Month: January 2020

How Poverty Affects A Growing Child’s Brain

There is an established body of evidence that suggests there are lifelong implications for children raised in poverty, and that there are unequivocal differences in the opportunities afforded to children raised in poor families versus those raised in more affluent families

Youth Mental Well-Being: The Key to Our Future

Today, about 1.8 billion of our world’s population is between the ages of 10 and 24, and half of the world’s population is under 30. Never in history have we seen so many young people. This brings about incredible potential and power for change. As they work their way through the norms of society

The Chemical Factory Inside Your Head

The brain contains complex biochemical machinery. The proper operation of this machinery is at the heart of proper brain function. The breakdown of this machinery — and there are numerous ways in which this breakdown may occur — is among the major causes of brain dysfunction.

Intelligence Is Modifiable: A Q&A with Dr. Reuven Feuerstein

Dr. Reuven Feuerstein was known for his groundbreaking work in cognitive modifiability; rejecting the idea that intelligence is fixed, he established the principle that all children can learn how to learn. Born in Romania in 1921, he moved to British-mandate Palestine in 1945, where he worked to rehabilitate

Meet Your Brain’s GPS: The Hippocampus

Your brain probably doesn’t enjoy waking up early anymore than you do — a complicated task of taking in the first daylight and establishing your surroundings, just before you check your alarm clock and realize you’ve got about a half hour until your morning commute. From then on, there’s probably

Power In Numbers: Using Peer Pressure for Positive Influence

Just as peer pressure can influence negative behavior, it can be a catalyst for good, leading to improved grades, reduced HIV infection rates, and even the ousting of a dictator, Tina Rosenberg argues in her book, “Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Change the World.” She terms it

Finding the Narrative Thread: Your Brain on Writing

Psychologists have always understood the link between the brain and writing. Sigmund Freud was a prolific writer and believed that writing had the capacity to heal: “The creative writer does the same as the child at play. He creates a world of fantasy, which he takes very seriously — that is, which he invests

Oops, Don’t Fall! Reducing the Risk of Childhood Brain Injury

Bumps and bruises are a part of every childhood. Fortunately, most kids bounce back like champs. But for the thousands of children who experience traumatic brain injuries each year, there can be long-term consequences, according to Ronald Savage, Ed.D., president of the North American Brain Injury Society

Schadenfreude: The Joy in Others’ Woes

The emotion that everybody was collectively feeling might best be described by the word “schadenfreude,” which means taking pleasure in the misfortunes of others. What makes schadenfreude a complex term is that the pleasure we feel when we witness a person’s misfortune is not derived

Finding A Song: The Subconscious Art of Improvisation

As musicians engage in improvisation, they utilize their auditory and visual processing systems to interpret and respond to the environment — their fellow musicians and the audience around them. They engage their implicit and explicit long-term memory systems

Silent Strokes: How Can Someone Have A Stroke and Not Notice?

How can someone have a stroke and not notice? If you’ve never heard the term “silent stroke” you aren’t alone; scientists are just beginning to realize their importance. Although the term “silent” is a bit of a misnomer, they are called silent because the regions of the brain that are most likely to suffer

Are We What We Eat?

The world is full of different cuisines and thousands of different meals. Yet when we reduce them to their essence, there are just a handful of ingredients that our bodies absolutely need to survive. These basic molecules come in a series of groups we’re all familiar with — carbohydrates, fat, protein

Will We All Be Gamers Someday?

Gone are the days of video games merely being an idle pastime for the average couch potato, when all that mattered was pushing buttons for the right moves and getting to the next level. With their ability to embed in the brains of longtime gamers and change human behavior, video games have evolved

Eyes Wide Open: An Interview with Isaac Lidsky

Isaac Lidsky is a corporate speaker, author, and entrepreneur. After being diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a blinding disease, he decided to leave Los Angeles for college. He attended Harvard, where he studied mathematics and computer science. In between

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