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Curious? How a hungry mind can feed your success

Do you have a hungry mind? Albert Einstein: “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” We know that IQ and willing to work hard (psychologist measure this as: conscientiousness) is correlated with academic success, but there is a third important component to your success, and that is a hungry mind. A hungry…

Improve Your Memory with Chocolate

Chocolate, yes the stuff we all love, can improve your memory. Specifically it was the cocoa flavanols component, which is found in high levels in dark chocolate, that was demonstrated to improve memory ability in a human study. Flavanols are found in most fruits (especially berries) and vegetables, some nuts and beans (e.g. cocoa beans),…

How to be an Olympian: no zero days

The winter Olympics are ending this weekend, will you be ready in four years for your life Olympian experience? It could be a new career, a new way of life, mastering a new skill. And how will you reach Olympic-level performance? Most of us, at one time or another in our lives, had dreams of…

Why you should: ‘Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish’

The reason why you should stay hungry and stay foolish is that it will keep you younger, according to the science. But the real question might be is which one can we more easily integrate into our lives. Steve Jobs’ famous commencement speech ended with the phrase: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” Steve attributes the phrase…

Two options to burn more calories while you sleep

One key to burning more calories while you sleep is increase your levels of brown fat. Brown fat, unlike white fat, burns calories to produce heat. The reason brown fat is brown is has far more mitochondria in it, which are your body’s energy (and heat) producing units. 50 g of brown fat will burn…

One simple way to increase your focus throughout the day

What if I told you that maybe half of the population are making choices that significantly cuts into their ability to focus each and every day? And what is that choice: not getting a full night’s sleep? The scientific research indicates that even a 2 hour reduction in sleep reduces your ability to focus. So…

How to increase your memory ability: one cup at a time

If you want better memory ability I have a simple technique for you. Drink 1 big cup of coffee and call me in the morning. Now seriously, new research (Nature Neuroscience) has found the right amount of caffeine can improve memory consolidation. This part of memory formation is where the memories are stabilized in your…