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December 10, 2018

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The Circle of Consciousness Symbolę is a visual learning device that allows you to focus attention on the big picture of the logical progressive sequence of all 15 major brain ideas simultaneously. It also allows you to easily memorize the names of the 15 main brain ideas by associating them with memory codes, which are short acronyms that contain symbolic cues in their letter combinations.

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The Circle of Consciousness Symbolę shows how the essential relationship between your working memory system located in your prefrontal cortex and your long-term memory system located in your hippocampus produces your conscious self-awareness and your trainable self-identity.

This metaphorical Circle of Consciousness Symbolę provides a simple accurate core model for explaining how your complex human brain works. It reveals that your consciousness depends upon 15 healthy physical structures and 15 healthy mental functions, which you need to remember in your long-term memory system forever.

All four diagrams in the following two sets of paired diagrams displayed below with the Circle of Consciousness Symbolę are presented in flash card format at the Details of Human Consciousness link found on the homepage Index of this website.

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Diagram #1 (which is the front of a flash card) shows 15 red arrows outside the circle, all pointing outward toward the names of each of the 15 brain ideas.

This first diagram depicts the assumption that the names of the 15 brain ideas and their unique sequence of interactive relationships are outside your conscious self-awareness before you begin to study your brain seriously.

Diagram #2 (which is the back side of Diagram #1) shows 15 red arrows inside the circle, all pointing inward toward the smaller center circle called MENTAL FORCE.

The words "mental force" describe your ability to imagine, reason, and remember. They identify the secular source of your capacity to make adaptive choices and decisions, caused by the two clusters of neuron nuclei at the front of your cerebrum, which is known as your brain's prefrontal cortex. It is the ultimate cause of your "executive" functions at the front of both frontal lobes just under your forehead on both sides of your face.

It also manages your working memory system. That memory function was often called your short-term memory in the past prior to the new nano-microscopic understanding of the intimate relationship that exists between your working memory and your long-term memory systems.

The second diagram depicts the assumption that the names of the 15 brain ideas and their unique sequence of interactive relationships will be inside your permanent long-term memory system after you have spent serious time studying your brain's structures and your mind's functions.

The new brain vocabulary explains scientifically how your mind's mental functions work. This new brain knowledge can enlarge your conscious self-awareness and help you adapt your self-identity when needed. It also explains who you can become in the future after you have learned how your brain structures interact to create your true brainpower (mental force) potential based upon the new brain knowledge that you need to learn.

You can TAP or SWIPE on the screen or CLICK with your mouse on the Circle of Consciousness Symbolę to use your working memory in your prefrontal cortex to make adaptive decisions, since it is the secular source of your ability to reason, remember, and imagine.

The first set of diagrams highlights the essential connected relationship that exists between the working memory function (see brain idea #1) of your prefrontal cortex and the long-term memory function (see brain idea #15) of your limbic system.

This fundamental connected relationship, which exists between these two essential memory systems, is depicted by their locations next to each other on the Circle of Consciousness Symbolę. The names of both brain ideas, #1 and #15, are touching each other.

This symbolic touching represents the vital importance of keeping the neuronal pathways inside your anterior cingulate cortex healthy, because these are the pathways that connect these two essential memory functions.

There are 13 more names of brain ideasin between #1 (working memory) and #15 (long-term memory), since their meanings are essential for understanding how your conscious self-awareness works. Together, the names of all 15 brain ideas can give you a logical comprehensive pattern of knowledge about your brain --- after you decide to learn about them and memorize their interactive relationships.

All 15 names are defined and described from several perspectives on this Alphabetical Brain™ Vocabulary website. Links to the files are on the homepage Index.

Together, the 15 brain ideas are significantly involved in your health and longevity. They are inextricably linked to each other in their interactive properties. They will be more useful to you when they are memorized and become your own personal explicit brain knowledge.

Just like implicit gender and racial biases and prejudices can damage your success in life, merely having implicit (sub-conscious) knowledge of your brain functions instead of explicit (conscious) knowledge can hinder your full potential as an intelligent altruistic enlightened human being.

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The second set of paired flash cards, Diagram #3 and Diagram #4, is linked so you can repeatedly stimulate the semantic, epistemic, and autobiographic memory cells, which are the declarative memory "triggers" or "index" sections of your hippocampus. This is the location of your long-term memory system.

Diagram #3 shows the position of the 15 memory codes around the Circle of Consciousness Symbolę. Diagram #4 shows the 15 names of the brain ideas in their unique sequence around the circle.

Diagram #4 makes it possible for you to match the 15 memory codes to the names of the brain ideas in their special order of brain structures and mental functions.

By simply TAPPING or SWIPING your finger on the screen or CLICKING your mouse, you can have instant repeated viewings, no matter what kind of hand-held device or computer you are using.

These two diagrams provide you with the opportunity to use your cerebrum's prefrontal cortex or PFC to train the rest of your brain to learn the letters of the memory codes in the logical order displayed around the Circle of Consciousness Symbolę.

By repeatedly paying attention to the 15 names of the 15 brain ideas and the 15 symbolic letters that relate to the 15 memory codes, you will be causing more synaptic connections to be created in the neuronal pathways of your anterior cingulate cortex.

Those neuronal pathways connect your conscious working memory system with your unconscious long-term memory system because of the biochemical signals that flow through them and cause "memory triggers" to become activated in the "index" that exists in those clusters of neuronal nuclei inside your hippocampus.

Each time you remember these particular 15 brain ideas, which symbolize your brain's real structures and mind's real mental functions, you will be strengthening the density of the trillions of synapses (neuronal connections) among the billions of neurons inside the many neuronal pathways of your brain's connectome, which is the vast "wiring system" of your brain and nervous system.

Finally, by using the four diagrams of the Circle of Consciousness Symbolę along with the 15 brain flash cards and the spaced-repetition method of memorization, you will be able to save time as you train your brain structures to create your magnificent mental functions to do what you want them to do!

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Printable PDF Form

RECOMMENDATION: You may print this pdf version and read it and edit it by adding or deleting ideas. You can underline or highlight with colored inks. All of these memory boosters can help you capture the important information in your long-term memory.

Then, read your edited version of these ideas according to a reinforcement schedule, such as a few hours later and a few days later and then several times in the next week or two to take advantage of the power of the spaced-repetition method of memorization. Deep introspection can change your self-identity and increase your positive emotions.

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