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Some of us are better at making new connections between concepts. But this is in most cases the result of hard, deliberate work, not an accident of birth.
Doing something intricate with your hands – a Rubik’s Cube, squeezing a ball, fiddling with dice – excites various parts of your brain and might actively change the way you are thinking.
Listening to music can have considerable effects on the physical architecture of the brain: it can facilitate a stronger connection between the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
Throwing a ball around makes people feel more interconnected and takes your mind off everything else – including the problem you’ve been stuck on for the last hours.
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