Low Throttle Brain, High Octane Life (PPSX)
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Low Throttle Brain, High Octane Life (PPSX)



Some people have brains that are slightly deficient in some key brain chemicals (called neurotransmitters). They keep doing things that top up these chemicals. When this trait is expressed ...

Some people have brains that are slightly deficient in some key brain chemicals (called neurotransmitters). They keep doing things that top up these chemicals. When this trait is expressed constructively, the owner of the brain becomes primed for greatness (presented in TEDx Trichy 2010)



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    • Low Throttle Brain
      H I G H O C T A N E L I F E
      Saravanan Balakrishnanblog.saravanan.org
      Presented at TEDx Trichy, 2010
    • N e u r o t r a n s m i t t e r s
      Dopamine, Norepinephrine, Serotonin…
    • Dopamine rush
      • When you learn something new
      • In you’re a-ha moments
      • When you win
      What do you feel
      • Focuses the brain
      • Feels good
      • Cocaine
      • Love
      • Success
      • Flow
    • Norepinephrine rush
      • When you are in danger
      • When you are stressed
      What do you feel
      • Focuses the brain
      • Makes you alert
    • Less norepinephrine
      • Hungry for norep
      • Do things that increase norep
      So you…
      • Do dangerous stuff
      • Extreme sports
      • Fire man, soldier, criminal
      • Gambling, day trading
      • Procrastinate
      • Pushing things to last minute increase norep and focuses brain
      • Become an adrenaline (stress) junkie
    • Less dopamine
      • Hungry for Dopamine
      • Do things that increase Dopamine
      So you…
      • Crave novelty, get bored with routine
      • Loves solving problems, hyper-focus on what you like
      • Less dopamine in Striatum
      • Move a lot; can’t sit still
      • Extroverts
      • Less dopamine in Cerebellum
      • Introverts
      • Dreamers
    • Anterior cingulate gyrus
      • Gear shift of the brain
      • Error Detection Centre
      Less serotonin in ACG
      • Gear doesn’t shift:
      • Stay with same thought
      • Minor levels: Persistence
      • Severe levels: Worry
      • Error/Conflict detection
      • Critical
      • Perfection
    • Some people combine…
      • Less Dopamine
      • Dreamer
      • Needs novelty
      • Loves to learn/problem-solve
      • Can hyper-focus for hours
      • Less Norepinephrine
      • Needs stress to feel alive
      • Loves (craves) risk
      • Less Serotonin in ACG
      • Great staying power
      • Perfectionist
      Can you imagine what they will do for a living…
    • These brains are wired differently
    • specialization of brain
      • Brain starts out like an fresh hard disk, yet to be formatted
      • As learning happens, each parts of the brain starts to specialize in an unique function
      • This acquisition of structure is called specialization
      • Specialization starts in mother’s womb and continues into child-hood
      • After a brain is sufficiently specialized, BDNF secretes and freezes the brain state
    • partial specialization
      • In a normal brain with adequate specialization,
      • Inside the auditory cortex (■), musical note “C” is processed in a different location than note “D”
      • Inside the visual cortex (●), horizontal lines is processed in a different location than vertical lines
      • In our special brain type, BDNF “burning” happens when specialization is half way through
    • and can result in…
      • In auditory cortex
      • Sensitive hearing; can pickup sound that normal people can’t hear
      • Processing speed suffers
      • Difficulty in hearing <40ms sound
      • Ear can’t differentiate b & d, m & n, etc.
      • Leads to spelling errors
      • In visual cortex
      • Visual thinkers
      • Many can see the tube light flicker
      • In parietal lobe
      • Very sensitive to touch
      • Wear soft/worn-out cloths
      • Kinesthetic thinkers
    • more traits…
      • Heightened sense of smell
      • Nose leads
      • Sometimes, becomes a nuisance
      • Creative
      • Can combine distant ideas
      • Massively intuitive
      • Grasp the big picture even before the conscious brain becomes aware of it
      • Many can’t verbalize the intuition
    • A D D
      Attention Deficit Disorder
    • They come in three flavors
    • 1: hyperactive extroverts
      • Extroverts, Spontaneous
      • Multitasking
      • Risk taker
      • Wide mood, Quick to change
      • Reacts to external pressure
      • Highly demonstrative
      • Prefers to break large tasks into segments
      • Easily bored, Short attention span
      • Dislikes long term project, repetition
      • Becomes reactive, Expresses temper outwardly
      • Blames other when frustrated
    • 2: dreaming introverts
      • Very empathetic, sensitive
      • Good problem solver
      • Visionary/dreamer, Often highly creative
      • Sticks to jobs liked, Slow to change
      • Prefers freedom to explore, Restless
      • Tends to blame self, Can get depressed
      • Distractible when bored, Vacillates
      • Tries too hard, Burns out
      • Type 2 have some traits of 1 & 3
    • 3: habitual controllers
      • Very organized, Likes structure
      • Systematic problem solver
      • Dislikes interruptions
      • Highly focused, Perfectionist
      • Takes charge in a crisis
      • Mentally restless
      • Demanding, Rigid, Judgmental
      • Controlling
      • Obsessively worries
      • Loses temper
    • Are hunters in farming societies?
    • hunters at two extremes
      • When hunting and farming societies met, the hunters were obliterated
      • Today, hunters are a minority
      • Our society is by the farmers, for the farmers
      • More than 55% of the ENTREPRENEURS
      • Find their strengths and use them
      • Find their weaknesses and get a farmer to do them
      • More than 65% of the PRISONERS
      • Hunter trait is a double edge sword
      • When all else fails, seek medical support
      is there a hunter in you?
    • If someone tells you that something is wrong with you, they may have a case of
    • C D D
      Common-sense Deficit Disorder
    • You’re God’s gift to man kind!
      Live up to your potential and make him proud!!
    • T H A N K Y O U
      An interpretation of works done by Dr. Daniel Amen (Serotonin in ACG)
      Dr. Michel Merzenich (Partial Specializzation)
      Dr. Lynn Weiss (Three Flavours)
      Mr. Thomas Hartman (Hunter vs Farmer)
      and Others