Boost Brain Power - Improve Your Brain Function - How to Stay Focused
Billions of neurons in your brain can reshape themselves in response to what you do and learn. Help them along with these eight strategies to be sharper, make wiser decisions and stay focused.
By Jena Pincott
Original Content | May 29, 2013
Writing longhand—not texting and typing—stimulates brain regions involved in thinking, language and memory. In an MRI study at the University of Indiana, children who wrote out letters ("learning by doing," not just "seeing") showed more complex neural activation patterns than those who didn't.
Try this: Use longhand, especially when learning foreign alphabets, mathematics and music (or anything else involving letters or symbols). You may recall the information faster and for longer than if you typed it, just as adult students did in a study that involved recognizing Mandarin characters. (If ballpoints are too archaic for you, use apps like Notes Plus or Antipaper Notes for handwriting on your gadget.)