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10 Surprising Insights about How Your Brain Works (that Improve Productivity)

The human mind is a highly complex but extremely fascinating thing. In an article for Fast Company, Belle Beth Cooper explores several different facts about mental functions. These are tips you can take with you to work more productively in every aspect of life. There are 10 interesting facts about how the brain works:

  1. When you are tired, creative work is better.
  2. Stress changes the brain.
  3. You cannot multitask.
  4. Nap time is a good time.
  5. Sight is the most important sense.
  6. It comes down to wiring.
  7. Welcome those who make mistakes.
  8. Meditation is a great tool.
  9. Exercise reorganizes the brain.
  10. Your brain governs what time feels like.

When the brain is a little worn and tired, the creative juices often flow better. After a long day in the office or out in the world trying to make a living, the brain becomes tired and is not as great about filtering distractions. This will allow you to make new, creative connections that elicit exciting fresh ideas.

It is no secret that stress is an evil beast that is too often difficult to overcome. What is interesting, however, is that too much stress actually effects changes in brain functions and maybe decreases its size. Relax a little!

Do you know all those people who claim to be excellent multitaskers? They seem to boast about this skill. Well, they are entirely misled, because multitasking is literally impossible for the brain to handle. In actuality, a person multitasking is merely context-switching, and giving less attention to each task than they should.

The preschoolers know what is important, because naps are great additions to any workday. Naps have actually been proven to help solidify memories. Likewise, naps allow for more efficient learning.

According to research, vision is the most important of the senses. If you hear something, it is likely that you will remember 10 percent of the information three days later, but if you see a picture that percent jumps to 65.

Introversion and extroversion are actually related to how your brain recharges. This boils down to genetics and how the brain is hardwired, not necessarily how outgoing or shy a person is. Extroverted people experience more excitement from taking risks, and their brains use less complicated methods of processing external stimuli. Introverts may be more intimidated by risk, but they process information in a more sophisticated way.

People tend to prefer people who make mistakes as a result of what is called the Pratfall Effect. People who make mistakes seem more human and approachable, which makes them more likable to their peers. It is more difficult to connect with someone who carries an air of infallibility.

Meditation’s benefits know no bounds. It can help you to improve focus, but it can additionally help to lessen anxiety, become more creative, and improve memory capabilities. A little exercise a few times a week is known to improve your overall physical health, and it can help to make you more mentally alert. While you exercise, your brain releases a protein called brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF). This protein is why after working out you feel so much calmer, happy, and focused.

Lastly, the brain perceives time in the way it receives the order of information from the senses. Basically, new information makes you activate more parts of the brain to make sense of it, and the more brain power that is being used, the more time it feels like is being elapsed. If you can stay highly engaged in your work or thoughts, then time might seem to pass more slowly.

You can read the original article here: http://www.fastcompany.com/3018084/work-smart/why-were-more-creative-when-were-tired-and-9-other-surprising-facts-about-how-our

About Danielle Koehler

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Danielle is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. She has degrees in English and human resource management from Shippensburg University.

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