How to teach the brain to work?


When I was a schoolgirl I had a problem with learning by heart poems and remembering numbers. Even though I repeated hundred times I couldn’t cope with these tasks. One day my mother as a medically qualified person gave me an advice: read poems several times before going to bed and let your brain work instead of you, in the morning you can easily retell them. Amazingly it worked and works till today. Recently I remembered this story and started to interest in the brain’s work and to my mind came a question: how to teach the brain to work?

In fact, my question itself sounds weirdly and absurdly because you can assume that why we need to teach it if it works itself twenty-four hours for a day without any intervention. My answer is for the effective usage of the brain to educational purposes.

For the several centuries, the humanity has known that a brain is a place where all our thinking processes are managed and are analyzed. It is the most powerful computer in the world. However, we also know that we use only three percent of it from its potential power. Here raises a question: how to accelerate other parts of it and to use our brain for hundred percent and to become “mega brain”.  Above mentioned method which I use is only simple one. But scientists by conducting researches revealed several factors which can impact on the work of the brain. One of scientist, who gives several interesting theories regarding this issue is Russian doctor Tatyana Chernigovskaya.  She underpins the theory that the main factors in the brain development are art and classic music. According to her suggestion nowadays people tend to think that the art and classic music are “desserts” which you eat if you wish. Apparently, they don’t pay enough attention to them.  Although, art and music are crucial parts of the brain’s development process which trigger to work it effectively. Our education system isn’t exception in the underestimate of music and art’s power. Unfortunately, these two subjects in most Kazakhstani schools also are considered less prestigious and neglected in most cases. Most of musicians and artists don’t have the aspiration to work at schools because of low salary and job condition.

Maybe the reason for the disparagement of these subjects is the lack of awareness and information about it or the deficiency of research regarding this theme. Notwithstanding these challenges, it isn’t late to start thinking and using these two subjects effectively in education in order to elevate brain’s work, otherwise, we can lose a great chance in the learning process.

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7 thoughts on “How to teach the brain to work?

  1. Thank you Gulzhaina for your post!
    It was interesting to read about your mothers’ advice on memorizing poems. I remember when i had some troubles in learning poems by heart, my mom adviced me to read a poem in the evening and reread it in the morning. It helped me a lot. I was able to memorize poems!
    However, i think that not only art classes, classical music can boost your brain function… I think that the most improtant think is to keep on learning…For example you can read, travel, learn to play a musical instrument or speak a foreign language. Don’t you think so?!


    1. Thank you Aigerim for your question. You are my permanent commentator.)
      I agree with your idea about alternative methods, however the framework for my post was russian scientists suggestions about brain’s work. Thus, I focused on only methods mentioned by her but it doesn’t mean that other methods don’t work and we can neglect them.

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  2. Well done, Gulzhaina. (5/5) You successfully present a meaningful personal experience followed by some discussion in relation to outside sources. Where possible, try to add more relevant sources about the scientific foundation behind the ideas you present. Finally, take another look at proofreading:

    For ___ several centuries, ___ humanity has known that ___ brain is ___ place where all our thinking processes are managed and ___ analyzed. (some are blanks)


  3. Thank you, Gulzhaina for your interesting post! It reminded me of BBC article that I have recently read. It was about Mozart effect and how scientific evidence does not really support this idea. Let me tell you briefly what was written there. As it turned out, in the initial study about Mozart effect, there were only 36 participants and all of them were young adults. The authors who conducted the research did not even use the phrase “Mozart effect” ( it was coined two years later in a journal) and this “effect” in fact, lasted for about 15 minutes. I do not know much about arts, but is there any scientific evidence that proves that listening to classical music can boost your brainpower?

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  4. Thank you, Akmaral for your answer.
    Firstly, regardng classic music’s effect, all information which I wrote here I got from Tatyana Chernigovskaya’s speech and ideas. Moreover, she is one of the famous and “serious” living scientists of our century, therefore I deem that her words are not meaningless.
    Secondly, sometimes several findings of different authors can reveal various result as this question is abstract and hard to answer directly. For instance, recently I have read that a scientist found out that person’s brain makes decision 30 sec before than a person and then sends signal for confirmation to him. In other words, not you but your brain is “host” which manipulates you This is really provocative announcement, doesn’t it? (Anyway, it is different question for speculation.) Similarly, British scientists revealed that our hearts predict future and infleunce decision making process.
    Therefore, all these finding based on hypothesis and need futher researches.


  5. Argument Deconstruction for Tatyana Chernigovskaya’s speech

    This video is a lecture given by Russian scientists Tatyana Chernigovskaya. In her speech, she raises the issues regarding the development of brain’s work and its function. She believes that nowadays in education system we neglect the importance of subjects such as art and music which play a crucial role in the development of the brain. Moreover, she exemplifies the results of researches by Russian and other foreign scientists which are revealed the impact of creative activities (music, art) on the brain and critical thinking skills of human beings. For instance, she gives as an example Leonardo Da Vinci who was not the only an artist but also a scientist who invented a lot of masterpieces in various fields.
    In addition, she claims that by neglecting art and music subjects at school we may negatively influence students’ critical thinking skills and their creativity.
    Personally, I totally agree with her claims and assume that they are valuable. Firstly, she is an experienced scientist and all her arguments are based on research. Secondly, in her speech, she gives a lot of reasonable examples which makes her arguments credible. Thirdly, my above-given blog post clearly shows that I underpin all her claims.
    Overall, I deem that this lecture is very informative and convincing as it makes us think about this issue from another angle. Thus, I think that policy makers and parents who care about children’s’ education should watch this video.


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