Quick: say the color in which each word in this graphic is displayed (don’t just read the word!):
Here you have a round-up of some great recent articles on memory, aging, and cognitive abilities such as self-control:
1) How to Boost Your Willpower (New York Times).
- “The video watchers were later given a concentration test in which they were asked to identify the color in which words were displayed. (Note: now you see why we started with that brain exercise…) The word for instance, might appear in blue ink. The video watchers who had stifled their responses did the worst on the test, suggesting that their self-control had already been depleted by the film challenge.”
- “Finally, some research suggests that people struggling with self-control should start small. A few studies show that people who were instructed for two weeks to make small changes like improving their posture or brushing their teeth with their opposite hand improved their scores on laboratory tests of self-control. The data aren’t conclusive, but they do suggest that the quest for self-improvement should start small. A vow to stop swearing, to make the bed every day or to give up just one food may be a way to strengthen your self-control, giving you more willpower reserves for bigger challenges later.”
Comment: learning, building abilities, are processes that require practice and growing levels of difficulty. Like training our muscles in the gym. So the advice to start small and progressively do more makes sense. Many times the enemy of learning is the stress and anxiety we provoke by trying to do too many things at the same time…
2) Jogging Your Memory (Newsweek) Thanks Chris for alerting us!
- “No one should expect miracles soon, if at all. But the deeper scientists peer into the workings of memory, the better they understand [Read more…] about Jogging our Brains for Brain Vitality, Healthy Aging-and Intelligence!