Chapter 3 - Meet your Amazing Brain

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  But if you grew up in a traditional Polynesian, Melanesian or Micronesian culture in the Pacific, without either a picture or a "sequential" written language, then your main communication would be through sound alone - reinforced through rhyme, rhythm, song and dance, and of course by your holistic sense of sight.
  Researchers will now tell you that there are at least three main learning-style preferences:
  1. Haptic learners, from a Greek word meaning "moving along": people who learn best when they are involved, moving, experiencing and experimenting; often called kinesthetic-tactile learners.
  2. Visual learners, who learn best when they can see pictures of what they are studying, with a smaller percentage who are "print-oriented" and can learn mainly by reading.
  3. Auditory learners, who learn best through sound: through music and talk.
  Lynn O'Brien, Director of Specific Diagnostic Studies Inc., of Rockville, Maryland, has found most elementary and high school students learn best when they are involved and moving, while most adults have a visual preference.14 But most of us combine all three styles in different ways, as we explore later. We all learn best and fastest when we link together many of our brain's great abilities. Of those attributes, three are extremely important for learning:
  1: How you store and retrieve information - quickly, thoroughly and efficiently.
  2: How you can use it to solve problems.
  3: How you can use it to create new ideas.
  For the first two, you use the brain's unique ability to recognize pat-terns and associations. For the third, we learn how to break the patterns - how to recombine information in a new way.

How your brain stores information
 
  As a patterning device, the brain almost certainly has no equal. It is capable of storing virtually every major piece of data it takes in.
  Learn to identify and recognize a dog, for instance, and your brain sets up a storage file for dogs. Every other type of dog you learn to recognize is stored in a similar patterning system. And the same with birds, horses, cars, jokes or any other subject. Many scientists now believe we store

 

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