Can Your Computer Make You Smarter

October 11, 2011 by  
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DOES using your computer build your mind power?

A  study by UCLA neuroscientist Gary Small has clearly shown that using your computer changes your brain is some very beneficial ways, and can actually build your mind power and make you smarter.

In his new book, “iBRAIN: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind,” Small tells us that the modern  shift in how we gather information and communicate with one another has touched off an era of rapid evolution that may ultimately even change the human brain.

This should not come as a surprise. Our amazing brain’s plasticity – its ability to change in response to different stimuli – is now well known. And the more time you devote to a specific activity (like using your computer), the stronger the neural pathways responsible for that activity become.

Professional musicians have more gray matter in brain regions responsible for finger movements. And athletes’ brains are bulkier in areas that control hand-eye coordination. So, of course, people who process a lot of digital information would have more neurons dedicated to handling that information.

To see how the Internet might be changing our brains to make us somehow smarter, Small and colleagues monitored the brains of 24 adults as they performed an online search, and again as they read a page of online text.

During the online search, those who reported using the Internet regularly in their everyday lives showed twice as much activity in brain regions responsible for decision-making and complex reasoning.

The findings suggest that Internet use enhances the brain’s capacity to be stimulated, and that reading on your monitor activates more brain regions than reading printed words. The research adds to previous studies that have shown that tech-savvy people:

1 Possess greater working memory: they can store and retrieve more bits of information in the short term,

2 Are more adept at perceptual learning: adjusting their perception of the world in response to changing information, and

3. Have better motor skills.

Researcher Small says these differences are likely to be even more profound across generations, because younger people are exposed to more technology from an earlier age than older people.

He refers to this as the brain gap. On one side, what he calls digital natives – those who have never known a world without e-mail and text messaging – use their superior cognitive abilities to make snap decisions and juggle multiple sources of sensory input.

On the other side, digital immigrants – those who witnessed the advent of modern technology later in life – are better at reading facial expressions than they are at navigating cyberspace.

Well, I have to say maybe, and maybe not. The thing to remember is this: Those of us who were not born with a computer on our playshelf STILL have brain plasticity going for us. So get Grandma and Gramps on the computer.

And as to those who say computer use is isolating youth, this too can be challenged. A 2005 Kaiser study found that young people who spent the most time engaged with high-technology also spent the most time interacting face-to-face with friends and family. Interesting.

There are now even online high tech programs especially designed to use your computer to build your mind power.

Forget About Mental Limits

February 3, 2011 by  
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Are Mental Limits Real?

You have far more brainpower, and far fewer mental limits than you can even begin to imagine.

Trying to define our brain’s ultimate capacity is like trying to place your finger on a globule of mercury. The human brain is infinitely complex and subtle. And your amazing brain is no exception!

Physicists have discovered parallels between the human brain and Einstein’s quantum universe. Biological scientists are demystifying the brain’s chemical and electrical mysteries, and cutting-edge scientists like Bruce Lipton are now telling us that a thought alone has the power to control how our genes express.

Cutting edge scientists specializing in the “connective tissue” that holds our body together have discovered something else amazing. The connective tissue tubules that extend into each of our individual cells respond to vibration. And this includes the vibration created by each of your thoughts, which impact these tubules even faster than the messages traveling along your nervous system.

So What ARE Our Mental Limits?

It was once estimated we use about 10% of our mental potential. Many of today’s neuroscientists have dropped that estimate to less than one percent. And even that figure could be overly optimistic,. Our mental limits are actually limitless.

Your brain contains 1,000,000,000,000 individual nerve cells (neurons) — so many that if they were stretched end to end, they would reach all the way to the moon and back! But this figure is even more astounding when you consider that each nerve cell can connect with as many as 100,000 other nerve cells.

If we add up the potential capacity of your brain cells to make interconnections — the resulting number itself would be at least 10.5 million kilometers long.

Mental limits? So you see, it’s probably not a surprise we are generally not capable of putting all of this raw potential to work! Our brains are virtually limitless.

I have long personally thought that our brain is more of a sending-receiving station that is connected to the one great mind. And now, modern Field Theory tells us we are each one node on an energetic network that stretches out to infinity. That we are not separate at all — but are all interconnected to the one great source of energy that expresses itself as consciousness.

How Far Do Our Mental Limits Extend?

OK then, so what is a thought? It’s basically energy that causes an electro-chemical response in your brain. The net result is that your brain’s neurons will then “fire” in a certain pattern.

That produces tiny currents of electrical energy that pass along definite pathways in your cortex (your thinking cap). These currents can be traced as “brainwaves” by attaching electrodes to your skull and attaching the electrodes to an EEG.

So… your thought cascaded through your brain and produced an actual 70 millivolt potential somewhere in your cortex. (Your brain actually produces between 5 and 10 volts of energy – enough to light up the inside of a refrigerator.)

The electrical current produced by your thought is then broadcast in the form of electromagnetic waves at the velocity of light out to each of your cells — and also straight out into the cosmos of which we are each directly connected traveling at the speed of light. So what does THAT say about your mental limits?

What IS a Thought?
Have you ever tried to define what a thought is, and how a thought gets started to begin with? What causes that initial spark that leads to that amazing cascade of energy through our brains?

Philosophers have sought an answer to that question for centuries. Some modern thinkers, like the great psychoanalyst Carl Jung and the brilliant Itzhak Bentov, feel that since thoughts create measurable energy, and energy can be neither created nor destroyed, the universal cosmos must contain the energy of every thought that has ever occurred. Again, this challenges the concept of having any mental limits at all!

This could explain how people like Bentov, Edgar Cayce, and even Leonardo da Vinci were able to see clearly see into alternate realities most of us seem unable to tap into.

A SPECIAL Invitation
This much IS true: There are definitely those who are capable of thinking on much higher levels than our everyday “what shall I have for lunch” levels. They reach into “higher states of consciousness” to direct their lives.

I have personally been blessed to have the opportunity to study with several such people. These experiences have had a tremendous impact on my life. As a result, my personal passion, and the core of my teaching, is focused on achieving higher states of consciousness. I invite you to come see what you can do to erase any mental limits and claim your amazing mental potential=> CLICK HERE

Posted by Jill Ammon-Wexler
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What is Genius?

November 21, 2010 by  
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What makes a genius?

Have you ever wondered what it is that makes a genius unique? What makes him or her stand out from the crowd? Is it the size of his/her brain, the way he or she was brought up, or is intelligence simply passed down from one generation to the next?

Before we take a look at exactly what genius is, let’s clear the air once and for all and find out some of the things genius definitely is NOT.

What Genius is NOT

Forget IQ tests, levels of education, how big your forehead is — genius has very little to do with any of these things.

You can’t inherit your intelligence from parents or grandparents, nor can you become intelligent simply by passing an exam or two. And even if your brain is the largest in the world, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll use it in a more intelligent way.

If you’re a well read person you might have a lot of knowledge on a variety of topics. You may even have a degree or diploma in your favorite subject. Each of these is a positive sign of the potential for intelligent thinking, showing that you have drive, determination, and the ability to reach certain goals.

… But it doesn’t make you a genius.

The One Specific Key to Genius

Modern neuroscience research has clearly identified at least one characteristic of genius level brains — and it is NOT something you are born with! What is that one thing? It’s something that was discovered years ago by researcher Marion Diamond — a brain thick with connections from one brain cell to another. And YES, this is a learned condition of the brain, not something you are born with. YOU CAN LEARN to think like a genius!

Posted by Jill Ammon-Wexler
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