Brains Begin To Slow Down At Age 24
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When it comes to the cognitive decline of your brain, is 24 the new 50? A 2014 study shows that our cognitive-motor skills begin declining at much younger age than previously thought.Related: Just How Fast Is Your Brain?
Ever Experienced A "Helper's High"? There's A Reason For That
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Do you get a strange jolt of pleasure when you find the perfect gift for someone? What about when you volunteer to work for a shelter, or donate money to your favorite charity? If you're not really the giving type, science says you should give it a shot.Related: The Science Of Gratitude
Key Facts to Know
During the holiday season, people feel temporarily charged to give back and help others. 0:41
When we give to others without expecting something in return, our brain releases a plethora of good-feeling hormones. 1:12
One study found elderly people who helped others had stronger hearts and more longevity. 1:42
Want To Improve Your Memory? Take A Deep Breath.
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Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Does this sound like your yoga or meditation class? There's a reason. In addition to bringing awareness to your body, breathing in this particular way can actually affect your brain activity—especially your memory.
You Decide If You Trust An Unfamiliar Face After Only 100 Milliseconds
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Ever laid eyes on someone for the first time and thought, "she looks nice"? It happens all the time, and yet you've got no actual evidence to go on. You can just tell—right? Well, you're not alone.
The Tetris Effect Is When Things You Focus On Appear In Your Dreams
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Just like having sea legs after a long boat ride or getting a song stuck in your head after listening to it on repeat, if you play Tetris for days on end, your brain will keep playing while you sleep. This is known as the Tetris effect, and it happens with all sorts of tasks—not just games.