Excerpt from Chapter 1 of Create a Better Brain…

Neuroplasticity has taught us that the brain can remap itself and, in doing so, can bring healing.

Why should you want to read a book about the strange-sounding, relatively new science called neuroplasticity? How could knowledge of this science help you? More than you could ever believe.

What if I told you that if you changed a few simple habits in your life you could actually increase your IQ or that of your child? Sounds good, doesn’t it?

And what if I could show you what you could do to make you and your child naturally happier and more confident, get rid of your brain fog or sluggishness, and be more motivated to get things done? It is not as hard as you may think, in fact, brain scans show us that it is really just a matter of knowing how to direct our actions and thoughts to make it happen.

This book is written to bless you, to show you how to make your and your child’s lives better, and to help you be the best you can be.

What do you want for your life?

Today millions of people all over the world are learning about applied neuroplasticity, and it is drastically changing their lives for the better. This book is Neuroplasticity 101.

Get ready to create a better brain.

Neuroplasticity

Where scientists once thought we were the product of our brains, it is now understood that our brains are the product of us. The research that we examine will show how our children are not born with depression, ADHD, optimistic confidence, or any particular mindset; we create it. It is true that we are all born with physical propensities, weaknesses, and strengths. And we all get hit with outside influences; some suffer brain accidents or diseases. What we have learned through neuroplasticity is that we are not at the mercy of our genetics or the mishaps of life. What we do with these propensities, influences, mishaps, and diseases is our choice. You can design or redesign your brain for your own good, and we’ll discuss how. This is a book of HOPE—hope because we are not bound by preset intelligence, character or capabilities.

Dr. Norman Doidge, a Canadian-born psychiatrist and best-selling author, said, “Thought changes structure…I saw people rewire their brains with their thoughts, to cure previously incurable obsessions and trauma.” Neuroscientists say with certainty that the brain is capable of re-engineering, and we are the engineers. By means of brain scans, scientists can see it happen.

The brain is not limited to changes that make us smarter or more emotionally balanced; it responds to training that helps us recover from all sorts of injury, diseases, and emotional ills. Now that is almost a miracle.

The Gift of Many Roads

The brain is composed of billions of neurons in a web of pathways like interconnected roads. Thoughts, feelings, and sensory input activate a web of connections formed by past experiences. Every stimulus creates or utilizes a network of these pathways. With the use of an fMRI (a machine used for measuring and mapping brain activity), one can see what resembles major thoroughfares with intersections, main avenues, and small streets that zigzag throughout every area of the brain. We make our own “roads” with our thoughts and actions: what we see, think, feel, and strive to learn. The use of music, art, laughter, exercise, study, etc. is making us who and what we will become. Our default tendency in life is to do the familiar: drive familiar roads, think familiar thoughts, eat familiar foods. All of these repeated actions of familiar things create familiar pathways. The more a pathway is used, the broader it becomes. If there is damage along the route of a familiar pathway, information is blocked. Neuroplasticity has taught us that we can train our brain to use pathways that were previously dedicated to other functions. Romans 12:2 says, “…be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…”