Do you know how media, politicians, economics, and marketing control our brains?

Wire My Brain is a scientific forum for empowering an intellectual and behavioral revolution

  • Wire My Brain is about taking back our brains and applying the radical, new science of brain (neuro) plasticity and epigenetics, to take charge of life and our civilization
  • Wire My Brain is about providing paradigm-changing brain information to achieve personal success in business, finance, education, government, and civil society that works for the benefit of all
  • Wire My Brain is about becoming more highly effective by understanding the workings of the brains of others in order to collaboratively solve complex issues and secure a sustainable future

So1458459_225986800910875_1500388889_nme video game manufacturers are now marketing terrific games that emphasize kindness and compassion instead of violence and aggression. This is an important contribution to the world of gaming software, as our neutral brains can learn either equally well!

With a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Games Learning Society Initiative, designed games to help eighth graders develop beneficial social and emotional skills—empathy, cooperation, mental focus, and self-regulation. These exciting games, with advanced animation techniques include :
Crystals of Kaydor
Tenacity
Fair Play
Progenitor X
Soul of a Place
Anatomy Browser
Citizen Science
Studio K
Virulent
Trails Forward

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Sadly, for some time, it has been known that children who suffer abuse, neglect, poverty, or trauma often develop depression and other psychiatric illnesses. As adults, that kind of stress often translates into greater incidence of medical illnesses, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

At least in part, this can be explained by the fact that all of life experiences, especially those of the early years, influence which genes are turned off or on; a process called, epigenetics. This would be a terrible life sentence except for the very hopeful findings of recent research.

Happily, new information gives reason for optimism. Work done by Yale School of Medicine professor, Joan Kaufman.* shows that the effects of adverse childhood experiences don’t have to be permanent. The concept of a “critical period” in which a brain pathway becomes fixed has long been considered the limit of a brain’s capacity to develop or change. That narrow window has now given way to a much more expansive “sensitive period” when the brain is more susceptible to environmental influences but retains some plasticity.
Environmental and emotional enrichment, nutritional supplementation, and brain re-programming are being developed as tools to help compensate for childhood damage by reducing potentially harmful genetic messages which might otherwise predict a life of serious mental and physical illness.

20130918_child-poverty4_33* Yale School of Medicine, Yale Medicine, Autumn 2014

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Every day Lumosity provides new brain exercises for its subscribers, urging daily practice. Christmas was different.

“Most of the year, we remind you to spend time training your brain. Today, we ask for something different.
Put
down your phones and computers. Make some new memories. Whether you’re visiting a childhood home or welcoming guests through your doors, give your full attention to your loved ones.”

Makes Lumosity seem human, incorporating the best of human values into a highly successful business model. This is an example of a conscious corporation authentically supporting a high level of brain function within a comprehensively healthy life style.

How about some time – as much as possible – everyday to give full attention to family, friends, loved ones, pets, art, music, peaceful moments . . . small special moments that add up to a fulfilling life!

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Scientists are now able to explain how the aging process can be delayed for a several decades, without demanding practices, or costly medical procedures.

The process that keeps us at our best is neurogenesis, which is the body’s ability to grow new synapses and neurons (the essential “mechanical” equipment) in our brains. The big bonus? Every time the brain is revitalized, other organs are rejuvenated as well!

How to revitalize your brain – at any age?

• Find new and complex body movements every.

• Complexity enhances vitality in the brain. It thrives on big surprises and challenges.

• Avoid using devices to do simple tasks. Practice memorizing important personal phone numbers and email addresses instead of relying on mobile phones and computers to do the job. Learn how to navigate without depending on GPS.

• Meditation opens pathways in unused regions of the mind and opens new pathways in the brain.

• Continuing education, learning new hobbies, social interaction, and novel activities that involve foreign languages, unfamiliar locations and acquaintances, and humor – which activates and integrates both hemispheres of the brain, stimulate neurogenesis.

MAKE A POINT OF FINDING SOME VALUE AND ENJOYMENT IN WHATEVER YOU DO!

All of these promote improved intelligence, release of valuable neurochemicals, create new synaptic connections, and add up to mental and physical well-being!

Information gathered at the recent Mind and Its Potential international conference in Sidney, October 2014, where Dr Michael Merzenich, neuroscientist from the University of California, and Ruth Ostrow discussed how the aging process could be postponed through neurogenesis.Screen-Shot-2013-09-08-at-4.52.07-PM

 

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8 WEEKS TO A BETTER BRAIN!

by DC on November 30, 2014

in Brain, Neuroplasticiy

Brain MeditatingA team led by Harvard-affiliated researchers has found that in an eight-week mindfulness meditation program (30 minutes per day) novice meditators make measurable, structural changes in their brains. Brain scans document that over time, meditation produces changes in gray matter, specifically a thickening in the cerebral cortex in areas associated with attention, learning, memory processes, emotional regulation, self-awareness, and perspective taking.

“Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day,” according to Sara Lazar, Harvard Medical School instructor and lead researcher. “This study demonstrates that actual changes in brain structure may underlie reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing.”

It is empowering to understand that given the brain’s natural plasticity, should we select to repeat constructive behaviors, like meditation, we can play an active role in changing the brain to increase our well-being and quality of life.

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CURE FOR DEPRESSION EPIDEMIC

October 20, 2014

Media news, 24/7 of the worst of the worst, Ebola, ISIS, the environment, politics, business, healthcare, jobs, inequality, violence and terrorism, has put global enthusiasm for life on hold. Humanity is suffering from an epidemic of depression. Barraged by unrelenting cable television and on-line news sources, the public is vulnerable to sinking beneath the enormity […]

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TEEN BRAINS, BRILLIANT & INSANE

October 13, 2014

What IS going on in the teen brain?  What causes it to function unlike the brains of children or adults?  What can help teens use their brains to be safer, healthy, happier, and more successful adults? This link offers the power point presentation, “Teen Brains, Brilliant and Insane”, given October 13, 2014 TEENBRAINBRILLIANTANDINSANE 4

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ARE YOU A DOPAMANIAC?

October 13, 2014

Dopamine Quiz

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Brain Connection Involved with Turning On and Off Day Dreaming, Slow To Develop In Kids With ADHD

September 15, 2014

Past images of brain structures showed that the brains of people with ADHD mature later than those of people without the condition. Now researchers making use of collected data have found that the growth of connections within and between key brain networks in children with ADHD lags behind what happens in other kids the same […]

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MEDIA DEVICES, GOOD OR BAD?

September 11, 2014

By the end of a presentation I’m usually asked whether video games and electronic devices are good or bad. My understanding is that technology has no intrinsic value. Technological processes have three neutral components: inputs, an engine, and outputs. “Good” or “bad” technologies are scaled against our value systems. If the outputs of the processes […]

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