When trying to accomplish something great, if you check in too often with your progress, then you can be getting in your own way. I had to learn this the hard way, but, fortunately, there is a way out.
Watching Pixar's Inside-Out, I was moved through a full range of emotions, but also, as a neuroscientist, I was impressed with the nuanced depiction of complex brain functions that the movie depicted. Understanding these can help you better understand yourself:
Once when I got sick after eating ice cream, I learned something about how the brain deals with trauma. We often tell ourselves that our anxieties are all mental, and other people will often tell us the same, but it's not always true. There is usually something deeper at play.
While many people have high hopes for their New Year's Resolutions, the way that they interact with themselves sabotages their chance for success. It has to do with the way the brain controls habits, and the effect of self-critcism on the habit circuit. Fortunately, there's something you can do about it.
Yoga offers a multitude of neural benefits, but it's usefulness is limited when it's confined to the mat. To get the most out of yoga there's something you need to understand about how the brain deals with stress and habits.
Examining and controlling your emotions is mediated by the medial prefrontal cortex and is an essential part of becoming a successful adult, and it's probably the most important thing I learned in elementary school.
Guys love to talk about women acting emotionally irrational because of their hormones, but men have hormones too. And while men’s hormones don’t vary in a monthly cyclical way, their hormonal irrationality can be just as predictable.
Recent research demonstrates that the brain circuit for eating overlaps with the brain circuit for interpersonal relationships. This provides some new ways to trick the brain to help curb cravings and lose weight.
Your relationship with your parents growing up can often negatively impact your happiness in your romantic relationships. Understanding the neuroscience behind this can help you take control of the situation.
Scientists are currently developing a non-invasive alternative to brain surgery for several types of brain disorders. This new technology utilizes ultrasonic waves that can pass through the skin and skull without having to make a single incision.
Your brain automatically and unconsciously tries to read people's minds, but often it's wrong, which leads to miscommunications. This post discusses what exactly is going on in your brain and what to do about it.
Snack technology has improved dramatically in the last 30 years, elevating the casualties of modern snack warfare. The food companies know all about neurotransmitters like dopamine, and they’ve optimized their snacks to overwhelm your brain’s defenses. Unless you know the secrets to snacking, your brain is no match for the Snack-Industrial Complex.
There are many straightforward ways that the brain contributes to a great athletic performance, like the motor cortex and cerebellum, which control athletic movements. But there are also less obvious emotional circuits that involve the prefrontal cortex, limbic system and anterior cingulate cortex, and they might just help crown the next National Champion.