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Mastering The Brain
Increasing Intelligence
- A little on the Brain
- What is intelligence?
- Opportunities & Abilities
- Attention
-Modern life & the brain
- Increas...
“Un-schooled”
Juggling, math, (abstract guy)
Knee surgery,
Positive Psychology,
brain research
David Wolovsky
Name?
What brought you here?
About You
Questions?
(Questions = Curiosity x Courage)
The Brain
Under A Microscope
● 100 billion neurons
● Average of 1000
connections each
● Complex networks,
constantly updating
Source...
Mapping the
Connections
Gray matter, eh.
White matter, hmm!
What Is Intelligence?
What Is Intelligence?
Berlin Model of Intelligence Structure -
3 types: Figural, verbal, numerical
4 qualities: processing...
What Is Intelligence?
Q: Is there an agreed on definition of intelligence?
[Neurologist Fred] Lepore: There are multiple "...
My Current Definition
Intelligence
The ability to identify and act on
opportunities in a specific situation.
Intelligence Is A Relationship
between a living thing
and the situation in which it finds itself.
Intelligence Is A Relationship
between a living thing
and the situation in which it finds itself.
A combination of an opportunity and
our ability to take that opportunity
- If I’m a good swimmer, then I can swim
when there’s water around me
- If I am good at leading people, then I can lead pe...
Without Opportunity...
Can’t swim anywhere
Can’t lead anybody
Can’t make any gadgets
- Can be immediate,
intermediate, or long
term
- Can reveal
themselves, then
disappear
unexpectedly
Opportunities
Identifying Opportunities
How do we predict them the farthest
ahead of time?
Pregnant moments. Signals.
Identifying Opportunities
Mindfulness is the act of absorbing more
information about the present moment.
It’s a muscle/ski...
Example of Mindfulness
Listening to everything
that comes into awareness.
Watching awareness as it shifts.
(1-2 minutes)
Questions?
(Questions = Curiosity x Courage)
So There Are Opportunities
Which we meet with...
Body Mind
Emotions
Skills on 3 Levels
Balance: Both/And
Body
Mobile_________________________________________Stable
Emotions
Fluid_______________________________...
Physical Intelligence
Body
Mobile_________________________________________Stable
Balance
Physical intelligence: balance between mobility
and stability
Stretch Break
MMMobility!
Emotional Intelligence
Emotions
Fluid____________________________________________Fixed
Balance
Emotional intelligence: balance between fluidity
and fixedness
Problem Solving Steps
Mind
Divergent________________________________Convergent
Balance, Again
Cognitive intelligence: balance between
divergent (creative) thinking and convergent
(analytical) thinking
A Video
Divergent________________________________Convergent
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMPuujald
Zk
Maximum Intelligence
Access to the most opportunities:
3 balanced levels, plus ability to shift between and
blend them tog...
Attention Acceleration
Attention’s 3 Types
Undirected (DMN)
Directed (FP Control)
Directed x Undirected???
Attention’s 3 Types
Undirected (DMN)
Directed (FP Control)
Mindfulness: observing
attention as it shifts naturally
How is each one essential
for accelerating our response abilities?
How can we strengthen them?
Attention’s 3 Types
To Summarize (so far)
Questions?
(Questions = Curiosity x Courage)
We used our whole selves for almost everything.
This is what our brains evolved for.
50,000 Years Ago
What Are They Doing?
What are we doing?
With our bodies?
With our social interactions & emotions?
With our thinking patterns?
With our attentio...
Modern Culture
?
My Question
?
How
can
we
How can we make ourselves
more holistically intelligent?
In Words
1) What increases our sensitivity
to real-life opportunities?
1) What increases our physical, emotional, and
cognitive abi...
Memory, attention, emotions...
Some Evidence From Science
Rhythm
Some Evidence From Science
School!
Balance (emotions, memory, mental imagery)
Some Evidence From Science
Word games, Languages (verbal thinking)
Some Evidence From Science
Mental math, fine motor skills (spatial thinking)
Some Evidence From Science
Exercise (emotional regulation, even 2 minutes)
Some Evidence From Science
Some Answers From Science
Mindfulness and
Meditation
Juggling and other
complex motor skills
Teamwork-based
activities
Men...
- Brain Body exercises
- Mindfulness and Meditation
- Stretching
- Yoga and weight lifting
- Journaling / note taking
Some...
Let’s Do An Example/s!
Please stand up (if you’re comfortable)
Take a ball or 2
Follow along
Brain Body Exercises
3 components:
Brain Body Exercises
Legs Hands Mind
Level of
Complexity
Highly integrated Brain Body Exercise
Brain Body Exercise
Uses a lot of attention,
integrating all 3 ability levels
simultaneously.
Compare
Legs Hands Mind
Level of
Complexity
Activities on the computer
Compare
Legs Hands Mind
Level of
Complexity
Playing soccer as a midfielder
Questions?
(Questions = Curiosity x Courage)
Now The Hard Part
How long do you think it takes to increase
intelligence?
Many people try to take up practices to improve
their lives, but they don’t continue.
Why?
Continuing Practice
- Long-term practices bestow benefits non-
linearly (slow/jumpy)
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N883zEr
n5UQ
Emotional ...
Intelligence = Ability to identify and act on
opportunities in a given situation
Key Definition
Both/And Balance
Body Mind
Emotions
Flexibility and Strength
Attention: 3 types. Practice all.
Key Concepts
As humans:
We are each whole
And made up of many parts
Bottom Line
“We have all that we need
And we need to use all that we have.”
- Emiliya Zhivotovskaya
Bottom Line
Image Citations
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Contents/Philosophy_and_thinking#mediaviewer/File:The_Thinker_Musee_...
Image Citations
- http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b0/Evolution_of_man_and_technology.jpg
- http://upload.w...
Image Citations
- http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/55/Oprah_Winfrey_at_2011_TCA.jpg (image cropped and resi...
Research Citations
- http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/04/080416100459.htm
- http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/lep...
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Mastering The Brain: Increasing Intelligence

  1. 1. Mastering The Brain Increasing Intelligence
  2. 2. - A little on the Brain - What is intelligence? - Opportunities & Abilities - Attention -Modern life & the brain - Increasing intelligence The Near Future
  3. 3. “Un-schooled” Juggling, math, (abstract guy) Knee surgery, Positive Psychology, brain research David Wolovsky
  4. 4. Name? What brought you here? About You
  5. 5. Questions? (Questions = Curiosity x Courage)
  6. 6. The Brain
  7. 7. Under A Microscope ● 100 billion neurons ● Average of 1000 connections each ● Complex networks, constantly updating Source: Quasar Jarosz at en.wikipedia
  8. 8. Mapping the Connections Gray matter, eh. White matter, hmm!
  9. 9. What Is Intelligence?
  10. 10. What Is Intelligence? Berlin Model of Intelligence Structure - 3 types: Figural, verbal, numerical 4 qualities: processing speed, creativity, processing capacity, and...the 4th?
  11. 11. What Is Intelligence? Q: Is there an agreed on definition of intelligence? [Neurologist Fred] Lepore: There are multiple "intelligences" such as spatial, linguistic, logical-mathematical, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and naturalistic. (Howard Gardner, 1983.) I like James Flynn's definition, which points at "mental abilities that allow us to better deal with the complexity of the modern world." http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/lepore-intelligence.html
  12. 12. My Current Definition Intelligence The ability to identify and act on opportunities in a specific situation.
  13. 13. Intelligence Is A Relationship between a living thing and the situation in which it finds itself.
  14. 14. Intelligence Is A Relationship between a living thing and the situation in which it finds itself.
  15. 15. A combination of an opportunity and our ability to take that opportunity
  16. 16. - If I’m a good swimmer, then I can swim when there’s water around me - If I am good at leading people, then I can lead people when there are people with me - If I’m an electrical engineer, then I can make gadgets when electrical components are in my hands Opportunities Are Real
  17. 17. Without Opportunity... Can’t swim anywhere Can’t lead anybody Can’t make any gadgets
  18. 18. - Can be immediate, intermediate, or long term - Can reveal themselves, then disappear unexpectedly Opportunities
  19. 19. Identifying Opportunities How do we predict them the farthest ahead of time? Pregnant moments. Signals.
  20. 20. Identifying Opportunities Mindfulness is the act of absorbing more information about the present moment. It’s a muscle/skill. We can build it.
  21. 21. Example of Mindfulness Listening to everything that comes into awareness. Watching awareness as it shifts. (1-2 minutes)
  22. 22. Questions? (Questions = Curiosity x Courage)
  23. 23. So There Are Opportunities Which we meet with...
  24. 24. Body Mind Emotions Skills on 3 Levels
  25. 25. Balance: Both/And Body Mobile_________________________________________Stable Emotions Fluid____________________________________________Fixed Mind Divergent________________________________Convergent
  26. 26. Physical Intelligence Body Mobile_________________________________________Stable
  27. 27. Balance Physical intelligence: balance between mobility and stability
  28. 28. Stretch Break MMMobility!
  29. 29. Emotional Intelligence Emotions Fluid____________________________________________Fixed
  30. 30. Balance Emotional intelligence: balance between fluidity and fixedness
  31. 31. Problem Solving Steps Mind Divergent________________________________Convergent
  32. 32. Balance, Again Cognitive intelligence: balance between divergent (creative) thinking and convergent (analytical) thinking
  33. 33. A Video Divergent________________________________Convergent https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMPuujald Zk
  34. 34. Maximum Intelligence Access to the most opportunities: 3 balanced levels, plus ability to shift between and blend them together as opportunities dictate
  35. 35. Attention Acceleration
  36. 36. Attention’s 3 Types Undirected (DMN) Directed (FP Control) Directed x Undirected???
  37. 37. Attention’s 3 Types Undirected (DMN) Directed (FP Control) Mindfulness: observing attention as it shifts naturally
  38. 38. How is each one essential for accelerating our response abilities? How can we strengthen them? Attention’s 3 Types
  39. 39. To Summarize (so far)
  40. 40. Questions? (Questions = Curiosity x Courage)
  41. 41. We used our whole selves for almost everything. This is what our brains evolved for. 50,000 Years Ago
  42. 42. What Are They Doing?
  43. 43. What are we doing? With our bodies? With our social interactions & emotions? With our thinking patterns? With our attention? Modern Culture
  44. 44. Modern Culture ?
  45. 45. My Question ? How can we
  46. 46. How can we make ourselves more holistically intelligent? In Words
  47. 47. 1) What increases our sensitivity to real-life opportunities? 1) What increases our physical, emotional, and cognitive abilities in a both/and way? 2) What increases all 3 types of attention? In Other Words
  48. 48. Memory, attention, emotions... Some Evidence From Science
  49. 49. Rhythm Some Evidence From Science School!
  50. 50. Balance (emotions, memory, mental imagery) Some Evidence From Science
  51. 51. Word games, Languages (verbal thinking) Some Evidence From Science
  52. 52. Mental math, fine motor skills (spatial thinking) Some Evidence From Science
  53. 53. Exercise (emotional regulation, even 2 minutes) Some Evidence From Science
  54. 54. Some Answers From Science Mindfulness and Meditation Juggling and other complex motor skills Teamwork-based activities Mental games (3D chess)
  55. 55. - Brain Body exercises - Mindfulness and Meditation - Stretching - Yoga and weight lifting - Journaling / note taking Some of My Practices
  56. 56. Let’s Do An Example/s! Please stand up (if you’re comfortable) Take a ball or 2 Follow along
  57. 57. Brain Body Exercises 3 components:
  58. 58. Brain Body Exercises Legs Hands Mind Level of Complexity Highly integrated Brain Body Exercise
  59. 59. Brain Body Exercise Uses a lot of attention, integrating all 3 ability levels simultaneously.
  60. 60. Compare Legs Hands Mind Level of Complexity Activities on the computer
  61. 61. Compare Legs Hands Mind Level of Complexity Playing soccer as a midfielder
  62. 62. Questions? (Questions = Curiosity x Courage)
  63. 63. Now The Hard Part How long do you think it takes to increase intelligence?
  64. 64. Many people try to take up practices to improve their lives, but they don’t continue. Why? Continuing Practice
  65. 65. - Long-term practices bestow benefits non- linearly (slow/jumpy) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N883zEr n5UQ Emotional Intelligence
  66. 66. Intelligence = Ability to identify and act on opportunities in a given situation Key Definition
  67. 67. Both/And Balance Body Mind Emotions Flexibility and Strength
  68. 68. Attention: 3 types. Practice all. Key Concepts
  69. 69. As humans: We are each whole And made up of many parts Bottom Line
  70. 70. “We have all that we need And we need to use all that we have.” - Emiliya Zhivotovskaya Bottom Line
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