These techniques are proven to boost certain cognitive functions


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1. Mindfulness

Meditation is an ancient practice that rests on training your brain to focus its attention on the present moment, rather than the past or future. Studies suggest that using this technique over time can increase your ability to sustain attention. Recent research shows that even short-term use of this technique, when done properly, can help you concentrate, as well as improve visuospatial processing (how objects are shaped and arranged in a given area), working memory, and executive functioning.

Meditate. It’s easy:

Step 1: Chill out
Find a relaxing and comfortable position. You can meditate anywhere, even lying in bed or sitting at your desk.

Step 2: Inhale, exhale
Without changing your natural breathing in any way, focus your attention on it. Try not to think about anything else.

Step 3: Pay attention
If your mind wanders, which it inevitably will, bring your attention back to your breath as soon as you notice[…]

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Last modified: April 18, 2018

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