Friday, 13 July 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

Broom.

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More
Maria Brilaki

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance.
Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.
Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:
Avoid embarrassing situations: you remember his face, but what was his name?
Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills: hello promotion, here I come!
Avoid diseases that hit as you get older: no, thanks Alzheimer’s; you and I are not just a good fit.
So how do you train your brain to learn faster and remember more?

1. Work your memory.
Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout: when she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve
to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.
If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again.
In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.
The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies. Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.
Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback
on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.
What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.
For example, say you just met someone new.
“Hi, my name is George”
Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.” Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly.
By actually doing something new over and over again,
your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.
Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife
and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.
It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more
and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.
And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator.
The more you don’t procrastinate,
the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.
Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!” Well, it can be.
By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of
getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.
So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash?
Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?
You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.
That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built.
Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new.
It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.
For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see
(sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).
Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking,
a different way of expressing yourself.
You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance.
Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program.
The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch.
A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster,
by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body.
You knew this one was coming didn’t you?
Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.
Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions.
But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.
Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping
your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.
 Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly,
you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones.
If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships 
in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly,
and it can also lift your mood.
If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University,
I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand
and process their own thoughts.
I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert,
she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert.
But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts,
so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles.
Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles.
And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show
 they are not enough by themselves. Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.
Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead.
If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right–and make sure dark chocolate is included.
Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally.
Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.
When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster
and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, 
which also improve your brain functions. So next time you have something difficult to do,
make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.
Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed.
Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!
So devote 30 seconds and tell me in the comments:
what are you going to do in the next three days to give your brain a boost?

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/8-ways-train-your-brain-learn-faster-and-remember-more.html

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I can Turbo Charge Read a novel 6-7 times faster and remember what I’ve read.
I can TCR an instructional/academic book around 20 times faster and remember what I’ve read.
Introduction to Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
A practical overview of Turbo Charged Reading YouTube 
How to choose a book. A Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
Emotions when Turbo Charged Reading YouTube


Perhaps you’d like to check out my sister blogs:
www.innermindworking.blogspot.com       gives many ways for you to work with the stresses of life.
http://ourbusinessminds.blogspot.co.uk/   takes advantage of the experience and expertise of others. http://mreenhunthappyartaccidents.blogspot.co.uk/      just for fun.

To quote the Dr Seuss himself, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.
                                                   The more that you learn; the more places you'll go.”

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

If You Do These 20 Things Every Day, You’ll Become Smarter

Collecting lunch.

If You Do These 20 Things Every Day, You’ll Become Smarter
Jayson Demers

Although many people believe intelligence is limited to those with high I.Q.s,
 there are a number of potential methods to boost one’s cognitive abilities
and become more effective at various professional and personal pursuits.
With enough motivation and determination, anyone can expand their mental capabilities
and become smarter. Integrating new habits into your regular routine and providing
proper stimulation can sharpen your intellect quickly and leave you inspired
to take on new challenges each day. Brain health is an important key in complete physical health. The list below includes the best brain-engaging activities in daily life.

Inviting Novelty
To create new neural pathways and strengthen the brain, it’s critical for people to continually incorporate new experiences and information into their lives. At first, these moments
might feel useless, but eventually, you will find yourself looking forward to quiet moments alone

Visit New Places
Whether this means studying in a new coffee shop, taking a different route to work,
or traveling to a different country, displacement is good for the brain. This might be difficult
 to recognize in the moment since it usually feels rather awkward – at least initially.
 At the coffee shop, you can’t order the “usual.”
You have to study a new menu, pick something you have never tried before, and make a decision.
While this seems simple, people enjoy the comfort of habit. We like to know what to expect
at all times. When you travel to a new country, the language is strange, the customs are unfamiliar, and the culture presents a strange new rhythm of life. Adjusting to these new elements
forces the brain to tackle new, unexpected challenges. Learning how to communicate through
 a language barrier forces the brain to develop creative ways to express needs and emotions. Listening to new music, trying new foods, and navigating foreign streets
all work to challenge your brain’s capacity to adapt to new situations.

Continue Your Education
Adult education is one of the best investments of time, money, and energy you can make.
While education is valuable throughout childhood and adolescence, adults often underestimate their ability to learn new concepts and skills. Challenge yourself to take a class, academic or creative. Voluntarily choosing to continue education provides a perfect opportunity for your brain
to create new connections and build higher intelligence.

Read and Watch the News
This is one activity that maintains the appearance of habit while nurturing healthy brain waves. Setting aside half an hour every morning or evening to read a newspaper or watch the news
will help your brain stay active. Digesting new information is a good daily habit. The news introduces interesting topics to consider, and will leave your brain churning with new information.

Read Books
Reading is the most basic way to facilitate brain activity, but it often presents some
of the most diverse opportunities for stretching brain capacity. Reading provides practical assistance by introducing new vocabulary, presenting examples of proper grammar usage, and showing
the elegance of a well-written sentence. However, this is only half of the magic of reading.
Whether you choose fiction, non-fiction, historical literature, or poetry, reading offers
an opportunity for the reader to make big-picture connections between the literature and real life. In this way, reading is an alternative way to make your brain travel to a new place.
As your imagination works to create tangible people, places, and experiences from the words
on the page, your brain is rewiring to understand all the new information.

Approach Work in New Ways
The workplace is a canvas for new experiences. Regardless of what type of job you might hold, everyone is at one time or another presented with opportunities to think outside the box,
problem solve in a creative way, and contribute fresh ideas to the team.
Instead of stressing over each new problem, it’s important to relax
and starting imagining alternatives for reaching an end goal.

Challenging Yourself
Like a weightlifter who develops muscles, one must exercise the brain on a daily basis,
pushing it just beyond its current capabilities. As Albert Einstein once said, “One should not pursue goals that are easily achieved. One must develop an instinct for what one can just barely achieve through one’s greatest efforts.”
This quote encapsulates what I believe about the brain. With enough focus and stretching,
the brain can truly surprise people. Underestimating yourself holds you back from success. When people begin believing in their abilities, they often go beyond what they thought was possible.

Brain Train
Organizations like Lumosity offer fantastic daily brain training. With puzzles and games designed
 to increase neuroplasticity, Lumosity was created to challenge the brain to make new connections. A group of neuroscientists at University of California Berkeley developed this program
to provide stimuli for the brain to push it to adapt and re-train itself in uncharted territory.
Success stories abound concerning the results of this public experiment.

Ask 5 Whys When Encountering Problems
One of the most standard problem solving solutions, the 5 whys still provide a solid start
to uncovering the root of a problem. Asking a question gets the brain working to find an answer. Instead of worrying about the problem, always start by asking why.

Eschew Technology to Keep the Brain in Shape
Technology does wonders for the modern world, but in some ways, technological dependence stunts the brain’s capacity for problem solving, adapting to new environments,
and being a reliable resource for practical things like simple mathematics and navigation.
Try going on a trip without a GPS. Work a few algebra problems without a calculator.
Make your brain work for you; you’ll see the results.

Fostering Creativity
Finger-painting in preschool was not only a fun activity; it helped open up the mind
to new possibilities and ways of solving problems. An artistic mindset creates new opportunities
to find new solutions, fresh inspiration, and peaceful confidence.
The blend of these elements in both personal and professional environments
allows ordinary people to shine by becoming an innovative thinker and inventive leader.
Find ways to incorporate creativity into the dull grind of daily tasks.

Draw
You don’t have to be an artist to appreciate the benefits of drawing, which cultivates brain activity
in a unique way. In addition to nurturing basic hand-eye coordination, it sends synapses
to neurotransmitters to help more permanently and vividly store your memories. From doodles
on a piece of scrap paper to charcoal portraits, drawing is a healthy brain activity for everyone.

Paint
Painting is an extension of drawing. It feeds the same areas of the brain, but unlike drawing, painting often introduces new and unfamiliar textures and colors to stimulate the brain.
Painters often have a keen sense of awareness towards their surroundings.
Engaging in painting encourages people to notice minute details of the world around them.
Focusing the brain in this manner brings a heightened state of alertness.

Play an Instrument
Learning to play an instrument also has outstanding benefits for the brain. Hand-eye coordination, memory, concentration, and mathematic skills all improve through playing an instrument.
While some are more challenging to learn than others, any instrument facilitates increased
and improved cognitive functioning.
From training your fingers to master complex musical passages on the piano to counting the beats in a musical measure, instruments force various regions of the brain to work together to create music.

Write
Like reading, writing encourages vocabulary growth, grammar skills, and use of proper syntax. Writing helps the brain store information more effectively and fosters better memory skills.
Studies show that students who regularly take handwritten notes during college classes consistently score better on tests. Writing forces a person to pay attention to their memories, experiences,
and internal dialogues – a combination that increases brain function altogether.

Role-Play
Put yourself in someone else’s shoes, and your brain starts to rewire to help you think
like a different person. For those struggling to form creative ideas, role-playing can help the wheels start turning in the brain to help develop unique solutions for difficult problems.

Working with Others
Although logical intelligence is important, emotional intelligence plays an equally vital part
in overall success. Interacting with others helps people expand beyond their own limited thinking, gain new ideas, and see things from a different perspective.
People are challenging. Smart people often enjoy isolation because it protects them
from being critical of others. However, this discomfort is necessary for truly smart people
because it pushes them outside their bubble. When you start to believe you have
all the right answers, start collaborating with others to expand perspective.

Teach and Share Information with Others
Whether this is achieved virtually or face-to-face, pursue colleagues and peers
to share experience and wisdom. Fresh faces and new ideas spur inspiration and create
an amplified learning environment for the brain. By creating a network for sharing ideas,
your brain starts developing a new network for formulating and executing innovative concepts.

Talk to Interesting People
No two people share the same life experiences. Everyone interprets information uniquely,
 stores memories differently, and digests daily life with their own intellectual flare.
This makes collaboration a necessity for brain health. Although we are all inclined to think
our method is the best approach, gaining perspective from another person helps our brain
consider new solutions and new techniques for both personal and professional issues.
Whether the conversation is centered on religion, finances, politics, or diet trends,
people should practice being a good listener. Silencing your own thoughts
while the other person speaks is often challenging, but the brain needs discipline to stay sharp.

Work in a Team Environment
Collaborative environments are essential for enhancing brain activity. Some people who enjoy working independently dread the moment when they are forced to participate in a team-focused workplace. However, these independent individuals are highly intelligent
and can benefit the most from a little teamwork.
Author Steve Johnson’s book, Where Good Ideas Come From, focuses on the benefits
of collaborating with peers and coworkers to develop original ideas and effective strategies
for their execution. The modern workplace continues to shift towards this team-oriented approach.

Cultivating Physical Health
The body feeds the brain, and keeping oneself in top physical condition is crucial to adequate fueling and operation of the brain. Lack of motivation, mental fatigue, and absence of inspiration
are typically connected to poor exercise, diet, and focus.

Exercise
Studies constantly show people who exercise regularly have higher I.Q. scores. In addition to maintaining a strong body, people who exercise regularly actually stimulate brain cell growth.
A process called neurogenesis occurs during rigorous exercise, which increases the production
of neurotransmitters. With side effects like increased dopamine, active people enjoy less stress, better concentration, and more energy.
Dr. Michael Nilsson of Sahlgrenska Academy and Sahlgrenska University Hospital
in Sweden conducted extensive research on the topic. “Being fit means that you also have a good heart and lung capacity and that your brain gets plenty of oxygen,” the doctor said.
 His research focused on over a million Swedish military men, and Dr. Nilsson found a direct correlation between physical fitness and high scores on I.Q. tests.

Pursue Athletics
Multiple studies have shown active children typically do better in school and have a better chance
of continuing their education after high school graduation. Although athletic pursuits can feel grueling at the time, the overall benefits of intense physical activity are wise for your future.
Whether it’s finding one thing you are good at, like basketball, running, or lifting weights, or trying something new every day, maintaining an athletic routine is important for optimal brain health.

Meditate
Controlling and calming the brain is as powerful as enhancing activity through instruments
and puzzles. Doctors have been studying the effects of mediation on the brain for several years,
and the results are impressive. In one famous study, Dr. Richard Davidson of the University of Wisconsin collaborated with the Dalai Lama to study what happens to the brain during meditation.
Transcendental Meditation yields impressive results for the brain.
People who struggle with fear, anxiety, depression, and other mental ailments
should experiment with meditation to calm themselves and develop a stronger sense of focus.

Maintain a Nutritious Diet
Children and adults interested in boosting brain activity should begin by transforming their diet. Research from the University of Bristol in England points to a strong connection between unhealthy diet and low I.Q. scores in children. To begin reversing unhealthy tendencies, try cutting out
excess fat, sugar, and fast foods, and start adding more vegetables, fruit, and lean meats.
There are also a number of unusual drinks proven to help brain function. Matcha Green Tea,
Raw Cacao hot chocolate, and Gingko Biloba tea all show benefits for the brain.
Some scientist claim Gingko Biloba helps pump more blood to the brain, improving circulation.

Active Learning
Start children young with interactive video games, jump roping, juggling, and other activities
to feed brain stimulation. Assign a musical instrument, a physical activity,
or a Sudoku puzzle to get their brains moving. Parents, remember to join in the fun!
Creating daily routines to promote healthy brain activity doesn’t require
the advice of a neuroscientist. While plenty of studies provide convincing evidence,
increasing brain activity can be accomplished with a few basic steps. Be intentional about your time and energy to start working towards a smarter and more fulfilling life.

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/work/you-these-20-things-every-day-youll-become-smarter.html

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Contact M’reen at: read@turbochargedreading.com

You can TCR specialist and language dictionaries that are spontaneously accessed.
I can Turbo Charge Read a novel 6-7 times faster and remember what I’ve read.
I can TCR an instructional/academic book around 20 times faster and remember what I’ve read.
Introduction to Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
A practical overview of Turbo Charged Reading YouTube 
How to choose a book. A Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
Emotions when Turbo Charged Reading YouTube


Perhaps you’d like to check out my sister blogs:
www.innermindworking.blogspot.com       gives many ways for you to work with the stresses of life.
http://ourbusinessminds.blogspot.co.uk/   takes advantage of the experience and expertise of others. http://mreenhunthappyartaccidents.blogspot.co.uk/      just for fun.

To quote the Dr Seuss himself, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.
                                                   The more that you learn; the more places you'll go.”

Saturday, 7 July 2018

If You Do These 20 Things Every Day, You’ll Become Smarter

Collecting lunch.

If You Do These 20 Things Every Day, You’ll Become Smarter
Jayson Demers

Although many people believe intelligence is limited to those with high I.Q.s,
 there are a number of potential methods to boost one’s cognitive abilities
and become more effective at various professional and personal pursuits.
With enough motivation and determination, anyone can expand their mental capabilities
and become smarter. Integrating new habits into your regular routine and providing
proper stimulation can sharpen your intellect quickly and leave you inspired
to take on new challenges each day. Brain health is an important key in complete physical health. The list below includes the best brain-engaging activities in daily life.

Inviting Novelty
To create new neural pathways and strengthen the brain, it’s critical for people to continually incorporate new experiences and information into their lives. At first, these moments
might feel useless, but eventually, you will find yourself looking forward to quiet moments alone

Visit New Places
Whether this means studying in a new coffee shop, taking a different route to work,
or traveling to a different country, displacement is good for the brain. This might be difficult
 to recognize in the moment since it usually feels rather awkward – at least initially.
 At the coffee shop, you can’t order the “usual.”
You have to study a new menu, pick something you have never tried before, and make a decision.
While this seems simple, people enjoy the comfort of habit. We like to know what to expect
at all times. When you travel to a new country, the language is strange, the customs are unfamiliar, and the culture presents a strange new rhythm of life. Adjusting to these new elements
forces the brain to tackle new, unexpected challenges. Learning how to communicate through
 a language barrier forces the brain to develop creative ways to express needs and emotions. Listening to new music, trying new foods, and navigating foreign streets
all work to challenge your brain’s capacity to adapt to new situations.

Continue Your Education
Adult education is one of the best investments of time, money, and energy you can make.
While education is valuable throughout childhood and adolescence, adults often underestimate their ability to learn new concepts and skills. Challenge yourself to take a class, academic or creative. Voluntarily choosing to continue education provides a perfect opportunity for your brain
to create new connections and build higher intelligence.

Read and Watch the News
This is one activity that maintains the appearance of habit while nurturing healthy brain waves. Setting aside half an hour every morning or evening to read a newspaper or watch the news
will help your brain stay active. Digesting new information is a good daily habit. The news introduces interesting topics to consider, and will leave your brain churning with new information.

Read Books
Reading is the most basic way to facilitate brain activity, but it often presents some
of the most diverse opportunities for stretching brain capacity. Reading provides practical assistance by introducing new vocabulary, presenting examples of proper grammar usage, and showing
the elegance of a well-written sentence. However, this is only half of the magic of reading.
Whether you choose fiction, non-fiction, historical literature, or poetry, reading offers
an opportunity for the reader to make big-picture connections between the literature and real life. In this way, reading is an alternative way to make your brain travel to a new place.
As your imagination works to create tangible people, places, and experiences from the words
on the page, your brain is rewiring to understand all the new information.

Approach Work in New Ways
The workplace is a canvas for new experiences. Regardless of what type of job you might hold, everyone is at one time or another presented with opportunities to think outside the box,
problem solve in a creative way, and contribute fresh ideas to the team.
Instead of stressing over each new problem, it’s important to relax
and starting imagining alternatives for reaching an end goal.

Challenging Yourself
Like a weightlifter who develops muscles, one must exercise the brain on a daily basis,
pushing it just beyond its current capabilities. As Albert Einstein once said, “One should not pursue goals that are easily achieved. One must develop an instinct for what one can just barely achieve through one’s greatest efforts.”
This quote encapsulates what I believe about the brain. With enough focus and stretching,
the brain can truly surprise people. Underestimating yourself holds you back from success. When people begin believing in their abilities, they often go beyond what they thought was possible.

Brain Train
Organizations like Lumosity offer fantastic daily brain training. With puzzles and games designed
 to increase neuroplasticity, Lumosity was created to challenge the brain to make new connections. A group of neuroscientists at University of California Berkeley developed this program
to provide stimuli for the brain to push it to adapt and re-train itself in uncharted territory.
Success stories abound concerning the results of this public experiment.

Ask 5 Whys When Encountering Problems
One of the most standard problem solving solutions, the 5 whys still provide a solid start
to uncovering the root of a problem. Asking a question gets the brain working to find an answer. Instead of worrying about the problem, always start by asking why.

Eschew Technology to Keep the Brain in Shape
Technology does wonders for the modern world, but in some ways, technological dependence stunts the brain’s capacity for problem solving, adapting to new environments,
and being a reliable resource for practical things like simple mathematics and navigation.
Try going on a trip without a GPS. Work a few algebra problems without a calculator.
Make your brain work for you; you’ll see the results.

Fostering Creativity
Finger-painting in preschool was not only a fun activity; it helped open up the mind
to new possibilities and ways of solving problems. An artistic mindset creates new opportunities
to find new solutions, fresh inspiration, and peaceful confidence.
The blend of these elements in both personal and professional environments
allows ordinary people to shine by becoming an innovative thinker and inventive leader.
Find ways to incorporate creativity into the dull grind of daily tasks.

Draw
You don’t have to be an artist to appreciate the benefits of drawing, which cultivates brain activity
in a unique way. In addition to nurturing basic hand-eye coordination, it sends synapses
to neurotransmitters to help more permanently and vividly store your memories. From doodles
on a piece of scrap paper to charcoal portraits, drawing is a healthy brain activity for everyone.

Paint
Painting is an extension of drawing. It feeds the same areas of the brain, but unlike drawing, painting often introduces new and unfamiliar textures and colors to stimulate the brain.
Painters often have a keen sense of awareness towards their surroundings.
Engaging in painting encourages people to notice minute details of the world around them.
Focusing the brain in this manner brings a heightened state of alertness.

Play an Instrument
Learning to play an instrument also has outstanding benefits for the brain. Hand-eye coordination, memory, concentration, and mathematic skills all improve through playing an instrument.
While some are more challenging to learn than others, any instrument facilitates increased
and improved cognitive functioning.
From training your fingers to master complex musical passages on the piano to counting the beats in a musical measure, instruments force various regions of the brain to work together to create music.

Write
Like reading, writing encourages vocabulary growth, grammar skills, and use of proper syntax. Writing helps the brain store information more effectively and fosters better memory skills.
Studies show that students who regularly take handwritten notes during college classes consistently score better on tests. Writing forces a person to pay attention to their memories, experiences,
and internal dialogues – a combination that increases brain function altogether.

Role-Play
Put yourself in someone else’s shoes, and your brain starts to rewire to help you think
like a different person. For those struggling to form creative ideas, role-playing can help the wheels start turning in the brain to help develop unique solutions for difficult problems.

Working with Others
Although logical intelligence is important, emotional intelligence plays an equally vital part
in overall success. Interacting with others helps people expand beyond their own limited thinking, gain new ideas, and see things from a different perspective.
People are challenging. Smart people often enjoy isolation because it protects them
from being critical of others. However, this discomfort is necessary for truly smart people
because it pushes them outside their bubble. When you start to believe you have
all the right answers, start collaborating with others to expand perspective.

Teach and Share Information with Others
Whether this is achieved virtually or face-to-face, pursue colleagues and peers
to share experience and wisdom. Fresh faces and new ideas spur inspiration and create
an amplified learning environment for the brain. By creating a network for sharing ideas,
your brain starts developing a new network for formulating and executing innovative concepts.

Talk to Interesting People
No two people share the same life experiences. Everyone interprets information uniquely,
 stores memories differently, and digests daily life with their own intellectual flare.
This makes collaboration a necessity for brain health. Although we are all inclined to think
our method is the best approach, gaining perspective from another person helps our brain
consider new solutions and new techniques for both personal and professional issues.
Whether the conversation is centered on religion, finances, politics, or diet trends,
people should practice being a good listener. Silencing your own thoughts
while the other person speaks is often challenging, but the brain needs discipline to stay sharp.

Work in a Team Environment
Collaborative environments are essential for enhancing brain activity. Some people who enjoy working independently dread the moment when they are forced to participate in a team-focused workplace. However, these independent individuals are highly intelligent
and can benefit the most from a little teamwork.
Author Steve Johnson’s book, Where Good Ideas Come From, focuses on the benefits
of collaborating with peers and coworkers to develop original ideas and effective strategies
for their execution. The modern workplace continues to shift towards this team-oriented approach.

Cultivating Physical Health
The body feeds the brain, and keeping oneself in top physical condition is crucial to adequate fueling and operation of the brain. Lack of motivation, mental fatigue, and absence of inspiration
are typically connected to poor exercise, diet, and focus.

Exercise
Studies constantly show people who exercise regularly have higher I.Q. scores. In addition to maintaining a strong body, people who exercise regularly actually stimulate brain cell growth.
A process called neurogenesis occurs during rigorous exercise, which increases the production
of neurotransmitters. With side effects like increased dopamine, active people enjoy less stress, better concentration, and more energy.
Dr. Michael Nilsson of Sahlgrenska Academy and Sahlgrenska University Hospital
in Sweden conducted extensive research on the topic. “Being fit means that you also have a good heart and lung capacity and that your brain gets plenty of oxygen,” the doctor said.
 His research focused on over a million Swedish military men, and Dr. Nilsson found a direct correlation between physical fitness and high scores on I.Q. tests.

Pursue Athletics
Multiple studies have shown active children typically do better in school and have a better chance
of continuing their education after high school graduation. Although athletic pursuits can feel grueling at the time, the overall benefits of intense physical activity are wise for your future.
Whether it’s finding one thing you are good at, like basketball, running, or lifting weights, or trying something new every day, maintaining an athletic routine is important for optimal brain health.

Meditate
Controlling and calming the brain is as powerful as enhancing activity through instruments
and puzzles. Doctors have been studying the effects of mediation on the brain for several years,
and the results are impressive. In one famous study, Dr. Richard Davidson of the University of Wisconsin collaborated with the Dalai Lama to study what happens to the brain during meditation.
Transcendental Meditation yields impressive results for the brain.
People who struggle with fear, anxiety, depression, and other mental ailments
should experiment with meditation to calm themselves and develop a stronger sense of focus.

Maintain a Nutritious Diet
Children and adults interested in boosting brain activity should begin by transforming their diet. Research from the University of Bristol in England points to a strong connection between unhealthy diet and low I.Q. scores in children. To begin reversing unhealthy tendencies, try cutting out
excess fat, sugar, and fast foods, and start adding more vegetables, fruit, and lean meats.
There are also a number of unusual drinks proven to help brain function. Matcha Green Tea,
Raw Cacao hot chocolate, and Gingko Biloba tea all show benefits for the brain.
Some scientist claim Gingko Biloba helps pump more blood to the brain, improving circulation.

Active Learning
Start children young with interactive video games, jump roping, juggling, and other activities
to feed brain stimulation. Assign a musical instrument, a physical activity,
or a Sudoku puzzle to get their brains moving. Parents, remember to join in the fun!
Creating daily routines to promote healthy brain activity doesn’t require
the advice of a neuroscientist. While plenty of studies provide convincing evidence,
increasing brain activity can be accomplished with a few basic steps. Be intentional about your time and energy to start working towards a smarter and more fulfilling life.

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/work/you-these-20-things-every-day-youll-become-smarter.html

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Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Too Much Crystallized Thinking Lowers Fluid Intelligence

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Too Much Crystallized Thinking Lowers Fluid Intelligence
Christopher Bergland

How can you improve fluid intelligence in an era of crystallized intelligence?
In a digital age—that puts a premium on facts, figures, and data—crystallized intelligence
has become disproportionately valued over fluid intelligence. A wide range of new studies
are finding that motor skills, hand-eye coordination, aerobic conditioning
and daily physicality are important for maintaining working memory and fluid intelligence.
Fluid intelligence is the capacity to think logically and solve problems in novel situations, independent of acquired knowledge. Fluid intelligence involves the ability to identify patterns
and relationships that underpin novel problems and to extrapolate these findings using logic.
On the other hand, crystallized intelligence is the ability to utilize information, skills, knowledge,
and experience in a way that could be measured on a standardized test.
Crystallized intelligence represents your lifetime of cerebral knowledge,
as reflected through your vocabulary, general explicit knowledge and Trivial Pursuit types
of declarative memory of people, places, things...
Although there is some controversy and debate on the best ways to improve fluid intelligence, 
studies are showing a strong link between non-academic pursuits and improved fluid intelligence.
I have written a wide range of Psychology Today blog posts about improving cognitive function through: physical activity, playing a musical instrument, making art, improving motor skills, meditation, daydreaming, getting a good night's sleep...
he ultimate goal of The Athlete’s Way is to identify daily habits that optimize
the function of the brain, body, and mind throughout a person’s lifespan.
Many experts believe that one of the backlashes of overemphasizing standardized testing
as part of ‘no child left behind’ is that young Americans are gaining crystallized intelligence
at the expense of their fluid intelligence. As the father of a 6-year-old, I am determined
to encourage my daughter to flex both her crystallized intelligence and fluid intelligence 
every day and would encourage other parents to do the same.

I hated school when I was growing up and did terribly on standardized tests.
My SAT scores were barely above average. My older sister, on the other hand,
literally got double 800s on her SATs and was a national merit scholar.
Throughout my childhood the unspoken family framework was that my older sister had the ‘book’ smarts, and I had the ‘athletic’ smarts. I never had a chip on my shoulder because
I didn’t like reading books or being in school. I wanted to be outside playing, listening to music
or just hanging out with friends. How was your "intelligence" categorized by your parents
and teachers when you were growing up?
My father was a neuroscientist and a neurosurgeon and often got frustrated with me
for not flexing my ‘cerebral’ muscle. Once I got really into sports and decided to become
a professional athlete he would regularly say things to me like
“Chris, there’s a big part of your brain that you’re forgetting to flex and it’s going to shrink.”
In my dad’s eyes, the cerebrum was the seat of cerebral, or intellectual thinking and the cerebellum was the seat of ‘cerebellar’ implicit knowledge and muscle memory.
If I didn’t flex my prefrontal cortex and gain new explicit knowledge he believed that my cerebrum would lose volume and connectivity. To a degree he was probably right.
I realize now the ideal is to maintain a healthy balance of all 4 brain hemispheres by creating daily habits that engage both crystallized and fluid intelligence throughout your lifespan.

Hampshire College: Non Satis Scire
The main reason I went to Hampshire College is that they don’t have tests or grades.
The second reason I went to Hampshire College
 was because with my SAT scores I didn’t get in anywhere else.
I applied to Hampshire because I didn’t think it would require much cerebral muscle...
What I realize now because of all the research I do on neuroscience and peak performance
is that at Hampshire the neural volume and connectivity of my cerebellum was benefitting
from all the running, biking, swimming, meditation, yoga and art making I was doing regularly. The fact that I never had to cram my head full of crystallized facts actually fortified my fluid intelligence. Yes, because I never had to take a test or memorize anything my crystallized intelligence
is far below average but my fluid intelligence is probably above average.
The motto of Hampshire College is ‘Non Satis Scire’ which means “to know is not enough." The philosophy is that crystallized intelligence doesn’t really get you that far in the real world—especially in the age of Google. Hampshire wanted to teach us fluid intelligence
and emphasized the importance of every individual filtering crystallized information
through his or her very unique lens and connecting the dots in new and original ways.
Fluid intelligence is directly linked to creativity and innovation.
The book smarts of crystallized intelligence can only take a person so far in the real world.
Depriving children of recess and forcing them to sit still in a chair cramming for a standardized test literally causes their cerebellum to shrink and lowers fluid intelligence.

My dad published a book called “Fabric of Mind” in the 1980s.
I knew that of all his accomplishments, publishing a book with Viking was the one
he boasted about the most. I knew that the key to getting a book deal was to get a good agent,
so I set out to find an agent. Jonathan Cane, who got me started as a competitive athlete
back in the 80s—and is my founding co-partner at City Coach—was working on a book
with an agent named Giles Anderson and connected me with the Anderson Literary Agency.
Giles is an amazing agent and got me a book deal with St. Martin’s Press to write
"The Athlete’s Way: Sweat and the Biology of Bliss."
My father was SO impressed that I had gotten a book deal with a major publisher
and it really changed our relationship. Finally, for the first time in my life I had earned his approval. There’s something really sad about that....
How much did it take to make me worthy of love and belonging in his eyes?? Ack. but anyway...
Over the next two years my father and I spoke almost every day and I picked his brain for everything that he knew about neuroscience. It was a perfect father-son partnership
because my athletic perspective on everything actually informed his thinking
and we came up with the idea of shifting the focus of left brain-right brain to a new model
of up brain-down brain between the cerebrum and cerebellum. The cerebrum being the ‘conscious’ book brain, and the cerebellum being the ‘subconscious’ muscle memory brain.
At the time, I was trying to say that ‘left brain-right brain’ was wrong and that the salient divide
in the cranial globe was not east-west, but north-south between the 'up brain' (cerebrum) and 'down brain' (cerebellum). I realize now I may have been half right ... My hypothesis now is that all four hemispheres need to work together to optimize brain connectivity.
Again, this seems so obvious. I don't know why it took me so long to connect the dots.
The most recent neuroscientific research has confirmed that there really is a difference between
the left and right hemispheres. But I believe the goal for optimal brain connectivity isn’t
just across the corpus callosum of the cerebral hemispheres. Optimal brain function needs to include connectivity of the cerebellar hemispheres via the vermis (which divides the cerebellum)
and the midbrain which connects the "big brain" (cerebrum) with the "little brain" (cerebellum).
Beyond that I have a hunch that when the two hemispheres of the cerebrum
and the two hemispheres of the cerebellum become a ‘superfluid’ entity with zero friction
and zero viscosity your mind breaks free to another dimension of consciousness. When every cell of your brain, body, and mind are acting in perfect unison you are in a state of what I call superfluidity.
That split-brain model became the foundation of The Athlete’s Way. A few years later
when I was working on a book proposal for a book called “Origins of Imagination”
I started to notice that creative greats tended to make some type of physical activity
a part of their daily routine. I also noticed that the ‘eureka’ moments often happened
when the researcher, artist, writer... had stepped away from the microscope, canvas or typewriter. The ‘a-ha’ moments happened when a creative person was moving
or doing something that used implicit, cerebellar memory.
I also knew that as a writer I was similar to Joyce Carol Oates in that when I ran,
I could visualize and rework entire paragraphs, structure subheadings, and connect new ideas
in a way that I couldn’t when I was just sitting still. But what was the neuroscience of this?
I was kind of stumped until one day I was walking home and bumped into my friend Maria
on Commercial street in Provincetown. Maria is a poet and I was telling her about all the research
I was doing on the daily habits of creative people and how physical activity was a key
to creating ‘superfluidity’ of thinking.
Without missing a beat, Maria looked at me and said, “I ride the elliptical trainer for at least 40 minutes everyday. When I start moving my arms and legs back and forth the poetry just starts
to come out of me.” As she moved her arms and legs to emulate riding the elliptical
suddenly I realized that the bipedal motion was engaging all four hemispheres
and that connectivity optimized brain function and led to fluid intelligence.
I ran home and drew this diagram of the two hemispheres of the cerebrum and the two hemispheres of the cerebellum working together in what I call a "Super 8 Fluid Intelligence Loop." When you bring the cerebellum into the creative or 'intellectual' process,
crystallized thinking becomes more fluid (or superfluid on a good day).

Fine-Tuned Motor Skills Linked to Fluid Intelligence
On December 23, 2013 researchers in Switzerland announced that they had discovered
that humans with a higher “motor excitability”—which is linked to fine-tuned motor skills—
have  a better working memory, which is linked to improved fluid intelligence.
Researchers from the Psychiatric University Clinics (UPK Basel) and the Faculty of Psychology in Basel have found that the excitability of the motor cortex is directly linked
to improved working memory performance.
"The motor cortical excitability can be easily studied with transcranial magnetic stimulation,"
says Nathalie Schicktanz, doctoral student and first author of the study.
In the present study, that included 188 healthy young subjects, the scientists were able to show
that subjects with a high motor excitability had increased working memory performance as compared to subjects with a low excitability. "By measuring the excitability of the motor cortex, conclusions can be drawn as to the excitability of other cortical areas," says Schicktanz.
Over the past few years I have had my antennae up for any research that could prove this hunch.
It’s been very exciting to wake up every morning and see cutting edge research confirming the link between physical activity, motor skills and improved cognitive function.
I am still putting the pieces of this puzzle together but this new study from Switzerland
is one more piece towards solving this riddle.
The new study titled “Motor Threshold Predicts Working Memory Performance in Healthy Humans” was published December 2013 in Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology. The research
was conducted by scientists from the Transfacultary Research Platform at the University of Basel.
 By measuring the motor excitability, were able to measure general cortical excitability
and related working memory and cognitive performance.

Conclusion: The Importance of Maintaining Working Memory Throughout Your Life
My first book was published a few months before my father passed away in 2007.
He died of a heart attack reading the New York Times in a reclining chair. When my sister and I
went to Florida to empty out his house we found stacks and stacks of my hardcover book in his study and copies of the book were scattered throughout the house.
I felt a sense of peace knowing that my father died knowing that I had published a book.
I believe that nobody should ever feel a ‘need for achievement’ or drive for perfection
in order to feel worthy of love and belonging. This is one reason I object to crystiallized intelligence standardized test scores dictating education. It's also why I make sure my daughter understands
that making an effort and pouring your heart into something that you love is all that really matters regardless of if you get a gold medal, an A+ or no recognition at all.
Interestingly, since my dad's death I feel as if he 'passed the torch' to me and I have such a joyful passion about carrying on his legacy as a neuroscientist. I wake up every morning eager to see
what researchers around the world are discovering about how the brain works and sharing that
with the general reader. As a neuroscientist, my father grew frustrated with the limitations of
bran imaging technology. Although there is still a long way to go,
he would be thrilled to see the advances made by things like the connectome project.
People of all ages need to keep their working memory strong in order to maintain fluid intelligence. In a sedentary digital age full of standardized testing, crystallized intelligence is monopolizing
our brains and causing some regions to shrink and become disconnected.
It causes me great concern for myself and my daughter's generation that people
—especially children—are totally out of balance between crystallized and fluid intelligence.
The book proposal I’m working on now is called “SUPERFLUIDITY: Daily Habits That Optimize Brain Connectivity for a Lifespan of Health, Happiness, and Personal Bests” and is geared towards
upping the fluid intelligence quotient for people from all walks of life and generations.
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-athletes-way/201312/too-much-crystallized-thinking-lowers-fluid-intelligence

You can TCR software and engineering manuals for spontaneously recall – or pass that exam.
I can Turbo Charge Read a novel 6-7 times faster and remember what I’ve read.
I can TCR an instructional/academic book around 20 times faster and remember what I’ve read.
Introduction to Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
A practical overview of Turbo Charged Reading YouTube  
How to choose a book. A Turbo Charged Reading YouTube
Emotions when Turbo Charged Reading YouTube


Perhaps you’d like to check out my sister blogs:
www.innermindworking.blogspot.com       gives many ways for you to work with the stresses of life.
http://ourbusinessminds.blogspot.co.uk/   takes advantage of the experience and expertise of others. http://mreenhunthappyartaccidents.blogspot.co.uk/      just for fun.

To quote the Dr Seuss himself, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.
                                                   The more that you learn; the more places you'll go.”