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How To Stop The Racist In You

Greater Good Science Center | Posted 08.05.2016 | Science
Greater Good Science Center

There are many fronts in the campaign against bias, both implicit and explicit, but they all have one thing in common: us. We are all potentially part of the problem--and we can all become a part of the solution.

'The Thinking Center'

Emma Sprooten | Posted 06.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Emma Sprooten

Recently, scientists have discovered what may be "the penalty kicking center" of the human body. Researchers at the University of North Uist observed ...

Women's Secrets: Clues to a Female Brain?

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 02.11.2016 | Science
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

Women share in ways that I totally get but my husband never would. To me, this reveals a scientific truth: Men's brains and women's brains are wired differently.

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 15. How Science Explains The Love You Feel For Your Baby.

Dimitri Ehrlich | Posted 09.25.2016 | Parents
Dimitri Ehrlich

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 15. He blinded me with science. A new dad is lying on the couch, a place where he used to go to drink beer, cuddle with h...

The Amygdala Is Not the Brain's Fear Center

Joseph LeDoux | Posted 08.12.2016 | Science
Joseph LeDoux

The idea that the amygdala is the home of fear in the brain is just that--an idea. It is not a scientific finding but instead a conclusion based on an interpretation of a finding. So what is the finding, what is the interpretation, and how did the interpretation come about?

Distracted When You Meditate? Here's Why You Should Do a Happy Dance

Melissa Dinwiddie | Posted 06.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Melissa Dinwiddie

Lately, in my morning meditation sessions, I've been doing a mental happy dance every time I notice myself absorbed in and distracted by thought. Huh? Isn't the goal to focus on my breath and not let my mind run and wander?

8 Ways To De-Stress Without Leaving Your Chair

Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW | Posted 05.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW

There is a time and place for action and reaction, but there's also a place for the pleasure of stillness. You may not be able to get to the yoga mat, your barbells, or your sneakers. But you can take a moment to lean back and relax into the peacefulness of just sitting there.

5 Steps to Reset Your Mood for More Power

Rajesh Setty | Posted 04.24.2015 | Business
Rajesh Setty

There is a part of the brain called Amygdala that has only one job -- to react. Centuries ago, the job of the amygdala was to come up with a "flight or fight" response to threats. We have evolved now you generally don't need to exercise your "fight or flight" response often.

How Stress Is Making You Lose Your Mind

Jenny C. Evans | Posted 01.03.2015 | 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 need...

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."