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Why You Need Nootropics That Actually Work

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Okay, sure, you’ve been duped before by false advertising and undelivered promises of limitless energy and endless brainpower. We get it. All we are asking for is a...

The Winning Effect

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Have you ever played a board game with someone who seems to be irritatingly incapable of losing? There may be some science available to back this up. Charlie...

The Science Behind a Good Night’s Sleep and a Focused Mind

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Everyone knows that there is no substitute for a good night’s sleep. Getting that solid, eight hours of recommended, high-quality sleep versus restlessly checking your smartphone to determine...

Brains or Brawn: What Does Your Workout Build?

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Your brain is a muscle, but new studies are revealing that certain types of exercise build it better than others. A recent study funded by the Academy of Finland examined...

Can Adults Grow More Neurons?

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The short answer is “yes,” through a process called neurogenesis. Unsurprisingly, one of the primary areas for neuron growth is the portion of the brain called the hippocampus, which...

Binge-Watching = Brain Drain

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Recent cognitive performance studies suggest that binge-watching TV on a regular basis is bad for your brain. Specifically, researchers at the University of California followed individuals with low exercise levels and high...

Grace Under Pressure: Avoiding Emotional Override

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In the heat of battle with a friend or significant other, they suddenly throw a power punch. Heat prickles across your skin. Your heart rate increases. Your chest...

How Does Music Help You Focus?

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There seems to be two different types of people in the world: ones who use music to focus and ones who need complete and total silence in order...

The Effects of Stress on the Brain

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In the short term, stress can positively boost energy and focus, such as during an athletic competition or a public speaking engagement. But over the long term, the...

Are Multilinguists’ Brains Better Than Yours?

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Learning a new language has a profoundly positive impact on the brain.  On a superficial level, one assimilates a new culture–along with its novel ideas–in the process.  For instance, have you ever...