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Brain Exercise: your most recent Aha! moment?

braintop Question: what was your most recent Aha! moment? a recent insight? how did it happen?

Why should we spend a minute reflecting on it? In the post on The Neuroscience of Leadership and Brain Fitness, we quote David Rock and Jeffrey M. Schwartz and say that the Quantum Zeno Effect, applied to neuroscience, means that “the mental act of focusing attention stabilizes the associated brain circuits…Over time, paying enough attention to any specific brain connection keeps the relevant circuitry open and dynamically alive…The power is in the focus.”

(I have posted answers to the previous exercises as Comments in the respective posts. Enjoy!). Credit for pic: AccuWeather

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  1. Senia says:

    Nice about your q to think about an AHA moment and to focus on that moment in order to keep that AHAness active. I like the idea that focusing is useful for keeping brain circuitry active. Makes me think of the usefulness of focusing on nothing, i.e. meditation, which must also activate that circuitry.

    I met a girl this weekend who is a huge fan of that game, BrainAge!

    An AHA moment – when I realized two different news stories had at their core the same injustice that absolutely rubbed me the wrong way.

  2. Alvaro says:

    Hi Senia,
    I enjoyed the article for many reasons, but one of the major ones was that concept about the value of reflection to “solidify” Aha!s and keep learning and learning and learning. This may be an Aha! itself.
    Yes, I have heard the BrainAge game is really addictive. It is great that someone is starting to popularize the value of brain exercise.

    Meditation helps with training attention, appreciation and other behaviors that we can become familiar through, I am sure, sustained focus.

  3. Christopher Panayis says:

    Didn’t get the AHA thing… Clear crystalized thought that only lasts a few seconds in my mind and then leaves makes me think of the “wow” feeling. You know these times; they make everything clear to you for no reason and then leave again. (e.g. “I feel confused tired and bored with what i am because i actually love three things in life and not one”)

  4. Alvaro says:

    Well, they don’t fully “leave”. They have literally contributed to the growth of some dendrites, on which you can build next time you have a similar feeling.

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