"It's also important to vary your stimuli. I always look for new things to shock the system. Just as you make muscles grow by shocking them, you make the mind grow by shocking it."
See the entry for refreshing chamber, from the story Coventry, also by Robert Heinlein.
Heinlein was rather attached to this idea; here's the large-scale version of this idea, from his 1948 novel Space Cadet:
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