11 Steps to a better brain

Newscientist has an article on various methods of improving your brain function.Modafinil can keep a person awake and alert for 90 hours straight, with none of the jitteriness and bad concentration that amphetamines or even coffee seem to produce.Now if they can just get it to taste like coffee…Tinkering with memory may have unwanted effects, he warns. “Ultimately we may end up remembering things we don’t want to.”That’s my excuse for having a bad memory. Why would I need to remember your name when I can use that space to remember nearly every line of dialogue from Snatch?There’s another reason why your brain loves physical exercise: it promotes the growth of new brain cells. Until recently, received wisdom had it that we are born with a full complement of neurons and produce no new ones during our lifetime. Fred Gage from the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, busted that myth in 2000 when he showed that even adults can grow new brain cells. He also found that exercise is one of the best ways to achieve this.

2005.09.22