8 Ways to Make Your Brain Smarter
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.
Find the Right Coffee Shop
A University of Illinois study found that thinkers were better at coming up with creative solutions when working in a somewhat noisy space than in a quiet room
. A certain level of background noise is distracting enough to nudge a stymied brain to think more abstractly—which enhances creativity, the researchers discovered.
Leave your quiet comfort zone when stumped. The place you settle in must be energetic, but not too
loud. The cognitive sweet spot is about 70 decibels, the noise level of a busy café. (A plus: The caffeine you’ll drink will speed you up and help you recall information better
. Add sugar to enhance the effects.)