Brain Training in Sports – Bragging Helps Us Learn

“Bragging gives the same sensation of pleasure as food and money”. Using special imaging of brain, Harvard neuroscientists demonstrated that self disclosure increases activity of the meso-limbic dopamine system. This system is the same system that is associated with the sense of reward or satisfaction from food, money or sex. So essentially, talking about ourselves, sharing our thoughts and feelings makes us feel good. Now, it is not just about feeling good! That dopamine pathway is key to a lot of other functions including learning (associative and procedural), working memory...

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Brain Coaching – “The Dance”

In the “The Clinical Science of Neurologic Rehabilitation”, Bruce Dobkin, a medical neurologist, eloquently describes how we learn through observation and imitation. The passage below which can be found on page 17 of his book beautifully illustrates this learning process. He further suggests, as we have at Brain Centers NW, that the same process that an athlete is engaged in when learning a new “dance” may apply to neurorehabilitation. Brain Centers NW’s brain training program is doing just that. At Brain Centers NW, Dr. David Burns, is applying known...

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Celebrate the Little Sports Victories

Celebrate the Little Sports Victories Reposted with permission. The world of sports loves to celebrate the big victories—the game winning Hail Mary, the shot at the buzzer, the homerun at the bottom of the ninth. And it’s easy to understand why—they’re exciting and awe-inspiring and something extra special. But sports games, especially youth sports, are full of much more little victories than big ones. And it’s those little victories that carry a player through. It’s time to start celebrating the little sports victories! Here are 3 ways how: 1. Set small goals that contribute to...

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Brain Train by “Dogging It”

When brain training, imagery is a great tool for learning, training and motivation. Martial Arts, like Kung Fu, have used animals to describe various postures or skills (e.g. Crane Stance) for centuries. The visual gives you a model to emulate. Personally, many moons ago, when working out I would use visualizations of power animals or mythical creatures. I would do this before a big lift and would see myself succeeding and I would see and feel the might of a silver back gorilla or Staffordshire bull terrier pulling a sled of weights. Elite athletes have used various visualizations techniques...

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10 Secrets About Emotions and Learning

10 Things Every Teacher Needs to Know About Emotions and Learning Originally Posted on Sunday August 12, 2012 by BestCollegesOnline.com By this point, it ought to be common sense that one’s emotions certainly hold influence over academic and professional performances. Savvy teachers and bosses, however, know that the reality exists as far more nuanced than one blanket statement implies. As such, they should probably read up on the subject, particularly as it pertains to common and not-so-common mental health and neurological conditions. EMOTIONS IMPACTING LEARNING EXIST ON A...

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