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  • A child is born with about 100 billion neurons, the same amount that an adult brain has. What’s different is the amount of connections between the neurons. That’s what the developing brain is all about — firing and wiring and making connections. And that’s what our relatively young internet, or “global brain” — is all about, too. [ … ]

  • To most New Yorkers, navigating the subway might be second nature, in a city where 4.3 million people are transported through its tunnels, daily — but it took me some time to learn the difference between uptown and downtown, let alone to figure out how to make it past the turnstile. How do we turn ourselves into [ … ]

  • Known as “helicopter parents” for the way they hover around their children’s lives, are those parents that monitor their children’s behavior obsessively, looking for any chance of problems or issues. Many studies have likened parental engagement in a child’s education with better grades, less substance abuse, and increase [ … ]

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  • I typically wake up when my iPhone reads 8:42 a.m. A full minute later, I’m scanning my inbox on my phone, checking for new messages. I might get lucky and find a few worth responding to, and maybe I will write back right then and there, but, more likely, I’ll start a new draft of my reply [ … ]

  • Do you think that a bunch of colleagues chirping away at the water cooler are merely gossipers wiling their time away? You’d rather focus on the memo you have to turn in by the end of the day, wouldn’t you? Perhaps you should think again. By avoiding gossip, you could be missing out [ … ]

  • It’s one of those questions that probably spawned some of humanity’s greatest achievements — one that we’ve pursued for centuries and still don’t quite know how to word the answer to: What is happiness and where do we find it? Storytellers, philosophers, and psychologists have all tried to understand it, to find [ … ]

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  • In truth, many of us aren’t sure what brain health means exactly, or what we have to do to achieve better brain health. Do we need to do more to keep our brains busy? Should we take up a new language, or start doing the daily crossword? What really makes the difference when it comes to staying sharp and lowering our risk [ … ]

  • How aware are we of the influences on our decisions? This basic human question we all wonder about has kept Dr. John Bargh busy for the last 30 years. Bargh is a social psychologist at Yale University, where he has created the Automaticity in Cognition, Motivation, and Evaluation (ACME) Laboratory, dedicated to [ … ]

  • Smiling and laughing is great exercise for your brain. It is a very effective way to supply oxygen to the brain. Once you start to smile and laugh, there is joy coming from your heart. You don’t need a specific reason to be joyful, for joy has been inside of us from the very beginning of our lives. [ … ]

  • Birds are perhaps the most admired of creatures in the animal kingdom. Their beautiful plumage dazzles the eye, and their ability to fly evokes a sense of awe. They have been the subject of innumerable poems and have appeared in the art of virtually every culture since the earliest cave paintings [ … ]

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