ALPHABETICAL BRAIN™ VOCABULARY
HUMANIST FAMILY BRAIN STUDY

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INTRODUCTION - SECTION 3
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO LEARN
ABOUT YOUR MIND'S FUNCTIONS?

April 2, 2020

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This website can help you understand your brain's structures and mind's functions best because it combines the spaced-repetition method of memorization and the flash card technique of learning with computers and hand-held devices (smart phones and tablets) to strengthen your ability to reason.

This strategy of learning can make you smarter about the 15 new brain ideas faster and easier 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 linguistic context provides you with many synergistic advantages as you learn the differences between your brain's physical structures and your mind's mental functions.

Once you learn them, you will be able to make better decisions and save time as you learn how to reduce chronic anxieties and decrease the uncertainties in your life. You will be able to manage the natural creative anxiety that stimulates healthy motivation. And also you will be able to deal with temporary traumas more constructively you achieve your personal goals and develop better relationships with others.

You can use short study sessions of 20-30 minutes to study the DETAILS files and the SOURCES files for each of the 15 brain ideas. These sessions can be very effective in the cognitive context of using your critical thinking skills and critical reading strategies, where the word "critical" means using your reasoning ability to choose among alternative viewpoints on the basis of known facts; not fears!

In addition, the QUOTATIONS files contain a variety of definitions of human consciousness from dozens of recent books by respected authors. They focus your attention on the genuine issues involved in understanding and activating your dominant intellectual and emotional function, which is to use your willpower to control your behavior within the context of your mind's mental force.

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. The same picture pattern on the sides of the paired flash cards makes it easier for you to learn the unique details on the front and the back sides of each of the 15 brain flash cards.

The new brain vocabulary words can be "chunked" or categorized into convenient combinations of topics with words of your own choosing within the recommended written statements provided on this website. Each flash card includes the same question and answer format or framework with identical diagrams and colors and text fonts on the paired flash cards. Each is designed to provide you with easy perception of the pertinent brain information presented.

The memory codes on the fronts of the 15 brain flash cards are directly linked to the definitions of the 15 brain ideas on the backs of the flash cards. This arrangement permits the condensation of complex meanings into simpler declarative statements that are easier for you to recall than more complex narratives. Thus the memory codes function like acronyms for encoding your memories of the new brain definitions in context.

To clarify the learning process, the memory codes function like such familiar acronyms as FB, FBI, CIA, NIH, IBM, or PTSD. You probably can recognize the acronyms instantly. For example, "FB" can evoke memories about the popular social media FACEBOOK with many instantly accessible thoughts about Facebook in your consciousness.

The memory codes are "cues" that 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 your long-term memory consolidation system, you will be able to recall the 15 brain ideas much easier in the future.

Just imagine that all of the new brain ideas were described only in the Russian language using only the Russian alphabet. You would 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, because the new brain facts and ideas are described on this website in plain English using the 26 letters of the English alphabet, and other essential English grammatical symbols of which you are already aware, it will be easy for you to learn the new meanings which describe your "mental force" or brainpower.

By paying attention to the memory codes on the fronts of the 15 brain flash cards, and associating them with the 15 brain ideas, you will be using the working memory part of your prefrontal cortex and the long-term memory consolidation part of your hippocampus more effectively than any other way of learning.

As you become more knowledgeable about your brain, you will learn that you are transferring memory molecules of intelligent cognitive content from your working memory system (scratch-pad or short-term memory system) 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 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 your previous memories about your brain.

The increasing numbers of synapses in the neuronal pathways, which 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, which 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 be able to recall later.

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 the information instantly.

The format of the 15 flash cards enables you to easily evaluate the effectiveness of your critical thinking skills and your critical reading strategies and your progressive mindfulness techniques. Using this format can improve your reasoning and imagining and remembering skills quickly as you expose yourself more frequently to the 15 brain ideas.

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. Your semantic memory is your ability to remember specific facts in the format of declarative statements and your episodic memory is your ability to remember events as if they were a film with associated feelings from your past.

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

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, or vocabulary words, and other important cultural facts acquired over a lifetime of living.

This new focused scientific cultural knowledge can help you learn the chain of humanistic logic explained by the 15 major brain ideas. Then you will have the cognitive tools to create a "fine-tuned well-organized mind." This cognitive neuroscience model refers to the fundamental fact that your consciousness requires a living brain and body working together to produce your self-consciousness and adaptive 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. And you will be developing the potent willpower necessary to make sure that your goals are consistent with your values: no matter what behavior and values you may have been compelled to learn as a completely dependent child and a semi-independent teenager.

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 that are the part of your brain that detects odors and your hippocampi (plural of hippocampus) that are the part of your brain that contain the "triggers" of your long-term memory system.

Furthermore, you will become aware of the fact that your adaptable self-identity depends entirely upon the special interactive functions of your intentional prefrontal cortex located in your cerebrum, which is the organ of your "executive function." It is directly connected to the long-term memory system, which is 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" or changed every time you remember a memory. Some you want to remember in a new context in the future and some you want to forget forever.

Your long-term memory's consolidation system is the part of your brain that preserves the triggers for your episodic, semantic, and autobiographic declarative memory functions. They, along with your non-declarative procedural or muscle memory functions, are the true sources of your awesome adaptable self-identity!

This fantastic memory process is how you can deliberately create an expanding growth mindset. It creates what you experience as an increased self-awareness and an enhanced self-identity.

Recently, new evidence shows that your cerebellum contributes to the procedural muscle memory functions of your long-term memory system, which also contributes to your adaptable self-identity.

This is a factual phenomenon and not an illusion as many scientists thought in the past because of faulty assumptions about human nature and especially misunderstood evolutionary processes. The new idea of the function of "epigenetics" has been a breakthrough in thinking about evolutionary forces.

To repeat, your adaptable self-identity depends upon the health of the connection between your working memory and your long-term memory functions. Your long-term memory functions include all of the in-between "buffers" of neuronal clusters that do the connecting. They are located in the frontal lobes of your cerebrum and also the involuntary mechanisms of your cerebellum, which is known as your "second brain."

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 factual basis. Self-monitoring your use of time and your use of study skills can motivate you to learn faster. Such perception of the changes in your knowledge of your brain's structures and mind's functions will give you a tangible reminder of how beneficial this new brain knowledge can be.

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 within a new secular scientific humanistic perspective.

The brain information on this website can provide you with a "growth mindset" that proclaims the truth about reality as you make decisions that can improve the quality of your life far into the future.

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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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, such as a few hours later and a few days later and then several times in the next week or two. This strategy can help you take advantage of the power of the spaced-repetition method of memorization. Such deep introspection can change your adaptable self-identity and increase your self-esteem by basing your positive feelings about yourself and your worth on true brain facts and ideas.

REMEMBER ALWAYS:
You Are Your Adaptable Memory!


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INTRODUCTION - SECTION 4
HOW CAN HUMANIST PARENTS AND
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