their brain was to do word puzzles, such as crossword puzzles. Today, the internet has changed how we look at enhancing our brains, and there are some amazing online tools that can really help. Here are our top 10 picks.

1. NeuroNation

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    This site offers exercises for brain training that will help to improve your working memory so you can process information faster, ignore distractions, and make better decisions. Because the working memory is related to intelligence, you are going to become smarter.

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    2. Fit Brains

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      This is similar to Luminosity, but the games are designed to help you get better at the areas that you are weak in, and it is more like playing a video game. This makes it fun, and you will likely be more interested in playing because it is fun. The more you play, the more you learn.

      3. Elevate

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        Here is a tool that will help you to process information a whole lot faster. This is a free brain-training tool that will boost your brain through games that are easy to play but mentally stimulating at the same time.

        4. Khan Academy

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        Khan

          This site offers instructional videos, practice exercises, and a dashboard for personalized learning so you can learn at your own pace, without having to be in a classroom. Topics covered include math, science, history, art history, computer programming, and many others. Lessons range from kindergarten level to calculus, and this site is partnered with The Museum of Modern Art and NASA.

          5. Pearls in School

          Pearls

            The process of pearl culture is an incredible one, and something that kids can learn about in school from Pearls Only. This program offers a series of lessons that are geared for children in various parts of the world, as well as for different age levels. Students will learn about oysters and how they create beautiful pearls, and all lesson plans are easy to download. There are also lesson plans for UK and Australian curriculum.

            6. Cognifit

            Cogni

              This tool works with you and your own personal cognitive needs. The training will be based on your own performance and what you need to improve your performance.

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              7. Happify

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                Negative thoughts can really affect your overall brain performance. This is a site that will help you turn those negative thoughts into positive ones, which will help you to become a much happier person. The personalized tracks are extremely effective, and can do a lot for you.

                8. Eidetic

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                  iOS users will love the spaced repetition learning from Eidetic. The spaced repetition technique will help you to learn how to memorize anything, whether it is something you actually want to remember or something that you have to remember but may not be overly interested in.

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                  9. Brain HQ

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                    Do you have trouble remembering names of people you have just met? This tool will change all of that. You will find a series of exercises that are designed to improve your eye for detail and help you to process visuals better. You will learn how to effectively divide your attention, improve brain function, improve reaction times, and a lot more.

                    10. Lumosity

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                      If you are looking for a great workout for your brain, this is it. The app and website both feature online games that have been created to increase brain power, improve memory, improve the attention span, and so much more. You will be better at remembering names, and you may even start driving better than ever.

                      Featured photo credit: Tony Delgrosso via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                      8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

                      8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

                      You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

                      Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

                      When you train your brain, you will:

                      • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
                      • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
                      • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

                      So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

                      1. Work your memory

                      Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

                      When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

                      If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

                      The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

                      Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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                      Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

                      What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

                      For example, say you just met someone new:

                      “Hi, my name is George”

                      Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

                      Got it? Good.

                      2. Do something different repeatedly

                      By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

                      Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

                      It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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                      And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

                      But how does this apply to your life right now?

                      Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

                      Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

                      Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

                      So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

                      You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

                      That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

                      3. Learn something new

                      It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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                      For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

                      Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

                      You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

                      4. Follow a brain training program

                      The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

                      5. Work your body

                      You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

                      Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

                      Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

                      Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

                      6. Spend time with your loved ones

                      If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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                      If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

                      I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

                      7. Avoid crossword puzzles

                      Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

                      Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

                      Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

                      8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

                      Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

                      When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

                      So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

                      The bottom line

                      Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

                      Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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