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Connect New Ideas to the Past

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How does a new idea relate to older knowledge?

Weave new concepts into your past experiences. Challenge yourself to connect new ideas with the familiar – hopefully yielding good questions, observations and learning moments.


Integrating new ideas with older ones is a powerful way to strengthen the brain's frontal networks. Applying knowledge from the past to newly learned information helps to enhance cognitive flexibility and inform behavior in future situations. 


  • Try a new route home from someplace in your neighborhood.
  • Explore a new source of information on a longstanding hobby or interest.
  • Learn a new game and reflect on strategies that overlap with games you already know.
  • Consider how prior knowledge can bring new meaning to recent events and interactions.

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