Having recently completed Chicago's chapter of the annual World Naked Bike Ride, I heartily concur with the "cycling helps your brain" theory.
When we think of teens and 20-somethings, we think of people in constant motion. They're growing, changing, moving toward the next big discovery abo...
Summer is idyllic for many of us -- a slower tempo, warmer weather and vacations encourage us to throw away the structured schedules and the Nascar fr...
"I fairly sizzle with zeal and enthusiasm and spring forth with a mighty faith to do the things that ought to be done by me." -- Charles Fillmore, Uni...
Are dreams a doorway into another realm? Our subconscious mind trying to send us messages? Or an artifact of nighttime brain activity? Recent developments in neuroscience shed light onto why we dream and where the content of dreams comes from.
As educators, we understand the benefits of letting young people learn from their mistakes. By incarcerating them as adults, we set them on a path that makes further education almost impossible, condemns them to a dismal future and costs society significantly more than evidence-based diversion practices.
Up until recently our world has been a left brain dominant one, yet I see that things are rapidly changing. More and more thought leaders talk about how right brain creatives will rule the world.
No longer can we falsely assume that brain injury survivors can recover only for a certain period or that they are destined to regain only a limited number of skills. The potential for improvement is far greater than previously believed possible.
If we embrace the concept of addiction as a chronic disease in which drugs have disrupted the most fundamental brain circuits that enable us to do something that we take for granted -- make a decision and follow it through -- we will be able to decrease the stigma, not just in families and workplaces but also in the healthcare system, among providers and insurers.
We know how easily affected we are by our environment -- our skin tans with sunlight, our taste buds activate when we see food, and so on. Our sense of self, too, is highly susceptible to environmental cues (both external and internal environments). In essence, what we experience as our self and, by extension, self-esteem, is a powerful depiction generated by our brain.
To predict the future, it helps to examine one key leading indicator of tech investment: patent activity.
There is a widespread public perception that dementia can lead to a loss of a sense of self, but this notion has not been rigorously investigated. One way to study this is to look at actual cases of brain degeneration, and see if the damage is linked to identity changes perceived by others. Do people with specific kinds of brain damage become no longer themselves?
Synesthesia in its true sense is not a mental health condition, artificially-induced condition, nor anything more than an inheritable trait, much like hair color and height.
Focus is your ticket to excellence. Yet, we pelt our brains with unfathomable little stressors all day long. Few of us take time to erase the toxicity and replenish ourselves throughout the day.
Even with pretty amazing technology at our disposal, dreams -- their function, their purpose -- remain relatively little understood. The study of dreams through brain accidents, abnormalities, and disease will likely continue to be a source of new details that enrich our knowledge of this most mysterious aspect of life.
With these new advances in science, we have a choice to shape the new paradigm in health and medicine.
Guessing trends or even thinking about the market at this point can be a dangerous move. For practical reasons, if zombie novels start to trend and you jump on the bandwagon, by the time, you finish your book and pitch it to agents, the market will be saturated with them.
Here are six things you can do, right now to empower yourself and move closer to the life you deserve:
Hypnosis is a real phenomenon, and even animals can be hypnotized. But what hypnotism is, exactly, remains unclear. In a remarkable experiment reported in the New York Times , subjects were given the post-hypnotic suggestion that they would see words that would appear incomprehensible as if in a foreign language.
Despite their concerns, however, it seems these all around pundits are placing too much faith in robots and too little faith the humans they're meant to replace.