How to Build A Superbrain
But, unlike the rest of a newborn’s body, the baby brain is not complete at birth. In order to work, the cells have to communicate with each other. And sound plays a crucial role in brain development.
While still in the womb, sounds have a huge impact on the fetal heart rate. A stimulus that’s only five seconds long can cause changes in heart rate and movement which last up to an hour.
At 4 months, the infant's brain responds to every sound produced in all the languages of the world.
A 10 month-year-old can distinguish and produce sounds in their own language - such as ‘da-da’ - and no longer pay attention to the sounds of languages that are foreign.
If you talk to 12-month-old in a flat voice, they won’t respond as well as when you speak in a flowing, mellifluous tone. Clara, now three, loves it when I tell a story again and again, with the same inflections in my voice. As you raise your voice an octave and draw out your vowels, the child's brain responds by sending even more chemical and electrical impulses.
A baby's brain evolves so fast that by age two a child who is developing normally has the same number of connections as an adult.
And here’s the kicker. By age three, a child has Twice as many brain connections as an adult. Your three-year-old has a Superbrain.
Do you know what happens when you speak directly and personally to a preschool child - cascades of impulses go through the child's neurons or nerve cells. By repeating these positive interactions you’re actually helping the brain reinforce connections that already exist as well as make new ones.
And here is where adults come into the picture. Because, just like with children, the MORE repetition that goes on, the more the brain becomes confident. If you work out, you’re familiar with the power of repetition. It’s the reps that build the stamina and flexibility. That’s exactly why repeating sounds is crucial to brain development.
It’s only now that scientists are realizing that our brains develop indefinitely. The old views about finite brain growth have disappeared. It’s great news, and makes total sense to me.
Our mind is a living organism. It can grow and expand forever. Brain cells renew just like any other cells in our body. Since you’re reading this, I trust you are a Mind Expander not a mind ignorer. That means it’s your turn to get with the That means it’s your turn to get with the The Secret Power of Words and Music 5 CD program now.
Relax, Recharge, Renew,
Tania Gabrielle French