The Economist has a great interview with Nick Spitzer, who is an awesome scientist, and certainly has one of the best moustaches in science. In addition to his own research on neuronal signaling in the brain, Spitzer is also editor-in-chief for BrainFacts.org (Check out this very cool and informative website!) and is involved in the White House BRAIN initiative. Below is Spitzer’s answer to one of many questions from The Economist about the brain, and how we might improve our own cognitive function.
What about playing an instrument? Don’t you have to use right and left brain for a stringed instrument?
Yes. That has clear cognitive functions that do crossover. Especially learning to play and read the music at the same time. But exercise is number one, diet number two and then social interaction. These are the important things for brain function.
Check out the interview for some great Q and A, and also great links to explain some of what Spitzer explains. Nick Spitzer is definitely one of the coolest and most awesome people in neuroscience and science in general!