Plasticity in print - Lifesaving FAQS of How Food Reversed My Brain Damage
Excerpt written by Myron Norman (2018)
The popularity of this book is spreading fast—and for good reason. I believe the formatting of this book is the driving factor behind all the talk. I am excited to tell you more about that.
This book has been specially formatted to encourage cognitive enhancement and neuroplastic change for anybody’s brain. It is also specially formatted for readers impacted by neurological impairments and visual spatial issues. Here’s an example of what I mean.
Let’s consider the table of contents in this book for a moment. While the table of contents does list the chapters in numerical order, readers will not be able to to pinpoint where chapters are inside the book. Readers will have to dig through the book to find specific chapters they want to read. Here’s why this is so important.
The average book typically contains a table of contents that highlights specific page numbers of where chapters can be found in the book. This allows readers to pick up the book (even without a bookmark) and easily flip to where they want to be or where they were prior to putting the book down. This format does next to nothing for the brain.
The layout of this book serves to provoke thought, enhance memory and forge neuronal pathways. Readers won’t be able to merely rely on bold chapter numbers to tell them where they are in this book or where to go. Reading this book will require a bit more more 'thought' and intentionality.
Whether the reader realizes it or not, their brain will have to adapt to a slightly different formatting style throughout this book. This will either force the reader to give up and throw this book away or compel the reader to push through and persevere. This can foster brain plasticity on various levels. More than anything, the attitude to fight and not give up is what it will take to overcome some of life’s most traumatic events—such as a brain injury.
If the brain is going to heal or become smarter, it starts with being stretched. Sometimes stretching can only occur when people are pushed outside their comfort zone. This book will do that. Furthermore, each of the chapters in this book are written in the form of the most asked questions and answers about my personal and clinical experiences before and after my traumatic brain injury.
The sections in this book are divided into five groups based upon culinary phrases that match various parts of a professional kitchen. These culinary phrases are used to summarize the various stages in the recovery process.
I did not want to write a book that people could just read and do nothing more. That is why I sincerely engaged professionals in the field of literary psychology and brain development to ensure that this body of work deeply reaches anyone at any level in their brain life—no matter their educational background.
At any point while reading this book, the reader may choose to flip to an entirely different section. However, it is highly recommended that readers first read this book front to back. This will ensure that any pending connections from prior chapters can be made. These connections are purposely arranged and placed throughout this publication in word form and serve to stimulate and provoke “excitation” in the brain.
Much of today's handed down research and scholarly literature and health jargon can be complicated to read or understand. This book solves that problem by presenting analogies and stories intended to make you laugh, think, reflect and deepen your understanding of food and the brain.
Some chapters in this book are only a few sentences long. On the other-hand, there are other chapters in this book that are significantly longer. Readers may also discover words and phrases that have been uniquely placed or highlighted in bold print. The purpose of this is to draw attention to critical points throughout this book. This will prove beneficial to readers who may struggle with reading continuously due to visual spatial issues.
This book has been written from the vantage point of a brain injury survivor. Therefore, it will be easier to read and understand even if you are experiencing a heavy dose of brain fog.
Readers should be aware that this book is filled with research citations. These citations are placed at the end of each chapter with arrows to the left of them. Whenever you see words in bold print, those words have a specific research reference placed at the end of each chapter in the order which they appear. The purpose of this is to cause readers to first zero in on the boldface word and then down at the end of the chapter for the matching reference.
This formatting dynamic causes the reader to first find the boldface word, define and remember the context of how that boldface word is used, and match the boldface word with the correct reference at the end of the chapter. This may seem simple, yet for the traumatized brain or the casual reader, this will take some effort.
You may have already noticed the word “excitation” in bold earlier in this chapter. It is the first of two boldface words in this chapter and is placed first in the references at the end of this chapter. Even as you read this passage, you’re probably trying to remember where in this chapter you first came across the word “excitation”. That means your memory is becoming enhanced while your brain is wiring itself to think smarter.
Each research citation is separated by a single space to make it easier to read without causing spatial confusion. There are blank pages at the end of this book reserved for note taking. It is strongly encouraged to record your notes and daily thoughts while studying the sources from which research citations have been pulled. This will take some time. However, you will be strongly informed about brain health and recovery if you do.
Now, it is my pleasure to present to you a better way to eat, read and think. This is Lifesaving FAQs of How Food Reversed My Brain Damage. Thank you for reading this book.
“Excitation.” Richards on the Brain, Web. 18 Oct 2017. www.richardsonthebrain.com/excitation/.
“APA Style Blog: Headings and the Use of Boldface Type” by, Chelsea Lee Web. 24 June 2010