Seven Areas of Whole Brain Development
There are seven areas of whole brain development mentioned in the Wink (Right Brain Education ) Handbook.
We only recently got the Wink Program from ebay ( amazing deal!), and I decided to take some notes from the Program Manual book as I read it. It always helps me to organize my thoughts and put things into perspective.
I was surprised how many Right Brain exercises we were already doing! And in the following series of posts I will try to describe Right Brain Games and activities that we have been doing with children and mention the ones we are planning to incorporate.
Interestingly, while Wink call themselves Right Brain Education program, they state: “The ultimate goal is to develop your whole brain”.
First of all, I wanted to say that Whole Brain ( or Right Brain, how some call it) training is not a step by step curriculum. It is more of a way of life, approach to development and a collection of activities and exercises one can incorporate into every day life to help and stimulate the brain.
That is how it is presented in WINK Right Brain Training Manual “The wonderful thing is that there are no “shoulds” You do not need to do the program each and every single day to see results. You can do as little as 5 to 15 minutes a day, or whatever feels comfortable to you.” They continue, mentioning that you might be drawn to some exercises more then to others. “Do the ones you like and understand”.
Here are the areas of whole brain development:
1. Alpha Wave Relaxation.
It is the process of calming the senses and adjusting to an alpha wave frequency in order to access the creative areas of our mind. It is an important part of right-brain learning, because when mind enters alpha-wave state, it can absorb images quickly and retrieve information stored in subconscious mind. There are a lot more to relaxation. It helps to promote positive emotions, it increases love, it heals the body, and calms senses. Relaxation also helps to absorb information faster and easier and helps to retrieve information with ease.
2. Eye exercises.
From Wink training Manual: “Eye stimulation impacts vision, relaxation, emotion, memory, thought, creativity, motivation – even creative intuition!” Eye exercises are for stimulating the whole brain. Each eye is linked to both hemispheres of the brain. “The right side of each eye’s visual receptors connect to the left brain. And the left side of each eye’s visual receptors connect to the right brain. The field of vision on the far right is processed by the left brain and the field of vision on the far left processed by the right brain alone.” With various eye exercises it is possible to stimulate different areas of the brain and activate them. Some of the benefits: strengthened ability to focus and concentrate; brain development and brain stimulation; heightens memory, sensitivity; accelerates memory retrieval; increases scanning speed. It also integrates the right and left hemispheres of the brain.
In TwiddleWink and Wink program they use video rotation of negative and positive images, which is effective way to do afterimage exercises. In Wink in particular in addition to video exercises it is also done with PhotoeyePlay cards and color shapes. PhotoeyePlay is “a unique visual process which stimulates the ability to see an object’s afterimage. After-imaging activates the primary vision centers used for photographic memory”! It trains your brain to act as a camera, helps in developing visualization and stimulates rods and cons within the eye.
4. Mental Imaging.
It is all about creating vivid images in the mind. The goal is to be able to create tangible, 3-dimensional images, involving all senses and to be able to manipulate them. I heard of children trained with mental imaging creating and developing ideas in the mind, then testing and troubleshooting them, even before actually creating them materially!
The goals of mental imaging exercises: to train the mind to see any image mentally; to experience that image with all senses; to be able to look at the image from every possible view; to manipulate and change the image in your mind at will.
5. Observation Training.
It is all about learning to see more details. Learning to observe more details will contribute to a better and clearer memory. Wink Training Manual explains it this way : “Observation Training is based on the theory that the right brain processes all information subconciously and the left brain processes all information consciously. Observation training increases the amount of information that is processed by both hemispheres of the brain.”
6. Memory linking.
In Shichida schools, they call this exercise “A silly story” It is all about memorizing the order of the items. Typically memorizing the order would involve left brain, but in Whole Brain Training, we can involve the right brain to play part in the process by bringing the element of non-sense. Thus the collection of unrelated pictures are used and silly stories are created, which encourages the brain to stretch and visualize each component in some way linking it to other elements. It is fun and effective brain gymnastics!
7. Photographic memory.
Photographic memory consists of remembering several things at once, in order or at random. In Wink program it is combined ( and rightfully so) with speed reading, and number of fun exercises are offered for developing it. In a later post I will share the ones we did ourselves and loved. Some of the exercises we’ve done were from the Wink Program, and others are from other sources. We treat our photographic memory exercises like fun games. We like some more then others ( and repeat them often) It is amazing how many options for memory training and photographic memory are there! And often we do not know that we actually developing some important skills while playing a fun game.