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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.

  

Most people 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. 

A logical 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.

Additional information by Paul Susic MA Licensed Psychologist Ph.D Candidate (Health Psychology) 

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