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Hoagies' Blog Hop: Mysteries of the Brain

Mysteries of the Brain. From brain research to perfect pitch, from identification to sensory integration, from soulmates to our gifted kids, there are so many things we just don't know or don't understand about the gifted brain... you could fill a brain with them!  Visit and read about a few of the Mysteries surrounding and contained in the gifted brain...

Don't miss our previous Blog Hops, including Blog Hop: The "G" Word and Blog Hop: Summer Reading

If you'd like to read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for all our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

Mysteries of Giftedness: One does not equal all by Adventures of Hahn Academy
“One does not equal all.” My son wrote this phrase many times his last year in public school. He wrote it with words and in mathematic symbols as a formula (1 ≠ ∞). He wrote his phrase in response to group discipline being used at his school and hearing many staff members say, “One is all.” I found the note written on tiny scraps of paper at least 20 different times. He had a huge pile in his desk by the end of the school year...
Women, success, and harnessing inherent strengths by Gail Post in Gifted Challenges
Social/cultural pressure and sexism notwithstanding, what is puzzling about this gender gap in positions of power and "traditional" success, is that girls typically surpass boys in their development:
 Compared to boys, girls demonstrate more advanced verbal and fine-motor skills and a longer attention span...
Mysteries of Giftedness: Hello, Old Friend, You’re Back Again by Joy Navan, ongiftedelders
For many, the phenomenon of giftedness may bring with it moments of transcendence – moments when we come to see ourselves as integral parts of the mystery – of the interconnectedness of the universe. As an example of many transcendent moments that I have experienced, I remember a morning summer walk on a country road. The trees on one side of me and meadows on the other still damp with the early dew...
The Gifted Brain and Sensory Processing Disorder by Jen, repurposed genealogy
I leaned my back against the wall, and slid down to the floor. I let the sobs overwhelm me, and match the volume of my son who was kicking and screaming on the hardwood floor beside me.

I felt completely inadequate as a mother.

I had heard people joke about the terrible twos, but I knew that this was different.

I had survived ages two, three, and four with my triplet boys already. It had never been like this...
My Weird Brain by Aurora Remember
Reviewing google search terms that led to my website, I was impressed with how many people actually looked up the term "excitable," but my favorite search so far was, "i can be spacey but im actually very smart and do notice things others don't"

Well that pretty much sums it up, doesn't it?

I got on a tangent today...
Who Is Gifted: The Mysteries Surrounding Identification by Gift-Ed Connections
How do I know it is springtime? I am in the middle of the gifted screening process where we look for the students who will benefit from being included in gifted programming as they enter into the fourth grade. As a team, we meet and review the information that has been gathered and from that make our determinations. Our information package includes report cards, checklists and relevant work submitted by teachers. Parents have also completed checklists and included their observations. At the top of the pile are the off-level cognitive testing results. All that is left is to sift through the information gathered, then based on the needs identified and the resources available, make our recommendations. At first blush it feels overwhelming...
The Mystery of Music by Linda Wallin, Living with Geniuses
Who was the first person to realize that a sound could become a note? Who put notes together and sang for their baby or lover? Why does music convey feeling more effectively than words ever can? If you listen to the music of a country, you can feel what that country is like, from the complex music of India to the simple chants of Native Americans to the Caribbean mix of Africa, Spain and Native Central Americans. Why does music carry a personality that is at once both definite and yet undefinable...
The Mysteries of High Intelligence: Bravery Required by Wenda Sheard, J.D. Ph.D. Thoughts on Life and Learning

My rational, scientific husband has had difficulty dealing with my fascination with certain mysteries. When I first told him my topic for this talk, he asked whether he would be able to handle it.

I reminded him that I enjoy reading the Skeptical Inquirer, and I am grateful for the work of "bad science" critic Ben Goldacre in England. We both recognize that science itself is sometimes an iffy proposition: What is considered scientific truth today may change after new discoveries in the future...

The Awesome Weirdness of Gifted Kids by Jen Merrill, Laughing at Chaos
Gifted kids be weird, yo.

If you have one, or have spent any time around one, or teach one, you know this. They are the quirkiest, funniest, weirdest creatures around. And if you can step away from the challenging behaviors and parental angst, they're awesome.

It's taken me a long time to get to this point, to appreciate the weird in giftedness. Yes, I've always tried to laugh at it, or at the very least poke fun at it, but appreciate it? Not an easy thing to do, especially when you're in the thick of one crisis after another...
Discovering Herself by Ann Grahl, Supporting Gifted Learners
Sunlight streamed through the panes on the left as she walked down the corridor. On the right was a row of classrooms. Those with windows facing the hallway were reserved for the youngest students, the glass allowing parents whose curiosity bettered them to sneak a peek at their blossoming scholars in action.

Though she couldn’t distinguish the source, nausea permeated her stomach and her chest tightened. She had no particular cause for concern, yet she felt apprehension around what might be said...
Quirks of the Gifted Brain by Institute for Educational Advancement
The gifted brain is a unique place. In fact, it is so unique that many of the complexities of giftedness are still not fully understood. Still, there are some common quirks that have been identified as being associated with the gifted brain.

I came across the concept of Spiritual Intelligence (SQ) via the book SQ: Spiritual Intelligence – The Ultimate Intelligence. In this post I share my discoveries on SQ and invite you to reflect on this largely-undiscovered concept...
The Mysteries of SQ: Our Most Important Intelligence by guest author, Ben Koch, The Fissure
There is a third, most crucial intelligence which transcends these first two, and this third intelligence, though it does seem to possess transcendent qualities, does indeed have a neurological basis. Both IQ and EQ represent kinds of thinking that can be replicated by computers—serial and associative. Yet as humans we possess a certain awareness, and even an awareness of that awareness, that we know intuitively no machine or computer is capable of…
See Me a guest post by M.Brinkmeyer, Supporting Gifted Learners
I think it's invaluable to have people in your life through whose eyes you like to be seen. We can spend years being seen through people's eyes who see parts of us, projections of society, and too our hearts, but often miss our creativity, sensitivities, vulerabilities, and misunderstand our non-conforming behaviors and needs...
A party for the Tree Octopus by Jo on Sprite's Site
The Memory Elephant: For many people the biggest mystery about the gifted is how their brains work. People wonder whether the gifted brain is wired differently from the regular brain.

The Psych-Owl- Ogist: One of the enduring mysteries surrounding giftedness is the nature versus nurture argument...
If you'd like to read all our past Blog Hops or join our next Blog Hop, visit Blog Hops for our past and future topics.  Special thanks to Pamela S. Ryan for our striking Blog Hop graphics!

Updated October 09, 2016

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