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Amygdala

How Stress Is Making You Lose Your Mind

Jenny C. Evans | Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Jenny C. Evans

Stress is affecting your brain much more than you think. Sure, you've experienced the distraction, forgetfulness, negativity or anxiety that comes from stressful situations, but did you know it's also shrinking your brain?

Can Republicans Scare Democrats Into Voting for Them

Nigel Barber | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Nigel Barber

In the current election campaign, Republicans are organizing their message around a theme of fear. That is hardly surprising given scientific evidence that the brains of conservatives are more strongly reactive to threats.

Conversational Blind Spots at Work

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 12.13.2014 | Business
Judith E. Glaser

The executives used "telling statements" 85 percent of the time, leaving a paltry 15 percent for questions. What's more, almost all the questions they asked were actually statements in disguise.

Building Trust: The One Skill We Can't Live Without

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 08.17.2014 | Business
Judith E. Glaser

Most of us would acknowledge that building trust is a key part of our lives. But, if everyone thinks along similar lines, why does it always seem like no one trusts each other?

What Happens When Trust Is Absent?

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 07.14.2014 | Business
Judith E. Glaser

by Judith E. Glaser Human beings have a need to belong that is now considered by neuroscientists and psychologists to be more powerful than the nee...

Plugged in and Feeling the Fiction

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 04.20.2014 | Technology
Mark Rubinstein

Imagine wearing a vest-like device while reading a book, so that when you come upon a scene brimming with heart-racing tension, the vest emits vibrations to increase your heart rate.

Trust Me

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Judith E. Glaser

The decision to trust or distrust someone occurs instantly. That moment -- whether it is a handshake, a telephone call, or an email -- locks in a relationship trajectory that may last for weeks, months, or a lifetime.

Innovate or Evaporate

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Judith E. Glaser

Making space for idea generation while you are cutting back or redesigning how work gets done is the most powerful ingredient for innovation to flourish.

The 'I' Within 'We' Creates a Powerful Identity

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 10.09.2013 | Business
Judith E. Glaser

At the core of every endeavor, relationship and communication is a personal, mystifying and sometimes paralyzing question, Who am I?

3 Simple Tricks That Will Stop Work From Taking Over Your Brain

Jon Wortmann | Posted 09.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Jon Wortmann

The reason we react is that our alarm thinks there is a problem for us to solve or danger to escape. Don't let your brain make work feel like everything's dramatic and falling apart. Even on your worst days, you can refocus with just a little intention.

How Do We Humans Ever Make Good Decisions?

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 06.25.2013 | Science
Dr. Jim Taylor

Of course, there is no way we can completely resist all the genetic, neurological, psychological, emotional and social forces that influence our decision making. But a few simple steps can prevent us from making truly appalling decisions.

How to Teach Your Amygdala to Dance

Mark Goulston, M.D. | Posted 05.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Mark Goulston, M.D.

One of the ways to foil an amygdala hijack is to teach your amygdala how to dance. An effective way to do that is to follow the 10 steps here.

Study Connects Parent's Education, Income To Child's Learning, Brain Development

Posted 10.18.2012 | Education

A recent study presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscientists found a correlation between a parent’s income and education level ...

Cara Santa Maria

They're Watching You

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 10.08.2012 | Science

You may have heard that an elephant never forgets, but did you know that adage may be more descriptive of crows? As dark as they may seem (they do flo...

How To Be Prepared When Anxiety Attacks

Tamar Chansky | Posted 10.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Tamar Chansky

Make a conscious choice to not go on the wild goose chase anxiety can launch, but know that you're better off without it. Instead, downgrade the importance of worry's messages and switch lines. The one without worry moves a lot faster.

The Courage to Fear

Daniela Schiller | Posted 06.11.2012 | Science
Daniela Schiller

What happened in Ali's mind during those crucial seconds between Round 1 and Round 2? Scientists do not know. But they do know what happened in his brain.

Fleeing the Brain's Fear Center

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.10.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

Over time, insights get simplified for non-scientists, and translated into the plain language of introductory textbooks. So it is with the amygdala, otherwise known as the brain's "fear center."

Abundance -- The Future Is Better Than You Think

Peter Diamandis | Posted 03.05.2012 | Science
Peter Diamandis

You have a brain convinced that it's living in a state of siege and there's not a damn thing we can do about it. But nothing could be farther from the truth. Today the average citizen is more empowered to change the world than ever before. 

WATCH: The Science of Fear

Cara Santa Maria | Posted 01.05.2012 | Education
Cara Santa Maria

This Halloween, think about what's actually happening to your brain and body when you are shaking with fear!

College Admissions and the Adolescent Brain

The Chronicle of Higher Education | Posted 08.21.2011 | College
The Chronicle of Higher Education

In other words, helping a teenager apply to college is not only an admissions issue -- it's also a developmental issue. As such, there's much room for teaching.

Why There's No Success Like Recess

Joe Robinson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Joe Robinson

Turning your back on play makes about as much sense as swearing off laughing, and it has about the same effect: locking in the overseriousness that reinforces that you are too busy to let your hair down.

Is It Possible To Trust?

Eva M. Selhub, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Eva M. Selhub, M.D.

You may have to perceive trust as an inner knowing that utilizes your intuition, your knowledge and the knowledge of others. You have access to this knowing when you let go of your fear of not being enough or having enough.

Social Animal? Part Of Your Brain May Be Larger Than Usual

AP | MALCOLM RITTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

NEW YORK — Do you spend time with a lot of friends? That might mean a particular part of your brain is larger than usual. It's the amygdala, wh...

ClemensGate: Why Liars Make Us So Upset

David Ropeik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
David Ropeik

Down in the hard wiring and chemistry of the brain's survival instincts, if you show someone a picture of Roger Clemens and talk about the charges that he lied, it's like showing them a picture of a snake.

More On The Bridges From Love To Fear

Srinivasan Pillay | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Srinivasan Pillay

hese are just some of the many reasons that love can turn to fear, but if we look at these more deeply, how can we think about them? And what can we do about them?