October 21, 2017

This is your brain on love

Love is such an interesting emotion. Not only can it be a great motivator for art and beauty – think any great writer or artist – but it can also be hurtful. It’s a fascinating emotion to track and follow as neuroscience uncovers more of the brain functions involved in it. Quote: “I was once [...]

What’s Up with Porn?

Interesting article to say the least. Porn and sex can be uncomfortable for some, so if you have delicate sensibilities, tread lightly. Here’s some interesting tidbits: >> Men are overall more attuned to visual imagery than women. Duh. >> “…men appear to have an innate capacity to partake in casual sexual experiences involving little or no [...]

Brain Gain: Dopamine, Emotions and Behaviour Change

This article is setting up the case that recommendations and guidance on decisions comes from trust – either yourself  or others who you trust. I’m looking forward to the next article, which discusses Leadership roles, but I do agree on one thing here. Most organizations get the trust thing wrong.   Link: http://www.iedp.com/Blog/Brain_gain_dopamine_emotions_behaviour

Tired of Feeling Bad? The New Science of Feelings Can Help

Emotions, once looked upon as inferior to thinking and executive functions, are the next frontier in neuroscience research. Link: http://www.thedailybeast.com//content/newsweek/2012/02/19/tired-of-feeling-bad-the-new-science-of-feelings-can-help.html

Survival Circuits In Animal Brains: What Can They Tell Us About Human Emotion?

A new theory from LeDoux, who wrote a favorite book of mine, “The Emotional Brain.” The new theory is called ”the survival circuit concept.” Quote from LeDoux: “The survival circuit concept integrates ideas about emotion, motivation, reinforcement, and arousal in the effort to understand how organisms survive and thrive by detecting and responding to challenges and [...]

What can animals’ survival instincts tell us about understanding human emotion?

“Can animals’ survival instincts shed additional light on what we know about human emotion? New York University neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux poses this question in outlining a pioneering theory, drawn from two decades of research, that could lead to a more comprehensive understanding of emotions in both humans and animals.”   http://www.sciencecodex.com/what_can_animals_survival_instincts_tell_us_about_understanding_human_emotion-86590

The scientific argument for being emotional

  Quote: At the end of his second year of Harvard graduate school, neuroscientist and bestselling author Richard Davidson did something his colleagues suspected would mark the end of his academic career: He skipped town and went to India and Sri Lanka for three months to “study meditation.” In the ’70s, just as today, people [...]

Valentine’s Day: Your Brain on Love

“What is love? How about a simpler question — Is romantic love an emotion? I bet you would say it is. I thought so before I started my research, but now I have a different answer for the question. But also, I constantly ask, how can research on the brain physiology of love be relevant [...]

Educating the Whole Child

Quote:   Much of public education, however, is a different story. Far from cultivating the “whole child,” many public schools unapologetically channel their increasingly limited resources to the narrowly academic preparation required by high-stakes testing, to the exclusion of offerings like art, music, foreign language, physical education, and even nutritious school lunch, which are often [...]

Never Too Late to Learn

“Neuroscience is in the process of reinventing itself. For 400 years, the brain was seen as a machine with parts, each performing a single mental function in a single brain location. Eventually the brain was seen as a computer with hard-wired circuits, all formed and finalized in childhood. It was believed that the brain’s circuitry [...]