25 easy ways to get smarter: part 3

11. Try to guess the next phrase of the interlocutor.
Rebecca Seix of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is confident that with proper training, people will be able to understand those around them without words — by their expressions, looks, and other similar features. This is the responsibility of the section of the brain, which is located behind the right ear and is responsible for intuition.

12. Start a blog.
Telling it about the events of the day, you will not only learn to articulate thoughts, but also you will constantly think over new topics and caustic answers to the questions of devoted readers.

13. Koichi Tohei
Writer, aikido master, owner of 10th dan, founder of the Ki Society and Ki-aikido style:
“Reading is the cornerstone of intelligence. Fill your free time with reading all kinds of books. Read novels, non-fiction, biographies. First, quickly look through the book to get an overview of it. If it seems to you that it makes sense, reread it again. As a result, your brain’s ability to adapt to different circumstances and organize a wide variety of data will increase. ”

14. Solve crosswords.
Surprisingly, it works: the work of the brain is greatly promoted by serious crosswords.

Konstantin Sheremetyev
Researcher, author of the Intellect project, author of the Perfect Brain: How to manage the subconscious and How to become smarter:
“Someone thinks that if at school he solved math problems well or something like that, it means that he is smart and he will remain like that forever. This is utter nonsense. If at the age of 18 you need to pump up your muscles and then lie down on the sofa and forget about them, then very soon they will atrophy. And the same thing happens with the efficiency of the brain. ”

16. Learn a foreign language.
Andrea Machelli, Doctor of Neurology, University of London, proves that people who know several foreign languages ​​find it easier to switch between different mental tasks. An additional impetus to the development of your brain will give a new way to learn incomprehensible foreign words.

17. Do not waste time.
If you had a free minute at work, and you want to see a couple of meters of funny pictures, you’d better open Wikipedia and read the “random” article.

18. Take a walk.
It is enough to defile around the house three times a week for half an hour in order to concentrate attention, learn and think abstractly by 15%. And it’s not just the influx of oxygen to your neurons that are sweltering in the office stuffiness: scientists from the Salk Institute have shown that moderate exercise in fresh air causes the brain to build up new cells.

19. Give the brain a rest.
No matter how busy you are, in the process of mental activity you should definitely rest every hour and a half. For example, to 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 come to some unexpected conclusion.

20. Boost your brain.
If you ignored all our advice, and tomorrow the championship final “What? Where? When? ”League classmates, there is another way to shake the fat on the brain gyrus.

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

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