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1 month, 3 weeks ago Posted in: Blog, Genius, Insight 0
Genius

Myles Downey writes that our current understanding of genius is a “real and present limitation to human performance.” The prevailing view is that genius is the preserve of the few. Does that mean that the rest of us are doomed to mediocrity? This doesn’t add up because we’re all born with more or less the [read more]


3 months, 2 weeks ago Posted in: Blog, Healthy Eating, Insight 0
Eat Vegetables, Drink Wine for a Healthy Brain

Have you resolved to eat better in 2016? To give you some inspiration, here are a few recent studies that show how diet can protect against cognitive decline and mental illness. Eat your vegetables •  We all know that vegetables are good for us and that we should be eating more of them.  But did [read more]


4 months, 1 week ago Posted in: Blog, Insight, Neuroplasticity 0
Neuroplasticity

We used to believe that the brain was plastic, that it could change itself based on experience and environment only in early childhood. Thereafter, it was fixed. We now know that the brain continues to change itself throughout our lives. This is exciting because it means that “… almost everything we do, all our behaviour, [read more]


4 months, 4 weeks ago Posted in: Blog, Insight, Self-esteem 2
I am lovable-1

Many people use positive affirmations as a way to boost self-esteem. But they may actually do more harm than good. Here’s a research study that explains why. In this 2009 study, Wood and her colleagues asked participants to write down any thoughts and feelings they had over a 4-minute period.  While they were writing, they [read more]


5 months, 3 weeks ago Posted in: Blog, Insight, The Digest 0

Here is The Digest, Edition 5, a smorgasbord of the most relevant papers on psychology and neuroscience I’ve come across recently. •  Music practice can rewire the brain and make us better communicators. Here’s why. •  Physical fitness protects the brain against cognitive aging. In this study, active older men not only performed better on [read more]


5 months, 3 weeks ago Posted in: Blog, Insight, Neuroscience 1
Brain power food

The idea that gut health is related to brain health is not new. In the 19th century, Charles Darwin, in The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872), wrote: “The manner in which the secretions of the alimentary canal and of certain other organs … are affected by strong emotions, is another excellent [read more]


6 months, 1 week ago Posted in: Blog, Insight, The Digest 0

Here is The Digest, Edition 4, a smorgasbord of the most relevant papers on psychology and neuroscience I’ve come across recently. •  It turns out that we’ve been wrong about the widely held belief that birth order affects personality. Researchers from Germany found that core personality traits, such as extraversion, emotional stability, agreeableness, and conscientiousness, do [read more]


6 months, 2 weeks ago Posted in: Blog, Insight, Motivation 4
Need to get motivated

In a previous article, I offered a couple of reasons why just starting was the #1 way to increase your motivation. The first reason was that progress in meaningful work, no matter how small, is the single most powerful event that influences inner work life. And that increase in motivation leads to even more progress, [read more]


6 months, 3 weeks ago Posted in: Blog, Insight, The Digest 0

Here is The Digest, Edition 3, a smorgasbord of the most relevant papers on psychology and neuroscience I’ve come across recently. •  Does money increase happiness? Researchers from the University of Bonn found that the formula for greater life satisfaction was long-term increases in income, rather than a temporary raise such as a bonus, without [read more]


7 months, 3 weeks ago Posted in: Blog, Insight, Motivation 2
Need to get motivated

One of the biggest myths in the field of motivation is that we need to “feel” motivated before we start to work. And so we spend millions of dollars buying motivational books and going to hear motivational speakers, and spend needless hours working ourselves up to feeling motivated. But the answer to how to get [read more]