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Brain Tip: Social Interaction Promotes Brain Fitness
By Marbles Blog
12/9/2009 2:16:00 PM
The holidays are an opportunity to spend time with family and friends, attend social gatherings, and/or participate in your community. A study published in 2008 shows why we should take this opportunity when we have it. In the study they divided the participants into three groups- one group had a discussion, one group did mental exercises (like crosswords), and one group watched TV. Afterwards, all participants were given a standard cognitive test. The groups that had a discussion or did mental exercise performed better than the group that watched TV. Social interaction through discussion and game play requires us to use our memory, our attention, and our control "Ò all which can help our brain function better. So your brain tip for this month- turn off the TV and get to talking or playing a game together. And attend all those Holiday Parties you were thinking about staying away from. Happy Holidays! ~Lindsay

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