Friday, November 13, 2009

The Brain of an Oligarch

It takes a complex brain to become an oligarch. Apparently, billionaire oligarch Boone Picken's brain remains complex, even at 81.

Dr. Denise Park, a neuroscientist at the University of Texas at Dallas Center for Vital Longevity, has picked Pickens' brain, reports CNBC.

On many of the tests, Pickens' brain seemed to activate like those in the 20- to 29-year-old group.

What is the Pickens Plan for brain vitality?

Park said there are three keys. First, Pickens has good genes. Second, he makes cardiovascular workouts a daily priority. Third -- and perhaps most importantly -- Pickens challenges his brain by stepping outside of his comfort zone, meeting new people and learning new things constantly, Park said.

Pickens is not someone who sits and works crossword puzzles, Park said. His secret is discipline; mind and body. Park said Pickens is proof that age really is just a number.

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