Whether your goal is acing your college midterms or reducing the cognitive decline that comes with aging, here are five surprising strategies to help you be your sharpest.
Chew gum (but make it sugar free). Chewing is believed to reduce stress and increase signals in an area of the brain that is crucial to learning.
Go dancing. One study showed that older people who dance three or four times a week reduce their risk of dementia by 76 percent.
Make friends. A study of people ages 24 to 96 found that those who spent the most time socializing performed the best on tests of cognition and memory.
Go for coffee. A single cup in the morning can improve concentration throughout the day. Meet a friend for coffee and you’ll reap the benefits of socializing too.
Eat fish. Research has shown that eating two servings of fatty fish each week can improve blood flow to the brain.