Improve Your Brain Power


Improve Your Brain Power

Author: Dr. G. Francis Xavier, Phd
Format: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 9788122308648
Code: 9071D
Pages: 144
Price: US$ 6.00

Published: 2004
Publisher: Pustak Mahal
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Do you have an irresistible desire to accomplish something great and outstanding in life?

Do you have a passion to develop Extraordinary Memory, Increased IQ, Imagination, Creativity and Visualisation?

Do you wish to lead a happy, stress-free life with vibrant health?

To achieve all this, you need to enhance the power of your brain, which is the master organ in the body.

Tis book shows you the way by offering a variety of time-tested and proven techniques based on the ancient wisdom of the East, combined with practical modern research findings of the West, which include:

*Proper food, nutrition and supplements

*Exercises, both physical and mental

*Yoga, pranayama and meditation

*Boosting brainpower via puzzles, riddles and magic squares.

This is an invaluable book for all those who wish to lead a happy, enriched and successful life.


About the author:

Dr G Francis Xavier, PhD, founder-chairman of TAP Foundation International, has a doctoral research in Self-improvement with special emphasis on human potential and brainpower.

He has been a regular practitioner of all the techniques offered in this book.

Known as the Great Motivator, he conducts two training programmes: (i) Tap Your Genius – a multi-dimensional Personality Development Programme with special emphasis on enhancement of Memory Power; and (ii) Train the Trainers – a programme specially designed to create trainers in the field of Human Resources Development.

He has conducted training programmes for over three decades in India, the US, Canada, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Kenya.

Dr Xavier has also authored books on successful living, self-improvement, Yoga, vibrant health, palmistry, stress management, financial analysis and accounting,including The World’s Best Thought-provoking Jokes, which was published recently by Pustak Mahal.



CONTENTS:

Part One 9–30
Anatomy of the Brain
A Vital Organ: Physical aspects of the brain; Brain research; Right brain and Left brain; Brain wave frequency
Old Myths and New Discoveries: Size and weight; Impact of ageing; Regeneration of brain cells; The two hemispheres; Influence of lights and sounds; Control of thoughts, emotions and moods; Enormous potential
Unique Features of the Brain: A physical organ; Electrically powered; Unlimited potential; Ability of recall; Damage by stress; Plasticity; A mystical entity; Use it or lose it; Novelty and exercise; Genetic influence; Free radicals the primary enemy; Brain activity is essentially chemical; Master control centre; Nutrients; Chronological and biological ageing; Psychosomatic diseases originate in the brain; Multiple intelligence
How Memory is Stored and Retrieved

Part Two 31–76
Powerful Techniques
to Develop Super Brainpower
Attitude; Affirmation; Alcohol; Antioxidants; Aromatherapy; Awareness; Biorhythm cycles; Blood pressure; Brainex; Brainstorming; Breast-feeding; Biofeedback; Calmness; Choline; Clogged intestine; Concentration; Creeping and crawling; Diets for the brain; Enthusiasm; Environment; Exercises (physical); Flow experiences; Forgetting; Free radicals; Fruits; Garlic; Ginseng; Gingko biloba; Holding the breath; A happy frame of mind; Health of the body; Imagination; Intellectual companions; Interactive dialogue; Internal clock; IQ tests; Latent learning; Lead; Luxuries; Massage; Meditation; Meditation in practise; Memory system; Mindfulness; Mind mapping; Minerals; Music; Negative ions; Novelex; Obstacles; Oxygen; Poisoning the brain; Power thinking; Pranayama; Prayer; Reading; Questions; Reflexology; Repetitions; Rhythms; Selenium; Sex; Silence; Sleep; Sleeping pills; Smart drugs; Smoking; Spirituality; Stress; Stimulants; Sugar; Sunlight; Tax your brain; Thinking; Travel; TV programmes; Twirling; Vitamins; Yantra

Part Three 77–104
Brainex: Exercise for the Brain

Part Four 105–129
Magic Squares to Boost Brainpower

PREFACE:
The human brain is the most complex and fascinating organ on this planet. Despite the research done on the brain, there is a lot that we still do not know. But we do know that the potential of the human brain is grossly underutilised. In addition, several myths abound on the functioning of the brain. But the myths are gradually being eradicated, including the biggest one that the functioning of the brain decreases with age.

Worldwide, neuroscientists, psychologists and others interested in human potential have conducted tremendous research on the subject. India and Eastern traditional wisdom from the ages have contributed invaluable insights as well as skills and techniques to greatly enhance brain functioning. Many of these insights, skills and techniques are presented in this book. Importantly, they are also effectively imparted at the training programmes Tap Your Genius and Train the Trainers, which I have been conducting for three decades. Thousands have been trained in India and abroad. These two training programmes effectively blend ancient techniques of the East with modern research findings of the West.

These programmes have enabled executives, professionals and trainers in the field of human resources development (HRD) to enhance their memory power, brain potential, manage time and stress and improve their professional competence. Furthermore, the techniques found in this book are also offered to students, enabling them to score very high marks in exams and also boost their confidence. This book is an invaluable guide to all who wish to boost their brainpower and thereby attain success and happiness in life.

Dr G. Francis Xavier December 3, 2003
358, 8th Main, Viveknagar
Bangalore – 47, India
Cell: 080–36721820

Note to Parents: Offer this book as a gift to your children. The techniques will not only enhance their brainpower but also help them secure very high marks in exams.

EXCERPTS:

Old Myths and New Discoveries
Any discovery related to the brain means that we are discovering something new about ourselves. Recent research into the brain has exploded many long-held beliefs.

Size and Weight
It used to be thought that heredity determines the size and weight of the brain, that it is a fixed entity and nothing can be done to change it. Now research has proved that the size and weight of the brain can be increased through external stimulation and enriched environment.

Impact of Ageing
It was believed that after reaching maturity the growth of the brain stopped completely. It was also believed that there is a continuous loss of brain cells as we advance in age, resulting in decreased intelligence and creativity among the elderly. Now studies have shown that with proper stimulation the brain can continue to grow, producing enhanced intelligence and better functioning even at the ripe old age of 90 years.

Regeneration of Brain Cells
Neuroscientists firmly believed that the brain cells in the body proliferate only till the age of two and then the growth of brain cells completely stopped. It was also believed that the loss of brain cells took place continuously in a person’s lifetime. Now many studies have shown that neurons can regenerate and the lost cells can be replaced under the right conditions and stimulation, in much the same way as our skin can heal itself after it is cut.

The Two Hemispheres
It was earlier thought that depending upon the type of task at hand, either the left or the right hemisphere would be in operation. As the tasks changed the dominance of the side would also change. This suggested that we could use only one side of the brain at a time. But now it is clear that while a person is in deep meditation or intense creativity, both hemispheres begin to produce the same type of brain waves in a single, coherent rhythm, operating in unison. This is called brain synchronisation. It has recently become clear that certain brain stimulation devices can rapidly boost the brain into this beneficial state.

Influence of Lights and Sounds
There was a belief that any conceivable mental state is created by the interaction of electrical and chemical activity in the brain and that we have absolutely no control over our mental state. But recent research reveals that it is possible to create any kind of mental state like euphoria, reverie, recall of past experiences, sexual excitement, deep concentration and heightened creativity by triggering specific areas in the brain through mechanical devices that use sounds, lights and electromagnetic fields. It is now confirmed that through external stimuli brain activities can be altered and shaped.

Control of Thoughts, Emotions and Moods
It was firmly believed that the activities of the brain, such as its rhythm through electrical activity and secretion of brain chemicals, are beyond our conscious control. But after the introduction of biofeedback machines it is now possible to bring the involuntary systems such as our blood pressure, heart rate and secretion of hormones under conscious control. Many sophisticated and sensitive machines have come into the market, which can monitor and give us feedback on what are generally considered mental states. By sensing the brain’s electrical activity and simultaneously “relaying” that activity to us in easily understood images, these machines enable users to observe their brain states and change them. In effect, you can learn to alter and control your own thoughts, emotions, moods and mental states, at will.

Enormous Potential
In the past the actual potential of the brain was not recognised. Recent studies indicate that the human brain is capable of far greater feats of learning, remembering, and creating than had previously been imagined. Under proper conditions, normal humans can absorb, store, process, and recall vast amounts of information.
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How Memory is Stored and Retrieved
Information is registered in the brain in three ways: from seeing, hearing and doing. From these follow visual memory, auditory memory and kinaesthetic memory.

Most auditory memories are stored in the left side of the brain’s neocortex and visual memories in the right side of the neocortex. Kinaesthetic memories, by and large, are stored in the cerebellum. Most people are relatively adept at laying down one of the three types of memory than the other two.

The general trend is that memory constitutes 65% visual, 20% auditory and 15% kinaesthetic. When a memory is encoded visually, auditorily and kinaesthetically, it will exist in a maximum number of brain cells. Good teachers often try to tailor their lessons to the learning style preferred by each of their students.

Visual learners learn more quickly than auditory and kinaesthetic learners. Kinaesthetic learning is not very effective for most type of academic subjects, but it is by far the most enduring type of memory. Kinaesthetic memory endures well partly because the cerebellum (where most kinaesthetic memory resides) is relatively less vulnerable to degenerative damage than the neocortex and the hippocampus, which process most visual and auditory learning. Once you learn to type or drive a car, you never forget how. Kinaesthetic memory also seems to be the only form of memory that functions best without the help of associated memories from other parts of the brain. The more you think about a skill memory, such as playing tennis or cricket, the less you are able to do it. That is why athletes playing in games simply go with the flow of their muscle memory.

The primary area of the brain that ships short-term memories to long-term storage is the limbic system, particularly of the hippocampus and amygdala. The limbic system is the emotional brain, and one of its major jobs is to decide whether a memory is worth keeping. Memories are shipped to long-term storage by the limbic system in two basic ways. One way occurs when your emotional limbic system becomes excited or stimulated about an event or a fact. When this happens you naturally secrete excitatory catecholamine neurotransmitters, such as norepinephrine, that powerfully engrave memories upon the brain.

The other primary way that you send messages to long-term storage is by repeating them to yourself. Even the most boring facts can be memorised through repetition. One important biological mechanism that supports learning by repetition is called long-term potentiation, discovered in 1973. This phenomenon is great news for anyone who wants to biologically develop a good memory. Because of long-term potentiation or LTP, every time you see or think about a particular piece of information, it becomes biologically easier to remember it the next time you are exposed to it. Each exposure doesn’t just add to your memory, it adds exponentially.

In other words, if you see the same information five times, you will be more likely to remember it not five times, but about twenty times. This happens because the memory trace that was created by the information becomes, in effect, an often-travelled road. The path of the memory is, so to speak, beaten down, making the path easier for neurotransmitters to travel.

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