POSITIVE TEACHING = GOOD EDUCATION

“Students learn as much for a teacher as they do from a teacher.” —Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford University A man in a black trench coat strolls up to the opened classroom doorway, glances in, turns and continues walking. All eyes shift … READ MORE>>

DR. REUVEN FEUERSTEIN ON WHY INTELLIGENCE IS MODIFIABLE

PQ1: Belief in your fellow man makes you not accept that this individual is lost, that he will never change PQ2: Learning how to learn is the most important thing to do in a world of total change It was … READ MORE>>

GO NUTS FOR NUTS!

Stress takes more than just an emotional toll on a person; stress has direct physiological results, including an increase in blood pressure, an increase in hormonal activity and an overall decline in the functioning of the immune system. In addition, … READ MORE>>

THE BEST DIET: HAPPINESS

Our culture teaches that if you work hard enough at anything, you’ll be successful. Recent studies, however, suggest that hard work may not be enough when it comes to weight loss. At a time when obesity is a national—and increasingly … READ MORE>>

HOW CHRONIC STRESS CAN HARM YOU

PQ1: If we remain under acute stress long enough, our adrenals eventually give out and we become drained and exhausted PQ2: Chronic stress can lead to a rut in which the wiring of our neural networks keeps us repeating the … READ MORE>>

INSIDE THE MIND OF PMS

“I think my boyfriend thinks I’m crazy,” says Jessica, a New York City boutique manager. She laughs as she recalls her premenstrual syndrome (PMS) at its worst. “What’s really amusing is that I don’t notice it until I get really … READ MORE>>

BLOGS: THE NEUROSCIENCE CHRONICLES

NEUROSCIENCE BLOG If you’ve ever wondered about conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, brain tumors or epilepsy, you might want to visit the Neuroscience Blog, which seeks to “inform users on the many different neurological conditions that affect millions of people … READ MORE>>

BOOK ROUNDUP

The Dyslexic Advantage: Unlocking the Hidden Potential of the Dyslexic Brain by Brock L. Eide and Fernette F. Eide (Hudson Street Press, 2011) What do Steven Spielberg and Anne Rice have in common? Both are dyslexic. In The Dyslexic Advantage: … READ MORE>>

BOOK: THE OPTIMISM BIAS

PQ1: Older people are just as optimistic as younger ones. PQ2: Analytical people are just as optimistic as individuals who are less analytical. PQ3: Optimists are more likely to take vitamins, eat low-fat diets and exercise, thereby reducing their overall … READ MORE>>

TV: CBS’s UNFORGETTABLE CRIME SOLVER WITH ABSOLUTE MEMORY

The latest addition to CBS’s crime procedural roster has a novel twist: Unforgettable is about a former cop with hyperthymesia (superior autobiographical memory) who rejoins the force after witnessing a crime and uses her powers of recall to solve cases. … READ MORE>>

FALL 2011 CALENDAR OF BRAIN-RELATED EVENTS

October 3-10 Cold Spring Harbor, New York Neurobiology of Drosophila meetings.cshl.edu/meetings/dros11.shtml 3-15 San Quirico d’Orcia, Italy Translational Research in CNS Diseases nsas.it/translational-research-in-cns-diseases 6-8 Dresden, Germany 43rd International Danube Neurology Symposium 2011 danube2011.org 10 London, England Why Music? Is Music Different … READ MORE>>

LIBERIA: A MAN WITH A MISSION

Out of Africa Liberia’s Deputy Representative to the UN Has Come A Long Way from His Modest Roots. Q&A with Remongar Dennis by Amy Klein ■ Growing up in a village in Grand Bassa County in the west-central portion of … READ MORE>>

AGING AND BI-LINGUALISM

Adaptation of the brain could also be the reason older bilinguals with Alzheimer’s show fewer signs of cognitive malfunction than those who only speak one language. “The brain is more robust, its abilities and functionality are more distributed, so when … READ MORE>>

PRAYING FOR A GRAND MAL

I have 34 electrodes glued to my head, 34 10-foot wires streaming from my head, plugged into the wall. My head is wrapped in cheesecloth. I’m in the hospital, and I’m not leaving until I have a grand mal seizure. … READ MORE>>

TOUCH AND GROW

The skin is our largest organ. Its nerve endings and pressure receptors are tactile pathways, activated through touch, which our brain uses to interpret and explore the world around us. But recent research suggests that the brain’s response to touch … READ MORE>>