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  • Loyal, lovable and protective of us and our property, dogs have been our best friends since the last Ice Age, as a 27,000-year-old painting of a child and a dog on the walls of Chauvet Cave in France bears out. Studies showing that the companionship, unconditional love and sense of well-being that dogs provide make us happier […]

  • When the term neuroscience was originally forged, it referred mostly to research at the molecular and cellular levels. Higher-order cognition was not deemed amenable to rigorous research and was thus relegated to the domain of “soft sciences.” But the second half of the 20th century witnessed nothing short of a revolution […]

  • Are you familiar with the 2005 film “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”? It’s a fantastic romantic action comedy about two married assassins who work for competing firms. The punch line here is that each of them believes their spouse to be a regular civilian — that is, until their companies team up and try to have them kill each other. […]

  • On August 9, 2014, the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, ignited long-standing racial tensions throughout the Midwestern city. A riot erupted at a candlelight vigil between the protesters calling for justice and the local police […]

  • Neuroplasticity is the brain’s ability to change under the influence of experience and activities. Neuroplasticity used to be thought of as a limited phenomenon, mostly restricted to the early years of life. More recently it has been demonstrated that neuroplasticity continues throughout life, even in advanced age. […]

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  • From the early childhood years on through old age, scientists have learned that the brain adapts itself to the challenges facing it and discards connections which are not reinforced through mental activity. Learning how to effectively stimulate brain growth — which continues all through adulthood — can enable you […]

  • When you exercise, you stimulate the release of brain chemicals such as endorphins, norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin, which produce feelings of joy and peace. Here are some simple “brain education” exercise tips to get you started, whatever your age. It’s never too early to take care of your body and brain. […]

  • The term “kill switch” normally refers to a fail safe of some sort that brings a compromised system down. The term, insofar as it is used here, is meant to capture the unique anatomy and physiology that makes a psychopathic killer’s brain what it is. Can the switch be flipped in a normal brain? To understand what sorts of malfunctions […]

  • Education is also important because development is not just economic growth; education equips people with the values that make it possible for us to peacefully and respectfully coexist in our diversity, and it actually enables us to live peacefully together. […]

  • When most people think of a brainwashed individual, they imagine someone whose mind is completely controlled. Some evil but powerful authority is manipulating his or her will. In the most extreme cases — as when a cult leader instructs his followers to commit suicide, or when an oppressive political regime demands unquestionable […]

  • “Brain education” is a powerful and innovative educational process that every school system in the world can implement. Schools can begin by teaching students about their brains and the ability they have to choose to use their brains well for creating peace, health, and happiness. […]

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