NeuroLeadership. It was suggested that rather than trying to be less negative or more positive, people could use the practice of mindfulness to create more effective outcomes.
While witnessing this conversation I thought to myself that a decade or more ago this conversation would not have occurred frequently at work. Now it is not uncommon for teams to discuss mindfulness and meditation as practices which can enhance personal and professional effectiveness. This increasing interest in mindfulness is occurring in the world of positive psychology, where mindfulness is becoming an important member of the kit of practices to help build optimal functioning. In chapter 22 of the new book Designing Positive Psychology: Taking Stock and Moving Forward, Baer and Lykins suggest, “because mindfulness training appears to have a broad range of outcomes, including enhancement of positive characteristics, its potential contribution to optimal human functioning warrants substantially increased attention.”
Finding the Zone. If you’re like me, you dream about moments of total focus.
Time slows. The mind stops churning. Complex tasks are performed with effortless grace. Psychologists call it “flow.” Athletes call it “the zone.” Unfortunately, at work, I’m not in the zone very often. Not so, according to a ton of recent research and literature on the subject. Mind & Brain Science News, Articles, and Information from Scientific American. Beautiful Minds: The Psychology of the Savant. In the field of brain research there is no subject more intriguing than the savant - an individual with mental, behavioral, or even physical disability who possesses acute powers of observation, mathematical aptitude, or artistic talent.
This three-part series provides an enthralling look into the psychology and neuroscience of the savant’s mysterious world. 3-part series, 53 minutes each. Memory Masters: How Savants Store Information. Reudiger Gamm performs complex arithmetic instantly and without help - his brain stores numbers like a calculator. Orlando Sorrel remembers exactly what he was doing on any date, at any hour, and can accurately predict the day of the week thousands of years in the future. Kim Peek - the original Rain Man - has read 12,000 books and hasn’t forgotten a single word.
The Einstein Effect: Savants and Creativity. A Little Matter of Gender: Developmental Differences among Savants. Watch the full documentary now (playlist - 2 hours, 38 minutes) Beautiful Minds: The Einstein Effect. A fascinating look at the relationship between genius and autism, with particular focus on the phenomenon of savants; a small group of enigmatic talents with extraordinary mental abilities.
Savants number less than 100 worldwide. Some can work out five-digit multiplication in their heads, or recite thousands of books by heart. Others can play a piano melody after hearing it only once. Over half of savants are autistic; others develop these super human talents only after brain injury. With scientists now able to see billions of neurons at work in the brain, experts are now investigating whether it is in fact a defect that turns a person into a genius. The science behind disgust - Neuroscience. We all have things that disgust us irrationally, whether it be cockroaches or chitterlings or cotton balls.
For me, it’s fruit soda. It started when I was 3; my mom offered me a can of Sunkist after inner ear surgery. Still woozy from the anesthesia, I gulped it down, and by the time we made it to the cashier, all of it managed to come back up. Although it is nearly 30 years later, just the smell of this “fun, sun and the beach” drink is enough to turn my stomach. But what, exactly, happens when we feel disgust?
Salon spoke with Kelly about hiding the science behind disgust, why we’re captivated by things we find revolting, and how it can be a very dangerous thing. Simply speaking, disgust is the response we have to things we find repulsive. But there’s also a whole set of things that have a lot of cultural and individual variation about whether it’s considered disgusting. So what actually happens when we feel disgusted? Disgust initially evolved to protect us from contagious diseases. Center for Investigating Healthy Minds. Are Your Eyes Also a Window to Your Brain?
Emotion Selectively Distorts Our Recollections. On September 11, 2001, Elizabeth A.
Phelps stepped outside her apartment in lower Manhattan and noticed a man staring toward the World Trade Center, about two miles away. Looking up, “I just saw this big, burning hole,” Phelps recalls. The man told her that he had just seen a large airplane crash into one of the skyscrapers. Thinking it was a horrible accident, Phelps started walking to work, a few blocks away, for a 9 A.M. telephone meeting. By the time she reached her eighth-floor office at New York University, a second jet had struck the other tower, which collapsed after an hour.
Like Phelps, many Americans have searing memories of that day. Select an option below: Customer Sign In *You must have purchased this issue or have a qualifying subscription to access this content. Human Connectome Project