Best Of 2021

Live Well, Feel Well: 7 Tips for Healthy Living

With the flu season and lots of inevitable time spent indoors, fall and winter aren’t for everyone. Whether you’re managing seasonal allergies, recovering from an illness, or just looking to strengthen your immune system so you don’t get sick next winter, here are seven simple things

It’s Alive! What Sentient Networks Tell Us About Human Consciousness

Despite the advances of neuroscience, we’re no closer to understanding how the physical brain generates consciousness than we ever were. What if it’s actually a far simpler mechanism than we imagined, and even more intriguing, what if we already have a model for it? Drill right down and a brain is comprised of a huge number of

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7 Things You Should Know About Your Attention During COVID-19

A lot of us may reflect on recent years with mixed emotions, as some of the deepest-rooted problems in our own society came to light for a number of reasons. A pandemic prompted a number of crises for both the economy and just about everything we thought we knew about ourselves.

Goal Setting And Positive Behavior During The COVID-19 Pandemic

As we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic with new mandates for social distancing, isolation, quarantine, home office, and testing, we are challenged to preserve and nurture our mental health through it all. Psychologists, psychotherapists, life coaches, and anyone professionally involved with optimizing how we

5 Ways To Increase Your Motivation

Motivation pushes you to perform certain behaviors to achieve results. But what exactly is motivation, and how can you give yours a boost? Motivation is based on reward prediction and value-based decision-making. It is your brain’s way of pushing you to perform certain behaviors

Giving It Your All: How Your Brain Decides If It’s Worth It

“Quitters never win” is an adage that has been drilled into too many of us, while never giving up is seen as admirable — and perhaps you have been criticized before for “giving up too easily.” In some cases persevering may be sound advice — but there are times when quitting can and should be seen as an

Your Brain On Social Homeostasis: Reconnecting With People

With the number of COVID-19 vaccinations going up and quarantine restrictions being lifted throughout the United States, people are finally beginning to emerge from their homes to go to restaurants and movie theaters again for the first time in over a year. However, you might still be feeling reluctant to re-enter the world, even if you are

Know Your Brain: The Locus Coeruleus — Its “Blue Spot”

Given its small stature and seemingly specialized mechanism, researchers have long believed that your brain’s locus coeruleus (LC), which in Latin means “blue spot,” has been little more than a vessel for norepinephrine, the arousal-stimulating neuromodulator that regulates blood pressure in the body. A recently published paper, using

4 Simple Secrets To Brain Health

Don’t view stress as a problem, but as a challenge. A skier on a mountaintop may interpret her pounding heart, fast breathing and sweaty palms as fear or excitement. Every stressful situation creates physiological symptoms — but you can decide how to play it.

Is Mitochondria The Key That Unlocks Brain Health?

Equipped with their own sets of DNA, mitochondria are both a crucial part of our cells and a list of potential problems waiting to happen. The mitochondrial DNA harbors a number of mutations that can be provoked by any number of factors — even seemingly benign ones like age or stress. Damage to the mitochondria can also

Overcoming Perfectionism During The Pandemic

On the surface, perfectionists seem to possess an abundance of admirable qualities: they are exceptionally driven, detail-oriented, and highly motivated. But the flawless image they present to others may actually be masking serious distress. “One of the big concerns about perfectionists is they often put on a front,” says

Seeking A Healthy Mind During The COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 epidemic has raised concern among mental health care professionals worldwide in regard to how containment protocols, increasing death rates, and further social isolation procedures may negatively affect our mental health. A wave of new mental health disorders may indeed be on the way, especially as COVID-19 cases

Exploring The Brain-Changing Magic Of Novelty

Make your lives extraordinary — it seems like good advice, if not a bit too broad to pin down. All too often, we find ourselves trapped in a routine that can sometimes be hard to break, finding comfort in predictability, but every so often, we’ll see something unique — or hear about someone else’s vacation described in bold detail, and decide

Can Neurofeedback “Perfect” Your Memories?

Computational neuroscientists are working in the proof-of-concept stages for a therapeutic treatment known as decoded neurofeedback (DecNef) in which the brain accumulates and processes neural signals and can modify select ones using computer algorithms.

Dumping Dimorphism: We Don’t Have “Male” Or “Female” Brains

Dr. Lise Eliot, a professor of neuroscience from the University of Chicago, has been analyzing the field for a long time — looking at three decades of research on gender differences in the human brain, only to come to a conclusion that at once seems groundbreaking and yet not really all that surprising: There are no significant

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