Simple Ways to Train Your Mind to Be More Efficient

Stress and confusionThinking efficiently may not be in trend in today’s world but it is a very useful skill that one must possess. Efficient thinking means you engage in important information and utilize it to create decision and your own opinion. To some people, this may come naturally while to others it is something you can train in order to improve yourself.

Firstly, focus on the right details. In order to think critically and efficiently, you must grasp the important details. We are now living in a world where everybody is moving fast and there is tendency that people lost the details of the information that supposed to be conveyed. When receiving information, regardless of what situation it is, here are the things you need to consider before making your next steps:

  • Who profits from the account? For example, when you are reading a news think about who benefits from the statement and then you can start making you arguments.
  • Demand the source. In all information there is a source. Trust your guts, if you feel like something doesn’t sound right, trace down the sources. Be careful with unreliable sources that don’t have endorsements especially on the internet where satirical news is spread widely to thousands or probably millions of people online.
  • Find out apparent statements tricks. These types of statements are common and sometimes unnoticeable. Looking out for these so-called holes in statements can help your brain to be more efficient and critical.

Second, do not be hesitated to ask questions. Asking questions is good to train your brain to be more critical and efficient. It keeps your brain alert and ready at all times. Questions helps you better understand a situation or statements and it also allows you to point out your impression or opinions regarding a certain matter. Train your brain to connect with ideas and critical thinking as you go about the situation. Furthermore, asking question is also a sign that you are paying attention to what is being said this is a great indicator that you are a great listener.

Third, practice as often as you can. Remember the old sayings “practice makes perfect”, however I believe that “practice makes permanent”. Nobody is perfect but when we practice it will become part of us and it will be something permanent. Do this in your head and shape your critical thinking. I would suggest taking notes, writing, blogging, healthy debates with friends and colleagues or reading extensively. These exercises can help you practice voicing out your opinion and point of view in a healthy ways.

Fourth, cut down the TV. Televisions can make your brain lazy. According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, the more you watch the less you know. Researchers has shown that people who watched television other internet broadcasts minimum of four hours a day has the lowest intellectual score than those who are not interested with watching televisions. Televisions have a major effect to the brain. The study from Iowa State University proved that students who watch televisions a day are more likely to develop attention disorders.

Fifth, give yourself a time out. With that being said, it is okay to say “I don’t know” or “I need more time to think it through”. Scientists believe that our brain can only contain from five to seven bits of information at the same time. This is where confusion crawls in and you are unable to juggle these bits of information in your brain. Rather than trying to play hero and solve something that you are not sure about, it is time for a time-out. Rest your mind for few minutes or longer if you need more time, sort everything out and put it back to pieces.

Nurture your brain to better knowledge and understanding. There will be a lot more of thinking, analyzing and observing but the result will make you proud of yourself. It will make your brain more efficient, focused and a good problem solver in the near future.

How to Make Your Brain Memorize Faster and Maximize Its Memory

Brain-ImageUnless you are suffering from memory loss, you are not exempted in making your brain perform better and memorize faster. Enhancing your memory is just a matter of practice and training and you are good to go. Apart from eating brain foods such as berries, fish, and exercise there are also other methods to improve your memory.

Work out your memory. Twyla Tharp, a well-known choreographer based in New York and the author of The Creative Habit, explained that most people cannot even remember more than three things that is why he learn the habit of remembering her twelve to fourteen dance steps in order to train her brain. Try to remember events or things happened in the past and discuss about it. Brain experts believe that the brain’s memory is associated with receiving, remembering and thinking. These will greatly improve the function of the brain when it is done simultaneously. One key to memorize something is to repeat it in order for your brain to familiarize it. For example when meeting someone new, “Hi, I am Sally”, always reply with “glad to meet you, Sally” instead of “glad to meet you”. By doing so, you allow your brain to record the information and the memory itself.

Do something repetitively. If you train your brain to do something new over and over again, your brain connects new trails that will help you do it better and faster. Memorization is about nurturing more neural trails that will help you get better each day. Repetition makes everything permanent and when it is permanent it becomes better and more improved. On the other hand, for most procrastinator they allow their brain to act at the last hour. What they should do instead is to just train and wired their brain in order to create that simple neural pathways. Start small repetitively and it will get permanent and eventually gets better by time.

Learning new things. When it comes to brain memorization, learning is something you must do in order to improve your brain. Learning is a form of challenge to the brain. It exposes the brain to a different way of thinking. You can learn how to dance, learn new musical instrument, learn new language, learn to explore new computer software and read more books. These activities help stimulates the brain function and also help fight against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Try different types of techniques. If you are a students there will be a lot of memorization involve especially during final exams. When you study your notes, try to learn other review techniques like reading aloud or rewriting them on other sheep of paper by hand, these types of methods can create more links that will boost your ability to remember information. In addition to that, you can also use mnemonics to memorize long words. This may somehow sounds silly but it works tremendously! Creating mnemonics can help your brain to be less tired in memorizing long words and at the same time you can memorize other things as long as your brain can contain the information.

Keep away from stress. Stress is the great contributor that will distract you from maximizing your memory. In other word, stress is a poison to the brain. It will hinder the process of transmitting information from short-term to long-term memory. However, you can always be in control of your own brain by controlling you brain from stress so that you can minimize the production of the stress chemicals.

Do not think of yourself weak and you have a bad memory. Be positive and assure yourself that you can improve your memory to be better. I have seen many people accept the fate that they have a bad memory and it non-curable. Get rid of those thoughts and commit yourself to enhance your memory for greater good of yourself.

Introduction to the Basic Parts of the Human Brain

Lateral-view-of-the-brainThe three-pound, most complex organ of the human body is the controller of our behavior, intellectual, interpreter, senses and our motor skills. The brain, silently located in its strong bony shell and protected by fluid is the determinant of what defines us as humans.

Long ago, scientists and philosophers have been studying about how the brain works but still could not comprehend the mystery of its full function. However as for today, scientists have slowly uncovered its secrets and behavior for all mankind to see. This is just an introduction to the human brain in order for you to understand how the brain works and keeping these elements in the brain and nerve cells stable are important to healthy brain function.

THE CEREBRUM

The cerebrum is the largest part of the brain and it comprises of tools which are connected to the brain’s function. The cerebrum is divided into four parts: the temporal lobe, the occipital lobe, parietal lobe and frontal lobe. If you observe the cerebrum properly, it has two parts which is the right and left hemisphere these are linked by axons to send messages from each other. The nerve cells in the cerebrum also carry signals between organs and the nerve throughout the body. Let’s have quick information about the parts of the cerebrum:

  • Frontal lobe – this lobe is responsible for several features such as the creative thoughts, problem solving, mental power, decision, behavior, thoughtfulness, theoretical thinking, physical response, muscle movement, synchronized movements, smell and personality.
  • Parietal lobe – this lobe is responsible for comprehension. It is more on visual function, language, reading, internal stimuli, tactile sensation and sensory comprehension.
  • Temporal lobe – this lobe panels visual and auditory memories. It also includes speech and hearing abilities, behavioral fundamentals and languages. Temporal lobe is found in the cerebral hemisphere.
  • Occipital lobe – this lobe is found in the back of the head and is responsible to control vision.

THE CEREBELLUM

The cerebellum is known as the “little brain” and based on evolutionary scale, it is said to be older than the cerebrum. The cerebellum is the part of the brain which controls the body function like balance, posture and coordination in which enables us to move properly while keeping our body structure. When the cerebellum is damage, it will not lead to paralysis but it will create disorders in movement, equilibrium, posture and motor learning.

THE LIMBIC SYSTEM

The limbic system is the area that helps transmit emotions including the hormonal responses is instigated in this part of the brain. The limbic system includes the amygdala, hippocampus, hypothalamus and thalamus.

  • Amygdala – it helps the body to respond to feelings, memoirs and fear. This is a huge part of the telencephalon located in the temporal lobe which is visible from the outer part of the brain. If you see a lump in that area, it is called the uncus.
  • Hippocampus – the hippocampus is responsible for learning memory, it exchanges momentary memories into permanent memories which will then be stored in the brain in the long term. This part also helps individual to analyze and recall spatial relationship. This part of brain can be found in the cerebral hemisphere.
  • Hypothalamus – this portion is responsible for mood, thirst, hunger and temperature of the body. The hypothalamus also holds glands in which regulate the hormonal processes of the entire body.
  • Thalamus – this can be found in the center of the brain and it is responsible to help controlling the attention span, feeling pain and monitor response that travels in and out of the brain in order to keep updated with sensitivity the body is feeling.

THE BRAIN STEM

Heartbeat, blood pressure, breathing and all basic life functions are all patented in the brain stem. The brain stem comprises of the medulla, midbrain and pons.

  • Medulla – the medulla or medulla oblongata is the most important part of the brain stem because it preserves the primary body function like the heart rate and breathing.
  • Midbrain – the midbrain also called the mesencephalon is consists of the tegmentum and tectum. These portion of brain helps control the body movement, vision and hearing. Meanwhile the anterior part of the midbrain is the cerebral peduncle which contains the axons that transmit messages from the cerebral cortex to the brain stem, and then voluntary motor function will have effect.
  • Pons – this is located in the hindbrain which connects to the cerebellum to assist in movement and posture. Added to that, the pons also interprets information that is used in physical analysis or motor regulator of the body. If you feel sleepy then it is the result of the consciousness that is going on in the pons.

The spinal cord can also be associated with the brain but it is considered as separate thing from the brain because it is an extension of the brain stem. That is why it also has its own sensory and motor pathways from the body to the brain.

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