When is the last time someone asked you about your hobbies at a job interview? You may not realize it, but our favored pastimes go far beyond relaxing forms of entertainment. The hobbies we gravitate towards can actually impact our intelligence, and, according to science, creates new neural pathways that make our brains work faster and better.
Here are six pastimes that give us “smarty pants” status…
Yes, that’s right, playing video games (despite their reputation for turning kids into zombies) actually make us smarter…bang, crash, massive explosion!
Studies from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), in Singapore link video gaming with better memory (both memory processing and recall), as well as improved motor performance (fine motor skills), strategic planning, and enhanced spatial navigation.