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The Information Superhighway in Your Head

April 20, 2011


Microscopically, your brain resembles a pot of spaghetti-with-branches that look kind of like broccoli, like broccoli noodles.  These neurons are long and stringy; they have many branches like a piece of broccoli; they connect with other interlaced neuronal branches in thousands of locations called synapses; and, they transmit information causally by electrical and chemical impulses.

To give you an idea of the complexity and interconnectedness of the human brain, there are over 100 billion neurons in it with as many as 10,000 connections each.  That means, there are over 1 quadrillion (1,000,000,000,000,000) neuronal connections in your head.

If your neurons are functioning properly, when they are stimulated, they fire automatically and they in turn stimulate other neurons they are connected to.

Neurons can be clumped together in functional areas (i.e. where word recognition takes place or vocabulary or comprehension or memories, etc.) or they can be strung between these functional areas to transmit information between them.

So, in essence, we have this huge information superhighway system in our heads that is capable of many wonderful things, but may also be subject to dysfunction.

As we all know, the road and highway system is not perfect.  Sometimes it is like a 10 lane interstate freeway with a smooth concrete surface, but sometimes, it can resemble a bumpy dirt road after a big rain or it can be a paved surface with potholes or it can be disconnected like a freeway off-ramp under repair or it can have many stop signs and traffic lights or it can have single, double or multiple lanes, etc.  You get the idea, there are many configurations and conditions that can impede or enhance the flow of traffic.

When you stimulate these functional areas and the neurons between them, you cause them to create more and bigger connections, which increases their functionality and the flow of information.

RPS is designed to stimulate the functional areas for the processing visual information and the neurons that transmit information between them.  In effect, RPS is like this huge construction crew that repairs potholes, makes new connections between roads, increases the number of lanes, etc. to facilitate better visual processing of written information.

John


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