New and promising advances in Neuroscience. I look forward to see this device beyond the clinical trials and into the commercial market.
I picked up this audiobook, Make Your Brain Smarter, as one of my long road trip companions. As usual, anything with the words “Brain” and “Smarter” in the title gets my immediate attention. I found this book extensive and complex in exploring the brain’s frontal lobe process (cognitive domains) and enhancing it’s brainpower as your own C.E.O. or Cognitive Entepreneurial Officer. It is one of those audiobooks where you have to start taking notes from the get go and even pause to digest all the information. It deserves a dedicated second listening without any distractions. It covers in- depth how to improve your cognitive performance through strategic thinking ( brainomics) on new learning, content absorbtion, project design and implementation, problem solving, breakthrough thinking and sound desicion making.
- Strategic Attention: focusing on one topic, avoiding multi-tasking and other tasks which depletes brain power. I quickly realized this as one of my crutches since I multi-task my life a lot and which I thought it was one of my best personality asset.
- Brain Power of none: getting some time alone, meditate and reflect on the task at hand.
- Brain Power of one: taking one task at the time. Make sequential progress and not multi-tasking.
- Brain Power of two: selecting two of the most important task at hand.
2. Integrated Reasoning: incorporating and applying information. I found this insightful in the way I gather information, facts, solutions and how I set my priorities and goals.
- Zoom in: getting the facts, do the logistics
- Zoom out: step back to see the bigger picture, bigger ideas, different strategy.
- Zoom deep and wide: becoming a tactical thinker; when and when not to do something.
3. Innovation: changing old ways and experimentation. I realized this is my current stage though I must go back and see everything from a different perspective difined in the book to make sure I stay focused, relevant to my goals and not running around like a chicken with the head cut off.
- Imagination: infinate subjects, solutions and concepts
- Paradox: having the tenacity to follow through and not get stuck. Reflect-Reframe-Learn from mistakes
- Unknown: Ask-Seek-Be Courious
There is much to do to improve my brain’s health fitness. I found myself pausing the audio- tracks and even going back to previous chapters to better grasp the material. It pays to give full attention to this audiobook. Better yet, get the book instead 😉
Here is a well written summary by Lauren O’Neil via Learning and the Brain blog, which does a better job describing what this book is all about. Enjoy!
I came across to this audiobook as part of a series of books I am researching on Cognitive Behavior, Neuroscience and Brain’s Neuroplasticity. It is, as the title implies, remarkable in the frontiers of Neuroplasticity.
This is a field that really attracts me. I find everything related to how the brain works and it’s ability to change itself fascinating. I don’t just listen or read about it, I research it and find out how I can benefit from it. Over the years I have been taking information from books, online articles and anything I can find about the subject. Lately, I have been implementing all this information into an action plan to enhance my brain and improve my life.
This plan includes major changes in my lifestyle from changing what I eat, how I sleep, how I spend my time and resources, to the kind of supplements I take, the quality of material I listen to or watch on tv, and to the kind of methods and tools I use to hack my brain and optimize my body.
This book by Norman Doidge M.D. is the kind of book I needed to expand my arsenal of tools to enhance my lifestyle. I have taken several notes below, reviewing the material of the book and researching further on the techniques, methods and devices available in the field of Neuroplasticity. I am already into action, taking the next steps, setting up appointments with local centers and professionals offering these methods.
The notes below are mine taken from the book and from their respective sources and Wikipedia. Credits to where is due and I don’t claim any of it nor I intend to violate any rights by posting them. Any comments or suggestions are welcome.