Use Gray Paper With No Lines If You Want to Remember Your Notes

Use Gray Paper With No Lines If You Want to Remember Your Notes

The paper you use matters, so choose wisely.
You have probably never thought about what kind of paper you use, have you? After all, why should you – big companies have decided that white paper with blue lines in a spiral notebook or three-ring binder is what every student worldwide should use regardless of age, class, learning style or ability. Surely these companies must have done scientific studies to figure out what kind of paper helps students learn the best. Well, they haven’t, despite selling you billions of dollars worth of these products over the years. I know, I just blew your mind.

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Want 200% More Brain Cells? Try Exercising.

Want 200% More Brain Cells? Try Exercising.

Exercise helps you make more brain cells
Old Dog New Tricks
In the article about exercise improving your cardiovascular system I told you that thousands of your brain cells die every day because they don’t the get the oxygen and nutrients they need to stay alive. What I haven’t told you is that your brain can potentially make thousands of new neurons every day, a process called neurogenesis, to replace the ones that die. I’ll bet you didn’t know that your brain makes thousands of new brain cells every day throughout your entire life. It’s true! Way back in 1962 an MIT scientist named Joseph Altman published this truly groundbreaking article in the journal Science showing what he believed be newly-formed neurons in adult rats. Until that point it was assumed that new neurons were only made in the early stages of a young mammal’s life. However, his work wasn’t looked at too seriously at the time, and it took until the 1990s before scientists really began looking into this area of research again. Since then Altman’s work has been shown to be completely true – even eldery adult mammals produce new neurons every day1! And these newly-formed neurons migrate and are incorporated into different areas of your existing network of brain cells. So the saying “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” can finally be laid to rest because it’s a bunch of hogwash. The only catch is that not all of these new neurons survive. In fact, the majority of them die within the first week. But, there is something you can do to increase the number of new neurons being produced by your brain and also keep them alive. You guessed it – exercise! Let me tell you a story about some mice:

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