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Prefrontal Cortex

If You Can't Focus, Blame This Brain Region

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.26.2015 | Science

Difficulty focusing, for many of us, is a daily reality of modern life. How many times do you open your email and get sidetracked from a more importan...

Why This Middle-Aged Mom Is Only Pretending To Be An Adult

Ethlie Ann Vare | Posted 01.10.2015 | Fifty
Ethlie Ann Vare

Here's the thing. I'm only in disguise as an adult. I'm not talking about 50 is the new 40, or 'How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?' I know how old I am. I'm 4. Okay, somewhere between 4 and... 11 and 3/4.

How Stress Is Making You Lose Your Mind

Jenny C. Evans | Posted 01.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Jenny C. Evans

Stress is affecting your brain much more than you think. Sure, you've experienced the distraction, forgetfulness, negativity or anxiety that comes from stressful situations, but did you know it's also shrinking your brain?

Weighing Honesty Against Self-Interest

Teagan Wall | Posted 11.16.2014 | Science
Teagan Wall

Studies have shown that, in general, individuals are willing to give up some economic benefits and personal gain in favor of honesty, even when there's no risk of punishment or repercussions for dishonesty. What's keeping us honest? How do our brains actually make that decision?

Why Robots Don't Love Music

Deepak Chopra | Posted 06.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Music points to a truth that science isn't set up to accept: that music is a function of the mind. The brain processes what the mind desires to hear. When a person likes or dislikes music, the mind makes that decision, not the pleasure-pain centers in the brain.

Going From Distrust to Trust

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 05.03.2014 | Business
Judith E. Glaser

Conversational intelligence changes the climate. By Judith E. Glaser Daily headlines suggest we are becoming mired in distrust, at high cost to ...

8 Tips for Parents of Children with ADHD

Christine M. Ristaino | Posted 03.29.2014 | Parents
Christine M. Ristaino

If your child has ADHD you might be thinking of ways to start off 2014 on the right foot. Advocating for your child this year might be all it takes to change a stressful environment into one in which you and your child both feel supported.

Trust Me

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Judith E. Glaser

The decision to trust or distrust someone occurs instantly. That moment -- whether it is a handshake, a telephone call, or an email -- locks in a relationship trajectory that may last for weeks, months, or a lifetime.

Innovate or Evaporate

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Judith E. Glaser

Making space for idea generation while you are cutting back or redesigning how work gets done is the most powerful ingredient for innovation to flourish.

Getting to the Next Level of Greatness

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 07.31.2013 | Business
Judith E. Glaser

My clients are leaders in corporations ranging in size from $150 million to $50 billion. I share this because regardless of how small or large the company, leaders have the same shared-challenge: how to get to their next level of greatness.

Effectively Manage Conflict When You Know You're Right

Judith E. Glaser | Posted 07.30.2013 | Business
Judith E. Glaser

I'm sure this has happened to you: You're in a tense team meeting trying to defend your position on a big project and start to feel yourself losing ground. Your voice gets louder. In terms of its neurochemistry, your brain feels as though it has been hijacked.

Primate Brain Study Sheds Light On Human Smarts

Posted 03.29.2013 | Science

By: Tia Ghose, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 03/28/2013 09:53 AM EDT on LiveScience Brain organization, not overall size, may be the key ev...

What Women Are Better at Than Men, According to Brain Science

Daniel G. Amen, M.D | Posted 05.04.2013 | Women
Daniel G. Amen, M.D

Females are neurologically well-equipped to lead, manage and help us resolve the major problems of the world. By understanding and honoring the female brain, we can empower girls and women to use their brains to change the world.

Old Tools for New Tasks: How Your Brain Decides When Change Is Good

Ben Thomas | Posted 03.05.2013 | Science
Ben Thomas

When you learn something new -- a sequence of letters, for example -- an ancient structure known as the midbrain sends squirts of the chemical dopamine to your prefrontal cortex, effectively tagging the new information as "for your immediate attention."

How Will You Teach Your Child Morality Without Religion?

Todd Kashdan | Posted 01.20.2013 | Parents
Todd Kashdan

When kids understand pain, they understand how to cope with stress and how to play well with others -- something you can teach with and without religion.

Speed Daters' Brains Reveal Reason For Instant Attraction

Posted 11.07.2012 | Science

By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 11/06/2012 05:12 PM EST on LiveScience How do you know when you're attracted to a new...

How Stress Shatters Your Memory

Ben Thomas | Posted 01.05.2013 | Science
Ben Thomas

Scientists have spent the past few decades looking for the neural nuts and bolts of working memory, and they've found some intriguing clues in the prefrontal cortex.

The Only Way to Get Important Things Done

Tony Schwartz | Posted 07.26.2011 | Business
Tony Schwartz

We each have one reservoir of will and discipline, and it gets progressively depleted by any act of conscious self-regulation. So if you spend energy trying to resist a fragrant chocolate chip cookie, you'll have less energy left over to solve a difficult problem.

Six Keys to Changing Almost Anything

Tony Schwartz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tony Schwartz

Most of us wildly overvalue our will and discipline: Fully 95 percent of our behaviors are habitual, or occur in response to a strong external stimulus. Only 5 percent of our choices are consciously self-selected.

Brain Region Linked To Introspection

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON — Just how confident are you that you made the right decision? New research has uncovered a part of the brain that's larger in people...

Change Your Brain, Change Your Body

Daniel G. Amen, M.D | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Daniel G. Amen, M.D

There's a reason why most diets don't work: they take the one-size-fits-all approach. According to my research, that approach makes absolutely no sense at all.