Improving Cognitive Functioning: Where to Learn How

As we mentioned in “Improve Your MCAT Score by Increasing Brain Functionality” and “Why Mood Management is Critical to Scoring Well on the MCAT,” research in neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience has shown that there are ways in which you can improve your cognitive functioning and increase performance dramatically. This can make a huge difference in your MCAT scores.

So how do you learn more about this? We have a series of resources we’d like to direct you to.

First, there’s a wonderful series of lectures on YouTube by Shawn Achor, who co-taught a course on this at Harvard. It’s called “The Science of Happiness.” Now don’t be put off by that title. When he’s talking about the science of happiness he’s really talking about mood management. He goes into the test performance and cognitive performance part of it as well. It is really a wonderful series of three short videos on Youtube that will really get you thinking on how important the neuroscience and the neuropsychology of this is.

Here are the links:

Part 1: http://goo.gl/oF876C

Part 2: http://goo.gl/LYpW89

Part 3: http://goo.gl/5Z0HHH

The second resource we want to direct you to is the work of Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania. Martin literally invented the field of positive psychology and is really a giant in the field. He’s also been the President of the American Psychological Association. His books, especially “Authentic Happiness and “Flourish.” All of them have sections in them on learning. And if you take a look at the index and the bibliographies it’ll lead you to all the research that’s been done in this particular area.

Another great resource is Sonja Lyubomirsky’s book, “The How of Happiness.”

Those we’ve mentioned above are all popular books and they have segments on learning and cognition. The footnotes and bibliographies are really excellent because they can get you more deeply involved in the research.

If you really want to do well on the MCAT you need to incorporate improving your cognitive functioning and mood management into your study plan. The resources we’ve directed you to will help a lot.