How Does My Brain Work to Affect My Performance?
Most people use their brain daily and have no idea how it works. That’s called a “black box”. It is when you use an electrical system, but you don’t know how it functions to perform its job. I wish more people would ask me “How does my brain work?” because I
When it comes to your brain, it is better to know how your electrical system works. Trust me on that. When you know how it works you can make it perform better for you. There are two main features of your brain you should know about. The features are: Brain Speed and Brain Areas.
How Does My Brain Work in Different Areas?
Below is an image of the 10-20 System. This is the method that brain professionals use to discuss the different areas of the brain. Each of the different areas on this map of the brain has a different job. For example, area F3 is responsible for attention and focus. It is the area impacted when someone struggles with ADHD. Areas T3 and T4 control processing of sound and are impacted in Auditory Processing Disorders.
When you have a qEEG Brain Map performed. The doctors at Leigh Brain & Spine are basically getting a picture of each of these areas of your brain to see how they are performing.
How Does My Brain Work with Different Speeds?
Brain activity is broken down into 5 basic speeds: extra slow, slow, medium, fast and extra fast speeds. These five speeds have functions that were discovered and scientific names that were given to them over 100 years ago. They are:
Delta – Extra Slow Speed – Sleep
Theta – Slow Speed – Grogginess and Tiredness
Alpha – Medium Speed – Relaxation
Low Beta – Fast Speed – Alert, Calm-Focus
High Beta – Extra Fast Speed – Stress, Fight or Flight
They are like gears in your brain that shift to speed up and slow down your mind and body. You need these shifts to happen so that you can get into the states that you desire and that are healthy for your body, called Circadian Rhythms.
A brain working well is calm-focused and processing information seamlessly.
If your brain is using speed properly it should be able to shift in and out of these speeds with relative ease, as necessary. For example, when you are chilling in the evening, watching a movie with friends you should be able to have your brain be in medium speed (Alpha) while you relax.
When the movie is through and it is time for bed, you should feel tired because your brain shifts slower into Theta speed.
You get in bed and fall fast asleep as your brain shifts into Delta.
The next morning you are groggy as you wake up (Theta), relax with a cup of coffee (Alpha) and head off for a productive day of work (Beta). If you are late for work your brain kicks it into high gear (High Beta) to get you there faster but relaxes back into the zone (Beta) once at your desk.
This efficient functioning of your brain is called Neurological Regulation. It means your brain is using speed properly and thus your mind and body work well too.
A brain that is not working properly can wreak havoc on functioning.
There is an optimal brain pattern, the one which makes your mind and body function well. Then there are many irregular brain patterns that cause a variety of different diagnoses, symptoms, and challenges for people. The most talked about brain patterns right now are that of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), anxiety, concussions, and depression. Each of these disorders have been shown by science to be caused or made worse by an irregular brain pattern of brain activity. Let’s explore the patterns briefly.
How Does My Brain Work to Cause ADHD? – This brain pattern is one of too much slow brain activity. Too much use of Delta and Theta slows the brain down and makes it difficult to focus, attend, plan, organize and stay on top of your life. In this way the brain is basically “falling asleep” while it should be wide awake. This brain pattern affects the frontal lobe for most people with ADHD but can impact the entire brain, which will make symptoms worse and encompass more skills and abilities
Many doctors prescribe medications to speed up the brain for a time when a person is suspected to have ADHD. This way the person can use faster brain activity to process information faster and better when at school or work. Unfortunately, science shows that medications do not change brain patterns, they just make the symptoms a bit better for a while.
How Does My Brain Work to Cause Anxiety? – This brain pattern is one of too much fast brain activity, Beta, and High Beta. In this way the person’s brain is stuck in overdrive, fast gear. This pattern creates and perpetuates constant thinking, called rumination, a feeling of always being on re-alert, called hypervigilance.
Essentially ADHD is too much slow brain activity, anxiety is too much fast brain activity. Unfortunately, both can happen simultaneously and often do. The key to feeling well is keeping brain speeds in the middle, using medium-fast speed, for calm-focus.
If you struggle with ADHD or anxiety, then you may want to have your qEEG Brain Map performed to find out how each area of your brain is using speed and if any area(s) can be made to work better so you perform better.