Cognitive efficiency is simply a rather grand way of saying ‘our ability to think things out effectively’.

Our cognitive efficiency is affected by two things:

1. Our ability to think when we are also receiving strong emotional signals into our brains – this is called emotional intelligence – and

2. The actual fitness of the thinking mechanisms we have – so this is not dissimilar to a form of what we might call “thinking vigour” – because, clearly, if we practice our thinking, and exercise our brains with different fun exercises, then we will have a fitter, leaner thinking machine at our disposal when we need to address a challenging situation well.

Cognitive efficiency plays a important part in many of our 8Way health improvement programmes, and it’s one of two major features of our 8Way for Health Professionals. We often discuss cognitive efficiency in the ELK-Clinics too.