15

Jun

Listening to music is a daily pleasure for many people, but actually playing a musical instrument can help combat cognitive decline. A recent study involving 32 young adults who listened to and played a Tibetan singing bowl showed significant changes in brain activity. When the participants played the musical instrument, it activated a variety of…

18

Jan

The idea of being able to multitask (doing more than one task at a time) is belief that many people feel they can pull off. Whether it be a teenager texting at a family dinner, a husband talking to his wife while on the computer, or a wife Facebooking on her phone while talking with…

29

Dec

The early years for most people, involve taking more chances and risks. Risk taking is associated with the young needing to learn through experiences and consequences. Adults anticipate this behavior from the young to some extent and view it as a developmental task that is associated with that age. As we grew older, our experiences,…

21

Nov

A diagnosis of anxiety disorder would entail the following symptoms: racing thoughts, excessive worry, feeling fearful or anxious, difficulties concentrating, sleep disturbance, and if struggling with panic Disorder, heart palpitation, accelerated heart rate, and sense of panic (to name a few symptoms). To some degree, anxiety is good for us. It is our brain’s way…

09

Nov

The Chicago Cubs have just won the World Series. Most people, especially those from Chicago, understand the significance of this. The Cubs had not won a World Series in over 100 years. the had come come a couple of times, only to fall short. The Chicago Cubs were affectionately known as the “lovable losers.” When…

08

Aug

Research conducted in the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom has concluded that certain regions of the brain, such as the amygdala (where emotions are controlled), are structurally different in those diagnosed with conduct disorder. Conduct disorder is “a variety of antisocial behavior problems or disorders, typically which entail some level of aggression towards…

09

May

This election year has certainly brought on great debate and controversy. Candidates from both sides have had heated dialogue within their parties and outside as well.  Most healthy arguments involve a give and take. If we are debating a topic, logically we would like to assume both sides are open to change. A recent study…

06

Jan

Brain chemistry has made many advances in the last few years. The medical field has gained a much better understanding of how our brain works. “MIT and Harvard University neuroscientists have found a link between a behavioral symptom of autism and reduced activity of a neurotransmitter whose job is to dampen neuron excitation. The findings…

15

Apr

Recent findings in a study conducted by a group of scientists from  New York and China, discovered that mapping our brain patterns, we may be able to tell if someone is in love.  The sample size, although somewhat small (100 people) “revealed that people who were deeply in love and those who had recently broken up…

05

Apr

For some of us, feeling and showing compassion comes easy. For others, it may not. In a recent study out of University of California, a research finding shows that by manipulating a brain chemical, “people can become more compassionate and act in prosocial ways to equalize differences.” In a small sample size (35) they discovered…