I have gathered my top seven neuroscience tips for vitality that have proven to be useful for virtually all of my patients, and I am eager to share them with you. In my previous articles, you learned about neuroplasticity, mirror neurons, and BDNF. Today, in my fourth vitality tip, you’ll learn about oxytocin—the root of intimacy, trust, and serenity. Read More
We are hardwired for empathy via our mirror neurons Our brains have “mirror neurons” that fire when we watch others engage in activities and express emotions. Learn how to use mirror neurons to your advantage. Read More
As a practicing psychiatrist, I have gathered my top seven neuroscience tips for vitality that have proven to be useful for virtually all of my patients, and I am eager to share them with you. Today, I'll talk about one of the best findings in neuroscience: Our brains are neuroplastic! Read More
It seems every year (especially recently), we learn more and more about the effect of fathers. With mothers, the connections are tangible, overt, highly visible, and--in many cases--quite obvious. Fathers, on the other hand, have effects that--while enormous--may seem far less tangible and not nearly as powerful...unless you know where to look. Read More
There’s something special about moms. Dads, aunts, siblings, grandparents, step-parents, and others can be vitally important, of course, but today I’m just going to talk about mothers...and neuroscience has a lot to say on this subject!
Social networking sites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are turning people into brands. So how do we harness personal branding for happier brains? Personal branding is all about the art of selling yourself. Understanding how the brain works will make you more effective in “seducing” business opportunities. Read More
Teens are wired to seek novelty and take risks because this is precisely what is required of them at this stage of development. The other huge driver at this age is to find a mate. Put all of these together, and BOOM. Read More
In her September 19th column, "Blue Is the New Black," Washington Post columnist Maureen Dowd related the fact that, according to the General Social Survey, which tracks the general mood of Americans, and five other major studies around the world, women are getting gloomier while men are becoming cheerier. Read More
In our society, the concept of beauty tends to be shallow and based on the physical. But most of us aren't blessed with the face and body of a supermodel, so what do we do? We realize that true beauty starts from within. The women you know who are genuinely magnetic, who draw every eye when they enter a room--they aren't just about good looks. Read More
Eva Ritvo, M.D. is vice chair of psychiatry at the University of Miami and co-author of The Beauty Prescription: The Complete Formula for Looking and Feeling Beautiful.