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Probably not only one time you wished your brain was faster. Often students wish to have brains that would store all the books that they read and not worry about the fact that we forget some things. Some people may wish their brains were faster or their reactions were more adapted to the situation. Accountants want their brains to store more numbers, musicians want their brains to remember more music, actors want to extend their memory to remember more text and poems.
Everyone comes to a moment in his life when they need bigger heads, bigger brains and more storage space. Unfortunately, our skull is not very elastic, it can't elongate and won't allow your brain to grow after you become an adult. So no chances that your brain will grow after your twenties. You will have to use the amount of neurons you are given by your genetic code. So, are there any chances for people who want more from their brains to get more?
Train the brain — it's like a muscle
Maybe you heard already that the brain is like a muscle — you have to train it to keep it awake, otherwise it will just store space in the skull and nothing more. Some aspects in this affirmation are true. Yes, the brain can be trained, it can be made to remember more, store more. But it is not in the quantity of nervous tissue you have — more nervous cells doesn't mean you are smarter. All the trick is hidden in the connections the nervous cells have between them, the "relation" between these.
So, if you want to store more in your head, you have to make the cells to establish more connections between them. This can be done by repeating the same actions or thoughts you want to remember. The simplest example is the car driving. At first, when we start first time to drive, we are nervous, not sure in our moves, we often can't make the correct moves.
But, once we get used to the situation, after we repeat the same moves and we start trusting more to our hands and feet, after our brain cells make a lot of connection between them and they find more fast ways of transmitting the reflexes we build in our brain. So, other words, if you do something repeatedly and you want to do it faster, than chances your brain will find some faster ways to control your body are very high.
Glucose and oxygen — perfect for a good memory
Our brain is very pretentious when it comes to what it "eats". It can't survive more than 4 minutes without oxygen and it feeds with a lot of glucose. The blood is the source from where the brain gets its glucose sources. The brain receives the best quality blood in the organism — richly oxygenated by the lungs and full of nutrients and glucose. If we cut the oxygen source (closing the breath), or the glucose source (no eating a few days) — the brain is the first organ that gives signs that it dislikes the situation.
In both cases it will start with dizziness and can lead to collapse. For a proper functioning, we must give our brains what it wants — glucose and fresh air. Long walks in parks, forests on one hand and glucose from the fruits, chocolate, honey on the other hand are more than sufficient for a proper brain functioning. However, there are some medications that can improve the brain functioning by increasing the amount of glucose and oxygen that reaches the brain. This can be done by dilating the brain's blood vessels and thus allowing more blood to enter the brain's capillaries which lead to a bigger amount of glucose that is brought to the brain.
Make more associations
Another trick to train your brain is by making associations between objects and events. If you want to remember something, try to make in your head bizarre links between the stuff you want to store. This will not work in every case, of course, but it helps sometimes to remember things you don't want to forget.
You can start by making associations between people and fruits, or numbers and family members, associate some TV stars with some important events you must attend or things on your "to do" list. Making connections is how the brain works. It doesn't store like a computer the information on a hard disk — it makes connections between things, between symbols and images, sensations and thoughts. By making more associations you will train your head to remember more things.
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