Month: July 2020

Three Prescriptions For A Healthy Brain

Whether you are a doctor treating a patient, a professor teaching students, or an engineer designing a machine, the odds are that a great deal of your professional activities — no matter how rigorous they may appear to an outside observer — are routine. You practice well-rehearsed professional skills

To Remember, Your Brain Must Actively Forget

It’s a central principle of owning a human body that if you don’t use it, you lose it. Singers have to practice hitting the high notes to keep vocal range wide and vocal cords limber. Basketballers have to shoot countless hoops to hone their technique. We all have to get out of the easy chair and get a little exercise

What is Face Blindness?

It happens to most of us from time to time; someone comes up, calls us by name and launches into a chummy conversation. Though you can’t recall their face, within seconds it’s clear you and this someone have a relationship of some sort. And so, you nod politely, desperately analyzing their

4 Tips to Taking Care of Your Brain at the Office

Modern-day office jobs are becoming even more demanding. Sure, we all have apps and software and gadgets to make life easier, but the trade-off to this is that people are expected to work extra hard, which can really take a toll on the brain.

Can Disaster Movies Prepare You For The Real Thing?

All too often, you’ve probably heard people talk about how it’s hard to believe that the COVID-19 pandemic isn’t something out of a disaster movie we’ve all seen — that the way in which the world shut down so abruptly for such a long period of time and forced us to rethink nearly every aspect of our own lives

Why We Need to Figure Out A Theory of Consciousness

Understanding the biology behind consciousness (or self-awareness) is considered by some to be the final frontier of science. And over the last decade, a fledgling community of “consciousness scientists” have gathered some interesting information about the differences between

Simple Critters and Big Mysteries: An Interview with Dr. Thomas J. Carew

The excitement exhibited by Thomas J. Carew while talking about neuroscience is similar to that of a child discussing a favorite activity, as he seems to be thoroughly elated with his current position. “In a single day, I get to talk to a poet, a physicist and a Chinese historian,” cheerfully states Carew, in his role

Winning Attitudes: Insights in Athletic Success

It starts with getting down to what you’re thinking — or not thinking — in the moment, and whether it’s working. One of the major reasons we play sports is to get our minds off of our troubles, but for some, the trouble is the sport itself. You step to the free-throw line and all you can think about

What Prison Does To Your Brain

“A door was accidentally ajar and I heard a child laugh, I hadn’t heard anything as beautiful in more than two decades, my mind was awhirl for weeks,” Ahmed Kathrada, who was jailed with Nelson Mandela for most of his 28 years, told me this after he was released (almost two years before Mandela).

At A Loss for Words: Your Brain on Writer’s Block

He’d lost his magic. The impulse was spent. His talent was dead.” So opens “The Humbling,” one of the last novels by celebrated author Philip Roth. Although it tells the story of a washed up stage actor at the end of his career, these three short sentences sum up what every writer dreads the most — losing whatever

How to Fuel Your Joy: The Happiness Diet

Can you eat your way to happiness? Anyone who has ever had a bad day and found solace in a slice of chocolate cake might say yes. Dr. Drew Ramsey, assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University and co-author of “The Happiness Diet,” agrees, but he draws the line at

Human Brain Transplants  — Are They Possible?

In the 1983 film “The Man with Two Brains”, Steve Martin’s character falls in love with the disembodied brain of a woman named Anne. But what once sat in the realm of movies and science fiction novels now seems slightly more plausible. Recent advances in neuroscience have lead to human cells

I Think, Therefore I Am (The Mind-Body Connection)

Mind and body are inextricably connected and interactive, an idea reflective of ancient tribal philosophies. Ironically, what they simply accepted intuitively is now being proven by the very science that rejected their thinking as primitive and backward.

How Your Choices Link To Your Personality

There are a lot of important decisions to make in life and it is important to try to come up with tips that are going to help you make the best possible decisions. You need to think about the best ways of coming up with ideas that will help you here, and it is essential that you understand what can inform your decisions.

Working For Change: An Interview with Bob Massie

When it comes to fatal diseases, Robert Massie is a triple threat, having survived hemophilia, HIV, and liver failure. Born with classical hemophilia, a painful disorder that causes repeating bleeding in the joints, he spent most of his childhood bound to leg braces and in wheelchairs. Where

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