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

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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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 of media-hyped crises, buying into an imagined belief in their own individual powerlessness. Completely overwhelmed by unrelenting media-focused nightmares, personal power to make decisions and the leadership to repair, improve or completely change a lot of what’s not working, is undermined. Hopelessness becomes the underlying sentiment across the board.

Conversations, which might previously have sprung up around new projects, developing accomplishments, positive plans and hopes for the future, are increasingly giving way to growing beliefs about what can’t be done, and dismal days ahead. Generalized as a collective mindset of helplessness, humanity becomes physically predisposed to illness, emotionally inclined towards despair, and financially resigned to hardship.

This isn’t like a cold or the flu, where, after enduring several miserable days or weeks, the viral or nemesis disappears until the next “bug” comes home from the office or preschool. Chronic collective despondency has the capacity to generate a dangerous chronic, downward spiral in productivity, innovation, human relationships, reducing any significant will to make positive effort, individually or collectively. Getting by. Hanging on. Making do, set the standard for quality of life expectations.

Media’s relentless misery instantly and continuously activates fear responses in the brain. As a survival mechanism, those frightening images and amped-up commentaries are noted in the fear centers, which reward our attention with the naturally occurring, cocaine-heroin-like neurochemical, dopamine. As with street-drugs, dopamine is ruthlessly addictive.

Another fix generated by another news cycle ginned up with horrors of Ebola, ISIS, the environment, politics, business, healthcare, jobs, inequality, violence and terrorism, actually calms the junkie, by precluding withdrawal. Initially, cut off from media sources of fear-stimulated dopamine, addicts become bored, irritable, reactive, depressed, physically uncomfortable, and loose the benefit of from 10-15 IQ points.

Intentional quality and quantity of media dosing could be just the detox program we need to regain a voice and reassert power over policy making where it matters. If selective exposure to media of all varieties was a collective choice, the pooled resources and experience of hundreds of 309904_659071634110315_643624940_n millions could be expected to resolve what, at this moment, seems to be even our most intractable challenges.

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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

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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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In our digital world, are young people losing the ability to read emotions?

August 23, 2014

August 22, 2014 Children’s social skills may be declining as they have less time for face-to-face interaction due to their increased use of digital media, according to a UCLA psychology study. UCLA scientists found that sixth-graders who went five days without even glancing at a smartphone, television or other digital screen did substantially better at […]

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Parenting from before conception: Babies’ health doesn’t ‘start from scratch’

August 15, 2014

August 14, 201, University of Adelaide There’s now overwhelming evidence that a child’s future health is influenced by more than just their parents’ genetic material, and that children born of unhealthy parents will already be pre-programmed for greater risk of poor health, according to University of Adelaide researchers. In a feature paper called “Parenting from […]

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THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON SUGAR

June 29, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=lEXBxijQREo#t=0

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