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Improve your Brain Health. How to Trick Your Brain for Happiness. This month, we feature videos of a Greater Good presentation by Rick Hanson, the best-selling author and trailblazing psychologist.

How to Trick Your Brain for Happiness

In this excerpt from his talk, Dr. Why do we Dream - BBC Horizon. If my brain were an imaginary friend.

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Time Trip - BBC Horizon. Battle of the Brains - BBC Horizon. New neurons help us to remember fear. Fear burns memories into our brain, and new research by University of California, Berkeley, neuroscientists explains how.

New neurons help us to remember fear

Scientists have long known that fear and other highly emotional experiences lead to incredibly strong memories. In a study appearing online today (Tuesday, June 14) in advance of publication in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, UC Berkeley’s Daniela Kaufer and colleagues report a new way for emotions to affect memory: The brain’s emotional center, the amygdala, induces the hippocampus, a relay hub for memory, to generate new neurons.

The figure shows newly born nerve cells (green) colocalizing with a neuronal marker which indicates immature nerve cells (red). Astrocytes are labelled in blue. In a fearful situation, these newborn neurons get activated by the amygdala and may provide a “blank slate” on which the new fearful memory can be strongly imprinted, she said. “Many affective disorders involve disordered emotional memories like PTSD, depression and anxiety. 8 Things Everybody Ought to Know About Concentrating - StumbleUpon. “Music helps me concentrate,” Mike said to me glancing briefly over his shoulder.

8 Things Everybody Ought to Know About Concentrating - StumbleUpon

Mike was in his room writing a paper for his U.S. History class. On his desk next to his computer sat crunched Red Bulls, empty Gatorade bottles, some extra pocket change and scattered pieces of paper. In the pocket of his sweat pants rested a blaring iPod with a chord that dangled near the floor, almost touching against his Adidas sandals. On his computer sat even more stray objects than his surrounding environment. Mike made a shift about every thirty seconds between all of the above. Do you know a person like this? The Science Behind Concentration. Not Enough Sleep and Its Effects on Focus. Yesterday morning was a very focused, productive day.

Not Enough Sleep and Its Effects on Focus

I established the daily foundation of writing and jogging. I also met up with a couple local entrepreneurs that are doing some great things, and will hopefully help boost the Southern California Startup brand. Here’s the thing, though: I didn’t get enough sleep. I got about five hours of sleep. In the past, I once attempted an experiment of sleeping only five hours; however, that lasted about a week. Anyways, this lack of sleep didn’t really hit me until around 11am. SLEEP – How to hack your brain Part 1 brain.png. 49 Fascinating YouTube Videos to Learn About the Human Body. As any doctor, nurse practitioner or other health care professional knows, the body is an interesting system.

49 Fascinating YouTube Videos to Learn About the Human Body

In many ways, it’s like a machine, with many complex parts. There is a lot to learn about the body and how it works, as well as how its different systems interact to create a larger system. Here are 49 interesting YouTube videos that can help you learn about the human body: Brain Your brain directs the rest of the body’s functions. How the Body Works: The Regions of the Brain: An interesting look at the different regions of the brain, and what they are responsible for.Brain Anatomy Function: How brain works?

Nervous System. Intelligence. Meditation found to increase brain size. Mental calisthenics bulk up some layers By William J.

Meditation found to increase brain size

Cromie Harvard News Office People who meditate grow bigger brains than those who don't. Researchers at Harvard, Yale, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have found the first evidence that meditation can alter the physical structure of our brains. Brain scans they conducted reveal that experienced meditators boasted increased thickness in parts of the brain that deal with attention and processing sensory input. 20 Super Brain Foods « Zen. We know that the foods we eat affect the body but they can have even more influence on how well our brain functions.

20 Super Brain Foods « Zen

What we eat can have a POWERFUL affect on our brain’s energy, how the mind handles tasks, and our general mood. Our focus here is on those particular nutrients found in foods that enhance neuron firing and cross-linking in the brain. The foods listed below can help you: concentrate, increase memory, tune sensorimotor skills, keep you motivated, speed up your reaction time, control stress, and even slow down the aging of brain cells! So here is a list of 20 different food types that we can add to our diet, their effects, and how they function: 1. Whole grain is a great brain stimulator because it contains high percentage of folate. Wholegrain breads and cereals are rich in Vitamin B6, an important brain vitamin. Nuts 2. Both literally and figuratively speaking, walnuts are “brain food”. Omega 3 fatty acids found in walnuts are especially helpful in brain function. Scientists to unlock the secrets of long life by unravelling DNA of world's oldest woman.

Dutch woman remained mentally sharp right up until her death aged 115 By Daniel Miller Updated: 10:48 GMT, 15 October 2011 Scientists are studying the DNA of a woman who was the world's oldest person until her death at the age of 115, in the belief it could contain the secrets to long life.

Scientists to unlock the secrets of long life by unravelling DNA of world's oldest woman

Dutch woman Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper was born in 1890 and became the word's oldest person in May 2004 before her death in August the following year. What made her even more remarkable was the fact she remained mentally sharp right up until her death. Brain stuff.