Additional Brain Exercises For a
More Perfect Memory
The following are some
additional brain exercises that are important in order for your brain to stay
healthy and strong. There are many activities in your daily life that will keep
you mentally fit and will act as an effective brain exercise regardless of your
age. Two other areas of brain exercise that will contribute to your overall
mental fitness are reasoning and creativity skills.
Brain Exercise and reasoning skills:
Do you think
you are a logical thinker? Do you think you understand the difference
between a valid and invalid argument. Brain exercises that help you to
sharpen your logical skills will help you to assess information from various
areas of life and help you to get to your point easily in discussions.
While you may not always have all of the facts at any given time, developing a
critical thinking process helps you to spot fallacious reasoning and will help
you to be much more mentally alert.
believe that an argument is logical if the conclusion seems sensible. In fact,
the most important factor associated with logic is how the conclusion is
reached, not what the conclusion is.
argument consists of one or more initial statements or premises which are then
followed by conclusions directly from the premises. An example may be that if
your friend says he thinks an individual is a good poet because their verses
rhyme and that rhyming verses is a criterion for good poetry, than his argument
is logical as the conclusion follows from the premises. This is true even if
you don't agree with the conclusion.
There are good
ways to put this brain exercise to use. The next time you read a newspaper, see
if you can analyze which arguments logically follow the premises and which do
not. For invalid arguments, supplying the missing premises may make them
valid. Look for the additional premises and hidden assumptions that the
articles are based upon.
Brain exercise and creative skills:
Do you see
yourself as a creative person, or do you feel that you're not artistic enough?
Everyone has the potential to be creative, and millions demonstrate it every day
through such activities as gardening, cooking new foods and a variety of other
experiences. Although creativity cannot really be measured, psychologists
believe originality and considering a multitude of possible solutions to a
problem are important components of creativity. These factors are the basis of
the following brain exercise. Take a simple everyday object such as a paper clip
or house brick, and write down as many possible uses as you can think of. If
you do this with a whole group of people, scores can be divided up on the number
of unique ideas each person has contributed. Don't be shy about making really
interesting or outrageous suggestions, as you're not really expected to put
these into practice.
On a much more
practical level, you may try applying your imagination to your leisure
activities. An example may be that if you are cooking a special dinner, you may
try including just one dish based on a recipe you have invented. It's good to
have made something that is delicious and new, and if it does not turn out well
it won't spoil the dinner. Remember that creativity is always a matter of trial
and error as well as using your imagination. The use of your imagination is
always a creative brain exercise.
Information from Making The
Most of Your Brain by The Reader's Digest.
information by Paul Susic MA Licensed Psychologist Ph.D Candidate (Health
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