What can we do about all this?
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For over 150 years, neuroscientists have known that some mental abilities are supported by local, often quite tiny, specialised areas of the brain. Well-intentioned efforts to evaluate brain-training programmes as tools to rehabilitate cognitive performance in older people have provoked surprisingly unpleasant disputes in our placid grey science. The idea that information can be deliberately and actively organised in memory was a staple of courses run by classical Roman and Greek teachers of rhetoric who drilled their students to construct mental images of locations. The classical Greek and Roman device of using memory walks is more flexible and general than most. Most memory systems can be dramatically successful only with particular materials. Aerobic exercise also benefits our cardiovascular and respiratory systems, improves blood and oxygen supply to the entire brain and is associated with better health, longer life and higher mental ability.