Double Your Brain Capacity




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When your brain works right, your life works right! Everyone needs a little help.

People often get stuck in learning. How would you like to double your brain capacity for learning anytime you want? You can. Cross lateral movements wake up your brain!

In Is Your Brain Stuck?, you are reminded that you have two brains and that they “take turns resting and working”. This is called the left/right dominant cycle of the brain.

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Your brain is most effective when it is using both sides of the organ. More brain equals more learning! Cross laterals help. The right side of the brain controls the left side of the body and vice versa.

When you move an arm or a leg across the center meridian of your body you force the left and the right cortex to interact vigorously with each other across the corpus callosum. This leads to better thinking and learning for a period of about 20 minutes at which time you can do more cross laterals.


  1. Pat yourself on the opposite side of the back 10 or 20 times. Alternating each time.

  3. Touch elbows or hand to opposite knees.

  5. Freestyle and backstroke swimming motions.

  7. Massage opposite ear lobes.

  9. Extend your hand in front and make a “thumbs up” sign. Move your thumb in a big sideways “8” several times. Repeat with the other hand.


My favorite: Hold nose and opposite ear. Switch vigorously for about 10 seconds.


Remember, these are all alternating movements. What are you waiting for… get moving and get learning!


Terry Small is a brain expert who resides in Canada and believes that “Anyone can learn how to learn easier, better, faster, and that learning to learn is the most important skill a person can acquire.” To interact with Terry, email For more Brain Bulletin articles, click here

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