Monthly Archives: September 2011

A Brain on Forgiveness

eweber   September 17, 2011   53 Comments

Most people have been judged in ways that bring to question their very mission in life. Fewer have found an amygdala’s mental tools to forgive and move on.

Far beyond harsh judgments or words that leave you feeling like slugs on skid row, though, lies an ability to embrace genuine reconciliation. Your brain comes with equipment that segues into peace and recaptures gratitude, hope and joy. It’s rarely easy though and has little to do with showing your side of a story in defense.

When Working Memory Kicks In

eweber   September 14, 2011   1 Comment

An autistic teen ran for his chance, from a basketball bench when his team lost yet another devastating shot. J-Mac wondered what if he could score – in spite of the fact he’d never before been allowed off the bench. With all hope to win lost, the coach pointed to J-Mac, who suddenly shocked an entire nation. As if Magic Johnson shot, he scored 20 points in the final four minutes. Working memory kicked in and an autistic teen won the title for Greece Athena High School. Nobody except this alert teen expected it. In fact, when denied a place on his dream team, J-Mac agreed to serve as water boy, cheer leader, and captain just to participate.

Roll Over Ruts

eweber   September 13, 2011   2 Comments

Paul Bach-y-Rita, now famous for neuro-plasticity discoveries, restored his father’s brainpower following a crippling stoke. After a month’s therapy and little progress in NY, medical experts assured the family nothing could be done. Doctors recommended the elderly Bach-y-Rita to an institution. Brains cannot repair themselves every medical leader argued and with that flawed reasoning – of course nothing else could help their 65 year old father to walk or talk again. The result?

Novelty to Advance

eweber   September 11, 2011   No Comments

Chance rarely means Russian Roulette randomness, and yet top advantages open to those who embrace the unexpected.  I saw the wonders and woes of risk in action on Baffin Island, near Greenland. At  high arctic flow edges, amazing opportunities opened to skilled Inuit friends, who triumphed over startling changes and… Read more »

Curiosity to Grow Smarter

eweber   September 10, 2011   No Comments

In forth grade we read a story about Inuit in Canada’s high arctic, who apologized to seals before they speared them for dinner. From that childhood story until I traveled to Northern Baffin Island with McGill University for 2 years among this gentle people, curiosity drove my desire to gaze across frozen tundra through Inuit eyes.

A Brain on Depression – Tribute to Trey Pennington

eweber   September 5, 2011   2 Comments

Trey Pennington is gone, and will be sadly missed by an entire world. But is your brain headed toward depression today?

One three-pound brain, consistency of raw egg, continually rewires for or against stress and depression on a daily basis. But did you know your brain can fight back? Medicines increasingly improve in ways that raise serotonin’s well being and reduce cortisol’s toxic attacks. The key is to become aware of depressions stalking persistence. Rather than lose hope – reach out to trusted others who crack you up or who may be stronger at the moment you slip into mental toxins that work against your brain’s strengths.