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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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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, music is literally capable of moving you. [ … ]


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What Meditation Does To The Brain

Anyone who has ever attempted to meditate can vouch for the fact that while it is theoretically simple, it is extremely challenging in practice. In fact, its simplicity is what makes it difficult, and it is also what makes it worthwhile. “Mindfulness meditation” (the practice most popular in the United States) [ … ]


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The Odor of Your Dreams

I woke up last week convinced that I could smell coffee. My husband, the coffee drinker in our household, was away for business and my 20-month-old son hasn’t yet discovered the substance so it seemed odd that there would be the familiar comforting aroma in the air. Within seconds of my waking up [ … ]


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The Neuroscience of Jokes

“A couple of New Jersey hunters are out in the woods when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn’t seem to be breathing and his eyes have rolled back in his head. The other guy whips out his mobile phone and calls the emergency services. He gasps to the operator” [ … ]

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Foods For A Stronger, Healthier Brain

Feeling like your brain could use some help? Few people would say no to improving their brain function. Especially in light of the degrading effects that aging can have on our brains, many of us would like to improve and sustain our memory, comprehension, and our ability to solve problems. [ … ]