How EMDR Therapy Opens a Window to the Brain

by Francine Shapiro, PhD Over the past two decades, the use of eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy has provided researchers and clinicians with the ability to observe how symptoms develop and can be rapidly treated. Over 20 randomized … READ MORE>>

THE AHA! MOMENT
THE CREATIVE SCIENCE BEHIND INSPIRATION

For most of us, it usually occurs at the most inopportune times; never when we’re searching for it. To Archimedes, it happened in the bathtub. Newton experienced it while wandering an apple orchard. Arthur Fry: church. Each encountered an epiphany, … READ MORE>>

5 ways to flip the switch on misery

by Paula Renaye Chronic complainers think they are expressing their feelings about their lives—but they do it repeatedly, incessantly and annoyingly, to anyone who will listen. Of course, none of it is their fault—they feel like helpless victims, that there … READ MORE>>

An Unavoidable Inheritance

Can trauma pass from one generation to the next? We must return and claim our past in order to move toward the future. It is in understanding who we were that will free us to embrace who we are now. … READ MORE>>

I JUST CAN’T QUIT YOU, TECHNOLOGY!

Why people are taking a break from technology—and why it’s good for your brain, your health and your relationships. by Amy Klein Science fiction once predicted that robots and machines would take over our lives. Considering our reliance on our … READ MORE>>

THE SECRETS OF SOFT HABITS

By Frederick Woolverton, as told to Susan Shapiro One night after dinner, I was hungry and edgy. My wife and daughter were asleep. I took out my favorite flavor of ice cream, Häagen-Dazs vanilla chocolate chip; I was craving it. … READ MORE>>

God is in the Details
Research indicates parts of our brains relate to belief in God

Is there a part of the brain that is responsible for our faith in something beyond our physical selves—a supernatural being such as God? Some scientists believe so. READ MORE>>

THE BLUE BRAIN PROJECT

This image shows the three-dimensional configuration of 10,000 simulated neurons that constitute a single neocortical column-an anatomical unit barely wider than the head of a pin. Here we see the Blue Brain’s cortical column in action. Each dendrite is simulated … READ MORE>>

DECREASING RF EXPOSURE

Even though the evidence for a link between cell phone radiation and brain tumors is not incredibly strong, it might still be best to minimize your exposure, as nobody has dared to say that it is nonexistent. For example, although … 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>>

THE MAN WHO COULDN’T FEEL

PQ: Individuals who have alexithymia are sometimes described as distant, logical and cold. They prefer to discuss mundane day-to-day events instead of how they feel and are very uncomfortable with intimacy. Alexithymia is a personality trait of people who lack … READ MORE>>

CIPA DISORDER: UNABLE TO HURT

The CIPA disorder mystifies many in the medical field. A recent episode of the television medical drama House featured 16-year-old Hannah and her mother, who were in a severe automobile accident. Hannah saw her mother unconscious and dialed 911. She … READ MORE>>

THE EMOTIONAL STAGES OF KIDS

Newborns can already display emotion through facial expressions, body posture and vocal tone. “It is very important to understand that emotional intelligence is not the opposite of intelligence, it is not the triumph of heart over head—it is the unique … READ MORE>>