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Creativity in Children
Posted: Sunday, November 15, 2009
At : 11:27 AM
As we asked a few weeks ago:
*What does happen to those young, developing brain circuits – those neuronal links that are changing and growing daily?*
The answer is that they are being continually influenced by their environment.
Parents, teachers, friends and society are constantly programming these creative young minds into blocks of convenient conformity.
The ancient wisdom of *give me a child before he is seven, and I will give you the man* has also been confirmed by science. Studies show that the greatest development in a child’s brain occurs during the first four years of life, after which growth continues until the major developmental spurt during their teenage years. Brain development after this period of peak growth is more measured.
What did you do last Tuesday at 10.15 am? Can you remember?
Do you have difficulty remembering what you read or studied recently? Can you rattle off some atomic weights from the Periodic Table or valencies of various elements from your last Chemistry class?
Memory is no longer the mystery it was just a few decades ago. Neuroscience shows us that memory is a unique capacity that is separate from other cognitive functions. The main region of our brain associated with memory is the hippocampus. Various biological pathways in the brain are involved in the process of retaining information in our 'memory banks'.
Studies have shown that memory is aided by the release of the chemical acetylcholine. In fact, in Alzheimer's disease, one treatment for memory impairment is the use of cholinesterase inhibitors - which help normalize the acetylcholine levels in the brain. Besides a better memory, this treatment helps improve thinking and functionality in some Alzheimer's patients.
Last week we addressed lithium's healing properties.
How does lithium work? Although the mechanisms are still under study, several observations have been made.
Lithium (Li) quickly changes the concentration of neurotransmitters in the brain, thus correcting the chemical imbalance responsible for the disorder.
At the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), researchers discovered that Li increases the volume of grey Matter in the brain, thus increasing the number of neurons. In particular, neuronal levels in the hippocampus (involved in memory) increased by 25%. (H. Manji, NIMH).
Other potential benefits of Lithium salts include the treatment of Schizophrenia and preventing the death of brain cells due to strokes or the radiation therapy in cancer treatment.
The question is: why have we not seen more research and news about this?
The answer is: there is NO MONEY to be made - lithium is an element, so drug companies cannot patent it and MAKE PROFITS from its use. Therefore they won't spend their money to prove its efficacy in the treatment of major neurological diseases affecting thousands of people throughout the world.
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Breakthroughs in Science
Posted: Tuesday, March 6, 2007
At : 1:23 PM
In 2006, a breakthrough by MIT researchers allowed scientists to observe neurons within a living animal's brain, and to study how neurons changed in response to an experience.
This will soon provide a new method of verifying the effectiveness of Whole Mind Success techniques in enhancing our creative and innovative capabilities.
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory used a new brain-imaging system which allowed them to see how genes shaped the brain in response to the environment.
We will be able to actually "see", instantaneously, what happens within our brains as we practice Whole Mind techniques. We could view the growth of new neural circuits which allow us to use both halves of the brain effectively.
Of course, for most of us, the end result is what we are really interested in - the development of new skills, increased creativity, innovation and effective leadership - something that many Whole Mind Success students are enjoying daily.
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Reprogramming the Brain at any Age
Posted: Friday, January 19, 2007
At : 9:59 AM
Modern medical research has shown that the human brain can be reprogrammed at any age, and that we can develop new skills and increase our capacity to solve any problems we may encounter.
Since most of us have challenging problems that we are trying to resolve - both business and personal - might it be possible that we have, within us, the power to solve more of these problems than we realize?
The answer is an absolutely and emphatically resounding "yes"!
There is, however, one serious challenge to achieving this reprogramming and thus improving our mental prowess.