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You exercise your body to stay physically in shape, so why shouldn't you exercise your brain to stay mentally fit? With these daily exercises you will learn how to flex your mind, improve your creativity and boost your memory. As with any exercise, repetition is necessary for you to see improvement, so pick your favorite exercises from our daily suggestions and repeat them as desired. Try to do some mentalrobics every single day!

The brain is made up of a left hemisphere and a right hemisphere, which are connected in the middle by a bundle of nerves called the corpus callosum. Each side of the brain controls the opposite side of your body. When your left hand moves, it's the right side of your brain that is telling it to do so, and vice versa. Each side also processes information in different ways; the left side tends to be the rational side and the right side tends to be more intuitive or artistic. People are often dominant in one side or the other. Since the thinking process is improved when both hemispheres participate, strengthening your less dominant side is a good idea. If you are right-brained, you might try some logic brain teasers and if you are left-brained, you might try some of our Mentalrobics exercises for creativity.

Some additional characteristics of each hemisphere:

Left Hemisphere

Handles verbal tasks (reading, writing, talking)
Solves problems logically
Looks at differences
Prefers multiple choice tests
Likes to plan and structure information
Prefers analytical tasks

Right Hemisphere

Looks for patterns or similarities
Is fluid and spontaneous
Acts upon hunches or guesses
Handles visual tasks (like drawing)
Prefers open-ended questions
Synthesizes ideas
Handles aesthetic appreciation

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in-cul-cate

verb :: To teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions; to urge on the mind.

"Lastly, I have endeavoured strongly to inculcate, that virtue and innocence can scarce ever be injured but by indiscretion; and that it is this alone which often betrays them into the snares that deceit and villainy spread for them." --Fielding, Henry

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Here is another technique for remembering people's names.

If you know that you are about to go into a situation where you may need to remember people's names, you can use a technique called "priming." To do this, you will need a list of the people who you might encounter. If you are going to a high school reunion, you could flip through your yearbook. If you are going to a company party, you could scan through the company directory. Studies show that if you have "primed" your memory with all the potential names, you will be much more likely to recall a particular name when you encounter that person at the event.

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