As we mentioned in a previous post, there are cognitive exercises you can do that can increase your brain functionality by up to 35%. For those of you who have studied neuroscience or neurobiology, you know that in the last ten years there have been enormous strides in the research that has been done in cognitive psychology and increasing brain functionality. The research now shows how brain works with regard to verbal reasoning, which is the primary skill set required in the MCAT CARS section. It also shows how to raise neurotransmitter levels, how to integrate brain function, how to engage a larger part of the frontal cortex in the cognitive process, and how to reduce test taking anxiety.
We’ve taken the research and created a series of exercises that can significantly enhance all of these areas. One of the best ways to increase your cognitive functioning, and one of the many exercises we use in our courses to increase brain functionality is meditation. This is a great article from Scientific American that explains the importance of meditation: http://goo.gl/7a84Ep
Meditation combined with other neuroscience exercises can greatly enhance your congnitive abilities.
As we’ve stated in previous blogs, verbal reasoning requires the development of a number of language and reasoning skills, but increasing brain functionality is the key to making sure that those skills are used in the most effective manner. Think about the advantage you can have in knowing how language works, knowing grammar, knowing rhetoric, being able to look at the relationship between ideas and what things are implied and inferred, and then taking those skills and increasing your brain functionality by about 35%. That’s really exciting stuff.