A study published by Nature Neuroscience and led by a UC Berkeley psychologist suggests solving crossword and sudoku puzzles is more likely to lower anxiety in people than, say, watching television. Gee, we wonder why that is.

In addition, anxious people finished slower than others when faced with simple tasks, being unable to block out distractions as well as others. Solution? More meditation, of course.

A proposed explanation says the amygdala overreacts to certain stimuli, in turn lowering one’s ability to concentrate.

Conclusion? Stop procrastinating studying for your Saturday final and do more sudoku, dammit!

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