Category Archives: Neuroscience

Want an effective nap? Start with a coffee.


Ever fallen asleep at work?  Even just a quick little nod off before you snapped awake. Maybe, as I have, you’ve dropped off in a meeting, woken, and hoped your colleagues thought you were just concentrating… If this is you, … Continue reading

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How the mafioso in your brain keeps your business running


There is a guy who gets things done

He lives in the in-between spaces.

He’s the guy who takes care of business. The guy who takes out the trash. The ‘removal man’. The ‘eraser’. The mafia call this guy ‘the cleaner’.

Your brain has one too.

He’s the brain’s hired gun, removing the corpses, executing the soon to be corpses, and disposing of the bodies.

He takes care of the grey matters.

You should meet him. Continue reading

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How your macho ego is slowly destroying your brain.


The report isn’t finished, the deadline is tomorrow, and it just has to be done.

You have no choice.

So you’ve loaded up on Red Bull, No-Doz, whatever legal upper you can get, and got busy.

You worked through the night.

You got it done.

You’re a legend.

And maybe it’s killing you. Continue reading

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Can a pill make you a singing star by rewiring your brain?


I am a terrible singer. When I try to hold a note for longer than a nanosecond, it ends up being not one note but many notes as I wobble erratically around the intended pitch, and it’s so bad it makes small children cry. Could a pill make me a singing star by rewiring my brain? Continue reading

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Does size matter? Pink brains blue brains.


So women have smaller brains than men. It’s hardly surprising really.

They also have smaller feet, hands, noses, ears, hearts, lower red blood cell count, lower base metabolic rate, less muscle mass and height.

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2 easy ways to help your kids learn to read you’ve never thought of.


Learning to read can be torturous for many children.

Among a raft of other personal or individual difficulties children may have, English is such a hard language to learn, even for native speakers.

Partly it’s because many words are borrowed from other languages, but also partly because some of it, well, just doesn’t make sense.

Try explaining to a non-English speaker how it is that it’s perfectly reasonable to chop down a tree and then chop it up.

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Playing craps with your kids’ brains.


You know how playing craps goes…

You hold the dice, you shake them three times in cupped hands, three times in that hand, three times in this hand, then you blow on them, then you do some other ritualized superstitious bunk, then you toss them against the backboard and hope like crazy they come out ok.

Kind of like raising children really… Continue reading

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Whoa! My kid’s a Psychopath?!


Ever noticed that more boys than girls seem to be psychopaths? And not just the axe-wielding type or the criminal mastermind type, but the politician, car salesman, and conman type as well.

While great grist for the Hollywood mill, the psychopath is alive and well and working at a car sales yard near you. Or in your office. Or sleeping in the lovely bassinet in the back bedroom…
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Empathy: of monkeys, mirrors and men


Monkey see, monkey do It’s a simple game. With one kid from the group out of the room, the rest choose a “monkey”. The rest of the group  has to do exactly as the monkey does. If she bounces on her hands, … Continue reading

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How a video game makes smarter kids in only 20 days!


Finally!

It’s the blog heading every parent has been waiting for! Video games can improve kids’ intelligence!

If you’ve had it with Baby Mozart, gone broke on smart pills, run out of time for hothousing, been somehow baffled by subliminal education and never figured out how to choose a good hypnotherapist, well, boy, do we ever have an answer for you!!
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