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.

Emotions & Education: Enhancing Learning In The Classroom

When we think, remember, imagine and mentally rehearse interpersonal encounters, emotions dominate the contents and determine the directions that our thoughts will take. At any given moment, what we pay attention to and what we choose to ignore are driven by emotions. Memory gives us a personal past

Rewire Your Life: Looking Closely At Your Media Use

The U.S. leads the world in the amount of people regularly using the internet — yet, with all the information it brings into our lives, our media diet is typically pretty myopic. So says internet activist Ethan Zuckerman in his book, “Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection.”

You’re Fired! Your “Subordinate” Brain At Work

In our market-based economy, everyone has a boss. Most of us answer to a manager or supervisor, but even the CEO answers to shareholders. So the pressures of being judged for your work hardly vanish the further up the ladder you climb. And if you asked them, many business leaders would probably tell you they miss the

The Sweet Smell Of Marketing

Unlike our other senses, our sense of smell is closely linked to the brain’s centers for emotion, memory, and creativity, according to the Monell Chemical Senses Center, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that researches taste and smell. What this means is that when it comes to smell, we process it first with our emotional brain

Finding The Rhythm Of The Universe Through Movement and Music

There are moments of transcendence during which you strike spiritual gold. Instantly and seemingly without cause, something shifts and you tap into an energy greater than your own. Time and space seem to suspend, your mental vantage point expands, everything makes sense

Helping Children’s Literacy Is Possible Anywhere

This story is a vignette from the life of a dedicated friend who works in an international organization committed to children’s rights. We will call her Saraswati, after the Hindu goddess of knowledge and arts, believed to endow human beings with the powers of speech, wisdom, and learning.

Cannabis Considered: 50 Shades of Mary Jane

Marijuana (cannabis) is one of the most controversial and politicized controlled substances in the United States. It has many names — Mary Jane, pot, ganja, sativa, etc. — and stories about it ranging from positive to negative, depending on whom you ask, abound. The tide, however, seems to be turning.

Making Real Change

One of the ways to assess the impact of human activities on this planet is what is known as the “ecological footprint.” In order to stand, I need land the size of my two feet; that’s my footprint. In order to lie down, I need land the size of my body flat on the ground. Likewise, all human activities, even the

God Is In The Details

Religion has long been a topic of philosophical discussion, but only relatively recently have neuroscientists begun to investigate faith and spirituality, too. Several different strands of research now indicate that there are specific parts of our brains that relate to belief in God

Conjuring At The Society Of Neuroscience

An annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience typically attracts over 20,000 neuroscientists from around the world to present their research — with such a large group of scientists, there’s bound to be some great work on almost anything a curious mind can imagine. While the presented projects can range in their aims from

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