Brain Facts: The human brain weighs about 3 pounds and is 75% water. It uses about 20% of the oxygen in the body. The brain is very complex, but a few Brain regions at Brainfacts.org include the prefrontal cortex which is responsible for executive functions, and the amygdala, where the fight or flight response takes place. There are five kinds of brain waves, and the brain is influenced by chemicals known as neurotransmitters. Learn more at What the Brain Wants.
A to-do list for your brain:
Learn new things, and exercise your brain with games.
Scientific American debates the effectiveness at brain games at Brain Games: do they really work. See one man’s experience at Training my Aging Brain from Discover magazine. But if you’d like to try a few just in case, there are some free online brain games at this Pinterest Board.
Eat dark chocolate! Psychology Today says so.
Meditate. 7 ways meditation can change the brain from Forbes.
Exercise. Harvard School of Medicine says so. So does this TED talk.
- Core Concepts from brainfacts.org, and a downloadable book
- Your Brain at sciencemuseum.org.uk
- “The Emotional Life of Your Brain” by Richard Davidson
GREAT Skills are a) in demand in the workplace b) rarely taught, and c) very helpful in all areas of life! The GREAT Skills Trading Cards provide key information from experts for learning these skills. The links below lead to posts at The Daily PlanIt with more resources. This set on the brain and motivation is available for download at slideshare.
The brain and motivation set includes:
- David Rock “Your Brain at Work” + TED Talk “Learning About the Brain Changes Everything“
- Dan Pink “Drive” + TED Talk “The Puzzle of Motivation“
- Simon Sinek “Start With Why” book + TED Talk
- Dan Ariely “Predictably Irrational” book + TED Talk
- Angela Duckworth “Grit” book + TED Talk
You may also be interested in weekly activities for a Year of Personal Growth and resources to develop the top 10 skills employers want. Find more tools the Personal Development Toolkit, including more GREAT Skills Trading Card sets that cover skills you probably didn’t learn in high school (and wish you had).