Brain Health

Medical Xpress: Brain Imaging Shows Brain Differences in Risk-Taking Teens

According to the CDC, unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for adolescents. Compared to the two leading causes of death for all Americans, heart disease and cancer, a pattern of questionable decision-making in dire situations comes to light in teen mortality. New research from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas […]

Forbes: Innovation Overload: Why Saying ‘Creativity’ Is Not Enough

“What’s the opposite of innovation?,” the joke begins. A tart punchline quickly follows: “Innovation consultants.” Since I teach, coach and sometimes consult on innovation and creative leadership, that cynical joke gives me pause. Consultants of all kinds are easy marks, of course, whether they are from well-known global firms or one-person shops. But it is […]

Business Insider: Ten Psychological Tricks the Brain Plays on Us

Most of us like to think we understand the underlying causes of our actions and beliefs; that we do what we do because every action either achieves some short-term gain or moves us closer towards a long-term goal; that we form our beliefs and opinions by carefully weighing up all the evidence available to us. […]

GMA News Online: Watch: Violinist Performs During His Own Brain Surgery

Musician Roger Frisch played the violin while undergoing brain surgery at the Mayo Clinic in the US, to guide surgeons working to stop a tremor in his brain that threatened to end his career. The Mayo Clinic’s YouTube video described Frisch as having “essential tremors,” a nervous system disorder that causes shaking. The tremors could […]

Forbes: There Are Three Roadblocks To Innovation. Do A Walkabout To Find Yours.

Suppose innovation is on your mind today.  Suppose further that you are puzzled by the capacity — or lack thereof — for your organization to be innovative, or to act in innovative ways.  And suppose a little further still that you really and truly want to understand both what it is that makes for innovative […]

Medical Xpress: Psychologists Seek to Unlock Secrets of Children’s Complex Thinking

What is it about the human mind, as opposed to those of other animals, that makes it able to comprehend and reason about complex concepts such as infinity, cancer or protons? That is what National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded research conducted by Harvard University professors Susan Carey and Deborah Zaitchik seeks to find out. The two […]

International Business Times: Being Tech Savvy Good for Ageing Brain: Study

Modern gadgets and technology can help prevent cognitive decline associated with old age, a new study from Brazil says. Andre Junqueira Xavier and colleagues from the Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina followed more than 6,400 people aged between 50 and 89 for eight years and found that digital literacy, mainly web browsing and exchanging […]

Huffington Post: Sense of Purpose Could Extend Life

A study was just published in the journal Psychological Science demonstrating that “purposeful individuals lived longer than their counterparts.” There have been other studies backing up the belief that having a purpose in life, as opposed to wading through daily activities without any overarching clear goal or feeling that one is on a meaningful path, […]

New York Magazine: Meet The Tiny Worrywart Inside Your Brain

It’s a teensy-tiny part of your brain — smaller than a pea, to be precise — and yet it’s tasked with some pretty big responsibilities: The habenula stays on the lookout for the bad stuff in our environment, helping us to avoid potentially painful or dangerous situations.  Previously, the habenula’s role had only been demonstrated […]

Science 2.0: Study: Testosterone In Men Increases Brain Response To Threats

Testosterone, a steroid hormone, contributes to aggressive behavior in males, but the neural circuits through which testosterone exerts these effects have not been clear. Prior studies found that the administration of a single dose of testosterone influenced brain circuit function. Surprisingly, those studies were conducted exclusively in women. Researchers, led by Dr. Justin Carré, sought […]