Magazine article New York Times Upfront

Train Your Brain!

Magazine article New York Times Upfront

Train Your Brain!

Article excerpt

Through repetition, you can train your brain to become faster at a new skill. When you process a thought, messages are sent across connections in the brain called synapses. Synapses that are used repeatedly become strengthened and more productive. The exercise below will show you the effect of repetition on your brain's synapses.

Directions: Using the code breaker below, decipher each scrambled sentence and record how long it takes you to the nearest second using a clock or timer. Then answer the questions that follow.

Code Breaker

A=Z

B=Y

C=X

D=W

E=V

F=U

G=T

H=S

I=R

J=Q

K=P

L=O

M=N

N=M

O=L

P=K

Q=J

R=I

S=H

T=G

U=F

V=E

W=D

X=C

Y=B

Z=A

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