How Programming Affects Your Brain: 3 Big Truths According to Science

A bigger study in 1999 found and confirmed that “intellectually engaging activities serve to buffer individuals against [cognitive] decline,” but also noted that it’s possible that cognitive decline could lead to less participation in intellectually engaging activities.

An even bigger study in 2009 arrived at a similar conclusion, suggesting that “people who engage in brain-stimulating activities in later years can reduce their risk [and even delay the onset of] Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.” Brain-stimulating activities included reading, writing, puzzles, board and card games, and playing music.

Lastly, a study published in 2013 found that only certain kinds of mental engagement actually lend to sharper brains, namely high-demand cognitive activities that involve learning and intellectual difficulty.Computer Science Computer Science Computer Science Computer Science Computer Science

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More research needs to be done, of course, but it’s hard to think of any cognitive activity that’s more demanding and learning-centric than programming.

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