many shamans and shamanas teach the Eagle & Condo Prophesy… a time will come when the eagle and condor fly in the skies together. Many believe that the eagle represents logic, and the condor intuition. The prophesy says that sharing of indigenous knowledge with the technologies of science will help balance mankind. Logic is an ingredient of the left brain… intuition of the right brain.
This is one reason why graphic and musical forms are important to learning.
We can see below how some of the most important publications recognize this fact in excerpts from the book, “All the Art that’s Fit to Print (and Some That Wasn’t)” by Jerelle Kraus who was a delegate at our most recent Super Thinking plus Spanish course.
Jerelle is an award-winning New York Times art director whose thirty-year tenure includes a record thirteen years at Op-Ed.
She’s also been an art director at Time & the art director of Ramparts Magazine & of Francis Ford Coppola’s City magazine.
Jerelle wrote in here book: In 1970, the New York Times launched the world’s first Op-Ed page, a groundbreaking phenomenon that transformed journalism and-by providing a platform for anyone with an opinion-0p-Ed prefigured, by decades, the Internet’s blogosphere. Not only did the new page’s nonstaff bylines shatter tradition, but its pictures Cover were revolutionary. Unlike anything ever seen in a newspaper, Op- Ed art became a fertile, globally influential idiom that reached beyond narrative for metaphor and changed the very purpose and potential of illustration.
Once I began this book, I approached a literary agent. “It’s about Times Op-Ed,” I told him. “Great,” he said. “I’ve been reading it for twenty years.” It gives the story of the page, I explained, from the vantage point of its art. “Are you telling me,” he responded “there are cartoons on the Op-Ed page?” Beyond the fact that these drawings aren’t cartoons, his reaction spotlighted the need to document Op-Ed’s history in order to underscore that while the texts reach the brain’s logical left lobe, the art links direction to the cerebrum’s right hemisphere, which processes intuitively, visually, and subliminally.
We refer to the holistic right lobe when we say, “Do you get the picture?” So powerful are graphics that even if we say only “That’s cute; there’s a picture on the page,” the image registers in our brain. The impact of visuals isn’t lost on Times editors, who are the trustees of the paper’s standards.
Here is why graphics and music can be so important to learning.
In general the left and right sides of the brain process data in different ways. Most people process incoming signals using a dominant side. This habit causes the learner to lose the whole. Learning is improved when both sides of the brain participate in a balanced manner so the learner sees a bigger more whole picture.
The left half of the brain takes care of the linear portion of data mining processing from part to whole. The left takes pieces, lines them up, and arranges them in a logical order. Using this process, the left brain helps draw conclusions. The left brain processes in sequence. This is the part of the mind that is used to make lists, create schedules and conduct daily planning.
This part of the brain connects the dots.
The right brain works more holistically processing from the whole into pieces.
The right brain sees the picture and creates the dots!
The right brain sees the whole picture, not details. Right brain work gets done in seemingly random ways without having listed priorities.
Benefits of Whole Brain Activity
Activities that integrate the right and left brain improve learning. For example painting… playing music stimulate the whole brain.
Juggling can stimulate a tactile right brain response.
In each of these activities, learning begins as a left brain, logical, analytical, and narrowly focused exercise.
You look at musical notes and think about which fingers to move. You look at the canvas and think about what to paint or draw.
Once you have practiced, the brain moves into right brained mode thinking, the side that is more intuitive and holistic. When this happens, the practice becomes automatic and relaxing. Some call it a moving meditation. The left and right movement across the body literally changes our focus from left to right and back again.
Research has shown that there is a direct relationship between hand-eye coordination and the ability to read and write.
Music and art of course have long been used. Now some schools are even teaching juggling as a way to enhance academic learning. The eye crosses midline and the movement improves concentration, encourages sequencing, and increases tracking.
Research has shown that anyone can benefit from integrating the brain hemispheres because it is never too late to grow dendrites or connective cells in the brain. Nerve cells are stimulated by new input which in turn builds a richer brain structure. New learning creates a reserve of dense connections partially protecting us from cell loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers say that the brain benefits the most from learning that which is “exotic and unusual”.
If you do not have a right brain activity, look for one that you consider fun.
Whole Brain thinking can improve learning and if you find an activity that you find exotic unusual and fun…
Excerpts from a 2010 interview article in the Washington Post “Why fun is important in learning by Valerie Strauss supports this fact and says: Is there any evidence to back up the notion that learning can and should be fun, or is this a deviation of our Protestant and Puritan heritage that declares that fun is the work of the devil and so anything worthwhile cannot be also fun?
Brain research suggests that fun is not just beneficial to learning but, by many reports, required for authentic learning and long-term memory.
Neurologist and educator Judy Willis’s book “Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning: Insights from a Neurologist and Classroom Teacher” (ASCD, 2006) is one of many that have highlighted the learning benefits of fun. Here are just a few excerpts:
The truth is that when the joy and comfort are scrubbed from the classroom and replaced with homogeneity, and when spontaneity is replaced with conformity, students’ brains are distanced from effective information processing and long-term memory storage.
The highest-level executive thinking, making of connections, and “aha” moments are more likely to occur in an atmosphere of “exuberant discovery,” where students of all ages retain that kindergarten enthusiasm of embracing each day with the joy of learning.
So fun actually seems to promote learning. It increases dopamine, endorphins, and oxygen!
The human brain and body respond positively to laughter with the release of endorphin, epinephrine (adrenaline), and dopamine, and with increased breathing volume (more oxygen). When a lesson starts with humor, there is more alerting, and the subsequent information is attached to the positive emotional event as an event or flashbulb memory.
Look for and engage in a right brain activity that is fun… you’ll become smarter and enjoy life more. In this rapidly changing world, smart and learning fast are really important to us all.
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The demand for our Learn to Communicate in Spanish in Four Days is strong and we are planning to add a couple more courses… one in Ecuador, one in Seattle and one in Asheville, North Carolina. If these courses are of interest to you, and you have a time preference, please send us a note. We’ll try to schedule around the most requested dates.
There is fullness in frequency as the result from our last Super Thinking plus Spanish Frequency Modulation Course shows.
These courses always have such an interesting group of people. We had doctors, dentists, business people, personal trainers, teachers, an award winning journalist who was the New York Times art director and even a Pilates teacher who had trained with Joe Pilates, the founder of the Pilates technique.
Here are a few of the comments we have received from those who attended.
One delegate wrote: Dear Gary, I intended to give it a few days before I wrote to you about my experience in the Spanish + SuperLearning Course. However, I had such dramatic results today, in the physical rather than the cognitive realm, that I had to share this immediately.
I started my day with Baroque music. Before I began my Spanish lesson, I went through the Mayan Waves Brain Refresher (Brain Sync). I also played an alpha wave composition while I completed a lesson in the morning. I repeated the process this afternoon. Before my high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout in the evening, I put on a gamma brain wave video from You Tube reading gamma waves help with exercise. I preformed the “Halo Of Sweat” workout from an online fitness site. Around the world, people complete the workout and post their scores, striving to meet or beat the personal trainer. Frankly, my reps have rarely come close to the reps of the woman featured in the video nor have I ever beat her. Until today.
Not only did I come close to her performance, I surpassed her quite significantly with several exercises. I performed my best in the last exercise, Abs Burn Out. Her scores were 38, 34 and 33 and mine were 60, 40 and 47!
I believe several factors allowed me to achieve this acceleration in athletic ability today:
1. My left and right hemispheres are now harmonizing.
2. The meditation and relaxed concentration techniques I learned are coming more easily to me and effective.
3. My focus and concentration are greatly enhanced.
I am a Pilates professional so to have my exercise regimen improve so swiftly is remarkable. Not only am I now able to speak Spanish but I am experiencing optimal health as well. I am deeply grateful to you and Merri for your SuperLearning instruction.
Another, a dentist wrote: Merri, I was so delighted with my experience at the Spanish training. I felt more confident of ability to pronounce Spanish than I ever was of French or German. Funny… I did not think I remembered any French or German but when I cannot remember the Spanish words, the German and French popped up. Practicing my pronunciation made my trip home go faster. I never enjoyed pronouncing either of the other two, but this was fun. It is hard to fall asleep at the wheel when you are moving your mouth to speak Spanish. It does work your mouth in a different way. I realized that you have to say each syllable slowly and correctly(until you get it perfectly) and when you do it is impressive.
It was amazing to see us all writing such advanced sentences after a few days and so much more enjoyable than having to go through the alphabet to build the words to build the sentences.
Merri and I were delighted to speak with delegates and to receive their wonderful experiences.
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