Friday, October 2, 2009

The Natural Brain Booster

A lunchtime run or bike ride can supercharge your powers of concentration, but only if you take the scenic route.University of Michigan researchers found that people who strolled through a wooded park for 50 minutes significantly improved their performance on an attention test, while the scores of the people who walked on noisy city streets stayed the same. The relaxing atmosphere of nature gives your prefrontal cortex-the area of your brain that helps you focus-an opportunity to recharge, says study author Marc Berman, Ph.D.(c).