Brains and Bracketology

March Madness and Bracketology are relatively new to me. Last year was the first time I had ever completed brackets. It was a lot of work and was very rewarding to get the most points in my pool. For those of you who are unfamiliar with these terms, I am referring to the chart that over 5 million people complete predicting how teams will advance in the NCAA tournament.

Completing your brackets is a game that requires strategy. It involves incorporating information (percentages of wins and losses, seeding, forecasts from experts, statistical algorithms, and for some, team loyalty) and planning for possible outcomes. People spend a huge amount of time and brainpower determining their predictions. All of this informed conjecture can actually be good for your brain. It’s a great workout for your critical thinking skills: interpreting data, strategizing, planning, decision making and judgment. So, if you neglected your work and other responsibilities to complete your chart, you can feel slightly less guilty because you strengthened your brain.

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