Five ways how to beef up your super brain

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When I was a young medical student in the mid-1980s, I was taught that the brain was a rather fixed structure, and throughout life we would every year loose a large number of neurons that could not be regenerated. As many other “medical truths”, this has also proven to be wrong.

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Fem sätt hur du kan träna upp din superhjärna

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När jag var en ung medicinstudent i mitten av 1980-talet fick jag lära mig att hjärnan var en ganska stabil struktur och genom livet skulle vi varje år förlora ett stort antal nervceller som inte kunde återbildas. Som så många andra “medicinska sanningar” har också denna visat sig vara felaktig.

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The fight between your inner fears and your creative courage

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We are very much steered by the primitive reactions that are evoked in our reptile brain. One of the strongest of these instincts is fear. Fear is a survival function, and potentially dangerous situations affect us much more than positive signals that say everything is calm and that we can carry on with what we are doing.

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Kampen mellan dina inre rädslor och ditt kreativa mod

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Vi styrs i väldigt hög grad av de primitiva reaktionerna som uppstår i vår reptilhjärna. En av de starkaste av dessa instinkter är rädsla. Rädsla är en överlevnadsfunktion, och potentiellt farliga situationer påverkar oss mycket mer än positiva signaler som säger att allt är lugnt, och att vi kan fortsätta med det vi håller på med.

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Akbar and Birbal riddles

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Once upon a time (1542–1605) there was a wise and learned Mughal emperor of India, named Akbar. In his court Akbar had “the nine jewels of Akbar”, which were not jewels but his most important advisors. Each of the advisor had his own skill, but the one especially known for his intelligence was Birbal. Emperor Akbar often enjoyed testing Birbal’s wit with various riddles.

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Akbar och Birbal-gåtor

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En gång för länge sedan (1542-1605) fanns en vis och lärd Stormogul av Indien, som hette Akbar. I hans hov hade Akbar sina s.k. “nio juveler”, som inte var ädelstenar utan hans viktigaste rådgivare. Var och en av rådgivarna hade sina egna färdigheter och förmågor, men den som var särskilt känd för sin intelligens var Birbal. Akbar njöt ofta av att testa Birbal’s intelligens med olika gåtor.

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Test your creative outside-the box thinking skills with these insight riddles

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There are two ways of solving a problem. In the deliberate pathway, you think analytically. You try out different thinking techniques and slowly arrive at the conclusion. In the spontaneous pathway, you instead let the brain’s subconscious structures do the job and the end-result is an insight that often comes suddenly without any pre-notice.

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