Brain Tip of the Week: Use Your Imagination

Which is more powerful: imagination or knowledge?

Most people expect me, a memory/learning expert, to say knowledge. But in fact, my answer is imagination. Your imagination lets you tap into your inner senses and broaden your sense of what’s possible.

Did you know that the brain can’t tell the difference between something you vividly imagine and something that’s real? In one study, people watched a dog walking in a laboratory and then imagined the dog walking in the laboratory. Both instances stimulated the same parts of the brain.

Let’s try an experiment. Take a deep breath and imagine that you’re walking on a beach. You can feel the heat of the sand on your bare feet, the sun on your skin and hear the lapping of the ocean waves. Imagine that you’re sitting down and right next to your chair is a table with a bowl of fruit in it, including a slice of lemon. Pick up that lemon. Look at it. See it, feel it, smell it. And while you’re on the beach, bite into that slice of lemon.

Are you salivating? Did you make a face? That’s because your body doesn’t know the difference between something you vividly imagine and something that’s real.

And that’s why my Brain Tip of the Week is to use your imagination.

Most people forget that learning is a creative process. You must take the information you learn and imagine it, creating it inside your mind.

The greatest discoveries of our time were imagined first. Walt Disney wouldn’t hire anyone who couldn’t picture the Magic Kingdom. Einstein developed the theory of light after he imagined what it would look like to be on a beam of light heading toward a clock. If you want to learn or create new knowledge, you have to imagine it first.

So this week, use your imagination to help with your learning. Not sure how to do that? Get creative – imagine it!

Want to boost your brain even more? Get more brainpower and memory tips HERE!

Written by Jim Kwik

Which is more powerful: imagination or knowledge?

Most people expect me, a memory/learning expert, to say knowledge. But in fact, my answer is imagination. Your imagination lets you tap into your inner senses and broaden your sense of what’s possible.

Did you know that the brain can’t tell the difference between something you vividly imagine and something that’s real? In one study, people watched a dog walking in a laboratory and then imagined the dog walking in the laboratory. Both instances stimulated the same parts of the brain.

Let’s try an experiment. Take a deep breath and imagine that you’re walking on a beach. You can feel the heat of the sand on your bare feet, the sun on your skin and hear the lapping of the ocean waves. Imagine that you’re sitting down and right next to your chair is a table with a bowl of fruit in it, including a slice of lemon. Pick up that lemon. Look at it. See it, feel it, smell it. And while you’re on the beach, bite into that slice of lemon.

Are you salivating? Did you make a face? That’s because your body doesn’t know the difference between something you vividly imagine and something that’s real.

And that’s why my Brain Tip of the Week is to use your imagination.

Most people forget that learning is a creative process. You must take the information you learn and imagine it, creating it inside your mind.

The greatest discoveries of our time were imagined first. Walt Disney wouldn’t hire anyone who couldn’t picture the Magic Kingdom. Einstein developed the theory of light after he imagined what it would look like to be on a beam of light heading toward a clock. If you want to learn or create new knowledge, you have to imagine it first.

So this week, use your imagination to help with your learning. Not sure how to do that? Get creative – imagine it!

Want to boost your brain even more? Get more brainpower and memory tips HERE!

Written by Jim Kwik

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