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Encourage your teen to read for fun rather than watching television or playing on the computer. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, teens and young adults spend 60 percent less time reading for pleasure than other age groups. Reading has a variety of benefits, which include brain development. Share the advantages of reading with your teenagers to boost their mental capacity.

Reading can help improve your teenagers memory, which can benefit his performance in school, future careers and his life skills in general. Reading requires more concentration to understand, imagine and comprehend than seeing an image or listening to someone speak. According to an Oprah.com article, Ken Pugh, Ph.D., president and director of research for Haskins Laboratories, stated that reading helps improve memory by stimulating neural circuits in the brain, which is more challenging for the mind than processing images or speech. Source: Ann Daniels

People who participate in mentally stimulating activities both early and late in life have a slower rate of decline in memory compared to those who do not participate in such activities across their lifetime, after adjusting for differing levels of plaques and tangles in the brain. Mental activity accounts for nearly 15 percent of the difference in decline beyond what is explained by plaques and tangles in the brain.

"Our study suggests that exercising your brain by taking part in activities such as these across a person's lifetime, from childhood through old age, is important for brain health in old age," said study author Robert S. Wilson, PhD, with Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

"Based on this, we shouldn't underestimate the effects of everyday activities, such as reading and writing, on our children, ourselves and our parents or grandparents," said Wilson. Source: Science Daily