The Pineal Gland is a pinecone-shaped tissue located in the central brain.
ARE YOU A RIGHT-BRAIN OR LEFT-BRAIN THINKER?
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Are you a genius at certain jobs but feel like a half-wit when trying to complete other types of work? The two sides of the brain each have distinct preferences and capabilities, and your strong suits and weaknesses are frequently based upon the side of your brain that is dominant.
The left and right brain functions are responsible for differences in people and how they process information. Whether you use your left brain and right brain together or have a dominant half explains a great deal about how you learn and express yourself. While many people think artists are right brained, this isn't always the case. For example, some artists plot out their painting long before the first brush stroke, which would indicate left brained planning.
Find out whether or not you are a right or left brain thinker and check out the career choices that correlate.
Better at math and science than art and literature?
The great outdoors and athletics are favorites of people who are right-brain thinkers, and a career that can combine the two, like one as a recreation director, is perfect.
Staying indoors and reading are favorites of people who are left-brain
thinkers, and a career that can combine the two, like one as a librarian,
Group-oriented people are usually right-brain thinkers, making a job in retail a good fit for their lifestyle preference.
Loners are usually left-brain thinkers, making a job in accounting a good fit for their lifestyle preference.
When given instructions, are lots of pictures easier to understand than
lots of text?
JOBS FOR RIGHT BRAIN THINKERS
ARE YOU LEFT OR RIGHT BRAIN PREDOMINANT?
Look at the photo below for about 30 seconds and have a think about what you see. Then read below to evaluate the results of what you saw and find out if you are left or right brain orientated.
If you see the lady turning Clockwise you are Using Right Brain.
If you see the lady turning Counter-Clockwise you are Using Left Brain.
Some people do see both ways, but most people see it only one way.
See if you can make her go one way and then the other by shifting the brain's current. BOTH DIRECTIONS CAN BE SEEN. If you look away, she may switch from one direction to the other. We find that if you just look at her feet or relax and look at the floor where the reflection shows, she will switch direction!
Experimentation has shown that the two different sides, or hemispheres, of the brain are responsible for different manners of thinking.
Most individuals have a distinct preference for one of these styles of thinking. Some, however, are more whole-brained and equally adept at both modes. In general, schools tend to favor left-brain modes of thinking, while down playing the right-brain activities.
Left-brained test subjects focused on logical thinking, analysis, and accuracy.
There is a lot of research showing meditation, hypnosis and brainwave entertainment audios can help create unity between the left and right sides of your brain. This can be quite useful to 'exercise your mind' so to speak. Promoting unity of thought can help create more clarity in your decision making processes. This means you will neither 'over-think' about things too much with your left brain -- or be 'too creative' with decisions that require logical analysis with your right brain. See A Message for Managers.
Sounds of Silence
COULD COLORED NOISE BE THE SECRET TO BETTER SLEEP?
Many of us have experienced the restfulness that comes when we’re stood next to the sea, listening to the waves crashing. Or maybe with our eyes closed, while the wind rustles through the trees. Or that inner peace when the rain is drumming on the window.
Those of us in search of a better night’s sleep might assume the best environment for this is one of silence. But could the solution actually lie in immersing ourselves in more noise? While that may sound counterintuitive, certain types of noise – such as the gentle humming of a boiler or the pitter-patter of rain – can, in fact, help us to drift off.
According to Dr. Mark Winwood, Director of Psychological Services at AXA PPP healthcare, “some noises can actually help us get to sleep by making us less conscious of our immediate environment, which allows our mind to relax in a way that’s similar to the process involved in meditation.”
Far from being a new phenomenon, the concept of colored noise has been around much longer than you might think. Thomas Alva Edison began conducting experiments on sound frequencies and coloured noise in the late 1800s and scientists soon discovered the full spectrum of sound frequencies.
These are still relevant today – for example ‘pink noise’ has been scientifically proven to improve deep sleep, allowing for better memory formation and re-energisation of the brain. To explore concepts further, the healthcare experts have recorded three unique ambient sounds: at the peaceful Trwyn Llanbedrog beach in North Wales; one of London’s busiest overpasses; and Kielder Forest, the most tranquil place in the UK.
White noise – constant ‘shhh’ sound
White noise works by reducing the difference between background sounds and a ‘peak’ sound, like a door slamming, giving you a better chance to sleep through it undisturbed. Typically, white noise is a constant “shhh” sound, which is like a bright, mix of frequencies. These frequencies are often likened to the restful sound of waves hitting the shore. AXA PPP healthcare has associated it with the sounds heard on Trwyn Llanbedrog beach in North Wales – the UK’s favorite coastal sound, perhaps due its hypnotic quality.
Pink noise – turning up the bass on white noise
A busy London overpass has been matched with pink noise frequencies – which is similar to white noise but with the bass turned up. As well as the rumble of traffic, rainstorms have a pink noise frequency. The 24-hour activity of modern cities feels at odds with our need to sleep – but what if we could take that energy and use it to help us relax?
Brown noise – a deep, rolling rumble
Kielder Forest, the UK’s most tranquil location, may not seem to have many sounds at first, but the sound of the wind blowing through the trees can be likened to the frequency of brown noise. Brown noise is an even deeper version of pink noise; a deep, rolling rumble that can often go unnoticed.
One thing is for sure, the world is getting noisier with as many as 25% of adults losing sleep due to noise from their neighbors. For this reason, Tim Antos, founder of Kokoon, designed sleep-aiding headphones to help block out unwanted noise.
“From the moment we wake, our lives are filled with noise. Whether you’re trying to relax or just can’t sleep, audio is one of the best ways to help us naturally unwind and switch off,” Antos said. “Sleep clinics prescribe thousands of audio-based techniques daily and millions of us use audio to relax every single day.”
“The best way of falling asleep varies for each person and depending what we have going on in our lives. At Kokoon, we wanted to open the door to trying different techniques, giving people the opportunity to learn what really works for them,” Antos said. “The headphones incorporate electroencephalogram (EEG) sensors to detect electrical activity in your brain throughout your nightly sleeping ritual. By pairing our technology with AXA’s colored noise recordings we hope to improve the sleep quality of many.”
Dr Mark Winwood, Director of Psychological Services for AXA PPP healthcare, helps patients on a regular basis understand why they struggle to fall and stay asleep and how they can help themselves to get a more restful and restorative sleep.
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