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Your Blueprint for Brainpower

Date:17-05-2013 07:50:04 read:0
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Smart travel.

Forget a cultural soirée in an exotic place—simply taking on a new challenge may be enough to boost brainpower, says a new German study.

Researchers tracked mice’s activity levels by giving each one a small computer sensor. After three months, the mice that were most active in exploring their environments grew more neurons than their passive counterparts. By engaging with their surroundings, the active rodents pressured their brains to adapt, upping their number of neurons, say the researchers.

While the details may differ between mice and men, the same effect is likely true for people, says lead study author Gerd Kempermann, M.D.  Just remaining curious and open to novelty may be enough to expand the network of neurons in the hippocampus, the center of emotion and memory in your brain.

Want to try it out? Go for a jog in a new part of town or explore that new museum in your city—it may be enough to cause the brain boost, says Dr. Kempermann. Challenges that combine a physical and mental component are best, so opt for your running shoes over an educational documentary, he says.

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