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Finishing the sentence can keep the mind sharp

One activity inspired by a neuropsychoogy test called the Hayling Sentence Completion Test calls for participants to hear or read a common sentence. The idea is to stop yourself from giving the typical ending and fill in the blank with something different.

For instance, The captain wanted to stay with the sinking ______. Most people would say "ship." The task in a Sentence Inhibition Exercise is to stop yourself from saying "ship" and use a different word like "stocks," "team" or something else.

This exercises prefrontal cortical regions involved in inhibiting thoughts and behaviors. If we can improve our ability to inhibit, it may also improve attention and memory.

Inhibiting certain verbal responses can assist in inhibiting inappropriate thoughts and behaviors. If we can improve the ability to inhibit, we might also improve attention and memory.

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