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Beauty…where does it live?

  • September 4, 2012
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In studies done at the University College London, it was shown that when people experienced looking at things they rated beautiful, or listened to beautiful music a consistent part of the brain, the orbito medial prefrontal cortex, became very active.…

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Ladies, This is your Brain on PMS!

  • August 31, 2012
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As we know our brains and emotions are intimately linked in a dance facilitated by hormones, neurotransmitters, and a myriad other stimuli.  So it stands to reason that if women experience a radical hormonal flux each month, that their brains…

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Conscious Delusions

  • August 30, 2012
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Do you think you're in control of your life?  Well, you are, but not in the way you might have suspected.  Dr. Bruce Lipton notes in The Biology of Belief that "the greatest problem we face is that we think…

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Navigating the Inner Realms

  • August 29, 2012
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We spend lots of time learning how to navigate people, things, situations, environments and any other external influence we can think of.  But it is the inner navigation, called interoception, that can be pivotal in our ability to heal and…

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Meditate your Loneliness Away

  • August 28, 2012
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Loneliness and social isolation can be a major contributor to some common neuro-degenerative diseases like alzheimers. A new study led by Carnegie Mellon University's J. David Creswell offers the first evidence that mindfulness meditation reduces loneliness in older adults. If meditation…

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Couch Potato Syndrome

  • August 27, 2012
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When we're doing "nothing" fMRIs show the brain is active in the Medial Prefrontal Cortex (MPFC), Dorsal Medial PFC, and Lateral Temporal lobe -- these are the areas correlated to thinking about oneself, and analyzing others' intentions and actions. Our…

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Brushing Your Teeth to Keep Your Brain Healthy?

  • August 23, 2012
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Neuroplasticity is our ability to rewire new brain connections, learn new things, and create new neurons.  All of this magic keeps us cognitively young, sharp and engaged in life.  A key part of this process is long term potentiation (LTP).…

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The Depression-Disease Domino Effect

  • August 22, 2012
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Your thoughts and perception create the environment of the brain and vice versa.  It's the chicken and egg conundrum--is the thought the signal for the strss response, or is the brain chemistry the signal for the thought?  No matter which…

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Minimize Stress, Extend Your Life

  • August 21, 2012
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Sometimes we search for cures for symptoms and ignore the cause.  Stress, even low but chronic levels, is the most important variable factor in determining life-span according to "Wired" (neuroscience magazine).  It's no joke that meditation is at the top…

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