• Dual N-Back and the Science of Brain Exercises

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    The “train your brain” software market is hot right now. Seemingly overnight, dozens of games (from BrainAge to Lumosity) have sprung up. They make bold claims, like being able to reverse the cognitive “aging” of the brain. I’ve discussed many such products in my educational software reviews; this post will focus on the science of  improving or maintaining your brain […]

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  • Study Music: Spotify, Focus@Will and Playlists of Music for Studying

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    We have special kinds of music for whenever we want to feel motivated: sports, driving in the car, clubs, parties, pre-parties. So what about studying? I’ll start by discussing the neuroscience of good study music. You can scroll down and jump straight to the review of Focus at Will (the dedicated focus music streaming service) or check out […]

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  • How to Study for Exams: The Killer Test Strategy

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    Test taking strategies are a bit like superstitions: everybody’s got them, but nobody seems to know exactly what works. Until now. Here’s how to study for exams, according to science. What Causes Bad Grades? Have you ever spent hours reviewing, but failed to get a good grade? You may have fallen victim to the mere […]

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  • How To Relax on a Vacation (Without Stopping Learning)

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    Giving yourself permission to finally relax on a vacation can be hard. It’s easy to forget that the biggest changes in perspective (and thus the most profound learning) can only happen in unexpected ways. You cannot plan for an insight. You can only seek to make it possible. Vacations are that possibility. If your fear is that […]

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