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Cognitive Activity

Book: The wisdom paradox
  • Vigorous cognitive activity leads to an increase in associated cortical structures.

    • Ex: London cab drivers have larger hippocampi
  • Cognitive activity improves both grey and white matter

  • The brain-enhancing effects of cognitive activity is not limited to the young

    • Similarly, it went away after cognitive activity stopped
    • Thus, the brain can be thought of as antifragile and needs stressors to maintain itself.
  • Art can be thought of as cognitive exercise for the mind and senses