How to Improve the Brain – Rewiring the Brain Through Storytelling

Most of us probably graduated many years ago from the fairy tales of our childhood into the popular novels or biographies of adulthood. But one thing remains the same, regardless of age . . . . . . we all appreciate a good story. And aside from the pure enjoyment it gives us, and the…

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Building a brain science community

We put a lot of work into our series. There’s a lot of research, preparation, writing and editing, filming – you name it. But as the New Brain Science series winds to a close, and we pause to catch our breaths, I want to take a moment to appreciate one important thing that we can’t…

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Brain health and interoception: Getting in touch

“Listen to your heart.” That might sound overly romantic, but it could also be one way to improve your mental health. . . . . . at least, according to a study by researchers at the University of London. Led by Manos Tsakiris, PhD, researchers set out to see how paying attention to the rhythms…

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Neuroplasticity and trauma: Can brain science give us a new perspective on healing?

We owe the brain a lot. Our brains are always looking out for us. They’re wired to help us survive – alerting us to threats and ramping up our amygdala to help us take action. But that same survival trigger makes healing from trauma difficult, says Pat Ogden, PhD. In fact, the very systems that…

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Brain health: You don’t need to be a neuroscientist to make it possible

You don’t need to be a neuroscientist to make brain change possible. When we set out to put together the New Brain Science series, that was our “big idea.” We wanted to prove that anyone can unlock the brain’s potential to change. And it’s because of my friends Joan Borysenko, PhD and Ron Siegel, PsyD…

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A healthy brain with green tea? The brain science of natural medicine

It’s always a treat to relax with a cup of green tea. And we’ve known about its health benefits for a while. But here’s a new one: there’s a chemical found within green tea that might prevent Alzheimer’s disease. A team of researchers led by Jo Rushworth, PhD, looked at the effects of chemicals found…

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