But even if there were, we would be left with the problem that, at the moment, we could not confidently link any brain differences with those in behaviour. This means that we don’t know what to look for in the brain to explain any gender differences in behavior, whether these are determined by hormones or upbringing or even the prevailing culture. And if we find differences, we don’t really know what they mean in terms of those in behavior. There certainly are gender differences in behavior, though there is no space here to consider them properly. How the brain determines these is something we still have to work out. … [Read more...] about Sex Differences in the Brain: Do They Exist or Matter?
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5. Contemplate Nature. If you’re stumped for a solution at work, stressed out or overwhelmed with pandemic worries, spending time with Mother Nature gives you a creativity surge or ah-ha moments for a workable problem. Be mindful of the breeze, notice the colors and smells of leaves and flowers, pay attention to the sounds of insects in the bushes, rushing water or warbling birds. Look up at the clouds, watch the grass grow or admire a sunset. A minimum of two hours a week in nature (such as parks, woodlands, mountains or beaches) promotes physical and mental health and well-being and gives you a bigger perspective of your life circumstances. Spending time in greener areas is linked to lower incidences of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, asthma, mental distress and mortality rates. The decades-old Japanese practice of forest bathing or shinrin-yoku (which means “taking in the forest”) is believed to provide stress reduction, relaxation and deeper insights into life. … [Read more...] about The Pandemic Changes Your Brain Even If You Don’t Have It
Around 2009, I realized that the real key to peak performance was to optimize the functional connectivity between all four brain hemispheres. I drew the rudimentary "Super 8" brain map (below) using different colored Sharpie pens and highlighters to reflect my hypothesis that the key to creating flow may have something to do with reducing any "friction and viscosity" between the "thinking" cerebral hemispheres and the "non-thinking" cerebellar hemispheres. (See "Superfluidity and the Synergy of Your Four Brain Hemispheres") … [Read more...] about Need to Ace It? Hack Your Cerebellum & Vagus Nerve Like This
Dr. LaChance Adams: Repressed emotions cannot be processed or understood; and emotions carry important information. They tell how us we are relating to our world. If we feel as though we aren’t allowed to have a certain emotion, then we are missing an opportunity to learn. If my child wants to cuddle me and I want to push them away, then this tells me that I need some space for myself. However, if I am not allowed to entertain this feeling or this thought, then a lot of energy will be channeled into keeping them hidden from myself. … [Read more...] about The Part of Motherhood We Hate to Talk About
Perhaps you’re not sleeping well, or you have trouble focusing on your work. Perhaps you’re more forgetful than usual, or you find yourself falling into cognitive ruts you can seem to claw your way out of. You are not alone. According to a recent poll by the American Psychiatric Association, 36% of Americans feel that coronavirus is affecting their mental health while 59% say that it is having a serious impact on their day-to-day lives. … [Read more...] about Flexible Minds and Organizations Could Thrive in Crises