BRAIN RULE #1 = EXERCISE Exercise boosts brain power Our fancy brains developed not while we were lounging, but while we were moving. It also stimulates the protein that keeps neurons connecting.
“Dreaming permits us to be quietly and safely insane every night of our lives.” –William Dement The body possesses a series of internal clocks, and their automatic rhythm occurs as a result of the continuous conflict between 2 opposing forces: Process C = The Circadian Arousal System (designed to do everything in its power to keep you ) (pg 155) Process C and Process S are locked in a daily warfare of victory and surrender so predictable that you can graph it. we were out on the savannah we saw a saber-tooth tiger! Stressed people: (pg 178) Specifically stress hurts declarative memory and executive function.
Process S determines the duration and intensity of sleep and Process C determines the tendency and timing of the need to go to sleep. The skills needed to excel in school Under chronic stress, adrenaline creates scars in your blood vessels that can cause a heart attack or stroke, and cortisol damages the cells of the hippocampus, crippling your ability to learn and remember.
(pg 33) 40,000 years ago something remarkable happened.
We appeared to have suddenly taken up painting and sculpture, creating fine art and jewelry.
We fell out of the trees, we stood up, we walked and we learned to cooperate.
Theory of Mind = the ability to peer inside someone’s mental life and make predictions on how they will respond and react.
Learning results in physical changes in the brain, and these changes are unique to each individual. Students of the [sic] have brains sufficiently wired to read by the age at which we expect them to read.
Lockstep models simply based on age are guaranteed to create a counterproductive mismatch to brain biology.
You can improve your chances of remembering something if you reproduce the environment in which you first put it into your brain.
BRAIN RULE #6 = LONG-TERM MEMORY Remember to Repeat Memory may not be fixed at the moment of learning, but repetition, doled out in specifically timed intervals, is the fixative.