Month: August 2019

All in Your Head: An Interview with Dr. Daniel Amen

Dr. Daniel Gregory Amen is a renowned psychiatrist, specializing in the treatment of brain disorders. He is the director of Amen Clinics, which revolutionized the use of brain-imaging technology to treat patients, and he is also a New York Times best-selling author of the groundbreaking book

Connected: The Fascinating Future of Brain-Computer Interfaces

Technology has always feared and fascinated people. Revered for its role in shaping society and improving lives — feared for the same reasons. As neuroscience evolves, and technology alongside it, both invasive and noninvasive techniques will be used to view the brain, treat illness, and even enhance cognition.

How Stress Affects Your Thinking — And How to Address It

Everyone experiences periods of stress from time to time. Triggered by daily events, it is often a passing feeling that most people are able to cope with. Even when more severe responses that last a bit longer occur, it is generally accepted as a passing experience and does not disrupt the daily course of life in

Finding Empowerment and Healing With Your Subconscious Mind

What would you say if I told you that the things that keep you up at night, or can make your palms sweat, or your heart beat, perhaps that weekly telephone call with your sibling, or those nagging doubts and knee-jerk reactions are really messages coming from the subconscious that actually contain the power the heal.

Your Brain’s Natural Rhythms: A Q&A with Neuroscientist Jessica Grahn

Why does music make us want to move? Why don’t ordinary sounds we hear in everyday life have the same effect on us? Scientists are now beginning to explore some of these questions. Brain World spoke to cognitive scientist Jessica Grahn on what neuroscience has unravelled about music’s effects on the brain

Know Your Brain: How The Left and Right Hemispheres Operate

In ancient Greece, left-brain creativity was attributed to the god Dionysus (the god of wine and drunkenness) while traits of reason and order were ascribed to Apollo — dualities of human nature that to this day are equally prized. The trouble is, this type of thinking is not entirely accurate. At least once in your life you’ve probably

The Moral Molecule: How Trust Works

It’s very likely that you’ve heard the expression, “sharing is caring.” While most people tend to fall in line with this notion and engage in sharing because of how good it makes them feel, there are those who harbor alternative motives for displaying this behavior. In fact, this other group of people may engage in sharing only

A Century of Vitamins: The Brains Behind the 13 Essentials

It has been a century since a Polish-American biochemist named Casimir Funk coined the word vitamine, and now, 100 years later, the 13 essential vitamins play an important role in the health of our bodies, including our brain health, at all stages of life.

Music and the Mind: An Interview with Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin

Daniel Levitin’s life has been a strange one. Perhaps that’s one reason why it’s so entertaining to read his books, which are mixtures of cutting-edge neuroscience and good-natured storytelling. A studio musician and engineer, Levitin played with musicians from the Grateful Dead to Chris Isaak before

Building a Better Brain: Understanding How We Learn

If you are a teacher and it is your job to open minds, shouldn’t you know how the brain works? If you are a parent, wouldn’t an understanding of brain development provide useful insights into successful child-rearing? As the proud owner of the most complex object in the entire universe, understanding

Google Wants to Know Your Brain (and Not Just Your Searches)

Have you heard about the Google Brain project? It’s a deep research effort, planned by Google, in order to successfully create the world’s most accurate model of the human brain. However, the company’s own search engine may be influencing our brains in a way they never anticipated before.

Know Your Brain: The Frontal Lobe — The Brain’s Powerhouse

It’s the largest, and perhaps best-known, lobe of the brain — one of four regions making up the cerebrum. Altogether, it makes up one-third of the entire organ. You might even say it’s the part with the most personality. We use it when we recall episodic memories — events that stand out from childhood, as well as

You Are Not Your Brain

“I’m not good enough. She’s going to leave me. I am going to mess up this presentation. They’re going to think I am an idiot and not hire me …” At one point or another, we have all experienced these types of self-defeating thoughts. Known as deceptive brain messages

Where’s My Flying Car? On Science’s So-Called Broken Promises

What happened to all those promises from the scientists and engineers — flying cars, robotic companions, dinner in a pill form? We have oodles of gadgets and the internet, but can’t figure out how to feed the world or save our planet. Scientists study big questions, but in order to get the funding for their studies have to

Notes of Healing: The Power of Music as Therapy

When Grace was born 27 weeks into her mom’s pregnancy, a harpist was conducting research in her Boston neonate intensive care unit. Her mom, Mary Liz Van Dyck, says that the delicate sounds of the harp were a soothing melody amid the clinical noise of constant beeping, alarms, and the bustle of hospital staff.

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