Brain Functions

Q. Okay, Doc. I know I was born with a good brain. But I don’t get this emphasis on “challenging mental stimulation” and some of the other stuff you talk about. What’s the “real deal” here?

Q. I just heard that apes are left-handed! What do you know about that or about left-handedness in humans?

Q. Have you ever experienced discrimination? If so, please help me understand how bias, prejudice, and discrimination differ.

Q. I’ve heard you refer to the science of brain function but I don’t know how it differs from Psychiatry, Psychology, Physiology, Biology, or any of the other "ologies." What’s your definition?

Q. Michael Gurian wrote about brain layers. Layers of what?

Q. My wife wants me to attend The Brain Program with her. As a corporate VP, I need a logical reason to attend.

Q. Since it is possible to develop skills throughout the brain, why not aim for equal skills in all four divisions of the cerebrum?

Q. Who's in charge, my brain or my mind; and what's the difference between them anyway?

Q. What you share in your brain-function seminars is fascinating as well as practical and helpful. What information is available for the general public?

Q. Isn’t brainstorming a waste of time, since most ideas won’t work anyway?

Q. What is it about the brains of people who sell cars? I hate the games, and negotiations, and being treated like I don't even have a brain simply because I'm female! If only I could purchase a car without having to deal with a salesperson! What do you do?

Q. How large is the human cortex?

Q. What’s all this hype about dehydration and brain function?

Q. What has research found out about how the brain develops during pregnancy?

Q. My 5-year-old son has not yet selected a dominant hand. Several individuals have made suggestions for strategies to force him to select one, and to develop his "dominant hemisphere." My brother is ambidextrous and I wonder about the wisdom of their advice.

Q. In an attempt to force him to become right-handed, my husband’s left hand was tied behind his back using a stout string that was attached to his belt. He does everything right-handed and hardly uses his left hand at all. Unfortunately, he continues to stutter and seems to become anxious easily. Do you have any comments?

Q. I tested as having a fairly high IQ but routinely have difficulty communicating with most people. Do you have any suggestions?

Q. Can you tell me how the brain learns?

Q: You talk about "intelligences." How does that concept fit with IQ?

Q. What actually is intuition and who has it, males or females?

Q. Whenever I mention intuition, someone in my family typically rolls his/her eyes and mumbles, "Yeah, right. Dream on." Does intuition really exist as a brain function, or is it just a figment of someone’s imagination?

Q. I just heard someone mention the three C’s of meditation. Whatever are those and do you meditate?

Q. Can you give me any benefits for taking time every day to meditate? I’m a busy person!

Q. I’m fascinated by the topic of “mirror neurons.” Are there any books about mirror neurons and any impact on sexual behaviors?

Q. One of our five children is like a foreigner in our midst. We like to camp out and play volleyball; he would rather bring a book and read, or go walking with a friend. It’s so frustrating!

Q. My boss tends to say "no" to most suggestions or requests I make. I've never thought of her as particularly negative or vindictive but this is getting ridiculous. I'm curious to know if you think this is a "brain thing."

Q. What do you say to people who ask "How does brain dominance theory sit with personality theory that I already understand?" I can't resolve it in my own brain because they seem to be two different models. Personality theory says "you can adapt" while brain dominance theory says "you have an innate preference."

Q: An article in a recent news magazine mentioned a PET Scan. What is it?

Q. Do people really ask the questions that you put in your Brain Bulletins or do you create your own questions in order to disseminate information through the answers?

Q. “The Secret.” Have you read the book or watched the video? I don’t get how thinking different thoughts can help at all! Are they off base?

Q. Would you give me some examples of direct versus indirect self-medication attempts?

Q. What in the world is “self-talk”? I was always told that talking to my self was a symptom of mental illness and answering yourself could get you locked up somewhere.

Q. I’ve heard you speak about the importance of using positive words so all three brain layers can perceive them in a one-step process, but the Ten Commandments are negative. What do you have to say about that?

Q. Is there a difference between having a visual sensory preference and being able to visualize?

Q. I’ve heard you speak about the difference between “well” and “energy efficiently.” If you do it “well” won’t you do it “efficiently,” and why even try to figure it out?

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