“The urbanist Jane Jacobs long ago noted how cities, with their deep wells of intellectual and entrepreneurial capital, and their density and diversity, provide ideal ecosystems for entrepreneurial innovation.”
“Our results revealed that visual art production leads to improved interaction, particularly between the frontal and posterior and temporal brain regions, and thus may become an important prevention tool in managing the burden of chronic diseases in older adults.”
via PLOS ONE
Creating art may be one of the best investments in a healthy brain.
“Convergent evidence suggests that physical activity offers an affordable and effective method to improve cognitive function in all ages…”
Exercise improves heart, immune system and brain function. Even more reasons to be active!
“14 Ways to Acquire Knowledge”
4. Get if from yourself
5. Walk around it
12. Put in order
A 1936 guide to learning that still rings true.
“For independent learners, it’s essential to find the process and methods that match your instinctual tendencies as a learner. Everyone I talked to went through a period of experimenting and sorting out what works for them, and they’ve become highly aware of their own preferences. They’re clear that learning by methods that don’t suit them shuts down their drive and diminishes their enjoyment of learning. Independent learners also find that their preferred methods are different for different areas. So one of the keys to success and enjoyment as an independent learner is to discover how you learn.”
Learn how you learn.
“After being exposed to new information, someone who experiences a good night’s sleep will have better recall of that information than someone who stays awake the whole night through. The apt apprentice listens well, sleeps soundly and repeats. She strengthens her memory (or her skillset, or knowledge base), by not only acquiring new information but consolidating it, so that it can be built upon in the future. ”
Learn something and then consolidate it by taking a nap.
“[…] in general, memory issues in younger people may be different from those that plague older individuals. For younger adults, stress may play more of a role, and the ubiquity of technology—including the Internet and wireless devices, which can often result in constant multi-tasking—may impact their attention span, making it harder to focus and remember.”
~ via Medical Xpress
According to this study, 14 percent of 18-39 year-old adults had memory issues, a much higher percentage than expected.