Brain Tip of the Week: Travel

Several years ago, I visited the Amazonian rainforest with some friends. We flew there in a tiny little plane that landed in what I could barely call a field. When we got out, we hiked for an hour, canoed for another 45 minutes and then finally met an indigenous tribe that consisted of just 7 […]

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Brain Tip of the Week: Create an Evening Routine

It’s no longer news that a good night’s sleep is essential to living a superhero life. Sleep is when your body repairs itself and builds muscle. It’s also when you take your short-term memories and consolidate them into the long-term. Sleep also improves your creativity and focus AND reduces stress. When we don’t get enough […]

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Brain Tip of the Week: Find Your Yoda

Are you planning to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens this weekend? The latest franchise installment has everybody buzzing – but it’s missing one of my favorite Star Wars characters: Yoda. I love Yoda because he’s the superhero of the ultimate coach, which everybody needs. Even Michael Jordan had a coach! A coach isn’t necessarily someone who is […]

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Brain Tip of the Week: Understand Your Brainwaves

In order to become a Kwik Learner, it’s crucial to understand how your brain works so you know how to optimize it. That’s why my Brain Tip of the Week is to understand your brainwaves. If you hooked your brain up to an EEG, you would see that you go through different brainwave states throughout the […]

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Brain Tip of the Week: Find Your Why

Have you ever heard of my H Cubed formula? This success formula involves three Hs: your head, your heart and your hands. Think about it: you can put things in your mind all day long. You can affirm and visualize. But if your thoughts don’t reach your hands — aka don’t turn into action — then […]

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Brain Tip of the Week: Unlearn

When I was a kid, there wasn’t a lot to do when I visited my grandparents’ house. So I entertained myself by playing on their old typewriter — and inventing a two-finger typing method while I was at it. So when we started learning typing at school, at first I was the fastest kid in […]

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Brain Region of the Week: Broca’s Area

If you read the title of this article and understood what it said, you have your Broca’s Area to thank. Originally discovered by Pierre Paul Broca, our Brain Region of the Week is located in the frontal lobe — and is a major player in language comprehension and production. People who have damaged Broca’s areas have […]

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Brain Tip of the Week: Reward Yourself

“Learning is fun!” Say that to any high schooler and he or she will probably roll their eyes at you. But a kindergartner will happily cheer and agree. Have you ever wondered why that is? I think it has to do with positive reinforcement. When you’re little, your teachers are eager to instill a love […]

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Brain Region of the Week: Corpus Callosum

This week’s Brain Region is the corpus callosum! It means “tough body” in Latin and it’s primarily responsible for connecting our left and right hemispheres. This means it transports motor, sensory, and cognitive information throughout your brain. Without the corpus callosum, using your brain would basically be the equivalent of trying to make a phone call when […]

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8 Things You Can Do Now to Reduce Holiday Stress

Thanksgiving is just two weeks away! As excited as you might be for the holiday season, let’s face it: it’s one of the most stressful times of year. Luckily, there are several things you can do now to help you stay sane throughout the coming weeks. 1. Get your gifts. Yes, holiday sales don’t start […]

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Brain Tip of the Week: Get Organized

Let’s say I wanted you to memorize the following 10 digits: 12123457892. How many do you think you could remember? For most people, the answer is likely 5 or 6 – or you might say you can’t memorize such a long number. But what if I told you that you see 10-digit numbers all the time? Don’t […]

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Brain Region of the Week: Prefrontal Cortex

Located in your frontal lobe AKA the front of your brain, this week’s brain region is the prefrontal cortex (PFC). And if you only learn one thing about your PFC, let it be this: it’s responsible for executive function. Executive function is a blanket term that covers a lot of our cognitive functions like reasoning, […]

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Brain Tip of the Week: Listen to Music

We’ve all been there: an old song comes up on the car radio and you’re instantly transported to a different time in your life. Maybe it’s 5 years ago – or maybe even 5 decades. But the minute you hear this song, it takes you back. Why is this? Because music anchors learning and memory. […]

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Brain Region of the Week: Insular Cortex

Our Brain Region of the Week is the insular cortex, which is located inside our prefrontal cortex. Just writing about everything it does is exhausting! The insular cortex is responsible for a lot of our higher brain functions. Without the insular cortex, we couldn’t feel pain or assess the degree to which we feel pain. It’s also responsible for […]

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Why Playing an Instrument Is Good For Your Brain

You’ve likely heard your whole life that playing an instrument is good for your brain. But have you ever wondered why? We’ve got the answers. Listening to music stimulates all parts of your brain, as you instantaneously process disparate aspects like sound and melody. Making the music works your brain out even more. Basically, the […]

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Is Google Bad For Your Brain?

Tell me if the situation I’m describing is familiar to you: You scroll through your Newsfeed and find a link that might be interesting. You start reading the article – or try to, anyway. But one of the paragraphs references something you’re not entirely familiar with, so you open another tab and Google it. It doesn’t matter what […]

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Brain Tip of the Week: Create a University on Wheels

If you’re reading this series, you already know that learning is a lifelong journey. In order to keep your brain in tip-top shape well into old age, you need to learn something new every day. Real-life superhero Abraham Lincoln lived by this philosophy. He refused to put his head on the pillow knowing that he […]

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Brain Region of the Week: Pituitary Gland

Who would think that something the size of a pea could have such a huge effect on your health? But the pituitary gland is exactly that size and it’s responsible for some pretty important things. That’s why it’s our Brain Region of the Week. Located at the base of your brain, your pituitary gland’s primary […]

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Brain Tip of the Week: Learn to Juggle

In most classrooms, the teacher will talk about the topic and perhaps show slides or other visual aids to help you learn. These methods work for many people – but there’s always an element of the room that just doesn’t get it. If this is you, it might have to do with your learning style. […]

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Brain Region of the Week: Hypothalamus

This week, we’re giving a shoutout to the hypothalamus. Did you know that it’s responsible for controlling your body temperature, hunger, thirst, sleep, AND your circadian rhythms? You do now! It’s a big job, but this brain region has got it covered. Located just above your brain stem, the hypothalamus is primarily responsible for releasing hormones into […]

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10 Smartphone Apps to Make You Smarter

The jury’s still out on whether brain-training apps work. But there are several smartphone apps that can make you smarter, even if they’re not specifically designed to work your brain. Here are 10 of our favorites. 1. 2048. This addicting game has you slide numbered tiles on a grid to combine them until you get […]

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Brain Tip of the Week: Judge

Most of us spend our whole lives being taught not to judge. And I do agree that you shouldn’t pre-judge: as the saying goes, don’t knock it till you try it. This applies equally to people and experiences as well as learning projects. So it might surprise you that my Brain Tip of the Week […]

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Brain Region of the Week: Hippocampus

This week’s brain region is the hippocampus! Named for the Greek word for seahorse because of its shape, your hippocampus plays an integral role when it comes to the formation of memories – which means you have a LOT to thank it for. Without your hippocampus, you would be unable to form new memories of things […]

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