By Michael Leppert

Brain in a Bag is a simple but effective kit of unique items, designed to help the user develop Whole Brain Thinking — shown by scientists to explain why some students and athletes seem to function in the Zone more often than others. To be in the Zone is a right hemisphere ability — also called subconscious functioning. Most people don’t get into the right brain. Imagination is a right-brain function. These well-known people can see things unfolding in slow motion, seem to know what is going to happen before it does and perform with apparently less stress and effort while obtaining superior results.

Some of history’s whole brain thinkers are obvious — Leonardo DaVinci, Michelangelo, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Bob Cousy, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Peyton Manning, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and other tennis players, Thomas Edison and many more. They all are, or were, ambidextrous and the good news is that anyone can become ambidextrous with the result being that s/he will be developing the right hemisphere and ultimately, the whole brain.

The key to this process is to become ambidextrous. Once you develop the right hemisphere, you are in the Zone most of the time in all aspects of your life. The smartest kids in the U.S. are at Naperville Central High in Naperville, IL. The late Phil Lawler was their P.E. teacher and he knew how to grow the brain. His kids had to run a mile every week and gradually improve their time. Running (along with music and art) grows the brain better than anything else. Naperville students also use a climbing wall, juggle, ride a unicycle — all activities that grow the brain. In an international competition for math and science, Naperville students finished 6th in the world in math and 1st in the world in Science.

Brain in a Bag was developed by Dean Brittenham, after many years of working with high school, college and professional athletes in baseball, football, basketball, Olympic bobsledding and tennis. Brain in a Bag incorporates the same working concepts as Naperville High, which Brittenham also discovered and put into practice after seeing great results. These activities grow new cells and brain connections, making the brain larger and more efficient.

Brain in a Bag offers drills, activities and exercises using the fingers, hands, arms and feet to develop the brain — especially the right hemisphere — more fully than average. The good news is that developing the whole brain also benefits the intellectual processes as well as the athletic, making it indispensable to anyone who wishes to become a great student.

The Brain in a Bag kit is a backpack with a 24-page instructional booklet and DVD and a complete regimen of skills, drills and activities using the contents of the bag: Tennis balls for juggling; ping pong balls and paddles; a jump rope; pool balls you use to rotate in your hands, clockwise and counterclockwise; sticks with ping pong balls — much harder to use than paddles — and many more items, all of which develop the brain dexterity you need to use your whole brain.

For much more information about Whole Brain Thinking and Brain in a Bag, please visit Dean’s website, and be uplifted by the possibilities he suggests! MjL