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Prefrontal Cortex

The Neuroscience Of Negative Campaigns

Catherine Franssen | Posted 09.30.2016 | Healthy Living
Catherine Franssen

Like many of you, I'm just about fed up with all the politics on social media this fall. In my downtime, I often head to Facebook, usually scrolling ...

Keep 'Em Talking

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 09.26.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

This dialogue is encouraged as the brain observes internal sensations. Such a relationship arouses instinct, an unbridled imagination and an undomesticated intuition. All of which contribute to a unique individual living an inspired life.

'The Thinking Center'

Emma Sprooten | Posted 06.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Emma Sprooten

Recently, scientists have discovered what may be "the penalty kicking center" of the human body. Researchers at the University of North Uist observed ...

Anxiety Could Be The Reason You Made A Bad Decision

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.22.2016 | Science

Anxiety doesn't just affect the way we feel -- it can also have a significant impact on our daily behaviors, including our ability to make sound decis...

Does Fear Lead to Fascism? A Culture of Fear and the Epigenetics of Terror

John W. Whitehead | Posted 12.10.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

America is in the midst of an epidemic of historic proportions. The contagion being spread like wildfire is turning communities into battlegrounds and setting Americans one against the other.

Who Are You? Identity and Dementia

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.10.2016 | Science
Wray Herbert

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?

Distracted When You Meditate? Here's Why You Should Do a Happy Dance

Melissa Dinwiddie | Posted 06.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Melissa Dinwiddie

Lately, in my morning meditation sessions, I've been doing a mental happy dance every time I notice myself absorbed in and distracted by thought. Huh? Isn't the goal to focus on my breath and not let my mind run and wander?

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 o...

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 evo...

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.