Month: February 2021


Feeling No Pain: What It’s Like To Live With CIPA

An episode of the television medical drama “House” featured 16-year-old Hannah and her mother, who were in a severe automobile accident. Hannah saw her mother unconscious and dialed 911. She looked down and noticed a metal rod jammed in her own thigh. At the hospital, Hannah soon ran a


Balance Your Energy … And Your Brain

Calmness and assertiveness are the energies of the two main branches of our autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system plays a major role in sensory awareness, emotions, behaviors, and basic organ-system functioning. Its two main branches are the sympathetic and parasympathetic, and they are managed by

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3 Ways That Older People Can Relieve Stress

Getting older is a fact of life, and one that we often may not want to accept. While we can maintain a healthy body with a good diet and physical exercise, it is also important to be able to relieve stress as you get older. As you age, your brain as well as your body goes through physical changes, which affect how it functions as

How Did Our “Social Brain” Evolve?

Beginning about 2.5 million years ago a particular organ underwent a threefold increase in volume, leading to the creation one of nature’s most complex, social, and efficient structures: the human brain. The explanations as to what drove this progressive development are still debatable, yet evolutionary

How Deep Sleep Helps Your Brain “Clean” Itself

Whether we look forward to it or not, most of us think we understand the value of a long, uninterrupted sleep every night — often after we’ve gone without it for too long. Laura Lewis and her team of researchers at Boston University have sacrificed a great deal of sleep too — but they understand

On Living Well: 4 Surprising Ways To Increase Your Life Expectancy

At the beginning of the 20th century, the average American could expect to live just 47.3 years. Since then, life expectancy climbed rapidly—reaching 70 years for the first time in 1961. According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, we reached 78.9 years in 2014, and it seemed

Puppy Love? It’s All In Your Brain

Loyal, lovable and protective of us and our property, dogs have been our best friends since the last ice age, as a 27,000-year-old painting of a child and a dog on the walls of Chauvet Cave in France bears out. Studies showing that the companionship, unconditional love and sense of well-being that dogs provide make us happier

Juggling, Anyone? Learn A New Trick to Improve Your Brain’s Wiring

As a child, were you liable to shirk or embrace time spent practicing at the piano? British scientists have found that dedicating yourself to the pursuit of a new skill increases the amount of white matter in your brain. The good news is that even if you eschewed — or never opted for — piano lessons

For The Artist, Age Has Its Advantages

Artistic activity of all kinds — painting, music, writing, crafts, and hobbies — seems to benefit both society and its most senior citizens. It is no accident, I think, that ancient people relied upon their elders to be their “seers,” the visionaries whose final occupation it was to create order out of elemental chaos.

Our Brains Are Wired For Empathy

Empathy is wired in our brains. As a matter of fact, we have entire circuits dedicated to it. For instance, when we see someone engage in an activity or go through a particular experience, mirror neurons ignite in our brains. They play a role in helping us understand what someone else is going through

Open Up To Age Well

Research has found that a personality trait called openness to experience — one of the “big five” personality traits, as psychology researchers call them — predicts longevity and is associated with better health and greater happiness. Openness encompasses such factors as

Love Me, Maybe: The Neuroscience of Unpredictable Love

The ups and downs of an unpredictable relationship — and, more so, an unpredictable partner — can be infuriating, irritating, and it plagues levelheaded males and females of all races and economic backgrounds. We like to think that we’re fairly rational and sensible when choosing a partner; that consistency, companionship, and commitment

Getting Shorter As We Age: Adjusting to Shrinking Stature

As you grow older, have you noticed that there are some activities you can no longer perform? It may be because you’ve gotten shorter. As we age, we shrink. Starting around age 40, you typically lose about 0.4 inches every decade. Most of the height loss comes from gravity that continually compresses

Playing Mind Games: How Criminal Interrogations Work

Not all criminals are created equal, nor indeed are all crimes. In order for law-enforcement officials to be able to see through the lies of someone who has committed a crime — as the suspect is trying to talk his way out of it — knowing the background of that individual is key.

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