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Bringing Neuroscience to the Community

It has been a long journey, a journey driven by my heart and maneuvering my way from the science lab to the community. After receiving my Ph.D. and postdoctoral training in neuroscience from Yale University, I taught and trained students and psychiatric residents at the Indiana University School of Medicine. [ … ]

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Why Go Nuts This Holiday Season?

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, stress leads people to engage in behavior that is harmful to their health [ … ]

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Mirror, Mirror, On The Wall

We should all remember that social expectations are a product of the brain, so is our judgment, and our will to rise above these expectations. We have the power to define who we are — from what we see in the mirror to who we aspire to be. [ … ]

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Can People Have Superhuman Strength?

Tales of superhuman strength, also referred to as hysterical strength, can be found in many ancient Norse sagas dating from the late ninth century. Elite Scandinavian warriors, known as berserkers (a term derived from the Old Norse berserkr), were known to enter battle with an untamable, trance-like fury resulting in spurts of superhuman strength [ … ]

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Thinking with the Heart

In November 1997, I was scheduled to take a tour group into Egypt. To say that Egypt is an amazing destination is an understatement — it’s beyond amazing! To actually stand in front of the great Sphinx, looking up at over 400 feet of the once-covered stones that are now visible to the naked eye, is an experience of a lifetime. [ … ]

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Education, Meet Brain

Over the last few decades, a new term has become increasingly prominent: brain-based education, or “brain education.” As if any other kind of education was possible! But better late than never. Taking these individual differences into account in tailoring educational approaches will greatly enhance their effectiveness. [ … ]

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The Sweet Smell of Marketing

Unlike our other senses, our sense of smell is closely linked to the brain’s centers for emotion, memory, and creativity, according to the Monell Chemical Senses Center, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that researches taste and smell. What this means is that when it comes to smell, we process it first with our emotional brain, and it’s only then that we actually think about it. [ … ]