4 Learn Braille

Most public elevators and ATMs have Braille instructions for blind or visually impaired individuals. In today's world, it's sighted people who suffer "tactile deprivation." Use your fingers to learn the Braille numbers for different floors of your office building or for controlling the elevator doors.

When you learned to read, you learned to associate a very specific visual stimulus—a letter or number—with a sound, then with a word, and eventually with meaning. Learning to make distinctions and associations withyourfingers—such as between two dots and three dots—activates a whole new set of pathways linking the cognitive regions of your cortex (thoseparts thatknow what a letter or number standsfor) to the sensory regions. By the time you're able to "read" the button for your floor, using just your fingertips, you'll have built quite a bit of new circuitry in your cortex.

5. Take-Someone-to-Work day

.Bring a friend, child, spouse, or parent to your workplace. Everything you take for granted—the pictures in the halls, the machines you use, your familiar coworkers—are seen anew through another person.

The national Take Our Daughters to Work Day is an excellent example of a novel experience that does wonders not only for your daughter but for your own neural networks.

# The simple act of making introductions fosters the all-important social interactions that we know are crucial for a healthy brain. Introducing your child (or friend) to coworkers exercises your abilities with names far more effectively than sittingatyour desk and trying to memorize them.

6. THE Brainstorm—

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