25 easy ways to get smarter: part 1

From now on, the stupid question “Do you not press a hat?” You will answer not only with a kick in the patella, but also a reasonable “Now – presses”.

1. Read more.
The more complicated and unusual books are, the better. Complex designs, long, detailed sentences, rare words, abstruse articles from our magazine, and especially poems – the real “Rastishka” for your brain.
2. Drum on the table.
Better yet, take the rule to accompany the music you hear: on the knee, on the table top, or on the freshly bought tam-tam — it doesn’t matter. Palms or chopsticks. Neuroscientist Anirud Patel from San Diego believes that sense of rhythm plays an important role in learning. After all, the basal ganglia are responsible for it – the brain lobes involved in motor functions.

3. Listen to classical music.
Especially Mozart. In 1995, psychologist Francis Rauscher guided thirty rats into the room by cunning. The Sonata for two pianos in C major sounded there for two months. After the experiment, it turned out that the animals not only began to dance better, but also to run through the maze faster and with fewer mistakes than the other group of rats that had lived in silence for two months.
4. Train your memory.
In London taxi drivers, for example, the hippocampus is enlarged – the part of the brain responsible for emotions and memory. What are you worse?
■ Having compiled a list of products that need to be bought, re-read it several times and try to remember not their names, but your future path in different departments in the store. After collecting everything in the cart and standing in line, try to calculate the total amount in your mind. If it turns out to be true later, you can buy a spinach bush as a reward: it is good for memory.
■ Daily allocate half an hour to memorize poetry. 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.
5. Drink coffee.
Caffeine stimulates the release of the neurotransmitters dopamine and nor ¬ adrenaline – they help to stay longer in tone and maintain concentration. It is important not to overdo it: from a very large dose of caffeine, you will be overworked 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 give anxiety, headache, tremor, arrhythmia.

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