Tip of the Day

Heart Health Now Can Impact Brain Health Later

Heart Health Now Can Impact Brain Health Later February marks American Heart Month, a great time to focus on the benefits of keeping your heart – and in turn other parts of your body – healthy. A study published in the journal Neurology found that people who take good care of their hearts younger in […]

Emotional Intelligence and Stress 

Emotional Intelligence and Stress Everyone can have stressful days in and out of the office, and it is natural to have a negative emotional response in these situations. However, a person with high emotional intelligence (EQ) is self-aware enough to recognize those feelings and talk themselves down before they get pushed over the edge. Forbes

Take a Deep Breath

Take a Deep Breath Did you know your brain has what scientists call a “breathing pacemaker” in your brainstem? This neural circuit can be adjusted by breathing rhythm, which in turn influences emotional reactions to stress. Centuries of wisdom instructs us to pay closer attention to our breathing, one of the most basic things we […]

Your Brain on Autopilot

Your Brain on Autopilot Ever realized you have driven yourself home but have not really been paying attention? Brain scans have revealed that when your mind wanders, it switches into “autopilot” mode, enabling you to carry on without much conscious thought. Our autopilot mode seems to be run by a set of brain structures called […]

Your Brain on Art

Your Brain on Art We generally laugh more, cry more and enjoy ourselves more at a live performance than when we are watching TV at home. We may even lose ourselves and feel connected to something larger. How does this happen? Source: Washington Post

Lifelong Brain Changes

Lifelong Brain Changes Myth: You are stuck with the brain you have had since you were born. Truth: While many neural pathways for learning are created before birth, new pathways can be created throughout life. Source: U.S. News & World Report

Curiosity Can Influence Decisions

Curiosity Can Influence Decisions What if you had a choice between a fortune cookie dipped in chocolate and covered in sprinkles or a plain fortune cookie that contained a personalized fortune, which would you eat? A new study finds that feeling curious can help people make smarter, and even sometimes healthier, decisions. Source: Medical Daily

Prioritize Sleep Quality

Prioritize Sleep Quality Research has shown that the brain needs time to recharge for the next day, which often happens when we are sleeping. Recent studies have shown that lack of sleep can mean more than a change in brain function and mood; it can also have adverse effects on one’s personality and ability to learn. Source: Science World […]

Strengthen Your Strategic Attention

Strengthen Your Strategic Attention Think back through your day. How often did you spend more than ten minutes on one task at home or at work? Take note of how many sidesteps arose because of multitasking or being pulled off task by distractions. Try this brain challenge: Practice strategically attending to a core task for […]

Practice Synthesizing Complex Information

Practice Synthesizing Complex Information Stretch and challenge your mind to construct deeper-level, abstract ideas. Continually interpret incoming information as often as possible. For example, practice devising a newspaper-like headline to capture the essence of what you experienced during a meeting or social gathering.