Monthly Archives: November 2008

Question Ahead for Grandparent or Family Roles

eweber   November 30, 2008   17 Comments

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… Read more »

Lighten Up – the SAD Story

eweber   November 27, 2008   19 Comments

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… Read more »

Control Craving through Dopamine

eweber   November 25, 2008   7 Comments

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

eweber   November 23, 2008   35 Comments

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… Read more »

Christmas Shop with the Brain in Mind

eweber   November 20, 2008   2 Comments

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… Read more »

Living Brain Myths or Realities?

eweber   November 19, 2008   16 Comments

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… Read more »

Expand or Stump Creativity at Work?

eweber   November 18, 2008   7 Comments

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… Read more »

Frantic or Focused? A Brain’s Choices

eweber   November 17, 2008   10 Comments

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…. Read more »

Multi-Task for Bottlenecked Brain

eweber   November 14, 2008   12 Comments

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… Read more »

Love or Hate Work?

eweber   November 12, 2008   4 Comments

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… Read more »

Write to Add Feet to Beliefs

eweber   November 9, 2008   16 Comments

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… Read more »

Lesson from Bureaucracy

eweber   November 4, 2008   16 Comments

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… Read more »

Target Brain Cell Regeneration

eweber   November 3, 2008   27 Comments

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… Read more »