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Boost Your Brain Power

Keeping your brain sharp over time benefits your health in many ways. Take this quiz to discover easy ways to boost brain health.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

Picture yourself in a boring meeting. What's the most effective thing you can do while listening to help you remember the material?

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The correct answer is: Believe it or not, scribbling in the margins of your notepad can actually help you pay better attention. In one study, 40 people listened to a boring phone message. Half the participants doodled while the other half did nothing. Afterward, the scribblers recalled 29 percent more information than the non-scribblers. Researchers believe sketching and doodling may keep people more alert and less prone to daydreaming.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

Which of these activities can make your brain actually bigger?

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The correct answer is: Hop on that bike—or walk your dog, or get off that floatie and swim. Research shows that regular aerobic exercise can actually cause your hippocampus—the part of your brain that controls memory—to grow larger.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

How many cups of coffee per day should you drink to help prevent Alzheimer's disease?

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The correct answer is: According to Dr. Oz, drinking about 5 cups of coffee a day may protect against cognitive impairment from both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. That's a lot of coffee—so if you experience side effects like migraines, abnormal heartbeats, anxiety or acid reflux, the benefits may not be worth the risks.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

What's a good way to help you remember someone's name?

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The correct answer is: All of these tricks can help you cement a person's name in your memory. Here's one more: Create a mental picture of the person, including where they live and what they do.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Knowing how to play which of these instruments can help improve your memory?

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The correct answer is: The answer is any of the above. Researchers have found that people ages 45 to 65 who have experience with music have the edge on remembering things they hear over non-musicians their age.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which of these can help improve your learning ability by as much as 50 percent?

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The correct answer is: As if you needed a reason to take a nap! In one study, researchers found that the people who took a power nap performed 50 percent better when learning new material than those who skipped their daytime slumber session.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Taking a whiff of which of these scents can help improve your memorization skills?

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The correct answer is: Peppermint oil has been shown to help increase memory. Mix it with a little orange or lemon for an invigorating brain booster.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: Doing a simple crossword puzzle will give you big brain benefits.

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The correct answer is: This is false. To truly keep your brain strong and growing, you want to choose activities that challenge you. Researchers call it "testing at your threshold"—in other words, doing activities that are just beyond what you can comfortably do. So put away that easy-peasy puzzle and reach for the Sunday crossword.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of these should you add to your morning oatmeal to give your brain a wake-up call?

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The correct answer is: All of the above can boost your brain power. According to Dr. Oz, walnuts are an especially good choice; they contain omega-3 fats and protein that work together to keep your arteries clean and clear, something that's essential for a healthy brain.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Smoking can damage your memory permanently.

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The correct answer is: This is false. In one study, both people who had never smoked and those who had quit smoking did better on memory tests than current smokers. It's just one more reason to ban the butts.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Which of the following foods can help boost brain power?

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The correct answer is: All three of these make for terrific brain food, says Dr. Oz. Spinach is high in folic acid, which can help protect your brain from Alzheimer's; whole wheat noodles are chock-full of a memory-boosting B vitamin called thiamine; and red onions are rich in quercetin, a phytochemical that helps improve overall brain health.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Putting on a few extra pounds can actually help you remember things better.

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The correct answer is: This is false. One recent study showed that when obese people lost weight, both their memories and their ability to concentrate improved.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which of these makes a good brain-boosting snack?

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The correct answer is: A great brain-boosting snack will contain carbohydrate for energy and protein for thinking power. In addition to all of the above, try reduced-fat cheese and whole-grain crackers or grilled chicken on a whole-grain tortilla.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which of these can lower your brain power?

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The correct answer is: Most Americans fall short of the recommended 6 to 8 hours of sleep. But in a recent study of middle-aged folks, those who consistently slept 6 to 8 hours a night scored the best on cognitive-function tests. Those who got less sleep had the lowest scores. But interestingly, getting too much sleep was problematic as well—those who got more than 8 hours also had super-low scores.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

All of the following except what could make you more forgetful?

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The correct answer is: Stress and anxiety can interfere with concentration and memory, so it's important to take time to relax. If a real vacay isn't possible, take a virtual one by closing your eyes and imagining yourself on a beach or other relaxing place. Just 10 minutes a day can make a positive difference in your memory abilities.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

What kind of chocolate is best for your brain?

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The correct answer is: Rejoice, chocolovers! In a recent study, elderly participants with mild cognitive impairment were given daily chocolate drinks containing different amounts of flavonols. Those whose beverages contained the highest amount saw the most improvements on subsequent tests that involved thinking. The kind of chocolate with the most flavonols, as you've now guessed, is dark.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Eating a spoonful of what may improve your short-term memory if you're a woman past menopause?

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The correct answer is: In one small study, researchers found that postmenopausal women saw improvement in their short-term memory after eating a spoonful (20g) a day of Malaysian honey for four months.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Playing which of the following board games can reduce your risk of dementia?

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The correct answer is: Time to schedule family game night! All board games require the kind of strategic thinking that can keep your brain healthy and sharp.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

All of these are ways you could spend your lunch hour—but which one is best for your brain?

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The correct answer is: Do your brain a favor and plan a lunch out with friends. Research shows staying socially connected contributes to brain health.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: How happy you are has no effect on how well you can think.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Research has shown that happiness can both spur creativity and broaden your thinking skills. Now that's a reason to smile!

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