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Is Turmeric the Door to Enlightenment?

  • June 15, 2012
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Neuroscience and fMRI's now tell us that insight and higher-order thought processes such as empathy, unity consciousness, and a sense of one-ness all occur in the prefrontal cortex of the brain.  We also know that stress and fear strengthen the…

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Your Cranky Mood Could Be Because Your Brain is Bored

  • June 13, 2012
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Hebb's Law states that neurons that fire together wire together.  This is the basis of neuroplasticity--our ability to rewire our brains, behaviors, moods and thoughts.  This happens when our brains are signaled to pay attention, like when we're learning something…

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Can You See What I’m Saying?

  • June 12, 2012
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Our ability to accurately read facial expression comes mostly from our prefrontal cortex. When we are stressed we shut down our prefrontal and actually impair our ability to accurately label others' expressions and motivations. So being in "threat" mode predisposes…

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Use Your Illusions for Good!

  • June 11, 2012
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If you give the prefrontal cortex the "perception" that it has control over your stress response, it will signal all the way back to the amygdala and brain stem and override the primitive brain stress response. Creating visuals and acting…

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Liberals vs. Conservatives: Dueling Brains

The more we exercise an area of our brain, the more neural pathways we grow which increases the thickness of the gray matter.  It's almost like building muscles;  the more you use a muscle the more it becomes the one…

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A Joke to Improve Cognitive Abilities

Can a joke improve your cognitive abilities?  According to a New York Times article, maintaining a positive mood makes it easier to find solutions to problems, including solving puzzles, noticing details, and seeing the big picture.  It is believed that…

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