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Best "brain hacks"

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Created July 03, 2011 at 2:28 PM

What are your best best "brain hacks"?

Anecdotal n=1 evidence is ok but solid research is even better. So, what consistently makes you feel and perform like Einstein?

04f2eae4450112cdedce7235923c646d

(1112)

on July 25, 2012
at 03:04 PM

Yes mari, I tend to have 60-70 hours of school a week. @Helica: yes, sometimes. I always eat a large supper/dinner, so I don't really have that problem. I haven't noticed it much when I do go to sleep with an empty belly if I am trekking tho.

Aacabe21bcb2c8a5a15717d60447c1f4

(144)

on July 17, 2012
at 03:41 AM

Do you ever have trouble falling asleep with an empty belly after eating all your calories so late?

Aacabe21bcb2c8a5a15717d60447c1f4

(144)

on July 17, 2012
at 03:40 AM

Upvote for this! A small piece of 100% chocolate and coconut butter makes an energizing breakfast with coffee!

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on September 22, 2011
at 03:00 AM

while being mindful

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on July 06, 2011
at 01:46 PM

*nod* And one of the things that we don't get taught is how to think, which is rather a shame. We are given a lot of information to process but not a lot of assistance with *how* to process it.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18706)

on July 06, 2011
at 01:25 PM

That's good news for the world. :-) Come to think of it, I once taught a math hater how to understand some formulas in a similar way as in that article. It changed her self-image somewhat. Believing you can makes a difference.

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on July 05, 2011
at 01:03 PM

I have had a lot of luck teaching people to look for connections, it seem like it is something some people just do, but it is something that just about anyone can learn to do to some extent.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18706)

on July 05, 2011
at 05:28 AM

I agree, but I'm not sure it can be learned. I would say that by definition, smart people are those who think and make connections all the time. People who can't do that so well can memorize to compensate, but they'll never be in the same league.

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on July 04, 2011
at 02:39 PM

I normally have a lot of space but have been on vacation lately and am writing this from my 4th day in NYC, I couldn't agree more. I have no idea how people live like this for extended amounts of time. I can't wait to get back down to beautiful NC and all that naturey goodness!

B14dc4aa1ddefbec3bc09550428ee493

(3909)

on July 04, 2011
at 10:21 AM

Being out in nature feels like prayer to me. Very nourishing for the soul.

B14dc4aa1ddefbec3bc09550428ee493

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on July 04, 2011
at 10:21 AM

To this I would add keeping yourself on a regular schedule that's in synch with nature. You might be getting your 8 or so hours in but if its not in synch with mother nature you won't feel as good. There's just no better feeling than waking up when the sun comes up.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7304)

on July 03, 2011
at 08:19 PM

^^I do leave early though. Normal hours are 7.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7304)

on July 03, 2011
at 08:18 PM

You have potentially 10 hours of school??? I have 4.5...

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on July 03, 2011
at 08:03 PM

Beats talking to myself - which I do often :=0

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 03, 2011
at 07:42 PM

Talking to people always improves my mind. Well...interesting people.

04f2eae4450112cdedce7235923c646d

(1112)

on July 03, 2011
at 05:51 PM

In deed! My concentration is way better when I have not eaten the same day. It took me some time to get used to, but now I am never eating (anything else than salads without oil and meat) untill my school day is finished. School is aprx from 8 or 10 in the morning to 4-6 in the evenng.

25329057c9d5f6364a74787c8c2302e7

(806)

on July 03, 2011
at 05:40 PM

Really? Did you find you performed better than if you'd eaten? I can't think right when I'm hungry. For example, I first typed 'I can't think when I'm focus' because I am currently hungry.

25329057c9d5f6364a74787c8c2302e7

(806)

on July 03, 2011
at 05:38 PM

For a moment I thought 'it wouldnt be **bad** to be Ronald McDonald' and then I remember he is the clown, not the founder...

D54290f91bd8c2ff9fdf2f519933bf3e

(1231)

on July 03, 2011
at 04:32 PM

yes definitely quality sleep. for myself no matter what i do, if i am under slept all the hacks in the world won't make a difference.

B121fdbc1aaa6130f5bda3bf84e3ba2d

(952)

on July 03, 2011
at 03:11 PM

It's called mnemonics I guess. A nice hack!

25329057c9d5f6364a74787c8c2302e7

(806)

on July 03, 2011
at 02:52 PM

insert 'quality' before sleep and you've got yourself the best possible answer. I cannot emphasize enough how much this can change your life for the better.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 03, 2011
at 02:49 PM

Yeah, I did the same thing with the word "cazzo", using cats :)

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21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on July 03, 2011
at 05:04 PM

An extended break from the internet, and/or being in nature.

B14dc4aa1ddefbec3bc09550428ee493

(3909)

on July 04, 2011
at 10:21 AM

Being out in nature feels like prayer to me. Very nourishing for the soul.

Cc7381bd787721575ea9198048132adb

(5541)

on July 04, 2011
at 02:39 PM

I normally have a lot of space but have been on vacation lately and am writing this from my 4th day in NYC, I couldn't agree more. I have no idea how people live like this for extended amounts of time. I can't wait to get back down to beautiful NC and all that naturey goodness!

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D54290f91bd8c2ff9fdf2f519933bf3e

(1231)

on July 03, 2011
at 02:47 PM

getting enough sleep.

25329057c9d5f6364a74787c8c2302e7

(806)

on July 03, 2011
at 02:52 PM

insert 'quality' before sleep and you've got yourself the best possible answer. I cannot emphasize enough how much this can change your life for the better.

B14dc4aa1ddefbec3bc09550428ee493

(3909)

on July 04, 2011
at 10:21 AM

To this I would add keeping yourself on a regular schedule that's in synch with nature. You might be getting your 8 or so hours in but if its not in synch with mother nature you won't feel as good. There's just no better feeling than waking up when the sun comes up.

D54290f91bd8c2ff9fdf2f519933bf3e

(1231)

on July 03, 2011
at 04:32 PM

yes definitely quality sleep. for myself no matter what i do, if i am under slept all the hacks in the world won't make a difference.

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Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7304)

on July 03, 2011
at 08:22 PM

Dark chocolate and tea! They both seem to increase blood flow to the brain. Dark chocolate is usually my breakfast before school.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/12/081223123530.htm

Aacabe21bcb2c8a5a15717d60447c1f4

(144)

on July 17, 2012
at 03:40 AM

Upvote for this! A small piece of 100% chocolate and coconut butter makes an energizing breakfast with coffee!

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0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on July 03, 2011
at 07:20 PM

This is from a stay at home mom perspective:

Get out and use grownup words with other adults.

Sneak off during story time at the library and check out a book on a subject new to you.

Take a lesson from kids. They love to ask questions over and over again. Try to never pretend to know something you don't.

0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

(16131)

on July 03, 2011
at 08:03 PM

Beats talking to myself - which I do often :=0

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 03, 2011
at 07:42 PM

Talking to people always improves my mind. Well...interesting people.

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Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 03, 2011
at 07:00 PM

Getting rid of the tv. Cycling as my main source of transportation. Being outside early before the world wakes up. 7-hours of REAL sleep a night. Slowing down how I lived my life - easing back and enjoying what's around me. The cognitive effects have been amazing.

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on July 03, 2011
at 04:44 PM

Adrenal fat and sweetbread sausage with coconut oil

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on September 22, 2011
at 03:00 AM

while being mindful

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E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on July 03, 2011
at 02:58 PM

Practice awareness.

The more aware you are, the more your brain has to process, which leads to more connections.

Connections make the difference between Einstein and Ronald McDonald.

25329057c9d5f6364a74787c8c2302e7

(806)

on July 03, 2011
at 05:38 PM

For a moment I thought 'it wouldnt be **bad** to be Ronald McDonald' and then I remember he is the clown, not the founder...

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52055f783e36f9bc2b1aeeabf2986828

on July 04, 2011
at 12:56 PM

  1. Not eating to much at one sitting.
  2. Starting the say off with exercise..
  3. Making natural sunlight part of my day...
  4. Continuously reading and learning....

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1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on July 03, 2011
at 09:21 PM

Make connections between things rather than memorizing them.

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on July 05, 2011
at 01:03 PM

I have had a lot of luck teaching people to look for connections, it seem like it is something some people just do, but it is something that just about anyone can learn to do to some extent.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18706)

on July 05, 2011
at 05:28 AM

I agree, but I'm not sure it can be learned. I would say that by definition, smart people are those who think and make connections all the time. People who can't do that so well can memorize to compensate, but they'll never be in the same league.

100fd85230060e754fc13394eee6d6f1

(18706)

on July 06, 2011
at 01:25 PM

That's good news for the world. :-) Come to think of it, I once taught a math hater how to understand some formulas in a similar way as in that article. It changed her self-image somewhat. Believing you can makes a difference.

1568416ef28477d1fa29046218d83ddd

(6235)

on July 06, 2011
at 01:46 PM

*nod* And one of the things that we don't get taught is how to think, which is rather a shame. We are given a lot of information to process but not a lot of assistance with *how* to process it.

1
44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

(5853)

on July 03, 2011
at 07:01 PM

Positive thinking, greatest challenge for me. I am a sad pessimist.

1
66974b2cb291799dcd661b7dec99a9e2

(11121)

on July 03, 2011
at 06:05 PM

  1. Getting adequate sleep
  2. Daily sun exposure
  3. Moving around in nature

When I was in University these 3 things helped me the most in dealing with mid-terms & final exams. I also always wrote my exams in a fasted state. This, along with a healthy diet allowed me to survive 4 years of non-stop classes - meaning full term classes then spring & summer classes for 4 years without a real break.

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Bd271299b2d4d9b2e3da9c252fef058c

on July 03, 2011
at 05:27 PM

Fasting, Dancing, a Big Bowl of GF Ground Beef: Brain Function like gangbusters.

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25329057c9d5f6364a74787c8c2302e7

on July 03, 2011
at 02:39 PM

Make up a funny way to remember things to get you to the point where you no longer need to use the trick.

For instance, the italian word for 'full' is 'pieno'. I no longer need to use this trick, as it got me to remember and use the word 10-15 times until it became second nature, but here it is. I say no to pie when I am full. Pie No. pieno. full.

Works every time, if the connection is easy / funny enough.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 03, 2011
at 02:49 PM

Yeah, I did the same thing with the word "cazzo", using cats :)

B121fdbc1aaa6130f5bda3bf84e3ba2d

(952)

on July 03, 2011
at 03:11 PM

It's called mnemonics I guess. A nice hack!

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04f2eae4450112cdedce7235923c646d

(1112)

on July 03, 2011
at 03:18 PM

Getting enough sleep and not eating breakfast untill after my exams did the tricks for me and a friend.

25329057c9d5f6364a74787c8c2302e7

(806)

on July 03, 2011
at 05:40 PM

Really? Did you find you performed better than if you'd eaten? I can't think right when I'm hungry. For example, I first typed 'I can't think when I'm focus' because I am currently hungry.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7304)

on July 03, 2011
at 08:19 PM

^^I do leave early though. Normal hours are 7.

Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7304)

on July 03, 2011
at 08:18 PM

You have potentially 10 hours of school??? I have 4.5...

04f2eae4450112cdedce7235923c646d

(1112)

on July 03, 2011
at 05:51 PM

In deed! My concentration is way better when I have not eaten the same day. It took me some time to get used to, but now I am never eating (anything else than salads without oil and meat) untill my school day is finished. School is aprx from 8 or 10 in the morning to 4-6 in the evenng.

Aacabe21bcb2c8a5a15717d60447c1f4

(144)

on July 17, 2012
at 03:41 AM

Do you ever have trouble falling asleep with an empty belly after eating all your calories so late?

04f2eae4450112cdedce7235923c646d

(1112)

on July 25, 2012
at 03:04 PM

Yes mari, I tend to have 60-70 hours of school a week. @Helica: yes, sometimes. I always eat a large supper/dinner, so I don't really have that problem. I haven't noticed it much when I do go to sleep with an empty belly if I am trekking tho.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 22, 2011
at 02:59 AM

Hey sry the kind moderators here deleted my account. Anyway, update me on the caffeine free diet.

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