The MasterMIND

Your Brain in a Nutshell
This is the decade of BRAIN! Never before has such a vast amount of research and understanding been brought to the forefront of science and the mainstream media. The brain acts as the “conductor” of every function in the entire body. It was once believed that as we aged, the brain’s networks became fixed. However, over the past two decades, an overwhelming amount of evidence-based research has revealed that the brain never stops changing and adjusting to its environment.

Not to over simplify, but the nervous system is similar to the flight maps located in the back pages of the airline magazine.  The three letter code for each of the world’s airports act a “hub” of neurons, while the flight routes between each city, depicted by the lines, represent connections between neurons.  Based on your previous flight experiences, most are aware that: some routes are short, while others are longer; some airports are more heavily utilized, while others are less; some flights are direct, while others require multiple connections; some less traveled destination may be cancelled, while more desirable ones may be added, etc…

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Our nervous system works in a similar fashion, under the premise of the 4 “R’s”. Neurons adjust, or “reweight” their connections by strengthening or weakening them. Neurons reconnect by creating and eliminating synapses, and they rewire by growing and retracting branches. Finally, entirely new neurons are created and existing ones eliminated, through regeneration. It is this Re-weighting, Re-wiring, Re-connecting and Regenerating of connections based on new experiences, information or environmental stimulation that improves brain’s efficiency. This is referred to as neuroplasticity.

For example, when learning to play a new and unfamiliar piece on the piano, it has been documented to require as many as 24-36 different areas of the brain to perform the task. After sufficient exposures, repeated trials, error correction and diligent practice, the brain may require only 11 areas to play the same piece. Less brain activity required to perform the same task = greater efficiency = increased neuroplasticity.

It is through this process that the MIND program is able to retrain, reinforce, and even establish new connections, specific to the areas of deficiency observed during the exam. These connections improve physical, cognitive, memory, comprehension, learning, behavior, attention and processing efficiency.

 


Where Things Go Wrong

The brain, as well as the networks of neurons within, are designed to work in a “collaborative and synchronous” manner to allow the most efficient, rapid and complete transmission of information possible.

These circuits perform much in the same manner as a well-rehearsed orchestra. The performance is dependent upon the ability of each section (violins, woodwinds, strings, horns, etc…) to collectively contribute, in a synchronous and timely fashion, to produce a majestic symphony. Some sections sit in close proximity to one another, while others sit a greater distance. If any section involved in the piece is not in time, playing too loud or too soft, or in the worst case scenario, have a lack of, or subpar musicians participate, the outcome will be markedly affected.

Whether communicating through short or long distance connections, from left-to-right (inter-hemispheric) or front-to-back (intra-hemispheric), failure of this synchronous and timely communication of information within the brain, may manifest as processing delays, aberrant behavior, inattention, impulsivity, learning difficulties, organizational difficulties, social processing difficulties, emotional outburst, tics, or even obsessions or compulsions.

Our comprehensive neurological and academic evaluation accounts for each of these areas of brain function, and affords us the ability to create an individualized treatment plan to address those areas determined to be underactive, under-connected and/or out-of-synch.

 


Lobes and Function
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