Research has shown that the brain’s plasticity allows it to be exercised back into shape (to a certain extent).
Flexing your gray matter pays off in better memory down the road. Exercise your mind by learning another language, playing a musical instrument or tackling crossword puzzles. Or get a mental workout with these computer-based products:
- Nintendo’s Brain Age 2, a popular video game of simple math and memory exercises (www.brainage.com; $19.99).
- Posit Science’s computer-based “cognitive behavioral training” exercises (www.positscience.com; $395).
- MindFit, a software-based program that does a cognitive assessment of more than a dozen different skills, then delivers a personalized training regimen (www.e-mindfitness.com; $149).
- Lumosity.com and Happy-Neuron.com, subscription-based web sites that offer a variety of cognitive training exercises (www.lumosity.com and http://www.happyneuron.com/; about $10 per month).
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