ALPHABETICAL BRAIN™ VOCABULARY
HUMANIST FAMILY BRAIN STUDY

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INTRODUCTION - SECTION 3 DETAILS

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LEARN
ABOUT YOUR MIND'S FUNCTIONS?

September 22, 2020

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This website can help you understand your brain's structures and mind's functions fast because it combines the spaced-repetition method of memorization and the flash card technique of learning with the help of computers or smart phones or tablets. It can help you rapidly improve your unique willpower and adaptable self-identity.

This easy strategy for learning the 15 brain ideas can make you smarter faster than any other way. The structured links on this website are organized to provide you with the most efficient way to learn about your brain --- or anything else.

This new linguistic context can provide you with many synergistic advantages as you learn how to optimize your mind's mental functions. You will be able to make better decisions and save valuable time as you learn how to reduce anxiety and empower yourself to meet your particular needs.

After you learn about the new brain idea called "constructed emotions," your new brain knowledge will give you the courage to take risks to change your habits by learning new behaviors. Then you will even be able to deal more constructively with traumatic personal experiences since you will be able to manage your emotions better.

You can quickly move on to achieve your personal goals and develop better relationships as you use short study sessions of 20-30 minutes to study each of the 15 brain ideas. These brief sessions can be very effective in the cognitive context of using your critical thinking skills and critical reading strategies.

The word "critical" means using your ability to reason and choose among alternative viewpoints on the basis of known facts: not fears!

The format of the 15 brain flash cards, in conjunction with the printable lists of the names of brain ideas and memory codes, enable you to focus your willpower. Then you will be able to apply your creative imagination to quickly improve your logical reasoning skills and mindfulness skills and memory consolidation skills related to the 15 basic brain ideas.

The same pattern of pictures on the front and the back sides of the 15 paired flash cards makes it easy for you to learn the specific information on both sides of each card. Each paired flash card includes the same question and answer format of colors with identical diagrams and text fonts on both sides.

Each is designed to help you perceive the pertinent brain information easily without having to guess at meanings. The brief declarative question and answer statements on both sides of a flash card are the easiest way to memorize any kind of information. You control the speed at which you turn over each of the paired flash cards to refresh your memory about their contents. You can do this several times in a row during several study sessions within a few days of starting.

By repeating this process several times in a week, you will be creating more synapses on the neuronal pathways going to your long-term memory in your hippocampus. This process of synaptic plasticity strengthens the memory molecules in the biochemical ionic signals of the action potential spikes in the neuronal pathways.

The signals flow a few inches, from the neurons in your prefrontal cortex (executive function), down the neuronal pathways to your hippocampus (long-term memory) at the bottom of your limbic system.

That is the part of your brain that is the most protected by your skull because it is the source of your creative imagination and adaptable self-identity.

For more detailed information, there are two quick links named "Details" files and "Sources" files for each of the 15 brain ideas. The new brain vocabulary words can be chunked together. This is the new brain science word for "categorized" or "departmentalized." The difference is that you are consciously choosing to store ideas into your memory purposefully by yourself for future reference!

Brain scientists use the word "chunked" to describe the process of systematically linking brain facts and ideas to precise concepts that are more useful ideas than old traditional metaphors about nonsensical spiritual cult vocabularies.

For you to "chunk" the new brain information properly, you need to memorize the 15 basic brain ideas separately and then think about them as being a single holistic concept so the meanings converge and coalesce in your long-term memory.

The 15 basic brain ideas can be printed out from three lists for a multi-sensory learning experience to accelerate learning as you store memories in the long-term memory consolidation part of your brain. You can use the links to the printouts in the following information box. They can be thought of as "mental scaffolding" for accelerated memorization. You will be adding more facts and assumptions to make the new brain ideas clearer and more relevant to you.


Printable Form
STUDY QUIZ #1:
LIST OF THE NAMES OF
THE 15 BASIC BRAIN IDEAS


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STUDY QUIZ #2:
MEMORY CODES FOR
THE 15 BASIC BRAIN IDEAS


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STUDY QUIZ #3:
LIST OF 15 QUESTIONS
ABOUT THE 15 BASIC BRAIN IDEAS



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LINK TO STUDY GUIDE INSTRUCTIONS
HUMANIST FAMILY BRAIN STUDY GUIDE


In addition, there is a quick link named "Quotations," which contains a variety of definitions of the word consciousness from dozens of recent brain books by authors who are respected scientists and science journalists. The books focus your attention on the genuine issues involved in understanding and activating your dominant mental function, which is your unique willpower.

The primary process of evolution as evidenced by the fossil record of past living organisms, including apes and humans, had been to help individuals and small groups survive. However, with the invention of large cities and widespread trade between different groups, and written languages, evolution has changed on earth from the mere survival of individuals and biological reproduction to using brainpower (mental forces) to sustain all forms of life on our unique planet Earth!

Now that we humans physically dominate the planet, we can become aware that our social goals need to change in order to facilitate peaceful cooperation rather than violent competition to keep our planet Earth life-sustaining. Even though evolution has no "purpose" in the way we humans think about our own purpose and meaning, evolution has given us the power to control the destiny of our own species as well as the destiny of all other living plants and animals on Earth.

Our conscious self-awareness of our own willpower, and our two opposable thumbs on our two hands, both make us the dominant evolutionary force for good or evil on Earth!

The 15 memory codes on the fronts of the 15 brain flash cards can help you facilitate and accelerate your brain study. They are directly linked to the definitions of the 15 brain ideas on the backs of the 15 flash cards.

This arrangement permits the condensation of complex meanings into simpler declarative statements for easier recall. They are much easier for you to recall than more complex narratives would be. Thus the 15 memory codes function like acronyms since they encode your memories of the new brain definitions within a new logical context.

To clarify the learning process, the memory codes function like cues in the same way that familiar acronyms such as COVID-19, FB, FBI, CIA, NIH, IBM, or PTSD do. You probably can recognize the acronyms instantly. For example, "COVID-19" is the universal code for the new novel coronavirus. And the letters "FB" can quickly evoke memories about the social media, Facebook, by stimulating memory recall from your long-term memory triggers in your hippocampus.

After they are learned, the memory codes can function like tangible reminders of the 15 brain ideas. Because some of your past memories already contain these alphabetical letters in millions of synapses inside the neuronal pathways of the memory consolidation part of your long-term memory system, you will be able to recall the 15 brain ideas much easier in the future.

Just imagine how difficult it would be to learn the new brain ideas if they were described only in the Russian language using only the Russian alphabet. You would probably have a far more difficult challenge to learn what the new brain ideas are, if you did not know the Russian language ahead of time.

However, the new brain facts and ideas are described on this website in plain English using the 26 letters of the English alphabet, and the ampersand (considered by many to be the 27th character of modern English). This makes it easy for you to learn the meanings for the new words that describe your mental functions or mental forces.

By paying attention to the memory codes on the fronts of the 15 brain flash cards, and by associating them with the 15 brain ideas many times, you will be using the working memory part of your prefrontal cortex and the long-term memory part of your hippocampus, where memory consolidation happens.

As you become more knowledgeable about your brain, you will learn that you are transferring memory molecules of cognitive content from your working memory system (scratch-pad or short-term memory) in your prefrontal cortex to your long-term memory system in your hippocampus. Each of the 15 brain ideas will add "density" to the memory molecules lodged in the many new synapses (neuron connectors) that you are creating by the repetition of your thoughts and feelings about your brain and the interactive relationships among the 15 brain ideas.

The more times you expose your brain to the new brain vocabulary, the more synapses or switching junctions will be created among the neurons that are related to previous memories about your brain. The increasing numbers of synapses in the neuronal pathways that connect your working memory to your long-term memory can make your brain memories easier to recall.

This strategy can help you decode the brain information on both sides of each card more efficiently in the "visual cortex" of your brain. It is located in your two occipital lobes at the back of your cerebrum.

About one-third of your brain's cognitive capacity is involved in decoding the visual sensory information that comes in through your two eyes and is processed in the back of your brain. In addition, the more senses you activate, such as your vision, taste, touch, hearing, smell, and balance, and the more "self-talk" you do when you "read" the declarative brain statements to yourself, the faster you will be able to memorize the 15 brain ideas.

This same process can also be applied to remembering anything else. It is especially effective when you associate strong positive feelings with the new ideas. This immersive "flooding" approach to learning targeted information reinforces your memory of what you want to recall later.

You set your own goals and measure your own progress yourself as you realize that the new brain knowledge makes sense. This kind of self-directed learning is the easiest way to learn anything new.

In addition, the physical structure of this website provides relevant feedback about the quality of your study strategies. You will be able to TAP or CLICK into various exciting topics on this website at your pleasure. Then you can return to those links instantly to compare or review information quickly, which reinforces recall later.

The "whole-brain" cognitive model of brain study can help you become more resilient as you apply this learning process and consciously use both your semantic memory function and your episodic memory function to remember both text and pictures in a coordinated way.

Your semantic memory is your ability to remember specific facts in the format of declarative statements that are presumed to be factual. And your episodic memory is your ability to remember specific past events in the form of a film with characters and associated feelings from your past.

However, the remembered memory is usually only a rough facsimile of the actual event and not completely accurate. Nevertheless, you have the mental forces (brainpower) to revisit old memories and strengthen them by embellishing them or weaken them by purposefully forgetting them based upon new information from your current experiences in the present moment.

This memory function applies to both personal memories and memories of cultural events, such as the names of colors and the names of states; the sounds of letters and songs; the capitals of states and countries; grammar rules and vocabulary words; and other important cultural facts acquired over a lifetime of living.

This new focused context based upon scientific cultural knowledge can help you learn the chain of humanistic logic explained by the 15 major brain ideas. Then you will have the complete cognitive tools to create a "fine-tuned well-organized mind." This cognitive neuroscience model refers to the fundamental fact that your self-awareness requires a living brain and body working together to produce your unique willpower and your adaptable self-identity.

With this new perspective, you will be able to understand how to think better and make more reasonable choices compatible with your personal values. This strengthening of your willpower will happen no matter what behavior and values you may have been compelled to learn as a completely dependent child or a semi-dependent teenager. But to do this, you need to understand the new brain language and philosophical assumptions.

In addition to the natural process of neuroplasticity, the brains of both children and adults can change by neurogenesis. This is the growth of new neurons in only two parts of your limbic system: namely, your olfactory glands, which are the part of your brain that detects odors, and your hippocampus (hippocampi plural), which is the part of your brain that contains the "triggers" of your long-term memory system on both cerebral hemispheres.

Furthermore, you will become aware of the fact that your adaptable self-identity depends entirely upon the special interactive functions of your prefrontal cortex located in your cerebrum and your long-term memory system located in your limbic system. Together, they both contribute to activating and enriching all of your memories.

The new theory about constructed emotions is closely related to the new idea that memories can be edited (deliberately changed) every time you remember them. Some memories you can decide to remember in a new linguistic and emotional context for the future and some memories you can forget forever.

The memory consolidation system of your long-term memory system is the part of your brain that preserves the triggers for your episodic, semantic, and autobiographic declarative memory functions (mental forces). They, along with your non-declarative memory function, which is your procedural memory (muscle memory) are the true sources of your unique willpower and adaptable self-identity!

This awesome memory process is how you can deliberately create an expanding "growth mindset." It creates what you experience as your expanded willpower and your adaptable self-identity. Recently, new evidence has show that your cerebellum contributes to the procedural muscle memory functions of your long-term memory system. Therefore, your cerebellum also contributes to your adaptable self-identity in a previously unknown way.

Your willpower and self-identity are both factual phenomena and not illusions as many scientists believed in the past. They misunderstood evolutionary processes due to faulty assumptions about human nature at the time. The new science of genetics and epigenetics has been a breakthrough in thinking about true evolutionary processes. Epigenetic changes are chemical changes that do not alter the DNA sequence but modify the way genes are expressed through RNA translation by either being switched on or off by social influences.

To repeat, your willpower and self-identity both depend upon the existence of a healthy connection between your working memory and your long-term memory functions. Your long-term memory functions include all of the in-between "buffers" of neuron clusters in the neuronal pathways that do the connecting. They are located mostly in the frontal lobes and temporal lobes of your cerebrum. Also the involuntary mechanisms of your cerebellum, which is known as your "second brain," and which controls the crucial functions of your unconscious breathing and heart beat, are involved in various memory functions.

The unique 30 Day Timetable Chart, which is linked to the Study Guide, makes it easy for you to track the progress of your learning about the 15 brain ideas and their supporting facts. Self-monitoring your use of time can motivate you to learn faster. The perception of the changes in your knowledge of your brain's structures and mind's functions can give you a tangible reminder of how beneficial this new brain knowledge is.

Whether it takes you only a few days or more than 30 days to master the new brain vocabulary, you will be able to apply some aspects of the new brain knowledge immediately. By choosing to use the new brain vocabulary, you will be able to activate and revitalize your adaptable self-identity from an altruistic secular humanistic ethical set of values.

The brain information on this website can provide you with a "growth mindset," which proclaims the scientific truth about reality, as you make decisions to improve the quality of your life far into the future. Then you will be using your brain properly.

WHY THIS MATTERS: The best way to study the 15 most important brain ideas is to use the 15 brain flash cards together with the spaced-repetition method of memorization to learn the new brain knowledge and remember it. Both educational techniques can speed the process of remembering all 15 of the brain ideas and their interactions in a secular humanistic linguistic educational context.

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Printable Form
SECTION 3:
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LEARN
ABOUT YOUR MIND'S FUNCTIONS?

(for your own editing
and memory consolidation)


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RECOMMENDATION: You may print this pdf version and read it and edit it by adding or deleting ideas. Then, you can read your edited version of these ideas according to a reinforcement schedule. This strategy can help you take advantage of the power of the spaced-repetition method of memorization. Such deep introspection can strengthen your willpower and change your adaptable self-identity to increase your self-esteem.

REMEMBER ALWAYS:
You Are Your Adaptable Memory!


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INTRODUCTION - SECTION 4 DETAILS
HOW CAN HUMANIST PARENTS AND
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ALPHABETICAL BRAIN™ VOCABULARY

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