What is Neurohacking? What are Examples of Neurohacks?

What is Neurohacking? What are Examples of Neurohacks?

Neurohacking is a field of self-development that includes practices, disciplines, and techniques designed to improve or change the way the brain works. It is a form of biohacking with a focus on the brain and central nervous system. Strictly speaking, it is any way of interfering with the way we think or the structure and/or function of neurons to improve and restore them.

People are increasingly asking themselves how to achieve their goals more easily, quickly, and efficiently. Recent discoveries in the field of neurophysiology are helping us better understand how the brain works and how we can take advantage of it. Based on this knowledge, a technique such as neurohacking has been developed.

Neurohacking is often used by biohackers. And now I will tell you about neurohacking using my own example.

My personal experience

Last year I took a pickup training. I had no problems with meeting girls at events (parties, birthdays, etc.) and online. However, I did have trouble meeting girls on the street. It was hard for me to walk up to an unfamiliar girl and talk.

There were no pickup trainings in my city, so I went to a neighboring city. There was a training from a well-known neurohacking specialist there. I needed to be forced to go “into the fields” and start meeting girls. So that there was no turning back. To take the plunge into that tough discomfort.

I’ll tell you right away: I liked the training very much, I was strongly motivated and immediately began to act. However, my first few approaches were not successful. But then after 7 or 8 approaches I already started to see results. And now let’s get to the most fun part…

Situation #1

There is a beautiful (to my taste) girl walking down the street. Such as I like: blonde, in business attire, medium height. As it turned out, she works as a secretary in court. My coach says, go over there and get her phone number (it’s the number, not Instagram, because it’s much easier to get Instagram). The task was not just to take the number, but to talk for a few minutes.

Now, pay more attention: I was walking up to her and I thought to myself that in any case she would not even talk to me, let alone give me her phone number. Approaching her I did not even count on the number, you can say just wanted to do for a tick.

I walked up to her with the dumbest of gestures, “Hey, how do you like my hair?” (at the time it was red). And then it was off. Walked with her to the end of the street. I suggested we go out tomorrow. She agreed and left her phone number (I checked the number – it really is hers).

Conclusion on the situation #1: I was just having a brain blast. I did not have a goal to take her phone number. I relaxed, because I thought that they say I’m going to come up, she’s going to tell me off and I’ll go on. And because of this I was a little more calm. And I spoke with more confidence.

Situation #2

It happened to me at the end of the second day of training. The trainer’s task was to take at least 5 phone numbers of girls. I took them and the training was over.

And then the trainer says to me: “Well, let’s go to that girl over there and take her number”. I no longer had the goal to get acquainted, because I did the task, the training is over. So I think I’ll make the dumbest pickup I can, I don’t really care, I’m going back to my town tonight so I’ll never see her again.

I run up to the girl and ask the first thing that comes to mind: “Hey, do you know where the strip club is?”. And we struck up a conversation, much to my surprise. She agreed to go to a strip club with me (only she doesn’t know that she won’t be allowed there) and gave me her number.

Conclusion on situation #2: I was relaxed because I didn’t care about the result. Even the opposite, I decided to say some shit just to laugh with the girl. And that’s how it turned out.

What is the effect of neurohacking here?

In cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy, there’s a theme that you start to think paradoxically. That is, if you’re really afraid of screwing up during public speaking, you have to even want to screw up. And then the person relaxes and the probability of screwing up decreases.

I apply this strategy in different spheres of life. It’s a very cool tip, at least in my own situations I use it a lot.

8 neurohacking tricks to turn your brain on full blast

Neurohacking can be used for self-development not only for picking up girls and giving yourself confidence. Below I will tell you 8 other areas where it will be useful to you:

Neurohack 1: Train your memory

Once upon a time there was an era of farming, and people passed on skills as knowledge to the next generations. In the era of crafts, shoemakers, tanners, and bakers shared with their heirs and apprentices not only the skills but also the knowledge of their trade.

But now we live in the age of technology, and there is too much information. For example, today’s issue of the New York Times is a thousand times larger than it was a hundred years ago. Therefore, the question of how to “hack the system” and use some technique, a “hack”, to improve its functions, including its cognitive functions, is very relevant. “Hacks” are a trend of our time. So is the pursuit of success.

Everyone wants to be successful, it is inherent in our biological program. But there is not a single successful person who has a bad memory.

A good memory is a key factor of success, and it makes sense to develop your memorization skills. And it is enough to master a system of basic neurohacks, and you will already be in the lead, ahead of others by half a step. This or that “trick” was known before, but modern neurophysiology has given an answer to why and how it works. In recent years, science has literally overturned all ideas about how our thinking works.

To begin with, in 1976, Benjamin Libet conducted his famous experiment. A participant had an electrode placed on his finger, and he had to press a button whenever he wanted. He looked at a dial on which an arrow was running, and before he pressed the button, he had to notice the time. At the same time, another electrode was connected to the area of the brain responsible for decision-making. It turned out that the gap between when the brain made the decision and when the person realized it, was 350 milliseconds. The experiment was repeated many times and the result was the same.

We think that our will is our consciousness, that we consciously make some decisions. But it turns out that there is some “computer” that makes these decisions before consciousness, and sometimes does not even inform us about it.

Libet’s experiment was later reproduced in Germany at the Planck Institute, using a computer tomograph, whose readings are more accurate. He has fixed that the gap between decision-making by brain and our consciousness makes as much as 6-10 seconds.

It turns out that we literally live in the past. We are aware of the decisions we made a few seconds ago. And this greatly affects the way we need to learn and organize our activities.

Our consciousness, in a simplified interpretation, is our working RAM and what we can hold in it per unit of time. And this is only 4 objects. That’s why we remember, for example, seven-digit phone numbers as “3+4” or “3+2+2”. And the essence of neurohacking is to use this feature of our working memory.

Consciousness is our self, and it is very sensitive. At the same time, the brain is an incredibly powerful structure, and you need to organize your thought process so that it also takes part in solving problems. The last seven neurohacks will help with this.

Neurohack 2: Think in images

Statistically speaking, 90% of people are visual, and this is proven, for example, by the famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology experiment. Participants were shown 2000 pictures, and after that pictures began to be shown mixed: those that were previously, and those that were not. Participants recognized familiar pictures by pushing the button, the percentage of recognized pictures was 98.

This experiment stirred up the whole community of neurophysiologists. This was followed by a global experiment in which people were already shown 10,000 pictures. The recognition rate was the same. We are very good at remembering what we have seen, and the best way is to visualize what we need to remember as some kind of image.

Neurohack 3: Assemble the whole “puzzle”

Understanding the essence of neurohacking can help another experiment.

For Swedish students the question of rental apartments is very relevant (there are no dormitories there), and three groups of young people psychologists set the task – to choose housing according to 9 suggested parameters. The first group was asked to make a decision immediately after reading the list. The second group was given five minutes to think. The third for the same five minutes had to solve a difficult mathematical problem. And it was there that the students were able to make the best choice.

When you study something, you have to concentrate. The neural connections that form as a result of this activity are very closely spaced because you are concentrating on a narrow topic. But in order for the topic to transfer to long-term memory, you have to stop concentrating and change the activity.

In the experiment with the Swedish students, this is what worked: they diverted the mind away from the loaded task, and the brain solved the task more efficiently. That is, when you shift your attention, what you were loading at the moment of concentration is consolidated, loaded into long-term memory, and you can see the picture of the world as a whole: how that narrow part you were working on or trying to remember is connected to everything else.

Neurohack 4: Get back to Basics

Statistically speaking, 93% of people don’t know the location of the planets in the solar system. If you tell them that “a spaceship went from Earth to Venus”, their brain won’t know which direction the spaceship went from the Earth to the Sun, and what to do with that information. It will spin it this way and that, and drop it with annoyance.

But if you remember the short sequence:

Mercury > Venus > Earth > Mars,

it’s a lot easier.

Most people don’t remember the sequence of planets precisely because there are more than four. Because of this, all the information related to the solar system can’t stick in our heads. But if you take just a few minutes to get that base down, repeat it a few times, then everything else will easily fall into place.

Now imagine a spaceship leaving Earth for Venus. Is it clear to you that it is flying towards the Sun, not away from it?

And it’s the same in every field: if you haven’t grasped the basic concepts, everything will fall apart for you. Go back to the basics, go over them so your consciousness is not involved and not stressed, and everything else will fall into place on its own.

If you choose to study a course, you must go through it from beginning to end without any distractions. Only after that can you move on to learning something new, from another area altogether. The information you got from the first field will combine very well with the new one and complement it.

Our universe is multidimensional, and to see the full picture, you need to know a lot, but not put everything into “one pot” at once.

Neurohack 5: Repeat and improvise

The great actor and karate fighter Bruce Lee once said:

“Fear not the man who knows 2,000 moves, but the man who has repeated 1 move 2,000 times”.

No wonder professional sports today have the most effective training technologies. Because there’s no task to teach, only to achieve results.

For example, a boxer in training practices a particular punch and spends several hours to transfer this skill from consciousness, “to give it to the brain”. For the boxer himself, how and when he eventually applies this skill should happen unnoticed. Because a good fighter is one who can improvise during a fight, not one who mechanically reproduces all the techniques.

The same can be said about driving a car: the consciousness is involved only during the period when individual learns, and after a while these functions are transferred from consciousness to the brain. And later it is your brain is driving the car, not your consciousness (a simple example: you are driving a car and talking on the phone at the same time). But an unintended situation can lead to an accident – only the mind can react to it.

Our speech is like driving a car: we do a lot of things on automatic. Because, as children, we repeated basic, simple things very often. And in order to improvise, to see the strategy, you need 2-3 cells in the working memory to be always free. The same is needed to speak foreign language.

For example, if you try to memorize all grammatical terms and constructions while learning languages, they will occupy your operative memory. For example, the English construction Present Continuous Tense will take up three memory cells. And there are only 4, and you still have something to say…

Studying the native language, we do not get into the essence of the subject or the predicate – just listen and repeat the simplest phrases and speak as native speakers by the age of 4.5. With a certain vocabulary, a child can say even a complex phrase grammatically correctly, without knowing how to read or write.

The most common words in the language are “I”, “you”, “he”, “she”, “they”, “I am”, “you are”, “I have”, “you have”, “I do”, “I did”, and so on. They need to be brought to automatism until these combinations coalesce into one. You organically will not be able to say He has, but only He has. It will go as a single unit. Until it adds up, it will occupy your RAM.

The conversation is always improvisation. To speak freely, you have to get those basic things out of your mind, not think about them, they have to come out naturally, just roll off your tongue.

Neurohack 6: Build Associations

When a person is born, he has a blank slate in his head. Then the brain begins to be layered with memories.

How does the memory process work? First, some one basic concept is loaded: for example, a ball. The child hears this word many times, sees this object, and eventually the word “ball” and the object are associated. Then he is told: “the ball is round” and he binds the word “round” to the ball. The ball is bouncy, big, small, red, green – everything is attached to what is already there. If the information is not attached, it simply comes and goes.

It follows that you have to have a lot of things in your head to which you can attach something new. You have to read more, watch movies, go to the theater, get new impressions, so that in your head there are images for attachment – associations.

But you still have to learn how to make associations. You can make yourself a “bank” of associations in each specific area and use them. For example, understand what the most common names remind you of, so you can remember the names of new acquaintances. We tie new things to what we have, and you should not be lazy to expand the chain of associations every time.

Neurohack 7: Go to bed before 11 p.m.

You have to remember that sleep is also a switch: the mind shuts down and the brain works.

For example, writing a to-do-list in the morning is not very effective: you will have a hard time solving these tasks. But if you write it right before you go to sleep (about 30 minutes), your brain will get it as a command to solve it. You will fall asleep, your mind will shut down, and your brain will look for the best options on how to solve these problems. And the next day you will achieve your goals much more easily.

Many scientific discoveries were made on this principle, in particular the periodic table of Mendeleev. This scientist had a very complicated system: dozens of elements, and each has dozens of parameters. He had this all twisted around in his head for a very long time to figure out how to structure the information. But when he concentrated, he had no connection to the big picture of the world. In moments of intense reflection, the connections between neurons were very short, and he needed to sleep to make the connections longer.

Our brain does not know how to sleep. It never rests. Moreover, when you sleep, it works even more intensely, only the consciousness is switched off.

There are always chemical processes going on in our brain because we are biological organisms, and during the day toxins accumulate in the brain as a result of thinking activity. To get rid of them, you need a good night’s sleep.

Another important point of this neurohack is the daily regimen you have to stick to. As we said earlier on Optimist.pw, the human body is something like a complex battery. Yes, it’s almost like the Matrix, but we are not recharged by wires, but when we sleep.

It is interesting to note that the schedule for melatonin production coincides with the activity of the Moon: from 23:00 to 01:00. If you miss these hours, your sleep will be incomplete.

You should go to bed no later than 11 p.m. If you go to bed later, you disturb your natural rhythms. That’s why daytime sleep is worse than nighttime sleep. When the sun rises, it is already useless to sleep: the energy is already spent, and after rising, your “battery” will be less than 100%.

Do you know what the secret is to advanced yogis who regularly sleep only four hours? They just go to bed early.

It does not matter whether you are an “Owl” or a “Lark” – it is a purely subjective feeling that you are used to. Just try to go to bed earlier, and after a week of adaptation the body will readjust, and you will feel a tremendous burst of energy.

Here’s another interesting neurohack for you:

Regular 6 hours of sleep will be enough if you go to bed at 23.00, if at 22.00 – 4-5 hours will be enough.

Neurohack 8: Meditate

Meditation is very much related to neurophysiology.

A person who has meditated at least once in his life knows how difficult it is to concentrate on one thing. Some kind of thought always pops into the head, which we begin to notice only after we have calmed down consciousness. That’s the whole point of meditation, to notice, by shutting out all the noise, what’s going on in your head.

Meditation makes you realize that your mind and your brain are not the same. It allows you to look at yourself from the outside, to stop associating your consciousness with yourself.

It’s a kind of control over your ego, and it helps you to treat yourself with humor. Don’t take to heart what you’re thinking and feeling at the moment: things can change repeatedly, and you don’t have to fall for it.

If you have read this giant material, your brain has already made the decision that it is time for you to become successful. This knowledge will help you make this process exciting and easy for him. Feel free to hit the road – you have the most powerful helper of all!

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