How can I increase my spiritual age

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Prof. Aljoscha Neubauer, University of Graz: That seems rather unlikely. The functions that are addressed here are functions that are localized in the frontal lobe. We know from new studies that the frontal lobe is relatively genetically determined. The environment can make less of a difference. In this respect, short-term training courses can have less influence there. Especially with working memory functions. It doesn't make me smarter.

Carolina Inama: If the game is too "technical" for you - there are still the classics: Mikado, Mastermind and other games of skill. And this one: The Rubik's Cube. Patented in 1975 and sold 200 million times to date. It should improve spatial and logical thinking. In May 2007, a French placed the dice in 9.86 seconds. Is a person who can unravel this mess in 9.86 seconds very intelligent or just dexterous?

Prof. Neubauer: She is clever. If you practice this for a long time, anyone can probably do it. Of course there are people who have faster information processing. If they are also more skillful, they are much faster. But it's probably a learned strategy behind it. And you can learn it.

Carolina Inama: is it a good exercise to get going?

Prof. Neubauer: It is a training, but it is generally very specific. There are studies that show the following: If you train games, including computer games, the aforementioned skill improves.

Carolina Inama: Proper nutrition should also be an intelligence turbo. It means yes
Nuts are good for the brain. Active ingredients such as carbohydrates, iron and fatty acids are supposed to protect the nerve cells from harmful environmental influences. And: the oxygen supply
improve in the brain.

Prof. Neubauer: It sounds sensible. That may be good for a body that is deficient. The consumption of nutritional supplements or brain food can definitely have positive effects on the brain. However, it is doubtful that a person who eats healthily and eats a mixed diet actually has deficiencies. At least in the age range - let's say - between 20 and 60. In old age it looks a little different. It has been proven that there are certain deficits that can be overcome with supplements
can compensate.

Carolina Inama: Professor Nitsche is researching brain activation using substances such as dopamine.
What do you think of such pills?

Prof. Neubauer: In the case of supplementary preparations that provide us with additional substances, e.g. B. messenger substances or their precursors, one has to weigh up. It could have positive effects. We don't know how the brain, our most sensitive organ, reacts to this in the long term.

Carolina Inama: Another approach to increasing intelligence is movement. Even a little sport works wonders. When doing strenuous brain work, you should watch your pulse. With the right frequency, brain performance would be significantly increased.

Prof. Neubauer: We all know that a healthy mind lives in a healthy body. If you are comfortable and well trained, you can also perform better mentally. Whether certain sports can lead to this is actually not real
proven. But an oxygenated brain is good for thinking.

Carolina Inama: You are not that enthusiastic about our home remedies. What is your approach
to increase intelligence?

Prof. Neubauer: You can increase your intelligence especially in childhood and adolescence. We now know from many studies that the duration and quality of school attendance have a major impact. Attending school every year can yield 3 to 5 IQ points. In addition, the educational quality of the household in which someone grows up certainly has an impact on this development. We assume that intelligence should develop in the first 20 years of life. After that, as far as the intelligence itself is concerned, something can only be changed within very narrow paths, very narrow limits.