How to become a nerd?

We all want to be smart, shine with ingenuity, wit and intellect, but only a select few like Nikolai Baskov and Gennady Onishchenko succeed in doing this. Read this article - and the world in your head will sparkle with new convolutions.

1. Read more

The more complex and unusual the books are, the better. Complex constructions, long, detailed sentences, rare words, abstruse articles from our magazine and especially poetry - a real "Rastishka" for your brain.

2. Drum on the table

Better yet, make it a rule to accompany the music you hear: on your knee, tabletop or freshly bought tom-tam - it doesn't matter. With palms or chopsticks. San Diego-based neuroscientist Anirud Patel believes that sense of rhythm plays an important role in learning. After all, the basal ganglia are responsible for it - the lobes of the brain involved in motor functions.

3. Listen to classical music

Especially Mozart. In 1995, psychologist Frances Rauscher tricked thirty rats into a room. For two months, the Sonata for two pianos in C major was periodically performed there. After the experiment, it turned out that the animals began not only to dance better, but also to run the labyrinth faster and with fewer mistakes than the other group of rats who lived these two months in silence.

4. Train your memory

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

  • Bookmark the site brainscale.ru. There you will find one of the variants of the N Back problem, developed in 1958 to study and stimulate the activity of certain areas of the brain, the development of working memory, logical thinking and the ability to concentrate. Try to take the test daily, set aside a few minutes at the beginning of the day and the same at the end. According to a 2008 study by Suzanne Yeggie, regular exercise in this task can significantly develop a mobile intelligence, expand a person's working memory, improve logical thinking and the ability to concentrate.
  • After making a list of products to buy, re-read it several times and try to remember not their names, but your future path through different departments in the store. After collecting everything in a cart and standing in line, try to calculate the total in your mind. If it turns out to be true later, you can buy yourself a spinach bush as a reward: it is good for memory.
  • Set aside half an hour daily to memorize poetry. The last time you did this was 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. Have some coffee

Caffeine stimulates the release of the neurotransmitters dopamine and norepinephrine, which help to stay toned and stay focused. It is important not to overdo it: a very large dose of caffeine will make you overexcited and 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, tremors, arrhythmias.

6. Albert Einstein

Theoretical physicist, Nobel laureate:

Intellectual growth must begin from the moment of birth and end only with death. Knowing where to find information and how to use it is the secret to success. The mind, once expanded its boundaries, will never return to the former. Outstanding personalities are formed not through beautiful speeches, but by their own work and its results. "

7. Mark Porcius Cato

Senior statesman, writer:

"A wise man learns more from fools than fools from a wise man."

8. Play chess, checkers and poker

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

9. Develop your numerical sense

Yes, yes, you already have one. Get a handful of change from your pocket, take a quick look at it and try to calculate the total from memory. Veronique Izgard, a cognitive psychologist at Harvard, found that ancient brain structures are responsible for the expense, with an age of something about a quasi-million years (is there such a number? We are bad with this), but they can develop throughout life. To check how developed your CC is at the moment, take a short test or a large-scale test, the results of which will even be preserved in the annals of an American university and will help move science forward. Well, then - develop CC. The easiest way is to pack things in a bag. When you figure out how best to cram them, your brain solves the most difficult problems and trains.

10. Feed your brain right!

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

  • Walnuts. Almost the main food for a polymath! They even look like a brain. Five nuts a day - and you will be provided with lecithin, which improves brain function and activates memory. Nuts are also useful if you suddenly live in conditions of increased radiation.
  • Fish. Short and cold, it is rich in iodine, its meat contains omega-3 fatty acids, which provide a quick flow of energy necessary for the transmission of impulses in the brain cells. They also regulate blood cholesterol levels and improve vascular function. Eating at least 100 grams of fish per day 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 in spinach protects brain cells from premature aging.
  • Sage. At Johns Hopkins University, they found that sage suppresses the action of amino acids responsible for memory impairment. Now they drink tea with sage every day and remember everyone about everyone.

11. Try to guess the next phrase of the interlocutor

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

12. Start a blog

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

13. Koichi Tohei

Writer, aikido master, holder of 10th dan, founder of the Ki-Aikido Kii Society “Reading is the cornerstone of intelligence. Fill your free time with reading all kinds of books. Read novels, non-fiction, biographies. Skim the book first to get a general idea of ​​it. If you think it makes sense, read it again. As a result, your brain's ability to adapt to different circumstances and to organize a wide variety of data will increase. "

14. Solve crosswords

Surprisingly, this works: the work of the brain is great spur on serious crosswords.

15. Find a smart girlfriend on some nerdy dating site and she will be your inspiration and support! 

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