We ought to worry what the constant cognitive Mardi Gras of our über-connected/multitasking existence is doing to our social and intellectual health, to our decision making, and even literally to our safety.
If we can learn to intentionally pay attention to our moments of vulnerability, without judgment, and meet it with a curious and caring awareness. We condition the natural ability to trust and rely on ourselves. But like anything, it takes intention, attention and practice.
I feel confident that given the chance, Sam will make it through many of life's songs, no matter how many do-overs and false starts he has to endure along the way. I wish that same confidence for my other three children. I wish it for all of us.
With all the buzz about brain games -- such as crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and even brain training websites -- it begs the question: Can brain games be beneficial to brain health? As a cognitive neuroscientist, this is a question I get asked a lot. And the answer is yes and no.
For almost the entirety of our existence as a species, Homo sapiens have evolved and lived in small groups of less than a couple of hundred people. Facebook just acted accordingly.
It's convenient for those of us who can remember a time when there were no distracting digital devices clamoring for our attention to place the blame for shortened attention spans squarely on the shoulders of technology. But that doesn't really get us anywhere, does it?
Compassion. Music. Laughter. I felt these experiences while sitting a few feet away and listening to Arianna's story during a recent conference in NY...
Since we are profoundly social creatures, it may not be such a surprise that our social experiences literally shape the wiring of our social brains.
I have just returned from an interesting experience in Washington. D.C.: a panel discussion with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The event was sponsored...
We used to hear that women aren't physical or competitive or aggressive enough to dedicate themselves to sport. But c'mon, did you see those triumphant Canadians and devastated Americans after their sudden-death overtime?
Scientists are finding that there may be a deeper connection between programming languages and other languages then previously thought. Brain-imaging techniques, such as fMRI allow scientists to compare and contrast different cognitive tasks by analyzing differences in brain locations that are activated by the tasks.
Although the studies are only now taking place on mice, they bring many ethical questions of memory to the forefront, and also question patient accessibility to this type of treatment in the future, since it involves the use of a future prescription drug to remove the unwanted memories.
Back in October, I was approached by a journalist who was writing a piece for Science Careers on the changing roles of academic journal editors and wh...
As we communicate, we read the content and emotions being sent. Conversations are more than the information we share or words we speak. They are a way to package our feelings about ourselves, our world, and others.
Not caught up in the personal highs and lows of romance, people like Mother Theresa and the Dalai Lama have a track record of getting a lot of work done -- for the benefit of many, many people. Do the experiential differences between selfless and 'attached' love also show up in the brain?
We must collectively take urgent action -- as the road ahead for people living with serious mental illness and their families is still a long one, riddled with obstacles on all fronts: social, scientific and political.
It can sometimes be difficult to resist buying tasty cakes and snacks while doing your grocery shopping. But there is something that could be multip...
Why do you love somebody? Why do you feel romantic? Well that's a big question that Helen Fisher and I attack on The Anatomy of Love website.
Long-term maintainers may continue with some behaviors that helped them lose weight, but not all. Maintaining needs to feel easy and not as hard as losing. In order to achieve this, you need to focus on something called "habit forming."
So how do we help our youth take advantage of the benefits of sports while minimizing the risk of concussions? We can direct our energies toward concussion prevention, following safety protocols and continuing to make playing the game safer.