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The show will be about all things related to the brain and how understanding of the brain personality connection and the mind/brain/body connection can improve our businesses, relationships, health and life.

The field of neuroscience is revealing amazing things about the brain. In the show we will explore the latest findings to see how they have practical application in our lives.

I often tell people their greatest asset is not their stock portfolio, their real estate holdings, or their retirement account. No it is what they were naturally born with: their brain. When we learn to tap into our natural gifts and the power of the brain/mind connection the sky is not the limit-there is no limit!

Julie "Brain Lady" Anderson is considered to be one of the nation's top experts on the Brain Personality Connection. She is a dynamic and engaging international public speaker; business, communication, and relationship consultant; as well as a published author. She has been interviewed on several radio stations including the ABC network and made numerous television appearances. For more than 16 years she has been igniting her audiences to fire up their brains to inspire positive changes in the relationships of all in attendance. The information she shares will help those who hear to accelerate their success in life and business through discovery of their natural gifts and maximizing their brain power.

Julie's educational background is vast. She studied Natural Health, Psychology,Human Resource Development and Psychoneuroimmunology at Clayton College. She is a 3 time attendee of Realizations Inc. / Success Resources International's Brain and Innate Giftedness program. She has also received CEC's in the field of Depression, Anxiety Disorders and Brain Function. She has done extensive research in the areas of Personality Types, Brain Function and Anatomy, Brain Health, and the Brain Personality Connection. She has also attended community colleges for Deaf Studies courses and is a professional interpreter for the deaf.

In May of 2009 she created Your Best Mind the parent company for her speaking, consulting, and coaching. Julie uniquely blends science and psychology when she shares her knowledge and information with businesses, entrepreneurs, women's groups, and families through keynote speaking; workshops; lectures; private consulting and coaching; and her writings. She assists companies to improve their workplace morale and productivity; parents to create dynamic relationships with their children, and women to achieve more in life and business.

Julie's approach is unique. By including the latest scientific research on the brain/personality connection she provides her clients with the all-important "why" behind what people do and how they think. Through an understanding of brain chemistry she provides the people she works with tools and processes that change their life in a positive way. Helping them get past blocks and create forward momentum in their lives and relationships. Her always positive and up building approach brings true long lasting success to those she works with.

Julie has published two books: The Brainstorm Journal and Enjoying Your Homeschool Journey: Keys to Teaching Your Child with Their Individual Brain in Mind. She is also a coauthor in The Change Book, Volume 4. Her new writing projects to be released in 2016 are: Change Your Mind in 21 Days: Positive Steps to a Healthier Happier Life and What Did You Say? A Practical Guide to Communications, Relationships and the Brain.

2016 Brain Bits, Part 2

  Welcome back for part two of 2016 Brain Bits. I had so much information I wanted to share about some of the new and exciting info coming out of the scientific world, I had to do it in two parts. So here we go again.

  Have you ever been on a diet? Silly question? Maybe, but some very interesting research is being done on brain cells and their function and connection to our appetites.

  Researchers are studying the effects on stimulating the cholinergic neurons in mice, this works because mice have similar brain patterns to humans. They've found by activating these cells the mice lost their appetites, even to the point of becoming borderline anorexic. These neurons use the same pathways that nicotine, an appetite suppressant, from cigarettes use. This is why most people will gain weight when they quit smoking. It's interesting to note that diet research has usually focused on the hypothalamus, but these cholinergic neurons are found in the basal forbrain near the Brochas area. So would you take a pill designed to suppress your appetite by activating your brain cells?

  Anyone who knows me well knows that I am an avid dog lover, so I found this next story extremely thought-provoking. 

  The School of Life Sciences at the University of London in the United Kingdom has been studying the effects of what dogs do immediately following their training sessions has on their memory. We all know that memories can be very strongly attached to emotions, hearing a certain song can make you instantly nostalgic and bring back great childhood memories, while another piece of music can instantly have a negative effect, conjuring painful emotions surrounding a negative memory. When we're aroused emotionally, in a positive way, our brain releases a number of hormones that may enhance memory consolidation.

  Fascinating but what does this have to do with dog training? The researchers at The University of London have found that when the dogs were vigorously played with for 30 minutes after their intense instruction, they recalled their training better and faster than the dogs who were not played with. So if we follow up our learning activities with positive emotions, stimulating our brains in fun ways will help our brains recall and remember what we've been taught. I don't know about you but my take away from this? Do my work, then go play with my dogs!

  I hope you've enjoyed my Brain Bits for 2016 and if you'd like the details on my resource material from the studies I've referenced, please feel free to message me directly at info@yourbestmindonline.com Now go play with your dog so you'll remember all of this!

~ Julie "The Brain Lady" Anderson


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2016 Brain Bits, Part 1

  With so much information coming out of the scientific community on brain research it's easy to get overwhelmed, so I'd like to use today's blog to cover some of the latest and most interesting things coming out of the field now.

  So here we go with some Brain Bits! We all know how important our vitamins are, one that we need the most is D, which we naturally get from the sun but the sun can cause so many detrimental health issues, like premature aging and skin cancers, we're taught to avoid it. But how important is D when it comes to aging?
  The latest research has shown that vitamin D is connected to the longevity gene. Scientists have found that taking the supplement suppresses and can even prevent the accumulation of neurotoxic proteins that are linked to age related disorders like Alzheimer's. Doctors are looking into what might be able to be accomplished with vitamin D therapy. Exciting information, especially with how sun-cautious, and rightfully so, our society has become.

  PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is becoming more and more widely recognized and understood. What was once only attributed to war veterans dealing with the aftermath of trauma experienced in theatre, is now seen in all walks of life.

  PTSD in children has had some new examination involving it's affect on the developing brain. A study was conducted in China, investigating the traumatic aftereffects of a devastating earthquake on the children involved. MRIs were done on 47 children who experienced the natural disaster. 24 youths showed signs of PTSD while the other 23 did not, although they had all had similar experiences during the catastrophe. Additional DTI scans were used to read through the brain's white matter, which showed that the children experiencing PTSD had actual brain abnormalities, where the other 23 children showed no irregularities.

  While the subject of pedophilia is not a fun one to discuss there are some very interesting studies being done that may someday help in the prevention sexual offending from those diagnosed as pedophiles. Researchers are finding that there are certain brain alterations between sexual offenders and those who have the improper desires but don't offend. The author of The Human Brain Mapping Study has found that not all people who are diagnosed with pedophilia go on to offend, just as not all child sexual offenders are diagnosed as pedophiles. With the findings from these brain scans there may a broad spectrum of applications, including a method of prevention.

  Fascinating stuff, right? I've got more Brain Bits for you but I'm going to take a short break here. Come back for part 2!

~ Julie "The Brain Lady" Anderson
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How to Survive This Time of Year Without Anyone Getting Hurt

  It's the end of the year again, a time when many people are gathering together with family and friends. Unfortunately, it's also a time when depression, anxiety and stress tend to be very high. One of the biggest stresses can be spending time with loved ones that you perhaps don't always get along with, so I'd like to share some tips to hopefully help you "deal with" those dear loved ones and maybe get through this season a bit calmer and happier.

Now you know I'm the "Brain Lady" so I'm of course going to talk about how to help your brain "play well" with the other brains you will be spending your time with over the next month or so. Something that can help us get alone with others, even those who we tend to get upset with every year, is remembering our BPC or our Brain Personality Connection, the science behind what makes us tick. It helps so much to know that the BPC of individuals are not only made up by their unique life experiences and how their brain's have processed those experiences, but the very way their brains are wired on a biochemical level.

There are five main facets to the BPC. The First is Nurture, the way we were raised, who raised us and what kind of environment we grew up in. The Second is Gender, there is a significant difference between the wiring of the male and female brain. The Third is one's Communication Style, how their brain processes information, whether visually, auditory or kinesthetically. The Fourth is your Introversion/Ambiversion/Extroversion Level, how much stimulus your brain craves. And Fifth is the ever fascinating Brain Quadrant Dominance or BQD.

When we understand our brain's natural gifts and those of the important people in our lives, this can certainly reduce stress. If you know why your cousin points out that the turkey is overcooked, because his brain runs on facts and he is simply stating a fact he believes, not trying to insult you, then you can take his comment with a grain of salt and hopefully not personally.

Another important tip to survive stressful times is to make sure you take care of yourself. We know scientifically that negative thinking and stress in our lives have a detrimental effect on our immune systems, making it easier for us to get sick. So it would stand to reason that the better we handle our emotions the better effect it will have on our physical health. Make sure you schedule time for yourself, whether that's getting a massage or pedicure or simply scheduling time every day to breathe and meditate.

If the stresses are coming from not having people around, perhaps because you don't live near family or they have passed away, then plan activities that will put you around people. Volunteer at a homeless shelter or animal rescue. Don't isolate yourself!

Our lives are full of strife on any given day so hopefully these few tips will help you survive not only the end of 2016 but every year to come!

~ Julie "Brain Lady" Anderson
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Use Your Brain in Business, Part 3 ~ Male/Female Brain & Introverts/Extroverts

  Is there really a difference between the way men and women think? Do we have different brains? Are men from Mars and women from Venus? You might easily answer a resounding YES. Although we are not from waring planets there is certainly a difference in the way the male and female brains work and it can absolutely effect us in the business world.

We know scientifically that at conception we are all inherently female. At six weeks gestation when the Y chromosome is present, the fetus' brain receives a testosterone chemical bath, not only changing the gender from female to male but changing the wiring as well.

One of the main differences that affect the relationships between men and women is in our speech. According to one study, men tend to speak around 10,000 to 12,000 words a day consisting mainly of nouns, verbs and shorter sentences, while women speak around 48,000 to 52,000 words a day, including adverbs, adjectives and descriptive words. That's a huge difference! So how will knowing this help you in your business life?

Women, when you are speaking to or selling to the male brain remember they have a single purposed mind, like a one way country road. If you are trying to make your point and you don't have their full attention, they will NOT get your message. Arrange a better time for the meeting or see if they can give you their undivided attention at that time. Stay focused, don't jump from point to point, completely cover one main point before moving to the next one and without a lot of unnecessary words.

Men, when you are talking to or selling to the female brain, remember their brain is like a busy freeway interchange system. They love descriptive words and lots of them. And although the male brain may want to stay to the main point your female counterpart wants the big picture with all the details.

Now you have to remember that this is a general rule. The different BQDs, like The Boss (Anterior Left) for example, are single focused as well and don't like flowery details, even within the female mind. But the outlines for the male/female brains are good general rules.

Now what about your introvert/ambivert/extrovert levels? Almost half of the population run right down the middle, the ambiverts with about 30% either going to introvert or the extrovert sides. This is the reticular activating system in the brain, which sets the volume control on incoming data. Your introverts do not need that much stimulus while the extroverts can't get enough! You can pick up on these differences by studying people, especially when they entire a room. An introvert will almost always choose a quiet seat by the door while an extrovert will head straight for the center of the action.

As always, there are so many components that go into how an individuals mind works. Visit my website to learn more and always feel free to email your friendly neighborhood "Brain Lady" directly Julie@brainladyspeaks.com

~ Julie "The Brain Lady" Anderson

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Use Your Brain in Business, Part Two ~ Personality & Business

  We all have four main sections in our brains, two in the front and two in the back, two on the right side and two on the left side. Things like words and speech are housed on the left, while pictures and connections to emotions live on the right side. There are also many more neural connections to the limbic system on the right side, which connects our emotions to our immune system, which is the main reason our emotions can have such a strong affect on our health. But that's another blog all together!

Back to our quadrants, according to recent scientific research each of us are "at home" in one of these quadrants. This space is our Brain Quadrant Dominance or BQD. This means that when we are working in our BQD we are using 1/100 of the energy, glucose and oxygen that we do for the remaining three, making the tasks completed there much easier. Anyone can learn to do anything well but there's a big difference between doing something well and doing something easily. But how does this effect your personality and business?

There is SO much information about the brain's quadrants but we're going to do a quick Reader's Digest version here.

Let's start on the left side. The most logical, fact based decision making, non-emotional BQD is the anterior (front) left, the BQD I've labeled The Boss. The Boss is very articulate, literal and to the point in their speech. They are gifted in delegating authority. You need a decision made? Ask The Boss in your life!

Moving down into the posterior (back) left we find The Master Coordinator. This is the file cabinet BQD, the home of spelling and grammar, labels, recalling the names of things and fact based details are housed here. The MC is very good with money, time and the little details in life. They don't like change but love a good, consistent routine.

Jumping over onto the right side and staying in the rear we have the posterior right, The Nurturer. This is home of harmony, the circle of life! This BQD is very connected to nature, is very spiritual, musical and can be seen as dramatic. Connecting all of the things and people in their lives is very important to the posterior right.

Last but certainly not least is the anterior right, The Innovator. This BQD is the BIG picture thinker, this is where imagination is housed, they see the future, everything outside of the box and are innovating inventors, like Leonardo da Vinci. They LOVE change and don't care about the details, they just want to explore the big, wide open picture.

Do you see yourself in any of these BQD's? Have you pegged your loved ones and workmates? Checkout my website to take the complimentary BQD assessment to find out where you are most comfortable and how this information can literally change your personal and work life for the better!

~ Julie "Brain Lady" Anderson


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