Sarah Elkins

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3 Easy Applications of Neuroscience in Real Life

3 Easy Applications of Neuroscience in Real LifeI've always been fascinated with the human brain. What's so amazing to me is how little we really know about our brain, despite decades of intensive study. And even as we learn more, there is so much that cannot be explained, like when I know my sister has a problem and call her before she tells anyone anything is wrong.

My friend Melissa Hughes published a book late last year called Happy Hour with Einstein. I knew, based on my experience in being connected to her on LinkedIn and beBee, that the book would be approachable, fun, and insightful. I was right. What's more, though, is that it is neuroscience that we can apply to our daily lives to improve not only our own brain activity, but the brain activity in those around us.

Surprise

Surprise can intensify emotion by up to 400%
Melissa Hughes in Happy Hour with Einstein

That one sentence changed my musical performance. I realized that I could improve my impact on an audience dramatically by including some element of surprise. During a performance recently, right before I sang one of my favorite songs "Hang on Little Tomato", I described the song to the audience, but only mentioned the title when the accompanying musicians started the introduction. The title caught the audience off guard and made them laugh, and then I sang what I consider an inspiring, emotional song. The audience loved it. In previous performances of that song, the audience enjoyed it, but when combined with that introduction, the emotion of the song had more impact.

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Sarah Elkins

4 years ago #2

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Exactly! I always get a chuckle out of my government jokes, and I have a lot of them after nearly 20 years in the public sector from Federal, to State, to local governments.

David B. Grinberg

4 years ago #1

Nice buzz, Sarah! You're preaching to the proverbial choir on my end. I've read that most humans only use about 10% of our brain power. Thus, what would be possible if we were able to use 50% or 75% -- the answers would boggle the mind (for lack of a better term). I'm reminded of the Hollywood film "Lucy" in which actress Scarlett Johansson plays a character who is able to harness increasing amounts of her brain power. Here's the movie trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVt32qoyhi0 I'm copying beBee's resident neurology expert, Ian Weinberg, as I'm interested on his take. Thanks in advance for chiming in on this, Ian. Also, Sarah, I wish you all the best with your conference and regret being unable to attend. It sounds like an amazing event!

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