- Producer21/02/20173 Easy Applications of Neuroscience in Real LifeI've always been fascinated with the human brain. What's so amazing to me is how little we really know about our brain, despite decades of intensive study. And even as we learn more, there is so much that cannot be explained, like when I know my...
Comments21/02/2017 #12 Cyndi wilkinsGreat buzz @Sarah Elkins!....Being able to laugh, especially at a time when things are not quite so funny, carriers with it an enormous capacity to heal...Same goes for courageously facing our fears breaks through the barriers that set them in motion in the first place;-) We all need to lighten up a little and dump some of the baggage we are hauling around in our hearts!21/02/2017 #8 Lisa 🐝 GallagherAs I read your buzz @Sarah Elkins it brought me back a bit. I remember when I worked for the County I would keep lollipops and other candies on my desk. Our department dealt with divorce proceedings and many of these people would bring their children- I always had something to give the kids; they were already scared and stressed from the ordeal not to mention coming into our building, it would always put a smile on their face. I love how you used the "F" word to get a reaction and laughter. My mom never used the "F" word and one day she was really upset... she had a hard time expressing herself and would turn inwards. My sister said, "Mom when I get upset I say, Shi*, *F", da*m," you just need to say that and it will make you laugh." My mom was determined she would not repeat those words. My sister and both started saying it while we were also cracking ourselves up at the same time. All of a sudden we hear this faint voice repeating the words. Then mom said it in a stronger voice, we were all laughing so hard. Mom didn't like swearing but on that day, she realized it wasn't directed at anyone and they were just words. Great story Sarah, I really enjoyed this!!21/02/2017 #6 Ian Weinberg#3 Thanks for the invite @David B. Grinberg. Enlightening article @Sarah Elkins Yes @Robert Bacal we're still groping a little in the dark, but we've made significant strides in certain areas. Regarding humor and curiosity as enhancers - it's pretty clear at this stage of research that they both increase dopamine secretion. Curiosity enhances hippocampal function through dopamine secretion thus enhancing memory/learning. Humor reflects a dynamic where an unpredicted/surprising occurrence that is noted as such results in a dopamine mediated 'spurt of mirth'. See https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ian-weinberg/neuroscience-is-a-joke Raised dopamine (together with raised serotonin) have been shown to diminish inflammatory activity generally (brain and body). An important effect since chronic inflammation underpins many illnesses.21/02/2017 #3 David B. GrinbergNice buzz, Sarah! You're preaching to the proverbial choir on my end. I've read that most humans only use about 10% of our brain power. Thus, what would be possible if we were able to use 50% or 75% -- the answers would boggle the mind (for lack of a better term).
I'm reminded of the Hollywood film "Lucy" in which actress Scarlett Johansson plays a character who is able to harness increasing amounts of her brain power. Here's the movie trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVt32qoyhi0
I'm copying beBee's resident neurology expert, @Ian Weinberg, as I'm interested on his take. Thanks in advance for chiming in on this, Ian.
Also, Sarah, I wish you all the best with your conference and regret being unable to attend. It sounds like an amazing event!
- Producer01/02/2017A Legal RageOscar Pistorius is the famous or more lately, infamous blade-runner who featured in the Olympics sprinting on blades which replaced his amputated feet. Pistorius was indicted for the murder of his partner, a well-known photographic model. It was...
Comments01/02/2017 #1 CityVP 🐝 ManjitIt is amazing that we can put people through a so called "education", send them to a higher level of education and call people "graduates" but we can emerge on the other side of this education without an owners guide for the workings of our mind/body.
Once we understand the how different parts of the brain relate to each new condition it is subjected to, that awareness in itself is critical insight. That is the difference between a purely conditioned response and enlightened one. Road rage is as conditioned as people can be. As education understands these relationships, future generations will benefit and possibly make different choices.
- Producer19/01/2017It's 11 pm. Do you know where your power button is?Dear reader... I've resurrected this old post from my blog, because occasionally I need to remind myself of my own advice...Enjoy._______________________________________________________________________________I blame this post on our dog. In her...
Comments26/01/2017 #13 Kevin Pashuk#8 Thanks for commenting Lisa. My wife says I have 2 speeds... On. and Off. I normally fall asleep and stay asleep till the alarm goes off, but do occasionally knock the rhythm off track and have trouble sleeping. It's usually due to the factors I mentioned in this post.20/01/2017 #8 Lisa 🐝 GallagherTurn off the pc too! I've been telling my husband this for a long time. He knows it's true but is a type A (chronic thinker) until his brain/body finally give out. He never sleeps well, talks in his sleep and wakes easily. Do you wake easily @Kevin Pashuk View moreTurn off the pc too! I've been telling my husband this for a long time. He knows it's true but is a type A (chronic thinker) until his brain/body finally give out. He never sleeps well, talks in his sleep and wakes easily. Do you wake easily @Kevin Pashuk? Lack of sleep on a continual basis can lead to physical ailments. My husband gets complex migraines and is now on a crap load of meds to keep them from appearing. I am no one to offer advice since I'm an insomniac but I can say one thing, my dog goes out late because of my schedule and my husband doesn't have to worry about the dog in the early am. Geez, we all need to get some sleep around here! Thanks for the links and reposting this. Close19/01/2017 #5 Kevin Pashuk#4 Sounds like you hire smart people Paul... that was a great response. For the record, now I don't send emails out late at night, but am guilty of reading on my iPad in bed. I really should use my Kobo reader (like a Kindle) that doesn't have the bad little LEDs that affect sleep.19/01/2017 #4 Paul Walters@Kevin Pashuk Did you or do you still send employees e mails at 11pm at night. ? One of my employees once asked why did exactly that at 12, pm 1 am or sometimes 3 am . My reply.? "Well I do it because I don't sleep very well." His reply , " did you ever think you are keeping me awake by doing that.!" Great piece kevin, no off you go and get some sleep!!!19/01/2017 #3 Kevin Pashuk#2 Thanks for the hints Devesh. I'm sure all the readers who suffer from insomnia will appreciate this.
My issue is not that I don't get enough sleep, but enough of the right kind of sleep... that deep REM sleep where your body restores itself. I do like the advice about chewing.. it justifies my bedtime snack. :)19/01/2017 #2 Devesh 🐝 BhattSomethings in a combination worked for me. I don't know if they would work for you.
A boss of mine suffered from.insomnia and liked me to help him at work , 5 months down I was having sleep problems , couldn't sleep more than 2 hrs in one go and 4 hrs in a day and I'm from a cold area, Delhi heat was exhausting.
I was adviced to do these, chew anything for a long time while doing work in the evening, if I have anything chilled it should be 3 hrs before sleep.
Do squats or push-ups when I want to sleep wait to calm down and do Yog Nidra ( Nidra means sleep) It's nothing simply imagining your body parts to bore yourself to sleep and once you get the hang of it, start imagining them as vital and in good shape.
After 2 days, start having a lot of water during the day.
It worked for me and then helped my old boss get some sleep.