New Year’s Resolutions that Work with Your Brain

  Resolutions like going to the gym more often or losing 20 pounds are based on trying to control the feeling that “there’s something wrong with me being just as I am.” This feeling, called Learned Distress, is what your brain uses to automatically generate the negative moments of your life…Sometimes the control mechanism out and […]

Hope: The Key to Using the Brain Well for Poverty Reduction & Universal Welfare

The things that keep people caught in a cycle of poverty are not solely monetary. And getting out of that cycle is not necessarily about money either. Dr. Joseph LeDoux says that part of the reason that folks are locked into cycles of generational poverty is because of the way our brain reacts to emotions […]

The Trouble with Triggers

Suddenly, almost without warning, I can be somewhere else–at a different time, a different place. It’s like I’m whisked away, held hostage and traveling, strapped into the seat of an involuntary time machine. Except it’s not in a silver DeLorean. And I’m not aiming to save my very existence by ensuring my teenage parents fall […]

Changing Ourselves to Change the World

Our brains adapt to routine, making the same old thing seem comfortable and reassuring while they resist change which feels, of course, uncomfortable, weird–just not the way it should be. Check out this article on how we can teach ourselves to embrace change instead of turn away from it. We are not doomed to repeat […]

The Positive Effects of Fatty Foods

For a long time now I’ve had a digestive disorder, which means the only way for me to eat well is to have a very restrictive diet. And yes, it can be a drag, because sugar is out, bread is out, spicy food–out. But I can have some old favorites, butter, olive oil, coconut oil, […]

Sensory Overload | The Importance of Downtime in a Sensory Stimulating Society

Today an overstimulating environment is par for the course: Internet. Television. Traffic. iPhones. iPads. Topped off only by our endless to do lists. But overstimulation wrecks havoc on the body-mind causing us to always be on the alert, anxious, and tight so that even when there’s nothing for us to do, we still have anxiety […]

Prejudice in the Brain | Can You Break Your Biased Habits

Most of us suspect or realize that our brains have more to do with our behaviors than we know. And even if we’re clueless about that, science is always offering us new evidence to prove that many of the decisions we make, the addictions we have, the people we prefer (or not) are all related […]

december 2011

Your Brain on Computers Follow five neuroscientists on a remote river trip to learn how the brain responds to an absence of technology. Representing various backgrounds, the researchers all, unsuprisingly, come to different conclusions. How (and Why) to Stop Multi-tasking Read about how multitasking can lead to decreased productivity, lowering of IQ, and more. Learn […]

Creation on Command

Original article on SEED, written by Jonathan Lehrer, Posted May 6, 2009. Riffing, improv, winging it…scientists and Johns Hopkins University and Harvard took a deeper look at how creative minds–musicians, artists, etc.–figured out things which became their creative signatures, from the Hammond organ on “Like a Rolling Stone” to Jackson Pollock’s paint splashes. Al Kooper […]