Need a brain workout?

Insight into how you can strengthen your Anterior Cingulate Cortex (ACC) - "the part of the brain where physical sensation data, emotion data, and thought data all intersect to give you a wide picture of the world around you." Why is this important? The ACC region of the brain plays an important role in "the … Continue reading Need a brain workout?

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Book Review: How We Learn

I recently finished the audio book How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why it Happens by Benedict Carey. The biggest take away for me: According to the evolutionary clock, we were fighting for survival and foraging for food just a few minutes ago. Our brains are still intended to perform those basic … Continue reading Book Review: How We Learn

Documentary review: The Brain that Changes Itself

I watched this documentary on Amazon Prime. Norman Doidge, M.D., author of the book The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science highlights a collection of "neuroplasticians" and case studies of their work. These scientists are developing therapies that help the healthy parts of the brain rewire and regain capabilities … Continue reading Documentary review: The Brain that Changes Itself

Does mindfulness inhibit creative thought?

Scott Barry Kaufman's blog post in Scientific American breaks down a framework for understanding the wandering mind. He uses a scientific, technical approach to explain how mindfulness gives us the ability to regulate our emotions and thoughts, and the freedom to pay attention to the "spontaneous thought" patterns that are fueling our creative or goal … Continue reading Does mindfulness inhibit creative thought?