TGI Newsletter Issue #49 Learning CAN be fun. Training SHOULD be fun.
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Brain Maps
It turns out that we have a whole bunch of stuff mapped in our brains. There is a point to point map for the visual system, the auditory system, as well as maps for your motor and somatosensory system (the somatosensory system takes care of how you know where your different body parts are, and what they're doing at any one point in time). In fact there are many more maps in your brain, all working to interpret your internal and external experiences of the world.

When we talk about brain maps the first name to drop is indeed the first person to map the brain, Wilder Penfield (now why couldn't my mom have named me something like Wilder, or something more dynamic than Gary). Dr. Penfield was a neurosurgeon at the Montreal Neurological Institute in the 1930's, and literally in search for a cure for chronic epilepsy. Armed with his electrodes and remnant of some Verizon commercial, Penfield would get into your head, again literally, and start poking around, asking "Did you feel that?". Patients would respond, "Yes doctor", stating they felt a tingling in their fingers, or ankle or elbow. Depending on where Penfield probed, their finger or foot would move slightly. It's not as bad as it all sounds, because the brain has no pain receptors, which is fortunate for Penfield, because this made it totally possible for him to record and map these different areas of the brain over the next 20 years. Two areas in particular, the motor cortex of the brains frontal lobe (controlling over 600 muscles), and the somatosensory cortex of the parietal lobe just behind it (see graphic below) were mapped. When the patient moved, Penfield knew he was on top of the motor area, and when they experienced touch, the somatosenory area.

Well as you can imagine, Penfield at the end of all this had a pretty good map of our motor, and touch centers in the brain. This led to a depiction of the "Little Man" Penfield called a Homunculus. The area of the brain drapes down each hemisphere from the crown of your noggin, to just about the top of your ear. But this guy's parts are severely exaggerated, and not always where you might expect (see graphic). His thumb is up by the top of his head, and his genitals (not shown) are actually at the end of his toes. Wow, shades of foot fetishes! There is a book by Vilayanur S. Ramachandran MD, PhD entitled Phantoms in the Brain: Probing the Mysteries of the Human Mind. This story from one of Dr. Ramachandran's patients tells the story well. "Last year I had a terrible accident on my uncle's farm. I lost my left leg below the knee and I've had a phantom limb ever since. But I'm calling to thank you because your article made me understand what is going on." She cleared her throat. "Something really strange happened to me after the amputation that didn't make sense. Every time I have sex, I experience these strange sensations in my phantom foot. I didn't dare tell anybody because it's so weird. But when I saw your diagrams, that in the brain the foot is next to the genitals, it became instantly clear to me."

If there is a buzz word in neuroscience today I might guess it would be "PLASTICITY", the brain's ability to change and adapt over time. The above is a kind of encroachment example. With the actual foot being gone, neurons once dedicated to feeling this patient's foot were, if you will, taken over by the adjacent area of the parietal lobe dedicated to the patient's genitals.

What I am discussing above however is a small smattering of the multitude of maps in your brain. The wonder of it all is how they all come together to create your experience of the World and of your Self. To learn more I want to recommend a book entitled The Body Has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better by Sandra and Matthew Blakeslee.

Party Time with Training Games
We are coming up on that time of the season for "PARTIES" which I by the way love to go to, but don't get enough invites to (maybe I should take a hint)! Anyhow, in the spirit of getting in the spirit, Training Games has created 4 new seasonal game products. They are Holiday Trivia Games (Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas). We are selling them individually and in a 3-Pack. The games are great for a fun icebreaker for organization events, but also can be used at home. We tried to make them fairly inexpensive at $29.99 per game hoping that you'll consider purchasing one for your next home party. We've included a YouTube video link (below), which instructs you on methods to hook up your laptop to that new big screen TV you got last Christmas. In this edition we are also providing you with Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas Trivia questions, so you can do your own holiday trivia game at NO expense. Either way, Merry Christmas, Happy Thanksgiving, and a real scary Halloween to all of you.

Connecting Laptop to TV YouTube Link:

Famous Quotes Woody Allen
"Eighty percent of success is showing up."

"His lack of education is more than compensated for by his keenly developed moral bankruptcy."

"I am at two with nature."

"I can't listen to that much Wagner. I start getting the urge to conquer Poland."

"I don't want to achieve immortality through my work... I want to achieve it through not dying." Web Conferencing Site and it's FREE!
Every once in a while a site comes along that offers a super value. I think is one of them. It is a web conferencing site and best of all is offered for FREE. We started using this MIKOGO to demo our various games to our customers (TGI also offers an hour of free training for customers who purchase our products). We were using, which is also a great product, but costs $40.00/month. When we compared, feature to feature, MIKOGO actually appeared to offer greater functionality. I have also got to tell you that Training Games Inc. has no interest in MIKOGO, other than it presents another method for you, our customer, to use our games online (as well as in the classroom). So, if you've wanted web conferencing, but had some cost concerns, try Again, we are not affiliated in any way, shape, or form with this company, but thought it might be helpful for you to know about.

Products From TGI
Contact [email protected] or call 602-750-7223

Free TGI Icebreaker Game Holiday Trivia

Again, with the holidays coming, we thought we might make available a few trivia question sets. These are Excel (.xls) files.

Christmas Trivia | Thanksgiving Trivia | Halloween Trivia
(sorry but our free icebreaker links are only active in our newsletter to subscribers)

New Products From TGI
TGI PowerPoint Meeting Intros - start your meeting and set the tone with our new PowerPoint introductions. These include humor, animation, music and key concepts. Choose from:
• Coaching
• Customer Service
• Diversity
• Leadership
• Team Building
• General Meeting

Just $39.99 each. Buy now or read more about this product

TGI 6-Pack PowerPoint Quiz Show Games Volume 2
(New Release)

Play 6 exciting games with musical intros, sounds, animation and easy-to-edit questions. This updated 6-pack includes Global InJeopardy, 20 Questions Quiz Show, Money Taxi, Pyramid of the Sun Quiz Show, Truth or Consequences Vacation Quiz Show and TV Quiz Show. In addition, you'll receive 2 free team building jigsaw puzzles. Price from $99.99.
Buy now or learn more at

Brain Facts (file download)
Brain Facts Download this fun brain trivia file (.PPT) and have some fun with facts about our brains.

Brain Facts PowerPoint

Product Upgrade Offers
A GREAT value for past purchasers! We invite you to upgrade your TGI 6-Pack PowerPoint Quiz Show Games - Volume 1 or Volume 2 for only $29.99 (Single Trainers License). Each product has been upgraded with new graphics/sounds, musical animation intros, Icebreakers (built into the game itself), and a musical finale with slides for awarding prizes to your game winners. You may also want to consider purchasing an upgraded Multi-Trainers license (allows you to share the 6-pack games with up to twenty other training managers in your organization). We will send you the latest game version, credit you with the amount you paid for the Single Trainers license ($99.99), and charge you the difference ($299.99). To upgrade simply call us at 602-750-7223.

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