Tatyana Chernigovskaya: One Should Get Acquainted with Oneself

Tatyana Chernigovskaya: One Should Get Acquainted with Oneself

How stress and large workload affect our brain 

February 7 is the birthday of Tatyana Chernigovskaya, an outstanding world-class scientist. The Eurasian Women’s Community congratulates Ms. Chernigovskaya on her birthday and wishes her sound health, all the luck, and new scientific discoveries. You managed to combine the tool and object of your research so elegantly and spectacularly that we continue to admire you. We wish you passion in your research, exciting discoveries, and insights! 

Tatyana Chernigovskaya - Honourary professor and scientist of Russia, a Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Education, PhD in Biology, PhD in Philology, professor of the Department of General Linguistics, Head of the Department of the Problems of Convergence in Natural Sciences and Humanities, Head of the Laboratory for Cognitive Studies of St. Petersburg State University 

Today, studies of brain, its functions, and features interest even those far from science. The reason is people want to understand and know themselves. Thus thinks Tatyana Chernigovskaya, one of Russia’s leading neurolinguists. She is a scientist who can explain even the most complex matters in simple language. 


During one of her scientific projects, our heroine watched the human brain with her colleagues. They studied the processes that undergo in our brain during intensive work, when various tasks should be addressed very quickly. 

“We understood that our brain goes to such state when it is the worse, the better. Reasonable stress doses are certainly helpful for it,” Tatyana Chernigovskaya supposes. 

Many people know it, when it was given a certain amount of time to carry out some work but one managed to do it only in the final hours before deadline. Before that, it was just hard to concentrate on the job. 

The neurolinguist shared: “When there are several hours left, I mobilise and do the job. Why did not I do it the day before yesterday, if it took so little time? Why making such mess? Then I personally need to be pressed properly.” However, it is not the same for everyone. 


The scientist highlighted every person should get acquainted with oneself, understand him or herself, and their body. Then they will be able to dose personal effort more efficiently. 

Tatyana Chernigovskaya is sure: human brain, as well as our muscles, needs constant workload, Otherwise, it may atrophy. Our brain should not relax or there will be trouble. 

“If you do hard intellectual work, you will be able to postpone Alzheimer’s for years. It is up to you: studying changes you brain physically, increases the density of your neural circuit, improves its quality, and influences the growth of dendrites and axons,” Ms. Chernigovskaya explained. 

Some still say nervous cells are never restored. Tatyana Chernigovskaya totally disagrees with that. Everything depends on whether a person makes their brain work constantly, as it should regularly be difficult for it. 

Anna Repina, news agency of the Eurasian Women’s Community

Translated by Nikolay Boykov