Chapter 3 - Meet your Amazing Brain

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The two sides of your brain
  Look at an electronic scan of your brain and you'll see how parts of it process different types of information. We take in information through our five major senses: by what we see, hear, touch, smell and taste.
   In general terms the left-hand side of your brain plays a major part in processing logic, words, mathematics and sequence - the so-called academic parts of learning.
  The right-hand side of the brain deals with rhythm, rhyme, music, pictures and day-dreaming - the so-called creative activities.
  The split is not, however, as simple as that. Both sides of the brain are linked by the corpus callosum. This is a highly complex switching system with its 300 million active neurons. It is constantly balancing the incoming messages, and linking together the abstract, holistic picture with the concrete, logical messages.
  British businessman and researcher Colin Rose, author of Accelerated Learning and developer of several rapid-learning foreign language courses, gives a simple example of how different aspects of the brain can work together in an integrated way. "If you're listening to a song, the left brain would be processing the words and the right brain would be processing the music. So it's no accident that we learn the words of popular songs very easily. You don't have to make any effort to do that. You learn very quickly because the left brain and the right brain are both involved - and so is the emotional center of the brain in the limbic system."10
  The emotional center of your brain is also very closely connected with your long-term memory storage system. That's why we all remember easiest any information with a high emotional content. Almost anyone can remember his or her first major sexual experience. Millions of people can also recall precisely where they were when they heard the news of the death of President John F. Kennedy or Princess Diana. Music and the words to songs trigger deep memories - if the music is associated with personal elation or pleasurable experiences. Discovering how the brain processes such information is a vital key to more effective learning.
  Leading brain researcher Professor Marian Diamond11 took a day out at the University of California at Berkeley to demonstrate precisely how the brain works; and how it's much more complex than any simple left-side-right-side explanation. Slicing into a human brain delivered from a nearby morgue, she starts with the stem or base. "This little area here


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