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Learning to Love Again

It was once thought that most of what we will ever learn in life happens over the first seven years, and that childhood trauma can leave permanent scars, but now we know that is not always the case. Although negativity bias, as psychologists call it, can persist, deliberate effort and the support of loving relationships can positively rewire the brain. [ … ]


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Dreaming on Demand: Becoming A Lucid Dreamer

Lucid dreaming is the act of dreaming while maintaining consciousness during the REM (rapid eye movement) stage of sleep. This type of dreaming allows you to tell yourself that “you are dreaming” without waking up. Awake consciousness, if used correctly, gives one the opportunity to keep on participating in the dream while [ … ]

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Unlocking The Secrets Of Alzheimer’s

Like many in his field, Alzheimer’s expert Frank LaFerla harbored significant doubts. To LaFerla, a professor of neurobiology and behavior at the University of California, Irvine, stem cells just didn’t see­m like good candidates to treat Alzheimer’s, the cruel disease that robs people of their memory and ultimately leads to death. Like many [ … ]


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Does Yoga Benefit the Brain?

The answer is an overwhelming yes. One study employed MRI scans to reveal that there were increases in grey matter in the brains of yogis. These gains were seen in a variety of regions, including “the somatosensory cortex, which contains a mental map of our body, [ … ]

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Words Can Change Your Brain

Language is one of the most important tools we have. In fact, our newest research show that it’s essential for actually building the framework of consciousness itself. But compared to other species, it turns out that we’re very poor communicators, and we don’t even know it! [ … ]


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Gunner Goggles Neurology: Brain World Review

Cramming the night before seems to be the inevitable culmination of reviewing for any kind of exam — regardless of how old you are, its significance, or the complexity of the material. Some swear that it’s an acquired skill that can be picked up by making notecards of important terms, or spacing out reading sessions with a small reward. [ … ]