Our brain can do really incredible things. Many of its abilities remain a mystery, but today scientists are learning more and more secrets about how it works and have even found ways to “trick” our brains. These ways work so well that they can even be very useful in our daily life.

7. Music Can Boost Your Immune System

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Research has long shown that music reduces levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. But the most surprising thing is that music can even heal.

Our body is inextricably linked to chemical reactions in the brain. For example, when we listen to our favorite music, the stress level is reduced and, therefore, our body produces more antibodies to fight diseases.

6. You Just Need To Smile To Cheer Up

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It is an open secret that sometimes our facial expression influences our mood, but not the other way around.

If you go for a walk feeling absolutely happy, but because of the bright sun, you have to squint and frown, then you may feel depressed.

It also works the other way around. If you’re not in a good mood, try holding a pencil between your teeth; it will activate the muscles that are normally used when smiling, and this will trick your brain.

5. You Can Reduce Pain By Using Binoculars

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Scientists at the University of Oxford have experimentally shown that the sensation of pain can be reduced by looking at the injured part of the body with inverted binoculars.

The size of the injury becomes smaller, so your brain automatically reduces pain.

4. Gesticulation Helps With Memorization

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Psychologists at the University of Manchester say that active gesticulation helps to better memorize and reproduce information.

Often the gesture is related to what the person is saying at the time. Of course, these similarities are pretty relative, but it definitely works.

3. Ears Perceive Sounds Differently

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The myth about the left and right brain hemispheres was debunked long ago. However, this theory explains how we interpret sounds.

Our right ear receives speech sounds better, while our left ear is more sensitive to musical sounds and tone of voice.

Therefore, turn the right side towards the speaker to better hear the speech and turn the left side towards a sound source to hear the melody.

2. Memory Palace

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This is another way to better memorize information. You need to create an image of any place in your head where you will store different things that are associated with something for you.

The trick is that your brain doesn’t focus on the word, but instead attributes a bright image to it. This image will be much easier to recognize than any fact or figure.

1. Ganzfeld Effect

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The Ganzfeld effect, or ’’complete field’’ effect, was originally invented to investigate psychic abilities. In Ganzfeld’s experiment, the person cut ping-pong balls in half over the eyes wears headphones, through which white noise is played, and also has a light source that shines on their face.

Prolonged periods in a homogeneous color and sound field cause the brain to begin to ignore noise and colors, causing total isolation.

Scientists say that such conditions lead to the manifestation of a person’s psychic abilities.