Are there phenomena within the cultic studies field that we might better understand if we considered brain research and theorizing? Two come to mind: (1) susceptibility to influence, (2) trauma.
I'm not foolish enough to say, either explicitly or implicitly, that mine is better than yours. I'm talking about fanaticism and criminality, not beliefs and opinions -- which are harder to judge and impossible to legislate.
Did you know that babies learn in the womb, and also that stress can affect their development?
Extremism has become a sensationalized catchall phrase, often used by politicians and mass media to polarize and to label groups of people as "the bad guys." But, what is extremism? And how do we get to the root of its destructiveness?
What makes a bright young woman join a cult and sacrifice her life to someone else's dreams? For starters, nobody joins a "cult." From the outside Master's Commission looked like the quickest path to change the world.
In the wake of the NFL's settlement of the first class action concussion lawsuit brought by former players over brain trauma, much has been declared and yet little has been clarified for those seeking to determine the concussion risks of playing sports.
These seven exercises will strengthen your mental flexibility, prepare you be more resilient to change and help you be more successful at work (because nimble thinking is often rewarded). And frankly, maybe you'll have some fun doing things differently for a change.
Next time someone tells you that any student or group of students is destined to fail in school, don't believe them. Their path is in their heads. If they have belief, hope and tenacity, there is no telling how far students can go.
Have you ever had the this experience? Your phone rings, a friend says "Let's meet for drinks." You say: "I'll be there in 15 minutes." Then, when you show up, your friend is half drunk and slurring "WTF? You said 15 minutes... That was nearly an hour ago."
Last weekend I spent two days in the Napa Valley where $2.8 million dollars were raised by the fierce advocates for curing all brain disorders, Garen Staglin and Patrick Kennedy. They co-found One Mind for Research which aspires to end brain disease.
There wasn't much of that interview he remembered, but the one question that stuck out in his mind was what type of doctor he wanted to be when he grew up. "I want to be a pediatric neurosurgeon," he answered. Four days later, the first headache came.
While there is much we still do not know about our brains, we do know that the status quo is not an option. It is leaving us woefully unprepared to meet current and future demands.
When it comes to accuracy, if you put a horoscope on one end and a heart monitor on the other, the MBTI falls about halfway in between.
This research suggests that a physically active lifestyle helps preserve cognitive function. If you want to keep your marbles and your muscles, you better do more than Sudoku.
Students feel a lot of pressure to never mess up or fail, but those experiences are a part of life and can help people become much stronger. As students go through a process of learning about themselves, mistakes are bound to happen.
Say goodnight to the dream that education, journalism, scientific evidence, media literacy or reason can provide the tools and information that people need in order to make good decisions. It turns out that in the public realm, a lack of information isn't the real problem.
Because the human brain has become so large and sophisticated in terms of the social computations it supports, it takes a very long time for it to develop fully.
"Henry was dead," Corkin writes, "but he remained a precious research participant." How you feel about such a sentence will probably be a good indicator of how you will feel about poor Henry and his doctors in Permanent Present Tense.
From the moment sound waves enter your ear and become neural impulses, your brain executes this rapid-fire series of events that few of us are ever aware of, but without which we'd be unable to communicate.