Patrick Donohue's life changed when his daughter Sarah Jane was born on June 5, 2005. Five days later his life changed again when he noticed Sarah Jane was lethargic. Tests revealed she had lost 60 percent of the rear cortex of her brain -- the result of being violently shaken by her baby nurse.
So it appears there is a fine line between allowing the mind to wander and discover, and having the flurry of information warp our sense of time to the extent of altering our general attention span.
Why are victims so often not believed? A large amount of this disbelief may be linked to the behavioral patterns of victims themselves. To understand these patterns, it is helpful to look at how the brain and body respond to stress and trauma, such as that experienced during sexual violence.
When I was 13, I was kicked in the solar plexus during karate class. The sensei came over to me and explained to me that I had "gotten the wind knocked out of me." And he was right. Quite literally, in fact. I couldn't breathe. Hearing that your son has a brain tumor knocks the wind out of you in a completely different way.
I'm a massive fan of Reinventing Organizations. I can't get my head around how when I work with a room full of professionals and ask, "Please raise yo...
These are the facts: stuttering is not caused by psychological trauma, unsupportive parenting or mental neurosis. Rather, stuttering is a genetically influenced, neurological condition.
This illusion is pretty fascinating. It might actually point the way to a new discovery. The color constancy effect has been known for a long time, and there are many illusions around that show (to the same viewer) how a colored surface can appear to be one hue or another depending on the circumstances.
For thousands of years, people have searched in vain for the Fountain of Youth to stay young. However, science is pointing the way to a Fountain of Youth, which paradoxically is to embrace the continued potential of our aging mind.
The brain is the last organ in the body to mature, and recent neuroscience has uncovered remarkable facts about brain development.
It doesn't take a family member or friend to be a brain tumor survivor, or to know someone who has lost their life to this ugly disease, to help fight the fight or 'talk the walk and walk the talk.' But it definitely can make you pay attention and participate.
While we continue to experiment with food, cooking and diets, our bodies remain hard-wired to environmental changes that once predicted our survival or elimination. Poor dietary and exercise lifestyle affects us to our core.
A study published in Nature Neuroscience found that children from the most disadvantaged families had brains with a smaller surface area than those from families with higher incomes. The reflexive rhetoric of political scientist Charles Murray and others claim it supports their view that there's not much you can do to educate poor kids. But that's not what the science says.
Someone asked me recently why I left my job in Psychiatry to run the global online meditation campaign I founded four years ago Mindful in May that st...
We don't need to carve out time or cash for fancy classes; we don't need to drill a 2-year-old on the ABC's to make him smart. We simply need to be present with our kids as we eat a meal, give them a bath or brush their hair.
Some people live wonder-free lives. For those who work with sea turtles, awe can be a daily experience. When we share our work, we make the world better. More sea turtle lovers equal more ocean advocates -- a virtuous, positive feedback loop.
Research just published in Nature Neuroscience shows that children from low-income families have smaller brains and lower cognitive abilities. Of everything unfair about being poor in rich America, this is possibly the most unfair, unkindest cut of all.
Years ago -- freshman year of college, to be exact -- I had shoulder surgery. The recovery process was long, tedious and, at times, painful. After nea...
Evidently, exercising keeps our brain in shape just as much as it does our bodies. The great news is that it doesn't take much to reap the benefits -- moderate exercise, brisk walks, even just 30 minutes a day -- can power up our brain to renew itself and keep us sharp as a tack.
Sometimes we have to get rid of those things that aren't working any more in order to move forward with ones that are. Your clutter can actually be holding you back from your success.