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Continued: Want to make your brain smarter? Then slow down

  • Article by: NANCY CHURNIN , Dallas Morning News
  • Last update: March 18, 2013 - 4:42 PM

If they’re doing rote learning instead of using these deeper thinking skills, they may not build what they are supposed to build, which means that they may not end up with the discernment to make good judgments in other areas, as well.

 

Q What makes us smart?

A We tend to think that the smart person is the one who knows the most and retrieves the facts the quickest, but that’s rote and rigid learning. You can create a robot that can do the same thing and in fact will surpass us. What really makes us smart is our ability to synthesize, abstract and process information.

 

Q What are the first steps we can take right now to build a smarter brain?

A Do one thing at a time and hyperfocus, instead of multitask. Try to think of two important things you do that have been on automatic pilot and repeated in the same way far too long and brainstorm ways to shake them up.

Be creative. When you go to a movie, ask yourself what the messages are and how can you apply them to yourself. Every time you do something new or understand something new, that stretches and builds complex frontal-lobe connections.

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