Our choice: a book on how to train the brain - "Keep your brain toned"

The main training for your brain is to learn how to face difficulties with open arms. And if possible - intentionally look for them. Everything that seems complicated to you is an excellent brain workout. [..


It’s better to train a little bit than not to train at all. For starters, give up the usual things. Learning something new will make your brain face difficulties. After all, for example, when you want the body to be in shape, you are training hard.

It’s the same with the brain: use it more often, difficult tasks are only good for it!

Day 1

Brush your teeth or shave with the “wrong” hand.

So you can develop fine motor skills of an ignorant hand, and also learn how to perform actions with both hands. For example, musicians who play the instrument simultaneously with their right and left hands have a denser structure of the cerebral cortex and corpus callosum (tissue connecting the right and left hemispheres of the brain). In this case, the posterior part of the frontal lobe is used opposite to the arm that performs the swing.

Day 2

Play a game of chess.

After all, when was the last time you did this? Chess trains the skills of concentration, problem solving, pattern recognition and strategic planning. Therefore, an entire chapter of this book is devoted to chess.

Day 3

Get off the bus before reaching your stop or driving through it.

Turning off the beaten track and discovering new routes and places, you supplement your imaginary map and hone the skill of spatial orientation. This skill is associated with the inner part of the temporal lobe - the hippocampus - and the adjacent cerebral cortex.

Day 4

Get on the bike and then get off the wrong side of it.

Habitual movements are stored in a kind of motor memory, which allows us to act on autopilot. By disrupting your routine, you are challenging your brain, and this strengthens synapses that are rarely used. In this case, the cerebellum and the motor cortex of the cerebral hemispheres interact.

Day 5

Engage in new household chores or exchange responsibilities with households.

If you change responsibilities with your spouse or spouse (for example, you decide to pump up the wheels of a car or learn to sew on a sewing machine), you can try yourself in something new. If you live alone, change the tires yourself, sew a severed button or prepare a complex dish. So in the brain new synapses will form. When searching for a solution to a completely new problem, the most frontal part of the frontal lobe is involved - the prefrontal cortex.

Day 6

Learn to rotate the pencil around the thumb.

When you develop coordination, new synapses are strengthened, and the insulating material (myelin) around the processes of neurons (axons) becomes denser, which allows faster transmission of signals, as shown in the figure below.Have you noticed that when solving a new problem, you concentrate only on it, but when you re-solve it, you start to get distracted and think about other things? This task gradually becomes part of the motor memory, for which the cerebellum, shown in the figure under the task for day 4, is responsible.

Day 7

Answer the questions of others in a foreign language day.

This exercise is probably best done on a weekend, and if you start training on Monday, the day of a foreign language will fall on Sunday.

Work on a task that you consider difficult affects brain development.

In situations when you do not communicate in your native language, neural connections that are first formed during the study of this language are strengthened. By the way, the right-handed language region is located in the left hemisphere, just like almost 70% of left-handed people. However, in 30% of left-handers, this area is in the right hemisphere.



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