With these exams looming ever closer, studying has thus far been a ragtag band of disjointed nights and long hours of anxiousness and nervousness. What if this? What if that? I am consoled only by the thought that every doctor stood where I am now, that this is just another moment in a greater journey. All I need to do is keep it together till May’s end.
I could quite literally listen to this over and over again.
AMID the squawks and pings of our digital devices, the old-fashioned virtues of reading novels can seem faded, even futile. But new support for the value of fiction is arriving from an unexpected quarter: neuroscience.
Brain scans are revealing what happens in our heads when we read a detailed description, an evocative metaphor or an emotional exchange between characters. Stories, this research is showing, stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life.
“For more than a decade, neuroscientists and physiologists have been gathering evidence of the beneficial relationship between exercise and brainpower. But the newest findings make it clear that this isn’t just a relationship; it is the relationship. Using sophisticated technologies to examine the workings of individual neurons — and the makeup of brain matter itself — scientists in just the past few months have discovered that exercise appears to build a brain that resists physical shrinkage and enhance cognitive flexibility. Exercise, the latest neuroscience suggests, does more to bolster thinking than thinking does.”—How Exercise Could Lead to a Better Brain - NYTimes.com (via medicalschool)