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Learning HOW to use the genius inside you. STUDY SMARTER . . . . . . .NOT HARDER. Human beings normally use only 2 percent to 10 percent of the brain’s capacity for higher level thought. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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STUDY SMARTER . . . . . . .NOT HARDERLearning HOW to use the genius inside youCRHS Freshman Seminar

1There is a genius inside youHuman beings normally use only 2 percent to 10 percent of the brains capacity for higher level thought

There are ways of studying and learning that are painful, unproductive, and leave you worse off than before . . .There are ways of studying and learning that can unlock the genius in every one of us

CRHS Freshman SeminarNo matter what you do now, you can learn to harness your brain and do better . . .If you are failing, you can pass anythingIf youre passing, you can get BsIf you getting Bs, you can get AsIf youre getting As, you can do even more!2 Amazing brain facts

What part of you is only 1% to 3% of your body's mass, yet uses 20% of all the oxygen you breathe? Your brain!

- Your brain needs a continuous supply of oxygen. A 10 minute loss of oxygen will usually cause significant neural damage. Cold can lengthen this time, which is why cold-water drowning victims have been revived after as much as 40 minutes - without brain damage.

- Your brain uses a fifth of all your blood. It needs it to keep up with the heavy metabolic demands of its neurons. It needs not only the glucose that is delivered, but of course, the oxygen.

- Your brain feels no pain. There are no nerves that register pain within the brain itself. Because of this, neurosurgeons can probe the brain while a patient is conscious (what fun!). By doing this, they can use feedback from the patient to identify important regions, such as those used for speech, or visualization.

-.CRHS Freshman Seminar3More brain facts- The human brain weighs an average of a little over three pounds, or 1.4 kilograms. Albert Einstein's brain may have been smaller than yours, because he was smaller than average. There is a general correlation between body size and the size of our brains.

- There are about 100,000 miles of blood vessels in the brain. If they were stretched out (there's a nice thought!) they would circle the earth more than four times.

CRHS Freshman Seminar4DidYouKnow?

...your brain is capable of having more ideas than the number of atoms in the known universe!

(source: Tony Buzan, Head Strong 2001)

CRHS Freshman Seminar5Did YouKnow?

...if you could harness the power used by your brain, you could power a 10-watt light bulb!

The human brain is approximately 75% water

CRHS Freshman Seminar6DID YOU KNOWStress over long periods can weaken the brains ability to learn and remember.Not using the brain can reduce your IQ . . Using it in the right way can increase your IQBrain messages travel between neurons in just one thousandth of a second.Each time you have a new thought or memory, a new brain connection is made between two or more brain cells.

CRHS Freshman Seminar7Your brain is actually 3 brains!THE REPTILIAN BRAIN


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8The reptilian brainWe are born with it. It relies on instinctIt deals with survival and reproduction. It is the center for instinctive reflexes, primitive impulses, sex and violence.It is not influenced by culture or personal history.

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9 This part of your brain monitors and regulatesbreathingheart rateHungerThisprimitive brainlooks after the body and does a very good job of taking care of it.So if you are hungry or thirsty or excited or stressed or scared it is the REPTILIAN brain that tries to take control and you will likely operate on REFLEX and INSTINCT not reason or thought.Study Smarter, Not Harder CRHS Freshman Seminar

10It is the home of The FLIGHT OR FIGHT sensation in times of dangerOur sense of territoryOur feelings of safety Our survival instincts

Think about:Can you think of a situation in which this brain was dominating your thoughts and actions?

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11It affects how we study and learn becauseWhen our reptilian brains are dominating our behavior, we have little access to our higher brain functions (thinking or reasoning) they are blockedSo, study situations should have as little stress as possible or the fight or flight part of the brain takes over and you REACT rather than THINK

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12The limbic brainIs acquired during the beginning of human life (0-5 years old)It is the center of emotion, representing tensions, feelings and contradictions.It is pretty much the same brain capacity as all other mammals --

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13The limbic brainThink about the difference between a mouse and a lizard, or between a cat and a snake, and you'll recognize what this mammalian brain adds to a creature's capacities. Mammals have "feelings" like ours CRHS Freshman Seminar

14The limbic brainIs the primary site of long-term memory (the more emotional we feel about something, the longer we remember it) ASSOCIATION and EMOTION ARE KEY TO MEMORY

For example, think of a major event that was either very happy or very sad or very frightening you can remember most of the details, even years later why? You remember things better if they are associated with strong emotions ..CRHS Freshman Seminar

15BUTThe emotions themselves can block the thinking part of the brain..

When the emotional brain tells us to do something, we completely shut off our logical brain and simply follow our emtoional orders, thinking we are following logic when we really aren't.

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16So what?This is why you often observe others doing the strangest things (yelling at the television . . . Screaming at other cars on the road . . .) actions that are logical, but feel good.

Have you tried to get someone to calm down and thinkin a situation like this? -- they get really defensive. But later they look back on what they did and sometimes see it in a new light and see where they went wrong and how stupid they looked (when the emotion is gone).CRHS Freshman Seminar

17Switch from emotional to reason . . .So the key to managing your other 2 brains is to realize that your logical brain often does switch off when certain events happen and you must switch it back onCRHS Freshman Seminar

18The logical brain (cortex)Our THINKING brain

Contains our HIGHER intelligences:Ability to reasonAbility to set goalsAbility to make plansAbility to develop (speak and write) languageAbility to understand ABSTRACT terms (love, jealously, fairness, freedom, courage, RESPONSIBILITY!)CRHS Freshman Seminar

19The logical brain (cortex)Only inch thick, but has all the fold and wrinkles

This part of the brain is the part that we will harness for maximum learning.Finding the genius inside all of us.CRHS Freshman Seminar20Which is which?CRHS Freshman Seminar

21Three brains -- CRHS Freshman Seminar

22ALL WORKING TOGETHERToward a state of RELAXED ALERTNESS best for effective learningBest for communication that is open, reasonable, and efficient (speaking, listening, understanding)

Describe what you think RELAXED ALERTNESS IS.

CRHS Freshman Seminar23How do we use this information?WE WILL CREATE A TOOLBOX that will contain things that will help you make the most of your incredible potential.

your mind is like a parachute --- it only works when its open!

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