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Cardiovascular exercise makes us better learners, triggering dopamine and epinephrine in our brains, providing us with a natural memory boost.
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Most learning techniques with lots of theory and colorful infographics do not assist in making the information stick in our minds.
There is a need for ‘desirable difficulties’ which exercise our minds and translate into long-term retention of knowledge.
Recovery is a must for learning. Taking time off does not mean more brain stimulation like TV or video games. It means just closing your eyes and doing nothing.
Surprisingly, that is when the brain gets to work, cementing what you have learned.
Learning a new skill can be tough. Those of us trying to master a new language, learn a musical instrument, or take an online course, will find that when the initial enthusiasm dries up, things move at a snail’s pace.
It’s easy to assume that our brains aren’t capable, but that’s not true. ...
Spending too much time on one topic can be counterproductive. It is better to switch and rotate between topics, something called ‘interleaving’.
The technique has an in-built momentary confusion once you switch back and forth, resulting in a better long-term recall of the material.
.. or a Q&A session primes the brain to absorb the information afterward, and failing to answer it initially is part of the game.
The brain needs to know that it doesn’t know.
Continuously quizzing yourself, something called ‘retrieval practice’ jogs the memory and builds stronger traces. The harder the retrieval is, the stronger the memory formation.
Teaching others is an excellent way to gain in-depth knowledge of a subject.
Our memory is contextually sensitive, making our surroundings affect its functioning.
Studies show that changing the place of learning can help retain and recall the topics better.
The road to success is always under construction.
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Exercise can actually boost creative thinking due to its ability to get the heart pumping and put people in a positive mood.
If you’re stuck in a creative rut and want to take a break, try including exercise.
Why is binge-watching so popular? The answer lies in how our brains function while we’re watching:
Consistent exercise helps in handling stress by:
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