A User’s Guide To The Brain

Everyone from scientists and marketers to governments and the medical community has been trying to better understand the brain in recent years. Here are some suggestions for using your brain more effectively.

1.Your brain functions continuously as a storage depot. It stores memories of concise data like a telephone number as well as long and complex data about what you did last year on your birthday. Record, remember and review that data. That way you will refresh a lot of data you’d forgotten and you’ll develop a powerful memory. As everything you experience in your memory-filled life gets stored in your brain, you’ll also have the opportunity to use that storehouse of information. Take advantage of it!

Discover your emotional center

2.The brain isn’t just a mechanical structure that stores up information. The brain is also the center of emotions associated with the heart. Feelings, motivations, hopes, fears, enthusiasms… You also identify the events or things you fear based on your life experiences through signals your brain sends you. You possess the power to control those signals. Discover it!

Develop your knowledge base

3.A piece of unnecessary data can be easily discarded from your brain, whereas experiences you consider important will help you all your life. Be aware of the importance of the knowledge you have acquired over time and make good use of it. As you take advantage of this potential your brain offers you, your intelligence is also going to develop. Develop it!

Think strategically

4.Think of your goal as a pyramid and put the things that are most important to you at the top. Decide what kind of person you want to be and how you want to be remembered in the future. Identifying your aim, coding yourself and thinking strategically are like drawing your own road map. Manage your time according to your own priorities. Think!

Engage in your favorite sport

5.Engaging in sports regularly, or once a week in a sport that will make you sweat, focuses the mind. At the same time it helps you to think positively and keeps your brain young by providing the growth factor. Figure out what your favorite sport is and engage in sports!

Strain Your Brain

6.Brain exercises enrich the pool of nerve connections in the brain. The main factors that boost the number of nerve connections in the brain are developing opinions and commenting on things, repeating things, learning new things, being open to new experiences, and abandoning old habits and changing your routine. Strain your brain!

Be simple

7.Happiness is contagious. You can’t make someone else happy unless you are happy yourself. The ability to walk and talk, smile, and even cry are each sources of happiness in their own right. It is in your power to be happy with the small things. Adopt an “eat little, sleep little, speak little” philosophy.  Being moderate in everything is brain-friendly. Be simple!

Make Social Contacts

8.Children who grow up in rich, stimulating environments perform better on tests than children raised in sterile and stagnant surroundings. Form ties with people, animals and flowers. Talk to them and try to understand them. Make social contacts!


9.Never fail to smile at every moment of your life. When you smile, your organism perks up at this positive message, because when you smile your diaphragm contracts, stimulating many of your internal organs, including your liver, spleen, stomach and intestines. Smiling activates the parts of the brain that use the stimulant dopamine. Smiling is pleasurable for the brain; in fact, it’s even addictive. Don’t forget that people with smile lines in their faces can live up to eight and a half years longer. Smile!


10.Writing is one of the best ways of clarifying your thought processes, engraving important information in your memory and remembering better in the future.  Writing down your brilliant ideas to put them into a more productive form is a very special exercise for the brain. In the process you will also develop a more analytical way of thinking. Write!

Be clear

11.A disorderly room or cluttered work space can cause you to think less efficiently. Design and arrange the place where you are going to do mental work with this in mind. Simplicity and clarity are as important in yourself as they are in the environment around you. Relax before starting a difficult mental task. Relax your mind and body and clarify what you are going to do.
Be clear! 

Prof. Dr. Nevzat Tarhan
Born in Amasya in Merzifon province in 1952, he graduated from GATA (Gülhane Military Medical Academy) in 1982 with a specialization in Psychiatry. From 1996 to 1999 he served on the faculty of Van Yüzüncü Yıl University and as a forensic expert on the Turkish Board of Forensic Medicine. In 1998 he became Turkey’s representative at the Memory Center of America. Currently chairman of the board of NPİSTANBUL, Turkey’s first neuropsychiatric hospital, he is also founding rector of Üsküdar University.