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5 Ways to Train Your Brain

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Real Simple

Sally Wadyka and Maggie Seaver


This article outlines various ways to keep the brain healthy and improve cognitive function. For example, trying a new hobby or skill helps form new neural connections in the brain, and synthesizing known information with new learning strengthens complex neural networks. Eating for the brain by following a healthy diet, such as the MIND diet, can also support healthy brain function, as well as regular exercise, quality sleep and managing stress.


"We may not learn or recall information quite as quickly as we did in our teens and 20s, but during our 30s, 40s, and 50s, we get better at what matters most: making decisions, synthesizing information, and coming up with big ideas." – Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD, the founder and chief director
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Sandra Bond Chapman, PhD

Chief Director Dee Wyly Distinguished Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Co-Leader, The BrainHealth Project

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