‘Take a walk’ to boost brainpower

15 December 2012

Spending time outside helps to boost the power of a brain, according to experts

Researchers from the University of Utah have found that people who disconnect themselves from digital life and talk a walk in the great outdoors are capable of generating 50 per cent more brainpower than normal.

Working with participants, it was discovered that people who had spent around four days out and about in the world, no longer connected to the trappings of modern technology, performed better at a creative test than those “still connected”.

“We are not sure if it is the increased exposure to nature or the decrease in exposure to attention demanding technology that helps, but it’s probably a mixture of both,” said professor David Strayer, one of the co-authors.

“In the real world, you are either in one or other state. When you head out into nature, you’re unlikely to be surrounded by gadgets, while if you’re at home or in the office the opposite is likely true.”

Posted by Philip Briggs

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