Keep Your Brain Sharp by Staying Busy

According to a new study that looked at cognition levels of adults aged 50–89 with a busy lifestyle, the busier you are the greater your cognition is likely to be. While excessive busyness can create stress—which is known to have negative ramifications such as narrowed attention, impaired working memory, and interference with knowledge acquisition—the authors…

Is Pregnancy Brain a Real Thing?

You’ve likely heard the term “pregnancy brain” used by self-deprecating mothers-to-be when they aren’t feeling or behaving up to their usual cognitive snuff. Some pregnant women say they often forget things easily, are less attentive than normal, and just don’t seem like themselves. But does so-called pregnancy brain manifest itself in measurable cognitive loss? Myra…

Why Can’t Our Brains Figure Out Magic Tricks?

As intellectually mature adults, we know that when we see a magic trick successfully pulled off, it’s not really magic that gets us, but some sort of trick that makes us think we’re seeing something that didn’t––and couldn’t––really happen. Knowing this, though, doesn’t make a magic trick any less entertaining or amazing. So why can’t…

TED Talk: Daniel Kish on Learning to "See" Using Echolocation

When you hear the word “echolocation” you probably think of bats. After all, we use the phrase “blind as a bat” and we know that bats use echolocation–bouncing sounds off of hard surfaces–to navigate their space effectively, despite poor eyesight. But did you know that humans are capable of this too? Daniel Kish, who became…

To Improve Math Skills, Take a Walk

A recent study from Italy has found that mental addition and subtraction can be improved by taking a walk. The study, which involved 52 people, found that people performed mental math problems better when they were walking around instead of sitting down. Specifically, they were much better at adding numbers when they turned right, and…