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How Your Brain Works: Habits

Every thought, belief, and action that you repeat over and over turns into a habit… an unconscious, automatic behavior. Habits are stored in long-term memory. Long-term memories can be permanent, so we need to be very careful what we store there. Whether your thoughts, beliefs, and actions are useful or not, you deeply and unconsciously remember what

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How Your Brain Works: The Power of Patterns

Your brain is a natural seeker, recognizer, discriminator, assimilator, interpreter, relater, combiner, connector, and creator of PATTERNS. Your brain loves patterns and hates randomness.  For example: “!nkcsrveeeoo htB” is no fun to read because it’s just an apparent jumble of random symbols with no apparent meaning. “Beethoven rocks!” is fun to read because it contains recognizable

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How Your Brain Works: Consolidation

Consolidation is the process by which short-term memories are transformed into long-term memories. Physiologically, this process is accomplished by rearranging and modifying the electro-chemical connections in your brain. Feeding this process requires focused attention on what you want to learn, repeated exposure, and time for your brain to change. Here some very important insights regarding consolidation:

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How Your Brain Works: Memory Aids

Ready for a crazy obvious statement? The best way to remember something is to make it memorable! To that end, it is not enough to merely think of something. You want to think about it. And two powerful ways to accomplish thinking about something are association and elaboration. Association Your ability to remember things is greatly enhanced if

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