If you’re looking to stimulate your brain and increase your mental faculties, read Ways to inflate Your IQ, from the Wall Street Journal November 29, 2011, issue, by Sue Shellenbarger. The things that stood out for me:
- People whose work involves complex relationships , setting up elaborate systems, or dealing with people or difficult problems tend to perform better on cognitive tests.
- New tasks stimulate the brain most.
- Training that involves switching mental tasks quickly aid in cognitive tests. I’m absolutely not a fan of multitasking, but I guess it does have some kind of benefit, at least to the individual, if not the tasks.
- Music lessons are linked to higher IQ throughout life.