October 17–19, 2013

TEN WAYS TO BOOST
BRAIN POWER
Sally Hanna
Brain Quiz
Question 1

Question 2

People who
meditate for 30
minutes a day for
8 weeks show
changes in parts
of the brain...
Brain Quiz
Question 5

Question 6

How much does
your brain weigh?

At what age does
your brain stop
growing and
changing?...
Commit to Act
#1 POWER OF EATING RIGHT,

POWER NAPS, AND EXERCISE
ON THE BRAIN
Eating Right for Maximum Brain Power
Eating Right for Maximum Brain Power
Eating Right for Maximum Brain Power
Eating Right for Maximum Brain Power
Nourish – Carbohydrates
Fuel Your Brain
• Glucose is the only fuel normally
used by b...
Question – What Nutrient Gives You
Omega-3
• Extra Boost to Brain Power
• Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
Sleep Boosts Brain Cell Numbers

Myelin Ensheaths Nerves to Protect Them and Speed Up Their Signaling

Necessary for Our N...
Power of Quick Naps
• Caffeine Can Decrease Memory Performance
• Nap on a Regular Schedule

30-60 Minutes Helps Boost Memo...
Exercise
Boosts Brain
Testosterone

Levels, Builds
New Brain Cells
Word About Exercise
• Increases Oxygen to Your Brain
• Reduces Risk of Disorders that Lead to
Memory Loss
• Enhances Produ...
#2 POWER OF NEGATIVE/

POSITIVE SELF TALK
ON THE BRAIN
Power of Negative Self Talk
I’m Not
Qualified
for this Job

I Can’t
Do This

I’m Not
Supposed
to Be Here

I’m Not
Smart
En...
Power of Positive Self Talk
I am
Qualified

I Can Do
This

I Belong
Here

I am Smart
Enough

I am Good
Enough
#3 POWER OF STRESS

ON THE BRAIN
De-Stressing
STRESS is One of the Brain’s Worst Enemies
• Destroys Brain Cells
• Damages a Region of the Brain Involved in...
Hot Buttons
are things that annoy, irritate, and/or
frustrate you.
I get extremely irritated, frustrated, or annoyed if a ...
Exercise

Identify Your Own
Hot Buttons
What You Can Do When a
Hot Button is Pushed
• Don’t React
• Practice De-stressing Techniques
–
–
–
–

Deep Bre...
#4 POWER OF BODY POSTURE

ON THE BRAIN
Two Hormones Effects on the Brain
• Testosterone – Effect on Key Cognitive Functions
– Attention, Memory, and Social Abili...
Closed Body Posture
Powerful Body Posture
#5 POWER OF MEDITATION

ON THE BRAIN
Power of Meditation on the Brain
• Meditation Changes Actual Brain
– Regular Meditators have More Activity in the Left
Pre...
Power of Meditation on the Brain
Power of
Meditation
on the Brain
#6 POWER OF LEARNING

SOMETHING NEW
ON THE BRAIN
Power of New Learning

“Use It or
Lose It”

Working Out Your Brain, Increases the Process to Remember Information
How Do You Get a Brain Workout
• Visit New Places
• Different Kinds of Books
• Challenging Hand-Eye Coordination

Pick Som...
#7 POWER OF HAVING FOCUSED

CONVERSATIONS ON THE
BRAIN
Focused
Conversation
Activity
#8 POWER OF LAUGHTER AND

SOCIAL CONNECTONS ON
THE BRAIN
Effects of Laughter

Laughter Engages Multiple Regions Across the Whole Brain
Effects of Laughter
“Bummer of

a birthmark,
Ha!”

Laughter Engages Multiple Regions Across the Whole Brain
Social Connections
Relationships Stimulate Our Brain

• Interacting with Others is the Best Kind of Brain
Exercise
• Vital...
#9 POWER OF TRICKS TO

MEMORY RETENTION
ON THE BRAIN
Tricks to Memory Retention
• Pay Attention
• Involve as Many Senses as Possible

• Relate Information to What You Already ...
Use Mnemonic Devices to Make Memorization Easier

1836
Chunking With
Method of Loci

Place Items You Want to Remember Along a Route You Know Well
#10

FOSTERING CREATIVITY
AND INNOVATION
Creativity

2-4 Years – 95% Test Very Creative

7 Years – 4% Creative
A Way of Improving Already Existing Products
Innovation is Not Limited by IQ, Intelligence, or Degrees
A Way of Improving Already Existing Products
The 3M Example
Increase Innovation By . . .
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Is intelligence a function of nature or nurture? Are people born smart or do they become smart? The safest answers are it depends or all of the above. Many search for explanations for differences in people, yet the challenge is to search for ways to maximize your own personal potential. There are some key habits, exercises, and ways of thinking that can help you increase your memory, make more strategic decisions, increase understanding, and enhance mental clarity. This workshop will expose you to simple things that you can do on a regularly basis to challenge your mind engage your thinking to access greater creativity and intellectual focus.
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
a. Identify habits to increase memory and thinking
b. Explore strategies to increase creativity
c. Play brain teasing games to enhance focus

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  • Too much sugar or refined carbohydrates can actually deprive your brain of glucose – depleting its energy supply and compromising your brain's power to concentrate, remember, and learnMental activity requires a lot of energy
  • Make a regular part of your routine, setting an alarm for a short snooze 20-minute power nap – sometimes called the Stage 2 Nap – is good for alertness and motor learning skills like typing and playing the pianoLonger naps:30 to 60 minutes – help boost memory and enhance creativity 60 to 90 minutes – plays a key role in making new connections in the brain and solving creative problemsCaffeine can decrease memory performance Napping regularly may reduce stress and even decrease you risk of heart diseaseNap on a regular schedule:Between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.30 minutes or less if you don’t want to wake up groggyNap in a dark room or wear an eye maskStay warm
  • Ten Ways to Boost Brain Power - Habits of the Super Smart

    1. 1. October 17–19, 2013 TEN WAYS TO BOOST BRAIN POWER Sally Hanna
    2. 2. Brain Quiz Question 1 Question 2 People who meditate for 30 minutes a day for 8 weeks show changes in parts of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress? Human brains are the most complex of any living organism on earth? Answer: True Answer: True Question 3 Question 4 The brain accounts for 2% of the body’s mass and burns what % of the body’s energy? What percentage of the brain is made up of water? Answer: 20% Answer: 80%
    3. 3. Brain Quiz Question 5 Question 6 How much does your brain weigh? At what age does your brain stop growing and changing? Answer: 3 lbs. Answer: Late teens and early twenties, but continues to change your whole life Question 7 Using your brain can strengthen the trillions of connections between brain synapses? Answer: True Question 8 Your brain generates enough watts of power when you are awake to illuminate a 25 watt light bulb? Answer: True
    4. 4. Commit to Act
    5. 5. #1 POWER OF EATING RIGHT, POWER NAPS, AND EXERCISE ON THE BRAIN
    6. 6. Eating Right for Maximum Brain Power
    7. 7. Eating Right for Maximum Brain Power
    8. 8. Eating Right for Maximum Brain Power
    9. 9. Eating Right for Maximum Brain Power Nourish – Carbohydrates Fuel Your Brain • Glucose is the only fuel normally used by brain cells • Neurons cannot store glucose, they depend on the bloodstream to deliver a constant supply of this precious fuel • This blood sugar (glucose) is obtained from carbohydrates: Glucose from carbohydrates is the fuel your brain uses to product the energy that moves and motivates you. Fatty Acids Micronutrients Amino Acids – grains – legumes – fruits – vegetables – dairy products • Too much sugar or refined carbohydrates can actually deprive your brain of glucose. Glucose Source: http://www.fi.edu/learn/brain/carbs.html
    10. 10. Question – What Nutrient Gives You Omega-3 • Extra Boost to Brain Power • Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease
    11. 11. Sleep Boosts Brain Cell Numbers Myelin Ensheaths Nerves to Protect Them and Speed Up Their Signaling Necessary for Our Nervous System to Properly Work
    12. 12. Power of Quick Naps • Caffeine Can Decrease Memory Performance • Nap on a Regular Schedule 30-60 Minutes Helps Boost Memory and Enhances Creativity
    13. 13. Exercise Boosts Brain Testosterone Levels, Builds New Brain Cells
    14. 14. Word About Exercise • Increases Oxygen to Your Brain • Reduces Risk of Disorders that Lead to Memory Loss • Enhances Production of Brain Chemicals – Protects Brain Cells • Testosterone Surge After Exercise – Production of New Brain Cells Takes Place • Increases Dopamine Released – Dopamine Helps Your Brain Improve Concentration
    15. 15. #2 POWER OF NEGATIVE/ POSITIVE SELF TALK ON THE BRAIN
    16. 16. Power of Negative Self Talk I’m Not Qualified for this Job I Can’t Do This I’m Not Supposed to Be Here I’m Not Smart Enough I’m Not Good Enough
    17. 17. Power of Positive Self Talk I am Qualified I Can Do This I Belong Here I am Smart Enough I am Good Enough
    18. 18. #3 POWER OF STRESS ON THE BRAIN
    19. 19. De-Stressing STRESS is One of the Brain’s Worst Enemies • Destroys Brain Cells • Damages a Region of the Brain Involved in the Formation of New Memories and the Retrieval of Old Ones
    20. 20. Hot Buttons are things that annoy, irritate, and/or frustrate you. I get extremely irritated, frustrated, or annoyed if a person: Misses deadlines Talks but doesn’t listen Does not share information with team members Only thinks about his or her needs or interests Is derogatory Thinks he or she knows it all
    21. 21. Exercise Identify Your Own
    22. 22. Hot Buttons What You Can Do When a Hot Button is Pushed • Don’t React • Practice De-stressing Techniques – – – – Deep Breathing Visualization Take a Walk What Else?
    23. 23. #4 POWER OF BODY POSTURE ON THE BRAIN
    24. 24. Two Hormones Effects on the Brain • Testosterone – Effect on Key Cognitive Functions – Attention, Memory, and Social Ability • Cortisol – Stress Hormone Increased Levels Lead to Memory Impairment and a Smaller Hippocampus
    25. 25. Closed Body Posture
    26. 26. Powerful Body Posture
    27. 27. #5 POWER OF MEDITATION ON THE BRAIN
    28. 28. Power of Meditation on the Brain • Meditation Changes Actual Brain – Regular Meditators have More Activity in the Left Pre-frontal Cortex • Associated with Feelings of Joy – Increases the Thickness of the Cerebral Cortex • Encourages More Connections Between Brain Cells Increases Mental Sharpness and Memory Ability
    29. 29. Power of Meditation on the Brain
    30. 30. Power of Meditation on the Brain
    31. 31. #6 POWER OF LEARNING SOMETHING NEW ON THE BRAIN
    32. 32. Power of New Learning “Use It or Lose It” Working Out Your Brain, Increases the Process to Remember Information
    33. 33. How Do You Get a Brain Workout • Visit New Places • Different Kinds of Books • Challenging Hand-Eye Coordination Pick Something New, Challenging and Fun!
    34. 34. #7 POWER OF HAVING FOCUSED CONVERSATIONS ON THE BRAIN
    35. 35. Focused Conversation Activity
    36. 36. #8 POWER OF LAUGHTER AND SOCIAL CONNECTONS ON THE BRAIN
    37. 37. Effects of Laughter Laughter Engages Multiple Regions Across the Whole Brain
    38. 38. Effects of Laughter “Bummer of a birthmark, Ha!” Laughter Engages Multiple Regions Across the Whole Brain
    39. 39. Social Connections Relationships Stimulate Our Brain • Interacting with Others is the Best Kind of Brain Exercise • Vital for Brain Health Exercise How Can I Build More Social Connections?
    40. 40. #9 POWER OF TRICKS TO MEMORY RETENTION ON THE BRAIN
    41. 41. Tricks to Memory Retention • Pay Attention • Involve as Many Senses as Possible • Relate Information to What You Already Know • Rehearse in Your Mind
    42. 42. Use Mnemonic Devices to Make Memorization Easier 1836
    43. 43. Chunking With
    44. 44. Method of Loci Place Items You Want to Remember Along a Route You Know Well
    45. 45. #10 FOSTERING CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION
    46. 46. Creativity 2-4 Years – 95% Test Very Creative 7 Years – 4% Creative
    47. 47. A Way of Improving Already Existing Products Innovation is Not Limited by IQ, Intelligence, or Degrees
    48. 48. A Way of Improving Already Existing Products
    49. 49. The 3M Example
    50. 50. Increase Innovation By . . .
    51. 51. Questions
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