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Forget all those crossword puzzles and the classical music you've been listening to in the hopes of sharpening your brain functions. I hate to say it, but you've been wasting your time!

If you really want to do something good for your brain today, throw on your bathing suit, grab that sun tan lotion and go bake in the backyard for awhile.

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There's a neuroscientist in California that claims tanning is better for your brain than all those puzzles and that classical music.

Nicholas Spitzer at the University of California, in San Diego, says quote, "Let me dispel a brain development myth. Many people think classic music is going to enhance brain function or playing particular games will help sharpen one's cognitive function. These theories don't stand up."

While puzzles and classic music do temporarily help your concentration, they don't help your long-term brain function according to Spitzer.

He says the best thing a person can do for their brain is: exercising, eating well, reading music and playing an instrument, having sex, yep, having sex AND laying out in the sun working on your tan.

My question, what happens when your skin starts to resemble a piece of leather and you develop a case of skin cancer from all the hours spent lying out in the sun attempting to improve your brain functions?

How smart are you going to seem then?