Month: May 2021

Healing All Wounds: A Closer Look at Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is, scientists tell us, an unseen epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that it sees 2.2 million emergency room visits a year — 280,000 hospital stays, and 50,000 deaths. These figures do not include veterans. “Total combined rates of TBI-related hospitalizations, ER visits, and deaths

Finding the Spark: 5 Myths About Creativity

Our brains have the power to find a path where none is visible, and to make new paths where none have been set. But we tend to be confined to the personality we have experienced, to the self we know, and find it difficult to move beyond it. This limits our own creativity. It is when we go beyond what

Are You Worried About Your Mental Health?

Mental health is a huge topic right now. It is all over social media a lot and it’s something that you read about quite a bit. However, that doesn’t mean that the stigma surrounding it is gone, which is why so many people still have a hard time getting help. Mental health is nothing to be embarrassed about

Why Do We Crave? The Science Behind Food Cravings

The reward mechanisms that control cravings are very similar to the ones in addiction. “We think that cravings for drugs and food (particularly so-called ‘hedonic foods’ that are high-fat, high-sugar) are very similar,” says Natalia Lawrence, senior lecturer in translational medicine at the University of Exeter.

7 Ways To Recreate (And Re-Create) Your Brain!

As the summer months approach, many of us have planned to take vacations and spend more time outside. The benefits of recreation and leisure, however, truly span all seasons. While most people enjoy vacations and such activities as sports, hobbies, and exercise, few realize the full spectrum of benefits linked to regular recreation

Know Your Brain: The Default Mode Network — Wakeful Daydreaming

Whenever we think of the human brain, it becomes far too tempting to just imagine the entire organ having clearly mapped regions that individually process each piece of data that comes in and file everything according to function, and not to think of the whole as being greater than the sum of its parts — that the brain relies on vast

Nurturing Well-Being With Nature

Neurobiological research has been showing us again and again that there is a strong association between our psychophysiological well-being and nature. But the loss of biodiversity, population growth, climate change, and urban relocation are posing major challenges to not only the natural environment but also to our

Rewrite Your Story, Design Your Future Life

Many people start to look back on their past when they enter the second half of life. In particular, they become immersed in memories as they recall both good and hard times. But such passive retrospection isn’t enough. You must take time to do an interim accounting of your life, reflecting actively and intentionally on your past

It Takes Guts: An Interview with Dr. Michael D. Gershon

Dr. Michael D. Gershon is all about the gut. Renowned for his pioneering work on the enteric nervous system and the role of serotonin within it, he’s been respectfully dubbed the “father of neurogastroenterology.” As the author of “The Second Brain: A Groundbreaking New Understanding of Nervous Disorders of the Stomach and Intestine,”

Making Your Brain Financially Smarter

Our wallets and our brains are much more closely connected than you might believe. In fact, there’s such a strong correlation between the ways we spend and think, that a rising field known as neuroeconomics explores this connection

Just Go Outside — Your Brain Will Thank You

We’ve learned about the consequences associated with spending too much time indoors —looking at screens, in urban cities — so let’s examine the positive effects of nature on our psychological and emotional lives. We’ve already discovered the link between increased rates of mental illness

6 Ways to Boost Creativity Outdoors

As the days lengthen and flowers bloom, the impressive majesty of nature takes center stage at last — summer is finally here. The phenomena of the collective physical world have inspired classic works of literature, iconic paintings, and famous symphonies. And it’s all less coincidental than you

Why Some Remember Their Dreams, and Why Others Don’t

We often live our lives with the advice to “follow our dreams” — to always do that which we can aspire to do. While dreams in reality are often less flattering than that, and almost always less coherent, we’ve attached value to what they mean for centuries.

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