25 Ways to Train Your Brain to be Smarter, Faster and More Efficient

Your brain benefits from training the same way your body does, so get to it!


In a lot of ways, your overall intelligence is fairly well established before you ever have anything to do with it. Family genetics, your diet as an infant, vaccinations, illnesses during childhood—there are studies linking all these factors and hundreds more to your eventual smarts as an adult. But just as you can work hard in the gym and change your diet to overcome bad physical genetics, you can also train your brain to far exceed its initial intellectual potential. “It may not be a muscle, but you can train your brain just like you would your biceps to perform at a significantly higher level,” says neuro­scientist Michael Merzenich, Ph.D., a professor emeritus of the University of California, San Francisco. According to Merzenich, no matter what your age or current intelligence level, that gray matter in your skull is constantly changing and evolving. Put a little work into it, he says, and your IQ, visual acuity, and ability to manage and process data can grow and improve significantly.

Here are 25 of the most effective ways to get you started on the road to pumped­ up intelligence.

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