Low Throttle Brain, High Octane Life (PPSX)

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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, High Octane Life (PPSX)

  1. 1. Low Throttle Brain<br />H I G H O C T A N E L I F E<br />Saravanan Balakrishnanblog.saravanan.org<br />Presented at TEDx Trichy, 2010<br />
  2. 2. N e u r o t r a n s m i t t e r s<br />Dopamine, Norepinephrine, Serotonin…<br />
  3. 3. Dopamine rush<br /><ul><li>When you learn something new
  4. 4. In you’re a-ha moments
  5. 5. When you win</li></ul>What do you feel<br /><ul><li>Focuses the brain
  6. 6. Feels good
  7. 7. Cocaine
  8. 8. Love
  9. 9. Success
  10. 10. Flow</li></li></ul><li>Norepinephrine rush<br /><ul><li>When you are in danger
  11. 11. When you are stressed</li></ul>What do you feel<br /><ul><li>Focuses the brain
  12. 12. Makes you alert</li></li></ul><li>Less norepinephrine<br /><ul><li>Hungry for norep
  13. 13. Do things that increase norep</li></ul>So you…<br /><ul><li>Do dangerous stuff
  14. 14. Extreme sports
  15. 15. Fire man, soldier, criminal
  16. 16. Gambling, day trading
  17. 17. Procrastinate
  18. 18. Pushing things to last minute increase norep and focuses brain
  19. 19. Become an adrenaline (stress) junkie</li></li></ul><li>Less dopamine<br /><ul><li>Hungry for Dopamine
  20. 20. Do things that increase Dopamine</li></ul>So you… <br /><ul><li>Crave novelty, get bored with routine
  21. 21. Loves solving problems, hyper-focus on what you like
  22. 22. Less dopamine in Striatum
  23. 23. Move a lot; can’t sit still
  24. 24. Extroverts
  25. 25. Less dopamine in Cerebellum
  26. 26. Introverts
  27. 27. Dreamers</li></li></ul><li>Anterior cingulate gyrus<br /><ul><li>Gear shift of the brain
  28. 28. Error Detection Centre</li></ul>Less serotonin in ACG<br /><ul><li>Gear doesn’t shift:
  29. 29. Stay with same thought
  30. 30. Minor levels: Persistence
  31. 31. Severe levels: Worry
  32. 32. Error/Conflict detection
  33. 33. Critical
  34. 34. Perfection</li></li></ul><li>Some people combine…<br /><ul><li>Less Dopamine
  35. 35. Dreamer
  36. 36. Needs novelty
  37. 37. Loves to learn/problem-solve
  38. 38. Can hyper-focus for hours
  39. 39. Less Norepinephrine
  40. 40. Needs stress to feel alive
  41. 41. Loves (craves) risk
  42. 42. Less Serotonin in ACG
  43. 43. Great staying power
  44. 44. Perfectionist</li></ul>Can you imagine what they will do for a living…<br />
  45. 45. These brains are wired differently<br />
  46. 46. specialization of brain<br /><ul><li>Brain starts out like an fresh hard disk, yet to be formatted
  47. 47. As learning happens, each parts of the brain starts to specialize in an unique function
  48. 48. This acquisition of structure is called specialization
  49. 49. Specialization starts in mother’s womb and continues into child-hood
  50. 50. After a brain is sufficiently specialized, BDNF secretes and freezes the brain state</li></li></ul><li>partial specialization<br /><ul><li>In a normal brain with adequate specialization,
  51. 51. Inside the auditory cortex (■), musical note “C” is processed in a different location than note “D”
  52. 52. Inside the visual cortex (●), horizontal lines is processed in a different location than vertical lines
  53. 53. In our special brain type, BDNF “burning” happens when specialization is half way through</li></li></ul><li>and can result in…<br /><ul><li>In auditory cortex
  54. 54. Sensitive hearing; can pickup sound that normal people can’t hear
  55. 55. Processing speed suffers
  56. 56. Difficulty in hearing <40ms sound
  57. 57. Ear can’t differentiate b & d, m & n, etc.
  58. 58. Leads to spelling errors
  59. 59. In visual cortex
  60. 60. Visual thinkers
  61. 61. Many can see the tube light flicker
  62. 62. In parietal lobe
  63. 63. Very sensitive to touch
  64. 64. Wear soft/worn-out cloths
  65. 65. Kinesthetic thinkers</li></li></ul><li>more traits…<br /><ul><li>Heightened sense of smell
  66. 66. Nose leads
  67. 67. Sometimes, becomes a nuisance
  68. 68. Creative
  69. 69. Can combine distant ideas
  70. 70. Massively intuitive
  71. 71. Grasp the big picture even before the conscious brain becomes aware of it
  72. 72. Many can’t verbalize the intuition</li></li></ul><li>A D D<br />Attention Deficit Disorder<br />
  73. 73. They come in three flavors<br />
  74. 74. 1: hyperactive extroverts<br /><ul><li>Extroverts, Spontaneous
  75. 75. Multitasking
  76. 76. Risk taker
  77. 77. Wide mood, Quick to change
  78. 78. Reacts to external pressure
  79. 79. Highly demonstrative
  80. 80. Prefers to break large tasks into segments
  81. 81. Easily bored, Short attention span
  82. 82. Dislikes long term project, repetition
  83. 83. Becomes reactive, Expresses temper outwardly
  84. 84. Blames other when frustrated</li></li></ul><li>2: dreaming introverts<br /><ul><li>Very empathetic, sensitive
  85. 85. Good problem solver
  86. 86. Visionary/dreamer, Often highly creative
  87. 87. Sticks to jobs liked, Slow to change
  88. 88. Prefers freedom to explore, Restless
  89. 89. Tends to blame self, Can get depressed
  90. 90. Distractible when bored, Vacillates
  91. 91. Tries too hard, Burns out
  92. 92. Type 2 have some traits of 1 & 3</li></li></ul><li>3: habitual controllers<br /><ul><li>Very organized, Likes structure
  93. 93. Systematic problem solver
  94. 94. Dislikes interruptions
  95. 95. Highly focused, Perfectionist
  96. 96. Takes charge in a crisis
  97. 97. Mentally restless
  98. 98. Demanding, Rigid, Judgmental
  99. 99. Controlling
  100. 100. Obsessively worries
  101. 101. Loses temper</li></li></ul><li>Are hunters in farming societies?<br />
  102. 102.
  103. 103.
  104. 104. hunters at two extremes<br /><ul><li>When hunting and farming societies met, the hunters were obliterated
  105. 105. Today, hunters are a minority
  106. 106. Our society is by the farmers, for the farmers
  107. 107. More than 55% of the ENTREPRENEURS
  108. 108. Find their strengths and use them
  109. 109. Find their weaknesses and get a farmer to do them
  110. 110. More than 65% of the PRISONERS
  111. 111. Hunter trait is a double edge sword
  112. 112. When all else fails, seek medical support</li></ul>is there a hunter in you?<br />
  113. 113. If someone tells you that something is wrong with you, they may have a case of<br />
  114. 114. C D D<br />Common-sense Deficit Disorder<br />
  115. 115. You’re God’s gift to man kind!<br />Live up to your potential and make him proud!!<br />
  116. 116. T H A N K Y O U<br />An interpretation of works done by Dr. Daniel Amen (Serotonin in ACG)<br />Dr. Michel Merzenich (Partial Specializzation)<br />Dr. Lynn Weiss (Three Flavours)<br />Mr. Thomas Hartman (Hunter vs Farmer)<br />and Others<br />

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