What we do not know about our brain that can help us to study and work better
It is strange that we know so much about our planet, history and environment and know almost nothing about the main instrument which helps us to discover the world – brain. And if even scientists claim it, what can we say about common people? In one of Quora’s discussion neurobiologists, researchers and psychologists shared interesting facts about brain, which lift the veil.
That is why if you want to be one of those who understand, how our main instrument works, go on reading.
How brain feels about work breaks
Engaged in work, we do breaks only when feel so tired that we cannot continue working. Results of the research held in 2010 demonstrate that we do wrong.
Arielle Tambini with colleagues assessed the effectiveness of brain’s operating while information processing and storage. From biological point of view this process occurs by means of hippocampus, which sends information to neocortex, where it is stored. Researchers found that a brain cannot fulfill this task during continuous operating same effectively. It proves one more time the importance of short breaks during work.
One more interesting research was held in 1993. It has been found that outstanding violinists practice almost the same time every day as common musicians. However, unlike the ordinary violinists, their more successful colleagues divide the classes in 60-90 minute intervals. Between classes they take rest, entertain or even sleep.
How science allows to rule a man
Probably, it is even good that we have so little knowledge about our brain. One, who will succeed in ruling brains of other people, will get as much as a full control over the world. Now it sounds as a mad’s talking, but little steps towards ruling of people have been taken long ago.
For instance, try to run such a simple test:
Offer a category of words (colours, numbers, technical equipment) and ask a friend to guess right the category saying random words. If he hits the white, say, “Well-done, excellent!” If he does not, just keep silence.
After a while your friend will say words only from the offered category. Why?
You rewarded him for each right answer and “punished” for wrong ones. It is a perfect example how operant conditioning works. This term means pushing people to a target through reward and punishment methods being universal for the members of this group, i.e. for people.
Here is one more fine example of operant conditioning – social nets like Facebook, Instagram, Quora – all of them encourage users with one and the same method – likes – and make us dependent. And it is only beginning.
Electric shock and productivity
Scientists from New Mexico University went to even greater lengths in their desire to make our brain more effective. They held an experiment and found that light current discharge directed to a man’s skull makes results of a test completion more than twice better. Within a given time (from 15 to 20 minutes) scientists gave light 2mA current discharge into brain cortex of people. Improved results indeed happened to be, and members of experiment could not explain clearly why they passed the test much better.