Mindfulness, something once practiced only in more closeted meditation circles, has recently become a greater mainstream interest. Perhaps for this reason, research on mindfulness meditation has increased considerably over the last decade.
Our optimal psychology is one where we're fully engaged in life -- effortless, joyful, and as a result extremely productive. And as our neuroscience advances, we can build tools to help all of us move into this optimal state more and more.
The flat out rejection of DSM-5 by National Institute of Mental Health is a sad moment for mental health and an unsafe one for our patients. The APA and NIMH are both letting us down, failing to be safe custodians for the mental health needs of our country.
With news of Keystone and tar sands and coal-crazy China, it's easy to think that renewable energy is going nowhere, but we'd be so wrong. Between 2008 and 2012, the U.S. nearly doubled its renewables capacity.
Having all this unexpected time waiting at the airport, ironically while preparing for a talk on innovation, I decided to think about potential strategies to transform the too-often below-par experience of domestic travel in the US.
You may have seen the recent flurry of stories about a supposed alternative to cigarette addiction called the electronic cigarette. E-butts are a mov...
Nobody invites me to cocktail parties anymore. The reason they don't is because all I do is gather people around me and then start shouting about Richard Nixon's veto of the 1971 Child Development Act that had some national standards for child care.
Much of my treatment is aimed at helping patients learn how to override their brain's survival reactions and seize control of their emotions. I explain to people what they can do to control how their brain reacts. So does a person get a grip over powerful emotions?
Do you have that negative voice in your head, the one that just won't go away and keeps telling you what a mess you are? If so, it doesn't mean you're crazy. In fact, it actually means you're programmed well to stay alive.
If history is any guide, Malaysians have every reason to doubt that the Bumiputra system will be dismantled under BN rule. But the BN is swimming against the long-term tide. Our hope is that it does not view this win as a fresh mandate for more of the same, but rather, as a wake-up call.
Any company is at risk when its founder dies. But Steve Jobs' death has taken much more than a founder. With Jobs gone, Apple has lost its mind.
How do we know the difference between head-in-the-sand hope and eyes-wide-open hope? One is a killer; the other, a life-giver.
The FCC's overdue request for advice on how to update its standards provides a welcome chance to get rid of outmoded assumptions of current standards and provides a rallying point for those concerned with protecting brains and bodies from avoidable exposures to microwave radiation.
Research in mindfulness has exploded exponentially over the last decade, suggesting improvements in both physical and mental health.
Why are we so good at forming categories? The short answer is, complex categories help us make long-term, large scale predictions about the world.
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.
We know that the emotional center of the brain is a primary decision maker for us throughout the moments of the day. Emotional experiences (especially difficult ones); influence our snap judgments that form our perceptions and actions.
With wearable technology, data will become the new astrology. We will use it to divine our personal futures and deconstruct our present. It will alter the "human ideal" and change the meaning of what we think of as "success."
Many questions still remain and more research needs to be done, but it's misleading at best and intellectually lazy at worst to suggest there is no good scientific evidence about the nature of dream content. What, then, does science actually know about dreams?