Essential Reads

Why We Think We Are Invincible

By Jen Kim on June 26, 2017 in Valley Girl With a Brain
Why do people knowingly put themselves in dangerous situations? Science has an answer.

Can Our Anger Be Explained by Global Brain Vulnerabilities?

Is it possible that our angry world reflects changing anger thresholds in our brains?

How Good is Your Psychiatrist? Finding Roses Among Thorns

By Georgia Ede MD on June 24, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
Unhappy with your current psychiatrist? Can't find a psychiatrist? You're not alone—here are some insights and tips that can help.

Why Parents Make Us What We Are

Imprinted genes are critically implicated in nurture via their role in the brain and REM sleep.

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What Is a Psychopath?

By William Hirstein Ph.D. on June 08, 2017 in Mindmelding
The neuroscience of psychopathy has made great strides in the past fifteen years in understanding how their brains differ from those of normal people.

Is Your Company’s Diversity Training Making You More Biased?

By David Rock on June 07, 2017 in Your Brain at Work
Corporate inclusion programs often create an "us versus them" mindset. But establishing shared goals can help get teams on track.

Why is Spirituality an Essential Part of a Recovery Program?

Why is spirituality an integral part of recovery from addiction?

People Watch Porn That Turns Them On

By David J Ley Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in Women Who Stray
No, the explosion of Internet porn is not changing people's sexual arousals. Instead, it's revealing what their sexual arousal actually is.

Understanding Bias, Prejudice, and Violence

If we want to understand bias and prejudice, it might help to understand infant development—feelings and how they work—and evolution.

What If Your Mind Lost Its Words?

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on June 05, 2017 in Creating in Flow
Imagine if you stopped talking to yourself in your head. Living with impaired language abilities changes the way we think about who we are. A first-person account illuminates.

Paying It Forward: Generativity and Your Vagus Nerve

Scientific research suggests that if each of us made an effort to improve our "vagal tone" that we could create an upward spiral that would make the world a better place.

Accompaniment: An Ethic Beyond Accidental Fences

By G.A. Bradshaw PhD, PhD on June 03, 2017 in Bear in Mind
Liberation psychologists and Wild Turkeys show us how to transform from an anthropocentric "them" to a trans-species "us" worldview.

Are You Getting Growth Mindset Wrong?

Does your organization have a growth mindset? But with all the buzz surrounding this practice, are we actually creating false growth mindsets?

Don't Let Emotion Choose You

Advisors should work diligently to help their clients keep their emotions from getting the better of them.

The Road to Recovery Is Paved With...Music?

During the 2017 Memorial Day concert, singer Renee Fleming shared four ways music therapy can help injured soldiers. Here's an explanation.

What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?

By Mark Borigini M.D. on May 31, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
At the American Pain Society Annual Meeting, transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS) once again was discussed as a non-drug option for the treatment of chronic pain.

The Psychophysiology of Flow and Your Vagus Nerve

New research offers fresh clues about the psychology and physiological components that come together to create what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi famously describes as a state "flow."

The Geometry of Your Brain Shapes Your Future

Looking at your brain scan is like looking into a crystal ball

Surfing Brainwaves with EEG

Would you watch a movie filmed at one frame per second? Many brain scans are like slow movies. To add the dimension of time, we need EEG.

What’s the Best Age to Be?

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on May 31, 2017 in Trouble in Mind
Anecdotal evidence suggests that enjoyment of life is a common ingredient in those who still excel either physically or cognitively into their very old age.

3 Exercises That Build Mental Strength in Just 5 Minutes

These mental strength building exercises are like push ups for your brain. Do them consistently and build your mental muscle in less than five minutes a day.
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Does the brain matter in business?

Feeling overloaded and stressed out at work? Neuroscience can offer some help.

Are We Over Simplifying Our Wellbeing?

Do you struggle sometimes to maintain your wellbeing? Does it feel like circumstances around you just seem to keep pulling you down?

3 Ways Millennials Can Manage Their Ambition-Related Stress

By Caroline Beaton on May 28, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Though responsible for great success and progress, ambition can also cause feelings of worthlessness, mania and anxiety. Neuroscience now explains why.
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Can You Hear What You See? More So Than You Imagine

Perception may be due for a redefinition. Our eyes see, but vision can apparently also hear. Tactile receptors can also taste. We may all have a bit of synesthesia in us.

Beyond the Veil: Synchronicity and Near Death Experiences

How the perspective gained from NDEs helps to explain some coincidences.

This Is What Happens to Your Brain When You Fail

By Caroline Beaton on May 25, 2017 in The Gen-Y Guide
Not only is this kind of failure spiral common; it's biological.
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What Makes the Human Brain “Human?” Part 2

How do “small world” connections contribute to brain complexity and a healthy mind?

Animal Anger

Anger is the impulse to go toward a threat instead of running from it. A surge of testosterone overrides the cortisol. Here's how to relieve those threatened feelings.

A Summer Project: Improve Your Handwriting

Learning any new skill changes your brain. Want a new project for the summer? Improve your handwriting. It will help your math and make you a more effective learner.

Twenty Billion Fails to "Move the Needle" on Mental Illness

Former NIMH Head with remarkable admission: $20 billion in taxpayer dollars fails to move the needle on mental illness.

What Does Prayer Do? What Does Love Do?

The two aspects of human consciousness that must be experienced and their psychological significance personally understood if one is to become psychically whole.

The Price of Being a Loner

By Barb Cohen on May 21, 2017 in Mom, Am I Disabled?
Without a social brain, imperfection is never “normalized;” the soothing mantra “Everybody feels this way sometimes” cannot be internalized.

Anxious? There Are Two Ways To Go

Some believe the way to deal with anxiety is to replace uncertainty with certainty that what is feared can't happen. That is not the way the brain is supposed to work.