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Brain and Learning

When my teen was diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and treated with Adderall, I took her for a brain SPECT exam to ensure the correct diagnosis and treatment. When I shared the experience with a friend who was also treated for ADD, he went ahead to get the exam done and discovered he was misdiagnosed and, therefore, mistreated. To me, an evidence-based approach is always better if it is available.

“Whole Brain Living” is a book based on evidence. Jill Taylor, the author, a neuroscientist, survived a massive stroke. She took her readers on a journey into the deterioration of her left brain.

What prompted me to go back to read her book was the arguments over “Do we have different learning styles?” When we know our brains create our perception of reality and impact our behaviors, it seems no brainer to me that we all learn differently and similarly. That’s why school education still works for most students and can work better when tailored to the challenged ones.

In the book, Jill shared her experience shifting into a state of peaceful euphoria and oneness with the universe while recovering from the stroke. She writes, “We have the power to choose moment by moment who and how we want to be in the world. You are the life-force power of the universe, and your human brain is amazing, far beyond your wildest imagination.”

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