The 5 Brain Pillars are the foundations upon which layers of knowledge are added and are needed for learning. Very much like the foundations of a skyscraper that sees layer upon layer added on top.
The 5 Brain Pillars deal with “how we learn” and determine our ability to acquire, retain and make use of the knowledge we gather. Knowledge is “what we learn” and represents academic content, study techniques, languages etc. A solid foundation enables a person to cope with whatever layers of knowledge that are laid on top.
Sight is the ability to see but vision is the result of the brain’s ability to interpret and understand the information that the eyes see. Our Visual Brain Pillar works closely with our Auditory Brain Pillar to help us gather, organise and make sense of information in our daily lives.
When we listen, the ear receives a sound signal but it is the brain that processes these signals. Our Auditory Brain Pillar is vital for learning and social interaction.
Often unknown to many of us, this Brain Pillar is working continuously in our daily lives so that we do not need extra effort in our mundane activities. Different sensors in our body provide continuous feedback to our brain so that we can naturally use the right amount of force and movement pattern to accomplish various activities. They accurately process information about our body so that the brain can relay this information to our muscles to execute an appropriate movement.
Attention & Memory
Attention lets us remain focused on a task without being easily distracted. It also helps us control our impulses so that we do not rush into a task without giving it due consideration. Memory enables us to retain and recall information. Both are vital for academic excellence, social interaction and general confidence in everyday life.
This Brain Pillar causes us to develop feelings and attitudes towards any activity. Interest, motivation and confidence have positive effects on the development of the other Brain Pillars. The “feel good” factor leads to the production of certain brain chemicals that build stronger brain connections.