Posts from ‘November, 2008’

Question Ahead for Grandparent or Family Roles

Define your interpersonal roles in people’s lives and you’ll succeed more in living those roles with zip. You’ll also be less likely to step on the people you care about. Interpersonal intelligence often starts with family, yet carries into all relationships. How so? You’ve likely heard it too. Parents tell how grandparents give gifts that […]

Lighten Up – the SAD Story

During my two years on Baffin Island, up near Greenland, while teaching for McGill University, I both slept more and ate more during dark months where we saw no sunlight at all. Likely your shifts from light to dark are less extreme, but nevertheless, the brain’s reactions to daytime darkness cause intense problems for many […]

Control Craving through Dopamine

Unfortunately, both drug addicts and obese people show reduced numbers of D2 dopamine receptors in the brain’s reward areas, compared to people with healthier appetites. Researchers suggest that fewer receptors is the brain’s attempt to compensate for the repeated surges of dopamine stimulation with drugs or food. It more a matter of balance though, than of simply decreasing dopamine. Why so?

Question Broken Systems with Solutions in Mind

Why do we settle for broken schools when we see so many brainy teens brimming with quality character come to class? While Chancellor Michelle Rhee attempts to rejuvenate Washington DC’s poor performing schools, with higher expectations and tactics to rise to them, teens drop out in growing numbers. “Our long term goal is to make […]

Do Cell Phones Harm Brains?

There’s been a great deal of talk lately about cell phone use, and increasingly people tell you they want a few basic rules to stop cell phone invasion that comes from loud conversations in quiet spaces. But what about harmful effects that cells phones bring to the brain? Today’s Scientific American questions whether cancer fears […]

Christmas Shop with the Brain in Mind

I’ll admit that whenever I enter stores where clerks rush dive-bomb me with guises such as greetings you expect only from best friends, I run. Ok, I’m gone for a few other reasons. Every time I hear how we’ve structured national and global systems to make people buy more, cajoling others to carry more debt […]

Living Brain Myths or Realities?

Add life-changing brainpower  through replacing mental myths with  brain facts that reboot your brain. 1. MYTH:Other people or work bore you and that’s why you’re not getting ahead as you’d like. Reality: Boredom is more a habit formed in brains, and shaped by your choices,  than a reality.  2. MYTH:Disorganized or unpleasant settings have little […]

Einstein Saw Reality’s Persistence – You?

Joanna Young,  over at Confident Writing started people thinking about persistence, and that got me seeing how hanging-in’s not always a brain’s noblest attribute. Have you seen the opposite sides of persistence too? When Einstein stated that reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one, he opened a new segue for the brain […]

Expand or Stump Creativity at Work?

Now that tired and broken systems are falling, the stage is cleared for innovative incentives and a better place. Yet a Harvard Business School article today reminds us today that the competitive climates we’ve created literally shut down the creativity we could otherwise cultivate. Have you thought about what shuts off creative spigots in your […]

Frantic or Focused? A Brain’s Choices

You start your day with fresh coffee aromas, serotonin spikes a sense of well being in response, and a warm muffin tops off your shot at winning on another day.  Energized by a good sleep,  creativity stoked,  you’re set for career adventures people only dream of attaining. Life is good. Suddenly stuff hits your path!  […]

Train Dolphins but “Develop” Human Brains

Rather than diversity training why not develop a new eye for the brainpower added when we tap into diverse talents. Would we not mine new gems across ethnicity, gender and age, mixed in at every level? Instead of training people for more theories, let’s shift to develop less gaps between what we already know and […]

Multi-Task for Bottlenecked Brain

If your smarts slow down or stop ticking at times, you may be pushing in directions that intelligence simply cannot go.  Your brain comes equipped with a neural bottleneck that thwarts multi-tasking … according to researchers at Vanderbilt University. So what? What does that say about people who tend to do many things at once? Neuroscientists […]

The Brain on Music

  Have you ever used music at work to jack up productivity or change your mood? One popular listening task’s a  huge part of  college and secondary students’ learning when they simply  listen more with their brains. Survey your  music IQ as part of your multiple intelligences, and see why its cadence enhance  leading and learning more than […]

Repaid Sleep Debts?

Add social networking to all you do now,  and you’re likely looking sleep deprivation smack in the eyeball. Research shows increasingly serious accidents that occur frequently through lack of sleep. Have you seen redemptive research on how sleep debt is repaid with dividends, though? Here’s the skinny. 51% of the American workforce feels exhausted at […]

10 Twitter Stories in 140 Characters

As brains rewire for a different kind of social networking, people find the need to explain key concepts in far fewer words. It’s a way to navigate vast facts and insights that fly faster and with more urgency than ever before, while staying in touch with others you admire. Interestingly,  Brian Clark and others discovered,  […]

Love or Hate Work?

With 75% of workers claiming to dislike their jobs, it’s never been more critical to rejuvenate workplaces. I’ve been thinking it may be a better idea to renew ourselves and rewire humanity. It’s cool that the brain comes equipped with plasticity to change our situation, even without changing careers. What would reboot your brain at […]

Create and Add Feet to Beliefs

What you believe, often creates a hairline opportunity for amazing creations. That’s what we teach here at the MITA International Brain Based Center anyway, and what I re-discovered in my own life last week. No question, it still takes courage and even risks a few mistakes to create the kind of wonder worth chasing. I’m […]

Brains for Thrill and Sensation Seeking

Check out this video to see granny lose her teeth in a daring parachute jump. Would you have taken the dive? Or did you know why not all risk is created equal? Research shows how risk-taking relates to the brain’s dopamine levels and defies logic. Sadly, we too often stifle rather than support highly intelligent […]

Lesson from Bureaucracy

It happened last week,  when I lined up at a New York immigration booth to ask a simple question about fingerprints I was scheduled to submit. My question? I’d simply wanted to ask – Do I fill out a form in hard copy before immigration officers call me in to get fingerprinted for my US […]

Target Brain Cell Regeneration

It was strongly held that adult brains cannot grow new cells or regenerate old ones. Recent research on aging though, is trumping commonly held myths. Elizabeth Gould’s dynamic discoveries in this area recently created an entirely new field of neurogenesis, a discipline that shows how the adult brain generates new cells. Elizabeth Gould at Princeton […]

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