Month: September 2020

Looking For Loneliness In Your Brain

Some time before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down much of the world, a neuroscientist named Dr. Kay Tye was studying the impact of human loneliness on the brain — a phenomenon that would soon become all too relevant in a world of social distancing. Tye knew that the overwhelming majority of people knew

3 Easy Exercises for Your Brain and Overall Health

When you exercise, you stimulate the release of brain chemicals such as endorphins, norepinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin, which produce feelings of joy and peace. Here are some simple “brain education” exercise tips to get you started, whatever your age. It’s never too early to take care of your body and brain.

Who’s The Decision-Maker: Your Brain Or You?

It seems an unlikely place to find a discussion on free will, but neuroscientists often grapple with the question of who is making your life choices: Your brain or your consciousness? More importantly, what’s the difference?

How To Make Sure Your Vote Counts in November

Make sure that you are registered to vote at your current address. You may not have voted in a while. You may have moved or changed your name. You may have forgotten when you last registered to vote. Calling or visiting your secretary of state’s office or local Board of Elections may be a good place to start.

Working For Happiness: 7 Principles of Positive Psychology

Did you know that most Americans actually find free time more difficult to enjoy than work? Although many people also find their work stressful, boring, or meaningless, success doesn’t make people happy, either. “More than a decade of groundbreaking research in the fields of positive psychology …”

Seeing Is Believing: How Virtual Reality Is Changing Our Culture

Virtual reality is no longer just the hypothetical domain of sci-fi movies. It promises great freedom — consider an avatar that increases your self-efficacy, or surgical training applications for physicians. Experts in the field Jim Blascovich and Jeremy Bailenson examine how virtual worlds will transform us.

The Perfect Workout For Winding Down From A Busy Day

In a culture that doesn’t allow for much downtime between work, family responsibilities, and social events, it’s clear why so many people struggle to wind down from the craziness and get an adequate level of sleep every night.

Our Brief Candle Time: A Conversation with Richard Dawkins

Richard Dawkins, best known for coining the “meme” and for his work on genetic mutation — the way in which genes seem to act in their own interest in the way they replicate, rather than serving to benefit the organism — didn’t really become a household name in the United States until 2006 with his bestseller

Brain-Based Learning: Changing The World One Mind At A Time

At the moment you draw your first breath as a newborn, you will already have most of your brain cells developed. We enter the world with no concept of political worldviews, of religion, or socioeconomic divisions, untouched and not yet molded by the constraints of our society.

“Human” Technology: The Technology of Life Itself

Throughout its history, humanity has participated in the creation, development, implementation, and use of many technologies. Each of these advances has taken its place — to prolong life, speed its pace, or even to destroy it. Most technologies were developed for the purpose of enhancing social well-being

6 Questions To Ask To Help Screen For Suicide Risk

Suicide rates in the United States have increased by 25 to 30 percent since 1999. This is particularly true for youth ages 12 to 24, with increases of approximately 30 percent over the same period. In Alachua County, Florida, where I teach and practice at the University of Florida, the base rate for suicides among

Revolutionizing How We Teach Reading: Reverse Direction Decoding

Phonics is the popular reading strategy commonly taught in preschool, primary and upper elementary grades, and sometimes still in middle schools. However, shouldn’t any technique used repeatedly for almost 10 consecutive years with only modest success warrant some suspicion? Worst of all, the word

Who Am I? Identity and the Process Of Spiritual Enlightenment

The word “enlightenment” — used in the spiritual sense — is now bandied about with ease, being applied to politics and products as often as it is to actual spiritual practice. Now, we have a popular TV show and a computer program named “Enlightenment,” a line of snack foods called

Music: It’s Got the Power To Move You

You know that feeling you get when your favorite party track starts playing on the radio? Your feet start tapping to the beat, your body begins swaying to the rhythm, and your head bops side to side; you suddenly realize that you’re on the verge of breaking into dance because somehow

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