How Walking Makes You More Creative

A woman walking in nature, one way to make you more creative

A summer stroll inspires an investigation into how we can all be more creative As I compose these words, I am walking through Lincoln Park near my home in Chicago. It is a beautiful summer day—clear sky, hint of a breeze, birds chirping, traffic fading as I stroll deeper into … Read more

Inside the Brain of an Elite Athlete with Dr. Allison Brager

Dr. Allison Brager

Dr. Allison J. Brager is a neuroscientist for the Army. She has worked at the storied Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, DC. She and her team have leveraged sleep science discoveries to provide fatigue management solutions to the frontlines. She sits on fatigue management working groups for … Read more

Neuroplasticity and How Movement Reshapes the Brain

Neuroplasticity and How Movement Reshapes the Brain

There is a model of a human being (or any animal) in which the brain is the control center, directing the movements of the body. Your brain signals your heart to beat and stomach to digest. It tells your muscles when and how to contract in order to move your … Read more

Cognitive Ability and Physical Performance

Cognitive Ability and Physical Performance

Early on in my exploration of an ethical theory that incorporated both moral (other-directed) virtues and non-moral (self-directed) virtues (particularly those virtues related to physical fitness), I discussed the relationship between fitness and intelligence. In this previous piece, I presented several scientific studies which demonstrate that increased physical activity leads … Read more

Fitness and Cognitive Performance Redux

Fitness and Cognitive Performance Redux

In my efforts to demonstrate complementary relationships between secondary virtues, I’ve written about the link between physical fitness and cognitive performance. I’ve also claimed that anyone concerned with living an ethical life has reason to extend their life, and anyone with reason to extend their life should aspire to improved … Read more

Fitness, Intelligence and Creativity

In addition to the studies linking fitness and intelligence that I previously described on KineSophy, further testimonies indicate outdoor exercise and overall fitness can increase creativity, goal-oriented behavior, decision-making, and even the amount of money you earn: Training your brain for creativity.

Fitness and Intelligence in the NFL

Fitness and Intelligence

Continuing with last month’s theme of fitness and intelligence, check out this great article by Aaron Gordon of SB Nation on Rhodes Scholar and former Florida State defensive back Myron Rolle: The Rejection of Myron Rolle. Some questions raised by this piece: 1. Myron Rolle is unquestionably one of the rare … Read more

Fitness and Intelligence

Fitness and Intelligence

A young boy is afraid of the dark. How will he find the courage to face his blackened room when the lights go out at bedtime? He must either realize he has nothing to fear in the dark, or he must have confidence in his own strength to contest the … Read more