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Activate Your Brain

How Understanding Your Brain Can Improve Your Work and Your Life

Von Scott G. Halford
15 Minuten
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Activate Your Brain: How Understanding Your Brain Can Improve Your Work and Your Life von Scott G. Halford

Despite all the scientific breakthroughs made in recent decades, we still don’t fully understand the human brain. However, we have discovered some important neuroscientific facts. Backed by research, helpful examples and exercises, Activate Your Brain (2015) shows you how you can use this knowledge to make the best use of your brain and live a more fulfilled and mindful life.

  • Anyone who is interested in how their brain works
  • Anyone who wants to regain some control over their life
  • Students and professionals who want to increase their mental stamina

Scott G. Halford is an Emmy award-winning producer, author and speaker on topics such as achievement psychology, emotional intelligence and critical thinking. He was inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame in 2014 and his previous books include Be a Shortcut: The Secret Fast Track to Business Success and Senseless Acts of Beauty.

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How Understanding Your Brain Can Improve Your Work and Your Life

Von Scott G. Halford
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Despite all the scientific breakthroughs made in recent decades, we still don’t fully understand the human brain. However, we have discovered some important neuroscientific facts. Backed by research, helpful examples and exercises, Activate Your Brain (2015) shows you how you can use this knowledge to make the best use of your brain and live a more fulfilled and mindful life.

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There are only tiny differences between the brains of humans and apes – but these differences are critical.

Ninety percent of our knowledge of the human brain has been acquired in the last 20 years – and we’re still far from fully understanding it. One thing we do know, though, is that our brains aren’t that different from the brains of our closest mammalian relatives – chimpanzees.

Our brain is divided into three main parts, each with distinctive functions, and two of these parts are similar to the brains of apes.

The first part is known as the reptilian brain. This section regulates the bodily functions we don’t consciously control, like breathing and sweating.

Second is the mammalian brain, which constantly scans our environment for danger or reward. It’s also the emotional hub of our brain, dealing with feelings and memories.

Although we share these parts with apes, the third section is what sets us apart. This is the prefrontal cortex, namely the human brain. The prefrontal cortex is responsible for reason, analysis, and the handling of emotions that stem from other parts of the brain.

Imagine the mammalian brain as a kindergarten: everybody is running amok and doing as they please. When the preschool teacher – the human brain – walks in, the chaos is brought under control and order returns.

We need our mammalian and human brains to get on well with one another, otherwise we would continuously fall victim to our impulses. Say your boss is rude to you and you feel a sudden urge to slap him in the face – this is the knee-jerk emotional reaction of the mammalian brain.

But if you pause for a breath, you’ll realize that slapping your boss wouldn’t just be a step back in your career, but could also result in a lawsuit. So you decide to calm down. This is your prefrontal cortex doing its duty and preventing you from impulsive behavior.

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