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Will We Learn About Intention and Motivation?

Conversations with Dr. Maggie Martinez concerning ongoing unpublished brain research have focused on the following key points.

  1. There is a brain cocktail that is required for the brain to best make new synaptic connections, aka Learning
  2. This cocktail is affected by emotional states. Stressors inhibit the cocktail from having the correct balance and learning cannot occur.
  3. The switch to learning due to the release of this cocktail is under volitional control.
  4. This control is learned during early infancy, so early in infancy that awareness of the switch is not conscious at later developmental stages. One aspect of meditative practice is recognizing that we do have conscious control of the switch.
  5. Play, fun and pleasure all contribute to the release of the learning cocktail.

Related Links
Metalearning & Neuromodulation (a little dated but well written)
New Research Stresses the Responses to Stress
Learning Types - Detailed Comparison - Section B: Design Guidelines for Personalized Learning
Just For Fun - Buddha on the Brain - Wired magazine