….So is that it ? …Is that all that’s possible ?
If you continue using your brain in the way they taught you at school then the answer is probably yes.
But by now you know there are other better and more effective ways of learning.
These new and better ways involve using all of your brain and all of your mind…
Let’s take a look at your brain next.
Your brain can be looked at as a collection of several parts. These various parts have evolved as we humans changed and grew over the millenia.
The Reptilian Brain: The oldest part of your brain is the reptilian complex. This is found at the base of the brain and connects directly to the spinal chord. It has a limited number of functions which include the fight or flight response and other base activities. It doesn’t deal with any deductive or emotional activities.It also deals with hunger responses, temperature control, defending territory and staying safe
The Limbic System: The limbic system is similar to the brains of dogs and cats and is where we feel emotions.
The Neo Cortex: The cortex is the newest part of the brain and is the grey squiggly stuff you can see on the outside. Other primates such as chimpanzees and monkeys also have a cortex. Humans have the largest cortex of all the primates. The cortex is thought to be so large, compared to other primates due to the way that we developed language.
You use this for problem solving and planning. It is also useful for complex social interactions. This is the part of the brain where rational thought and decisions occurs as opposed to knee jerk reactions.
In addition to these divisions your brain is further divided into a left and right hemisphere. each of the two hemispheres fulfills different functions. The diagram below explains which hemisphere does what.
Something to note is that long term visual memory is located in the right hemisphere and that short term auditory memory is located in the left hemisphere. this is important and I want you to remember this as we move on here.