The 21st century marked the beginning of an era when scientists could literally get into the human brain and debunk all myths concerning its inner workings. For example, its size and weight aren’t connected to its intelligence level. Scientists began testing and observing methods to improve the way the brain works and develops new skills from scratch at any age. Special agents, athletes, astronauts, doctors, and biohacking enthusiasts actively use these discoveries.
We will tell you about popular misconceptions regarding the brain and offer you several good ways to improve its productivity.
Myth: The brain never gets tired.
Truth: The brain can’t get tired of doing intellectual work, but psychological and physical states can influence your concentration and activity. Recent research has shown that the brain works better where you can hear the sound of waves, feel the salty breeze, see all shades of blue, and feel the warm sand. That’s why we regain our strength much faster near the ocean.
- What to do: Try halotherapy, take a walk in the forest, go on vacation close to bodies of water, and don’t be shy about walking barefoot during the summer. Try going to the beach as often as you can.
Myth: You won’t become a math genius by drawing.
Truth: Draw every time you can’t solve a complicated task or have to make a difficult decision. Drawing activates the work of both hemispheres of the brain and you’ll come up with the right solution much quicker. Integrated studies showed that kids learn math better and memorize information quicker if they illustrate the new material or doodle in their notebooks.
- What to do: Doodle or draw for 10–20 minutes. Use your non-dominant hand. For example, if you’re left-handed, use your right hand. Try to do it every day and you’ll notice a positive effect in just one month.
Myth: Swings are for kids.
Truth: Playing on the swings during early childhood promotes the development of certain parts of the brain responsible for speech and information processing. Swinging and spiraling strengthen the vestibular apparatus in the ear at any age by improving spatial orientation skills. This fact has been proven by astronauts.
- What to do: Play on the swings for 15–20 minutes, 2–3 times a week and never miss a ride on a merry-go-round. It’ll spare you from seasickness, as well as the symptoms from excessive drinking.
Myth: Psychic abilities don’t exist.
Truth: A thing called the sixth sense is often observed among people who have had to develop certain sense organs. For example, blind people can sense the space around them, while concentrating on their sense of hearing, smell, or the work of skin receptors. To function properly their brain creates a special map based on the received information.