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30 easy ways to get smarter


We all want to be smart, to shine with ingenuity, wit and intelligence, but it turns out only with the elect like Nikolai Baskov and Gennady Onishchenko. Read this article - and the world in your head will sparkle with new convolutions.

September 14, 2018

The more complicated and unusual the books will be, the better. Sophisticated constructions, long, detailed sentences, rare words, abstruse articles from our magazine and especially poems - this is the real “Rastishka” for your brain.

2. Drum on the table

Better still, take it as a rule to accompany the music you hear: on your knee, tabletop or freshly bought tom-tom - it doesn’t matter. Palms or chopsticks. Neuroscientist Anirud Patel from San Diego believes that rhythm plays an important role in learning. After all, the basal ganglia, the lobes of the brain involved in motor functions, are responsible for it.

3. Listen to classical music

Especially Mozart. In 1995, psychologist Francis Rauscher cunningly lured thirty rats into a room. For two months, the Sonata for two pianos in C major periodically sounded there. After the experiment, it turned out that the animals began not only to dance better, but also to run through the maze faster and with fewer errors than the other group of rats that lived in silence for these two months.

4. Train your memory

London taxi drivers, for example, have an enlarged hippocampus - the part of the brain that is responsible for emotions and memory. Why are you worse?

■ Bookmark the site. There you will find one of the options for the “N Back” task, developed in 1958 to study and stimulate the activity of certain areas of the brain, develop working memory, logical thinking and ability to concentrate. Try to take the test daily, allocate several minutes at the beginning of the day and the same amount at the end. According to a study conducted in 2008 by Suzanne Yeggy, regular training in this task can significantly develop mobile intelligence, expand a person’s working memory, improve logical thinking and ability to concentrate.

■ Having compiled a list of products that you need to buy, re-read it several times and try to remember not their names, but your future path through different departments in the store. Having collected everything in the cart and standing in line, try to calculate the total amount in your mind. If it later turns out to be true, you can buy a bush of spinach as a reward: it is good for memory.

■ Allow half an hour a day to memorize verses. The last time you did this in kindergarten, but all the words flew out of your head at the moment when the official part of the holiday ended and the coffin was lowered into the ground. The content of the poems does not play any role.

Caffeine stimulates the release of neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine - they help stay in tone longer and maintain concentration. It is important not to overdo it: from a very large dose of caffeine you will be overexcited and you will not be able to think rationally. Caffeine in doses of more than 300 mg (four cups of natural coffee) per day will present a state of anxiety, headache, tremor, arrhythmia.

6. Albert Einstein

Theoretical physicist, Nobel laureate:
“Intellectual growth should begin from the moment of birth and stop only with death. Knowing where to find information and how to use it is the secret to success. Reason, once expanding its borders, will never return to its former. Outstanding personalities are formed not through beautiful speeches, but through their own labor and its results. ”

7. Mark Portius Cato

Senior statesman, writer:
"A wise person learns more from fools than fools from a wise one."

8. Play chess, checkers and poker

These games can not only make you richer, but also perfectly develop your thinking. If you think that you play chess too well, try to play for a while, too, so that it takes no more than a minute to make a decision.

9. Develop your numerical sense

Yes, you already have one. Dig a handful of little things from your pocket, take a quick look at it and try to count the total amount from memory. Veronik Izgard, a cognitive psychologist from Harvard, found out that the ancient brain structures are responsible, something about a quasillion years old (is there such a number? We have problems with this), but they can develop throughout life. To check how advanced your HH is at the moment, take a short test or a large-scale test, the results of which will even be saved in the annals of an American university and will help science move forward. Well, then - develop HH. The easiest way is to pack things in a bag. When you figure out how to shove them better, your brain solves the most difficult problems and trains.

10. Feed the brain correctly!

Especially if you still can’t fully tell a single poem from the school curriculum, and Facebook reminds you of your friends ’birthdays.

■ Walnuts. Almost the main food for scholar! They even look like a brain. Five nuts a day - and you will be provided with lecithin, which improves brain function and activates memory. Still nuts are useful if you suddenly live in conditions of increased radiation.

■ Fish. Laconic and cold, it is rich in iodine, its meat contains omega-3 fatty acids, which provide a quick influx of energy needed to transmit impulses to brain cells. They also regulate the level of cholesterol in the blood and improve the functioning of blood vessels. If you eat at least 100 grams of fish per day, you will increase your reaction rate and reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.

■ Pumpkin seeds. Pour half a glass into your jacket pocket and during office scandals improve your memory and make your brain think faster. All thanks to zinc.

■ Spinach. Add it to your morning omelet two to three times a week. Lutein contained in spinach will protect brain cells from premature aging.

■ Sage. At Johns Hopkins University, sage was found to suppress the action of the amino acids responsible for impaired memory. Now there they drink tea with sage every day and everyone remembers everything.

11. Try to guess the next phrase of the interlocutor

Rebecca Seiks from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is confident that with proper training, people will be able to understand others without words at all - by facial expression, look and other similar signs. The section of the brain that is behind the right ear and is responsible for intuition is responsible for this.

Talking about the events of the day in it, you will not only learn to articulate thoughts clearly, but you will also constantly think about new topics and sharp answers to questions from devoted readers.

Writer, aikido master, owner of the 10th dan, founder of the Ki-aikido style cue society “Reading is the cornerstone of intelligence. Fill your free time with reading all kinds of books. Read novels, non-fiction, biographies. Quickly browse the book first to get a general idea of ​​it. If you think this makes sense, reread it again. As a result, your brain's ability to adapt to various circumstances and organize the most diverse data will increase. ”

14. Solve crosswords

Surprisingly, it works: serious crosswords are a great boost to the brain.

15. Konstantin Sheremetev

Researcher, author of the project “Intelligence” (, author of the books “Perfect Brain: How to Manage Your Subconscious Mind” and “How to Become Smarter”:
“Someone thinks that if at school he did a good job in mathematics or something like that, then he is smart and will remain like that forever. This is utter nonsense. If you pump up your muscles at age 18, and then lie down on the sofa and forget about them, then they will atrophy very soon. And the same thing happens with brain performance. ”

Konstantin Sheremetyev cleverly answers our stupid questions.

Who can be considered smart?
A person who uses his brain to solve everyday problems. The main mental activity takes place in the subconscious. They do not teach him to be treated at school, so the brain of most people is idle. He does not help them in any way. And the main purpose of intelligence is to ensure survival. Therefore, to evaluate the human mind, remember the rule: the result of the work of the intellect is a change in the material world.

Survival? Then who is smarter - an office worker or a hunter in the wild?
Oddly enough, the brain does not distinguish between these activities. Both need to explore what surrounds them and learn how to act effectively in a given environment.

How many minutes or hours per day do you need to devote to brain training?
The brain works around the clock. The only question is what kind of load do you give him. If you look at life critically, look for what you want to do, realize yourself, then the brain starts working to its fullest. If there is no mental load, he atrophies and is only capable of thinking in a pattern.

You developed an emergency response program for astronauts. Are they smarter than those who were not in space?
I put knowledge in different areas into the artificial intelligence system, so that in a dangerous situation, she suggested the right solution. But you can save useful tips for all occasions on the phone. Then, for example, in the event of an accident, you will definitely know what to do.

16. Learn a foreign language

Andrea Machelli, a doctor of neurology at the University of London, argues that it is easier for people who speak several foreign languages ​​to switch between different mental tasks. An additional impetus in the development of your brain will give a new way to study incomprehensible foreign words.

■ Let's say learning a language using parallel translations. On you will find books that simultaneously contain English and Russian texts. In fact, these are the same captions with which you like to watch fresh series so much.

■ Slovak web developer Wojtek Rinik believes that words must be learned before they appear in your book. Surprised by his advice, you should feed the unfamiliar text to the service, he will generate a list of the most used words and ask you to mention unfamiliar ones in it. They can optionally be printed out with translation, memorized and already fully armed attack the unsuspecting literature.

17. Install yourself a smart application

Feeling an unpleasant throbbing in a too fast growing brain, we buried ourselves on the screens of mobile phones in the hope of finding salvation in some kind of stupid game. But what is it? And on mobile devices do not step a step from the dominance of development programs!

Memory trainer. Consistently remember pressing multi-colored buttons and repeat them. In fact, this is the same “N backward” task disguised as a game.
Einstein. Training for the mind. An HD collection of 30 exercises for developing logic, memory, counting and attention.
The brain of a genius. A variation on the theme of a well-known logical problem created, according to legend, by Einstein from unwillingness to go to kindergarten.

18. Do not waste time

If you have a free minute at work and you want to see a couple of meters of funny pictures, you better open Wikipedia and read the “random” article.

It is enough to defile around the house three times a week for half an hour in order to concentrate by 15%, to learn and think abstractly. And this is not only a matter of oxygen inflow to your neurons, which are buried in office stuffiness: scientists from the Salk Institute have proved that moderate physical activity in fresh air causes the brain to grow new cells.

20. Rest your brain

No matter how busy you are, in the process of mental activity you definitely need to rest every hour and a half. For example, do simple physical exercises or just walk along the corridor and have a cup of coffee. Consider it a necessity. So the analytical centers of the brain better digest the accumulated information and no, no and yes they will come to some unexpected conclusion.

21. Stimulate your brain

If you ignored all our tips, tomorrow the championship finale “What?” Where? When? ”League classmates, there is another way to shake the fat on the brain gyrus.

■ Neurometabolic stimulants will help to increase IQ urgently, they are also nootropics, a means that have an activating effect on memory and mental activity. Note: completely legal. The words to search in a pharmacy are: phenotropil, allertek, deprenyl. You can still try Phenibut, but, unlike previous drugs, it is drunk in a course of 2-3 weeks, a single use will not give the proper result. And it should be like this: lack of desire to drop everything and go to sleep, increased reaction rate, slight irritability and the feeling that you are smarter than everyone around. There is, however, a small problem. “The effect of nootropics on the brain has not yet been fully studied,” says Konstantin Anokhin, head of the laboratory of neurobiology in memory of the Institute of Normal Physiology of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences. And yet: do not confuse nootropics with dietary supplements. These will also make you smart for a while, but they act differently, and their effect is weaker. These are, say, ginkgo biloba, guarana, eleutherococcus and ginseng root.

22. Play Tetris

A study by American scientists has shown that this classic puzzle can have a positive effect on the development of the human brain. Tests have confirmed that regular practice of playing Tetris can increase the amount of gray matter in the player’s brain and improve his ability to think. The brain of people who, during an experiment for three months playing this puzzle for half an hour a day, underwent changes in areas related to movement, critical thinking, reasoning, language, and information processing.

23. Leonardo da Vinci

Artist, inventor, scientist, writer:
"Iron rusts, finding no use for itself, stagnant water rots or freezes in the cold, and a person’s mind withers."

24. Anatoly Wasserman

Journalist, political consultant:
“Read and watch more, try to find connections and analogies between different knowledge - and pretty soon you will feel what other gaps it would be worth filling in order to understand more. Without intelligence, everything else is simply useless. Being smart is not only fashionable, but also very nice. In my experience, what interests you is better remembered. Be curious - and with little effort, remember everything that turns out to be curious. But in order to preserve memory, you need to work hard, have diverse interests. Then much will be remembered, and memory will be a reliable support. ”