Thursday, January 5, 2012

Brain Rules

Most of us have no idea what's really going on inside our heads. For example:

  • To improve your thinking skills, move.
  • Most memories disappear within minutes, but those that survive the fragile period strengthen with time.
  • Our brains give us only an approximate view of reality, because they mix new knowledge with past memories and store them together as one.
  • The brain is in a constant state of tension between cells and chemicals that try to put you to sleep and cells and chemicals that try to keep you awake.
  • You can improve your chances of remembering something if you reproduce the environment in which you first put it into your brain.
  • Your body's defense system - the release of adrenaline and cortisol - is built for an immediate response to a serious but passing danger, such as a saber-toothed tiger. Chronic stress, such as hostility at home, dangerously deregulates a system built only to deal with short-term responses.
  • We have a great number of ways of being intelligent, many of which don't show up on IQ tests.

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